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Denise Gale had an early encounter with abstract painting at a de Kooning show at the Kemper Art Museum, at the age of 10
Denise Gale’s studio opens onto her garden, which offers a tranquil escape from the chaos of her works-in-progress. Mark Segal
Since her spinal surgery, Ms. Gale has turned to diptychs, such as “Just Pink,” the parts of which can be moved more easily than large canvases.

Edward Norton's sharp intelligence, insight into the profession, and sense of humor were fully on display
David Edelstein, left, the chief film critic for New York magazine, talked with Edward Norton about everything from “Birdman” to Brando in Sunday’s A Conversation With program at the East Hampton Middle School. Mark Segal

Alec Baldwin, holding his son Rafael, at last year’s Hamptons International Film Festival with Stuart Match Suna and Randy Mastro, right. It was during last year’s festival that Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Mastro became co-chairmen after Mr. Suna’s retirement. Monica Schipper/Getty

The National Museum of African American History and Culture and its opening events have attracted worldwide attention
One of the Johnson family photographs taken at the beach was selected by the National Museum of African American History and Culture for its “Power of Place” exhibit.
The Eastville Community Historical Society’s headquarters and museum are in a house donated by Lippman Johnson and Rose Johnson, above, along with a trove of other photographs of his family.
Georgette Grier-Key, the executive director and curator of the Eastville Community Historical Society, attended a museum preview earlier this month, pausing for a photograph next to Chuck Berry’s car.
Frank Hunter was one of the first African-American chief petty officers in the Navy. His commanding officer recommended him for a Medal of Honor for his attempt to save a fellow shipmate.
Frank Hunter’s great-grandson, Franklin Wilks, was at the opening and dedication of the museum last weekend. He has requested that the Navy give his ancestor the Medal of Honor posthumously.
In addition to his great-grandfather’s photograph, Mr. Wilks also gave the museum his continuous record of service, which documents his activities through all of his years of active duty.

Like any good drummer, his timing has been flawless
Bob Golden, who lives in Springs, has forged a successful career composing and producing music for television, film, and theater. Mary Ellen Matthews

One of America’s seven wonders of outdoor art
Dennis Oppenheim’s “Terrestrial Studio” exhibition at the Storm King Art Center includes outdoor installations from the artist’s estate, such as “Electric Kiss,” in stainless steel and colored acrylic rods, and “Entrance to a Garden,” which has a monumental sculpture in painted steel, along with the artist-designed landscape. Jennifer Landes Photos
“Dead Furrow” was constructed at the Storm King Art Center from Dennis Oppenheim’s 1967 design using wood with organic pigment, plastic pipes, and gravel. Jerry L. Thompson

“To me, life is about as much beauty as you can bring into it,”
Marcia Previti, whose garden is a series of rooms enlivened by her architectural background and sculptures, below, sat at home with her dog, Dallas, on a recent afternoon. Durell Godfrey
A garden sculpture by Marcia Previti Durell Godfrey Photos

The Landscape Music Composers Network brings together composers who share a passion for increasing awareness of the natural world through music
Nell Shaw Cohen at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M. The site is depicted in many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s landscape paintings, which inspired several of Ms. Cohen’s compositions. Burt Cohen

Shifting artistic gears with apparent ease between wood reliefs, metal sculpture, drawing, and painting
Like much of Carol Ross’s aluminum sculpture, “Gorge,” seen here with the artist in Guild Hall’s sculpture garden, is an abstract, almost Minimalist response to nature. Mark Segal
“Urban Moon,” left, which reminds the artist of a moon rising above a Manhattan fire escape and “Ravine Tall”.

By Christopher John Campion
Christopher John Campion’s appearances at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett have coincided nicely with the milestones and turning points of his career in music. Matt Licari