The Art Scene: 03.16.17

Local Art News
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Artists Alliance at Ashawagh

The Artists Alliance of East Hampton will hold its first members show of 2017 from Saturday through March 26 at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekdays from 11 to 5. Some 50 artists will show abstract and representational sculpture, painting, photography, and works on paper.

For this exhibition, the alliance has partnered with the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. Fifteen percent of all sales will be donated to ARF, and its adoption van will be at Ashawagh Hall on Saturday afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m. An opening reception will follow, from 5:30 to 7:30.

In addition, the Springs Library, in association with the Springs Historical Society, will present a program about the history of the hamlet on March 24 at 7 p.m.

 

Perle Fine in Chelsea

An exhibition of paintings by Perle Fine, who lived in Springs from the 1950s until her death in 1988, will be held at Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan, from today through April 15, with a reception set for tonight from 6 to 8. The work is from her “Prescience” series of the early 1950s.

Born in 1905, Fine moved from Boston to New York City while still in her teens; by the 1930s, committed to abstraction, she joined the circle of Hans Hofmann and his art school. Despite some of the barriers that limited the opportunities for women in the male-dominated milieu of Abstract Expressionism, she had her first solo show at the Willard Gallery in New York in 1945. She was one of the first women admitted to the Club, the Eighth Street gathering place of the New York School.

 

Four at Folioeast

Folioeast will open its fifth show at Malia Mills in East Hampton with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will continue through March 26 and include photographs by Jane Martin, paintings by Michele D’Ermo, ceramic sculptures by Donna Green, and works on paper by Vivian Polak. According to Coco Myers, the founder of Folioeast, “There is a strong nature thread in the show, though quite abstracted in some of the pieces.”

 

Nautical Themes in Greenport

“Tide + AL,” an exhibition featuring the nautical-inspired artwork of Scott Bluedorn and Cindy Pease Roe, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the art gallery of the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company on Carpenter Street in Greenport.

Mr. Bluedorn, who lives in East Hampton, works in a variety of mediums, including painting, collage, sculpture, drawing, and furniture. His paintings and drawings are marked by extreme detail and imaginative representations of the environment of the East End.

A Greenport resident, Ms. Roe is inspired by the harbors and beaches of the North Fork. Her paintings range from the peaceful solitude of seaside villages to the surreal wonder conjured by the ocean. Her sculptures are fashioned from the flotsam washed ashore.

The show will remain on view until May.

 

New East Hampton Gallery

The Rental Gallery, previously located in Los Angeles (2004-2007) and New York City (2007-2010), has been resurrected at 87 Newtown Lane in East Hampton with an exhibition organized in collaboration with Robert and Joshua Aibel’s Moderne Gallery of Philadelphia.

The current show, “Moderne Gallery in East Hampton,” on view through May 21, includes 20th and 21st-century furniture by George Nakashima and David Ebner; rare 1920s and ’30s woodcuts by Wharton Esherick, and contemporary ceramics by Roger Herman. The Philadelphia gallery is internationally known for its vintage 20th-century furniture, lighting, and accessories.

The Rental Gallery, which is owned and directed by the artist-dealer Joel Mesler, will present artists it has shown over the years at its previous locations in a retrospective exhibition set to open in May. The gallery will remain open throughout the year, presenting longer-run exhibitions, often of an experimental character.

Rental originally opened in Los Angeles as a way to bridge the New York and West Coast art communities. Art dealers from Poland, Germany, and Switzerland have collaborated with the gallery in the past, and it has shown work by Robert Longo, R.H. Quaytman, Rob Pruitt, and Elizabeth Neel, among others. Last summer the Surf Lodge in Montauk held an exhibition of Mr. Mesler’s artwork.

Winter gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

 

Call for Submissions

The Alex Ferrone Gallery in Greenport has issued a call for photography-based works that show how light is used to create images. The deadline for submissions, which will be judged by Lisa Chalif, curator at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, is May 15. The submission fee is $40. More information can be found at the gallery’s website.