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  • Robert Harms makes paintings you want to inhale, lie beside, wallow in. In a little cottage on Little Fresh Pond in Southampton, he bides the time, season by season, absorbing his surroundings through eyes that transmute the air and landscape into a distillation of time and place.
  • Those who love looking at other people’s gardens are in for a treat this weekend. The South Fork is celebrating National Public Gardens Day tomorrow, while on Saturday the Garden Conservancy will hold one of its Open Days, when the public can stroll through five private gardens.
  • The Alexander Gray gallery in Chelsea has a mini-retrospective on view of Joan Semmel, a summer resident of East Hampton since 1971, which takes up two floors and covers five decades.
  • Over the years, the painterly products of Chuck Close’s photographs have transcended the art world to become part of popular culture, while the source material has been mostly held back from consideration.
  • There are few places in East Hampton Town that have updated their look without sacrificing their history. Old Stone Highway is one of those places, with careful renovations and restorations of classic Springs buildings and gardens aplenty.
  • So you might like opera, but don’t want the time commitment and are confused by the plot? Then Divaria’s “La Traviata‚” to be presented at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday night, might be for you.
  • What was once a fixture of the Montauk cultural scene faltered recently after the death of its director in 2013. Ruth Widder ran Music for Montauk for two decades and produced more than 90 free concerts for the greater community.
  • With May around the corner, the South Fork has a sense of spring thaw, a warming up not only in the weather, but in and among the various arts organizations that have begun their pre-season events prior to launching their action-packed summer schedules.
  • Guild Hall has extended its footprint, annexing a lot to its south to provide housing for performers and, potentially, artist residencies.
  • The season gets off to a running start with many restaurants posting their Mother's Day Menus early.

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