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  • 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.

  •     The Parrish Art Museum will open “Artists Choose Artists,” its second juried exhibit, to the public on Sunday. The show will feature groupings of one “jury” artist who was selected by the museum to choose two other artists who seemed to share affinities or stylistic similarities. The exhibit will include displays of one of the juror’s works along side those artists chosen by the juror.

  • Pollock’s Politics
        Michael Leja will discuss Jackson Pollock’s political views on Sunday at the Fireplace Project, a gallery space across Springs-Fireplace  Road from the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs.

  •     It is not always clear where or how to look at the installation of Gerson Leiber’s recent drawings, titled “Drawings Drawings Drawings,” on view this summer at the Leiber Museum in Springs. Efforts to do so can be exciting and confounding at the same time.
        Calling it an installation rather than an exhibit is clarifying. The works tend to be around the same size, about 30 by 22 inches on average, and are hung by pushpin, stacked on top of each other and abutting their neighbors to create a kind of unified mural.

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  • A battle between titans of the worlds of finance and art has gone to Larry Gagosian, who beat back a lawsuit from Ronald Perelman over a deal gone sour. 

    Mr. Perelman's fraud lawsuit against Mr. Gagosian, filed in 2012, was dismissed by a New York State appeals court panel on Thursday.

  • Five buildings comprised this year’s East Hampton Historical Society house tour, all in East Hampton Village. An ambitious person, or one with a new Fitbit, could have walked it.

    With a house and guest cottage on Buell Lane, two houses on Hither Lane, and one on Further Lane it was a real snapshot of how the style of people lived in earlier days could brought up to contemporary needs and preferences.

    The tour happens every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving and features new houses each year.

  • While the actual Art Basel Miami Beach fair won’t open to the public until Thursday, many of the satellite fairs sprouting up all over Miami this week will open their doors to patrons today and tomorrow.

    Untitled, one of the fairs on the beach and the home of Eric Firestone Gallery and Halsey Mckay Gallery for the week, had its vernissage last night and will hold a VIP preview today before opening to the public tomorrow.

  • Artists associated with the East End helped Christie’s auction house take in a record-breaking $853 million on Wednesday night, with Andy Warhol leading the way with two works, “Triple Elvis” and “Four Marlons,” achieving $81.9 million and $69.6 million, respectively. Out of 80 lots, there were 30 by artists who have lived and worked here over the past century.

  • A colorful and artistic crowd gathered at Guild Hall  on Saturday night to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: "Mary Ellen Bartley: Leaning Above the Page" and "New Additions and Works From the Permanent Collection."

  • The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons celebrated the 10th edition of its calendar on Saturday night at the Water Mill home of Sandra Powers, who is this year's pet calendar chairwoman.

    Previous artists such as Paul Davis, Carol Saxe, and Billy Sullivan joined Eric Fischl, who conceived this year's cover. 

    Calendars are on sale now through ARF. Those interested can call Kathy at 537-0400,extension 214.

  • The Water Mill Museum is holding its annual quilt show through Sept. 14. A tradition spanning almost three decades, the show features dozens of quilts hung and draped over every available surface, making a riot of color and patterns throughout the old mill space.

    Each is hand-crafted and reasonably priced for both new and vintage pieces. There are traditional quilts, baby quilts, and crazy quilts.

    A special queen-sized quilt up for raffle features shades of blue and yellow and will be awarded to a winning ticket on Oct. 11 at the museum’s Bowls of Plenty event.

  • There are only three more performances of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Mulford Farm, presented by the Hamptons Independent Theater Festival, known more familiarly as HITFest. If you can, see all three.

    The two-hour production is a delight from start to finish, harnessing a bit of Ariel’s magic to make the spare set and staging as engaging as the acting is polished and professional, rivaling Public Theater productions in Central Park I’ve seen over the years.

  • The Watermill Center held its benefit “One Thousand Nights and One Night/Sleepless Nights of Sheherazade” on Saturday night with Jim Jarmusch playing guitar in the Zen room and guests such as Philip Glass and Isabelle Huppert milling about the grounds. The party raised $2.2 million for the center’s International Summer Program and its year-round artists residencies and education programs.

  • Although Southampton Town police officers did their best to keep traffic moving on County Road 39, drivers heading to the fair mixing with the regular summer evening traffic made for a messy commute on Thursday night.