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  • Love and Passion
        This weekend, Karyn Mannix Contemporary will present the eighth iteration of the “Love and Passion” series of Valentine’s Day shows at Ashawagh Hall. The subtitle this year is “The Naughty Show,” with mature themes of an erotic nature from more than 70 artists.

  • Mostly Abstract at Ashawagh
        Cynthia Sobel has organized “Mostly Abstract” at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend. The show at the art space opens Saturday afternoon with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. It will be up through Sunday afternoon.
        Included are paintings, drawings, and sculpture from Barbara Bilotta, Beth Barry, Phyllis Hammond, Jana Hayden, Stephanie Reit, Sheila Rotner, Ms. Sobel, and Mark Zimmerman.

    More Women, New Show

  •    Anyone pursuing a life in books in this digital age has to pause to consider the consequences. An entire generation has come of age learning to question the value of books or not even considering their tactile permanence.
        Still, there are some book experiences that digital facsimiles will never replace and most of those are visual. In the case of the photography books that Harper’s Books specializes in, Harper Levine said photographs are inextricable from that printed form.

  • Judge or Be Judged
        The eighth annual Crazy Monkey Gallery competition among its member artists will take place at the Amagansett gallery beginning tomorrow.
        Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite art works by secret ballot. Included in the show will be works in painting, drawing, mixed media, collage, photograph, or sculpture, one per each artist.

  •    Joan Semmel, a longtime resident of Springs, will have a solo at the Bronx Museum beginning today, with a reception on Saturday.
       “Joan Semmel: A Lucid Eye” will include 27 recent self-portraits in which she explores the process of aging and reveals some of her working methods. A group of four paintings will illustrate how the artist takes pictures of herself in mirrors and then uses the photograph as the basis for the painting.

  •    Following the student art exhibition, which will run from Feb. 2 to March 3, the Parrish Art Museum has a full schedule of temporary exhibitions lined up for the next two years.

  •     Guild Hall has announced the recipients of its 28th Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards, to be presented on March 4 at a benefit dinner at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.
        Those who will be honored are John Alexander for visual arts, Walter Isaacson for literary arts, Nathan Lane for performing arts, and Mickey Straus for leadership and philanthropy. Marshall Brickman will return as master of ceremonies and the presenters will include Ken Auletta, Alec Baldwin, and Jack O’Brien.

  • New Work at Vered
        Vered Gallery in East Hampton will have a show devoted to new work by Hunt Slonem tomorrow through March 11.
        The show will feature 20 paintings of colorful birds, butterflies, and bunnies in Mr. Slonem’s characteristically whimsical and Expressionistic approach.

  •     Richard Barons, the executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society, has been named executive director of the Thomas Moran Trust following a vote in December. Joining him at the trust are new board members and a new chairman who are also with the historical society.

  •    While you don’t have to be a woman to enjoy “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” it certainly helps. The smattering of men in the audience at the Southampton Cultural Center on Thursday night seemed to be enjoying themselves at this frothy pink cocktail of a production, but it was the women who laughed the most and the longest.

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