A strong sense of the woman and the circle of artists and other creative types around her
Alex Katz’s “Portrait of Elaine de Kooning,” from 1965
Elaine de Kooning’s self-portrait, right, from 1946 is part of a series she did that year showing herself as a working artist.

The importance of protecting trees from the north and northwest with windbreaks
Hybrids named after Indian tribes, such as Hopi, are the crape myrtles most adaptable to the East End. Abby Jane Brody
The red crape myrtles are dramatic but do not fare well over our winters, as seen in the die-back in this one. Abby Jane Brody

Events at Guild Hall
The Spin Doctors will play at Guild Hall on Saturday.

The first box art auction took place 15 years ago
James DeMartis’s almost-finished jewelry box sits atop a base of bronze that has been treated with chemicals to give it a rich patina. James DeMartis
A hand seems to reach out from deep space in Michelle Stuart’s transformation of her cigar box. Michelle Stuart

Local art news
Mixed media work by Mica Marder will be on view at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton beginning Saturday. Gary Mamay

The society was founded in 1945 by Charlotte Rogers, a pianist, organist, and director of church choirs
Victoria Bond, with a statue of Clara Schumann, will write a choral piece about Moses for the Choral Society's 70th season.

At Hoie Hall, the parish house of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton

At the Clark Arts Center on Shelter Island

At the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill

At The Watermill Center