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  • “Dear Elizabeth: The Letters of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell,” a play in letters by Sarah Ruhl, will be performed at Guild Hall by Kathleen Chalfant and Harris Yulin on Saturday at 8 p.m. The friendship between Bishop and Lowell, two of the 20th century’s most notable poets, spanned 30 years and yielded more than 400 letters, from which Ms. Ruhl drew a portrait of the intertwined lives of two very different personalities.
  • Bastienne Schmidt, a mixed-media artist from Bridgehampton, will talk about and sign copies of her new book, “Typology of Women,” on Saturday at 5 p.m. at BookHampton in East Hampton. “The Second Annual Handmade Furniture Show” will open at Ashawagh Hall in Springs today and continue through Tuesday. A reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, Terry Tempest Williams, a conservationist, activist, and writer, asked the question, in an article published in The Los Angeles Times, “Will Our National Parks Survive the Next 100 Years?”
  • As the Hamptons International Film Festival has grown, so has its commitment, through its signature programs, to films that engage a range of social and political issues. This year’s festival, which will take place Oct. 6 through Oct. 10, will include the 17th iteration of Films of Conflict and Resolution, the second Compassion, Justice, and Animal Rights program, and a new signature program, Air, Land, and Sea.
  • Christopher French will have an exhibition of his new work at the Drawing Room in East Hampton. In his new work, symmetry has given way to pointed shafts of refracted color that surge across the canvas from distinct vortices like beams of colored light. The show will open tomorrow and remain on view through Oct. 3. The Southampton Artists Association’s annual Labor Day show is on view through Sept. 11 at the Southampton Cultural Center. A reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • The one-acre wooded lot overlooking Hog Creek in Springs where Peter Gamby and Julie Small-Gamby live feels secluded from its neighbors. It was an old spec house, Mr. Gamby said during a recent visit, and it wasn’t very expensive. When they bought it, in 1987, “the structure was in terrible shape, the creek was covered with ice, I couldn’t even tell how big the creek was, but Peter said, ‘Location, location,’ ” Ms. Small-Gamby recalled. The couple quickly fixed it up. The house has west-facing windows that overlook the creek, and they eventually added a separate studio for Ms. Small-Gamby, an artist who has been exhibiting her work for more than 30 years and whose resumé includes the Parrish Art Museum’s 2011 “Artists Choose Artists” exhibition and Guild Hall’s “East End 10.” About 13 or 14 years ago, they decided to enlarge the house and began talking to different architects. They would stop, then start again, never quite pulling the trigger until two and a half years ago. “I knew
  • Some artists discover their medium and stick with it. Throughout most of her career, Carol Ross has shifted artistic gears with apparent ease between wood reliefs, metal sculpture, drawing, and painting. “I’m an artist who changes a lot,” she said during a recent conversation in Guild Hall’s sculpture garden, where her large aluminum pieces can be seen through Oct. 1. A selection of her wood reliefs is also on view in Guild Hall’s Wasserstein Family Gallery.
  • When Jill Musnicki says “I’m very much into nature,” it’s no wonder. A fourth-generation East Ender whose ancestors were Bridgehampton and Sagaponack farmers, the local terrain was her birthright. For the past five years, that legacy has informed her artwork.
  • See the mysterious paintings of Jennifer Cross at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton. Haunting interiors and landscapes, inhabited not by people but by dreamlike objects and images suggest narratives and pique the imagination. A reception is set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. An exhibition of painting and sculpture by Jeff Muhs will open today at Monika Olko Gallery in Sag Harbor and continue through Sept. 13. A reception will be held Saturday evening from 6 to 8.
  • It has been 16 years since supporters of East End Hospice first asked regional artists to create unique works of art from small, unadorned boxes that could be put up for auction to benefit the organization.

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