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This Week In Arts

Originally Posted: March 04, 2010

"Red Planet Rise" by Erica Steiner, Oil and Graphite on Canvas, 36" x 48" at Lana Santorelli Gallery. (All images courtesy of artists and galleries)

Lana Santorelli Gallery
The Lana Santorelli Gallery (110 W 26th Street, New York City, 212-229-2111, lanasantorelligallery@gmail.com) is presently "Reawakening" a group exhibition featuring works by Jamie Allen, Joan Barker, Christian DaSilva, Eyal Dinar, Patricia Fabian, Jimmy Fike, Beverly Gardner, Allison Green, Jenna Lucente, Eti Esther Naor, Hyun Yi Park, Lana Santorelli, Erica Steiner, Junko Sugimoto, and Damian VanCamp from March 20 through May 1. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 20, from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Barry Weiser, "A View of the Hudson"on view at the Romany Kramoris Gallery.

Romany Kramoris Gallery
The Romany Kramoris Gallery (41 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-2499, kramorisgallery@optonline.net) will present "Views of New York," the photography of Barry Weiser and Rick Gold from March 18 through April 8. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, March 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is pleased to exhibit these two artists who have spent decades capturing the vibrance of New York City through their medium. Weiser got his start at The High School of Arts and Design in New York City. A 50 year career in commercial photography, and the faculty of the School of Visual Art ran parallel with steady output of fine art photography. "If you can see it, it's not right," he says of technique. Striving for pure, emotional, spontaneous and balanced composition - so that it seems he was just lucky enough to be there at the right moment. He has the ancient and innate standard of the true master: making it look effortless through countless hours and years of tweaking. Weiser's fabulous shots of the city "Are like casual, affectionate family snapshots; capturing all its activities and moods, its harmonies and dissonance in juxtaposition," says Kramoris. "If they're not art they're historical documents - or vice versa. It takes several good long looks to see that they are just too perfect for chance." Among his cityscapes, both vibrant and tranquil, Weiser is "reviving" a section of a monumental mural. From a 35mm black and white shot, Weiser enlarged the frame to seven by 30 feet for installation at Grand Central in the 1960s.

Best in Show artwork by Cynthia Sobel at The Crazy Monkey Gallery.

The Crazy Monkey Gallery
The Crazy Monkey Gallery, 136 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-3627, www.thecrazymonkeygallery.com) announces winners of art competition. For the fifth consecutive year, the Crazy Monkey Gallery Artist Cooperative presented the art produced by its members for the public to judge. During the month of February, over 150 ballots were cast by visitors to the gallery, and the winners in three categories were announced at the opening of the March show. Best in Show: Cynthia Sobel, Most Original: Anne Drager, and Most Thought Provoking: Mark E. Zimmerman. Artists Lance Corey and Eileen Hickey Hulme were judged to be the runners-up. The winner of the Best in Show will be awarded a solo show at the gallery later this year. The Gallery will also feature two artists in March, Beth Barry and Sara Petitt. The exhibition will run through April 4. Also exhibiting in a group show at this time at the Crazy Monkey Gallery will be Len Bernard, Anne Drager, June Kaplan, Mark Zimmerman, and guest artist Peggy English.

Suffolk County Community College
The Theatres at Suffolk County Community College will present "Seascape" at Stage 119 on the Ammerman Campus in Selden on March 16 through March 20 at 8 p.m. and March 14 and March 21 at 2 p.m. Winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize, "Seascape" is a major work by one of theatre's most famous and important writers, Edward Albee. Tickets are $8 for SCCC faculty, staff, students, SCCC Alumni Association members, children and seniors with valid ID. Sunday performance tickets for senior citizens are $7 per person. For more information call the Shea Theatre Box Office at 631-451-4163.

The College is also presenting at The Gallery West, located in the Captree Commons building on the Michael J. Grant Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, "Visual Diaries" curated by Nancy Azara from March 17 through April 14. "Visual Diaries" is a powerful exhibition of feminist artwork from participants at the New York Feminist Art Institute (1979-1990) that uses drawings as a personal diary to express the inner life or landscape of the artists. The diaries are from 1979 to the present as many artists have continued contributing to their diaries over the years. Azara is a sculptor and book artist who has displayed her work in New York City, throughout the United States and abroad. She was a founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute (NYFAI) in 1979, where she served on the board and taught a workshop called "Consciousness Raising, Visual Diaries, Art Making" for many years. The drawings that came out of this workshop proved that shapes and forms unique to each participant were repeatedly found in the artists' work. These images were an emotional expression of the dialogue taking place in the workshop and within each artist's true inner nature. A reception, open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, March 17, at 11 a.m. with light refreshments served. Hours of operation for Gallery West are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information, call 631-548-2559.

