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“It’s more about what’s going on metaphysically and feeling good about each brushstroke you put down."
Aurilio Torres took a break from his studio in the woods outside his East Hampton house. Morgan McGivern
“K House, Spring Evening,” an East End beachscape.
“Rotors,” from his military-themed series
“Lord Nelson,” one of his many-masted wooden boats.
One of Aurelio Torres’s plein-air paintings in progress at Emma Rose Elliston Park in North Sea. Aurelio Torres

Orson Munn's toy soldiers reenact scenes from several centuries, with a special focus on the Napoleonic wars
Orson Munn amassed a collection of 10,000 lead toy soldiers over a lifetime. While weighted heavily toward the Napoleonic wars, he has battles and figures that represent most of history’s great conflicts. Jennifer Landes
Orson Munn
Mr. Munn often embellished his scenes with bits of branches and evergreens and even talcum powder snow.Jennifer Landes
Mr. Munn also painted some of his own figures.Jennifer Landes
Pat Munn looks at some of the shelves in the room over her garage that houses the figures.Jennifer Landes
Mr. Munn also made his own buildings and landscape features to complete a scene.Jennifer Landes
GettysburgJennifer Landes
The cavalryJennifer Landes
Madame Metayer figuresJennifer Landes

The inclusion of clay arts in the 2015 Whitney Biennial marked a significant step in the latest ascension of ceramics
Eve Behar, a professional ceramic artist who is the president of the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons, digs deep and gets her hands full of clay at the potter’s wheel, throwing what would eventually become a wide-mouthed bowl.
Tom Walter, the studio manager, teaches classes and works on his own pro­fessional ceramic art.
Color samples show how various glazes appear on different types of clay after they are fired.

A political cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author known for his intensely critical view of the American government
Ted Rall, a political cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author, will discuss “Bernie,” his new book about Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, on Wednesday night at the Amagansett Library.

Dancing with a ribbon
Many on the South Fork who know Lynn Stefanelli for her tireless efforts at public relations for art galleries, benefits, and the East Hampton Historical Society might be surprised to learn her day job is calligraphy. Durell Godfrey Photos
Handwritten holiday greetings are just one of many assignments for a modern-day calligrapher.

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Alexis Rockman has been very active at the Parrish Art Museum on the occasion of the installation of his “East End Field Drawings” exhibition. During the week of Dec. 14, he led a number workshops for students and their families at the museum.Mark Segal
Alexis Rockman’s “Newtown Creek” shows a dystopian future experienced more in the artist’s head than out in the field.

Animals, acrobats, and circus performers figure prominently in her work
Gabriele Raacke was framed by “Fly Fishing,” left, and “An Apple Tree Grows Inside of Me,” both of which reflect a humor at once whimsical and surreal. Mark Segal
The subjects of Gabriele Raacke’s portraits, like “Newspaper Man,” often sport bizarre headwear.
“Monkey and Lizard” is one of Gabriele Raacke’s reverse-painting-on-glass dinner plates.

“I try to make it hard for myself. I think my specialty has been finding the hard way to make things that absolutely don’t look hard to make.”
Eugene Brodsky took a coffee break in his East Hampton studio. Below, “Lilies” derives from one of Mr. Brodsky’s “casual” images. Mark Segal
Eugene Brodsky’s “Storyboard 19,” above, reflects in one piece the range of imagery that characterizes his body of work. Below, “DD,” from his “Plans” series, takes off from an existing architectural plan.

Politics and current affairs, biographies, and the arts figure prominently in this year’s lineup
Big tobacco is one of the targets of “Merchants of Doubt,” one of the titles in the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival. In 1994, Stanton Glantz, above, a longtime advocate of nonsmokers’ rights, received a treasure trove of leaked documents, below, that proved the tobacco industry had known that nicotine was addictive for 30 years.
In a scene from “Since: The Bombing of Pam Am Flight 103,” Suse Lowenstein, whose son, Alexander, was killed in the crash, is pictured on her Montauk lawn with “Dark Elegy,” her sculpture of 75 grieving mothers of victims of the bombing.
Mark Morano, a climate change skeptic.

The friends were two of the very last of a glittering and venerated generation of artists and writers
In a Douglas Rodewald photograph from 1957, Jane Freilicher, left, holds up a corner of her painting “Opening Night” while Jane Wilson holds up the other.
Jane Freilicher’s “Pheasant Quill Landscape‚” from 1992.Jenny Gorman for the Drawing Room
Jane Freilicher’s undated oil “Untitled (Mecox Bay),” Jenny Gorman for the Drawing Room
Jane Wilson’s 1964 oil on linen “View From Seven Ponds Bridge,”Jenny Gorman for the Drawing Room
An oil from 1983, Jane Wilson’s “Rain on Avenue B,”
Jane Freilicher’s “Flowers and Pine Trees,”
Jane Wilson's 1981 oil, “Seven Green Apples,” from the Parrish Art Museum permanent collection.
A photograph taken by John Jonas Gruen in Water Mill in 1959 includes many players from the New York art scene. Front row: Robert Rauschenberg, Steven Rivers (standing), Larry Rivers, Herbert Machiz, Grace Hartigan (lying down), and John Myers. Back row: Maxine Groffsky, Joe Hazan, Mary Abbott, Jasper Johns, Sondra Lee, Jane Freilicher, Roland Pease, and Tibor de Nagy.