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  • Tracy Davis at the Eagle
        The Golden Eagle art supply shop in East Hampton is showing work by Tracy Davis this month. Ms. Davis is a writer as well as an artist; her novel “My Husband Ran Off With the Nanny and God Do I Miss Her” was published in 2009.

  • Despite the jaded ho-hum reaction many bad boys and girls of appropriation garner these days, it appears to be one of the most consistently marketable veins of contemporary art. Collectors snapping up the work might like the familiarity of the images that are being regenerated while patting themselves on the back for buying something still considered subversive.

  •     As familiar as John Jonas Gruen’s scenes from the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, seem on the walls of the education center at Guild Hall, there is something Old World and alien about them.

  • Art for Animals
        The Richard Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor will open “Creatures Real and Imaginative” to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The works are by the gallery’s regular artists, such as Harriet Sawyer, Kevin Sloan, and Devorah Jacoby, and some were created specifically for this exhibit. Ten percent of gross sales will benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

  • The versatile actor of stage, film, and television said he would aim to keep things flexible for his Sunday night show at Guild Hall. "I'm always hesitant to give out a set list. I have a great three-piece band and a music director. . . . I'll do some musical theater, tipping my hat to different shows I've been in."
  •     Speaking to Lola Montes Schnabel is like taking a crash refresher course in art history. Within a five-minute span of conversation the young artist, whose mentors include the legendary art historian Leo Steinberg, might mention Alex Katz in one sentence, allude to Giorgio di Chirico’s use of paint in another, and bring up a pilgrimage to Malta to see a Caravaggio masterpiece in a Baroque cathedral.

  • Vered Stitches Time
        The Vered Gallery in East Hampton will show “A Stitch in Jewish Time” beginning Saturday with an opening at 9 p.m. The exhibit brings together a group of 20 contemporary artists, each of whom uses textiles “to address the issues of memory and reflection, interpretations of history and ritual, and links between the past and present relating to the Jewish experience.”

  •     A three-day preview of the East End Hospice’s annual Box Art Auction will begin on Wednesday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton.
    Some 75 East End artists are participating, each of whom will decorate a box — often a cigar box — for the event. The boxes will be auctioned on Sept. 10 at the Ross School in East Hampton, to benefit the hospice. The evening includes wine and hors d’oeuvres for an admission fee of $60.

  •     Guild Hall’s Red Carpet Film Series is welcoming one of its own next Thursday with the presentation of the film “The Art of Getting By” by Gavin Wiesen. Not only was the script written in East Hampton, but the writer and director also chose the films for the 2008 to 2010 summer series.
         If the title sounds familiar, it is because the film had a limited release in June, garnering positive reviews. It was also a selection of this year’s Sundance Festival, although under another title, “Homework.”

  •     An unlikely hero, Josh Grisetti has a face like a question mark. His raised eyebrows and nose are the curve and his often agape mouth forms the dot at its base. As the protagonist of “Enter Laughing,” he can mold that face like putty, looking doltish or debonair in the span of a second.

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