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  • “Water, water everywhere . . . but is it safe to drink?” If he were alive today, Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner might have told a different, less poetic story, perhaps as a speaker at “Tideland Sessions,” an all-day program of talks and performances organized in conjunction with the Parrish Art Museum’s current exhibition, “Radical Seafaring.”
  • Sitting in the living room of the Sag Harbor apartment-studio where he has lived for most of the past 30 years, surrounded by books, objects, sketchbooks, and dozens, if not hundreds, of paintings, David Slater apologized for the clutter, lit a stick of incense, and began to weave the threads of a life fully lived. Early on, he recalled, “My father was an artist. He would say things like ‘The life of art is so hard that I tied a brush to my son’s crib, and every time he would reach for it I would slap his hand.’ ” In Mr. Slater’s case, Pavlovian conditioning didn’t work.
  • The Watermill Center is shedding the relatively low profile it has maintained for the past few weeks with a weekend of open studios and rehearsals by resident artists, a guided tour of the facility, and the second installment of its spring International Brunch series.
  • The new gallery Art Space 98 will open Saturday at 98 Newtown Lane in East Hampton. The inaugural exhibition, “People and Lost Traces,” which will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., will include paintings by Thomas Buehler and clay assemblages by Rosemarie Schiller. Paton Miller, the Southampton artist whose work reflects his extensive travels and his admiration of such Spanish artists as Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco, will show new paintings at the Monika Olko Gallery in Sag Harbor from tomorrow through June 13.
  • The surprising thing about an exhibition of outdoor sculpture in the Springs Historic District is that it hasn’t happened before. The idea came to Loring Bolger two years ago, when she helped organize a show of Bill King’s work at Duck Creek Farm in the hamlet. Ms. Bolger is a board member of the Springs Improvement Society and one of the founders of the John Little Society.
  • The Drawing Room in East Hampton will open two new exhibitions tomorrow. A stoneware sculpture show by Toni Ross and a show by Irene Kopelman, Pat Pickett, and Alexis Rockman that finds inspiration in the direct contact of the artist with nature. Amy Kirwin has been appointed the new director of programs at the Southampton Arts Center.
  • “Sacred Threads,” an exhibition of ecclesiastical vestments and textiles from the 14th to the 18th centuries from the collection of Jill Lasersohn, will open to the public on Sunday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton and remain on view through May 30. A reception benefiting a number of local charities will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs opens today with a show by Philip Pavia. “Spring Into the Springs,” a group exhibition, can be seen at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 to 5. A reception with live music will be held Saturday from 4 to 8.
  • “Early on I worked from life,” Virva Hinnemo said in her Springs studio, surrounded by decidedly abstract works executed with acrylic paint on cardboard. “I still use a sketchbook and draw from life when I have a chance because I enjoy it. But even though the work has become abstract, it’s really rooted in spatial issues. I think life and the outdoors, whether the woods or the ocean, all of that seeps in.”
  • Guild Hall will present “The Night Alive,” a play by Conor McPherson, from Wednesday through May 22, with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The production is directed by Stephen Hamilton and will feature J. Stephen Brantley, Molly Carden, Rob Di Sario, Tuck Milligan, and Kevin O’Rourke.

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