Work on view at Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor.

Bridgehampton Historical Society
The Bridgehampton Historical Society (2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, jugreene@suffolk.lib.ny.us, www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org, or bhstacy@yahoo.com) announces the opening of a new exhibition titled "Images of Bridgehampton's Main Street: The Great Depression Era." This exhibit will be on view to the public in the society's museum on Bridgehampton's Main Street, Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 14. Admission is $5 per person. Over 35 period images are featured along with informative text and some interesting local artifacts. Just like in the center of Bridgehampton's real Main Street - in the middle of the gallery - rests a depiction of Bridgehampton's famous monument. This monument was dedicated to the people of Bridgehampton 100 years ago with great fanfare, in 1910. The show is curated by BHHS Program Director Stacy Dermont and BHHS Archivist Julie Greene. "Focusing on the period of 1929 to 1939 provides a fascinating glimpse into what life was like for our oldest citizens when they were children. We're excited that we already have some children's' tours booked to see this show - they are always enthusiastic to explore "the old days." Researching this exhibit also led to some discoveries. We always knew that Bridgehampton was fond of cars. Until we organized this show we didn't realize that many of the photos in our archive were actually shot from inside moving cars. We also came to find that a building we referred to as an old gas station was, in fact, a 'Lubrication Station with Car Laundry'." said BHHS Archivist Greene. For more information call 631-537-1088. Admission is $5 per person.

"Study for Last Look 1," 1986. Graphite on paper, 22 x 15 inches.

Guild Hall Museum Presents Annual Student Art Festival
Aspiring young artists, from kindergarten through high school, will showcase their work in Guild Hall's Annual Student Art Festival featuring colorful, creative and innovative works by East End students. The High School Art Show opens to the public on March 13, however the reception for students and their families and teachers will be held on March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The date and announcement for the screenings of the winners of The Student Film Project are still to be determined. The High School Art exhibition runs through April 11. The Student Art Festival and The Student Film Project are funded in part by Bridgehampton National Bank and admission is free. "For eighteen years The Student Art Festival has helped nurture and encourage young talent on the East End," said Ruth Appelhof, executive director, Guild Hall. "This exhibition celebrates the artistic pursuits of young people by exhibiting their work in a museum environment and salutes their teachers who cultivate and inspire the creative process." Currently, over 5,000 students from 11 participating public and private schools, including the Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Wainscott, and Sag Harbor districts are invited to participate through their art classes and art teachers. The exhibitions will feature a variety of media, including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, mobiles, photography and mixed media. The Student Film Project is now in its seventh year and is being held in conjunction with the Student Art Festival. The video/film competition features three age groups: Elementary Grades two through four with 10 minute films; Middle School Grades five through eight with 15 minute films; and High School Grades nine through 12 featuring 20 minute films. Judges are still to be named, but will represent influential leaders in the film and television community on the East End. The screening date will be announced shortly. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton. For more information go to 631-324-0806, or www.GuildHall.org. Museum hours are Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m., admission is free. Still to be announced: the screenings of the winners of the 2010 Student Film Project for Winners of Grades 2-8 and Winners of Grades 9-12, along with live performances by students, all of which will be held in the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall. For more information about The Student Art Festival and The Student Film Project, call Melissa Erb at 631-324-0806 or email merb@guildhall.org, or go to www.GuildHall.org.

Parrish Art Museum
Alex Katz: Seeing, Drawing, Making, an exhibition of some 50 works in a wide range of materials and media, including preliminary sketches and drawings from the artist's archive that have never before been exhibited, will remain on view through April 4 at the Parrish Art Museum.

Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery
The Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery (90 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-1161, rjdgallery.com) is featuring works by Andrea Kowch, Jeff Aeling and Laural Swab. There will be an opening reception held on Saturday, March 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition will run through April 10.

Steve Romm At St. Peter's Church
Artist Steve Romm with have a solo exhibition "Inner Visions" at St. Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York City) through April 19.

Artists Alliance Of East Hampton News
Beth Barry will be the featured artist at a new exhibit at the Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett, on view until April 4. Also exhibiting in a group show at the gallery will be AAEH members June Kaplan and Mark Zimmerman.

Artwork by Beth Barry on view at The Crazy Monkey Gallery.

Lisa Cooley Gallery
The Lisa Cooley Gallery (34 Orchard Street, New York City, lisa@lisa-cooley.com, 212-680-0564, 347-351-8075) is pleased to present a solo exhibition of sculpture, photographs and drawings by J. Parker Valentine. The exhibition will run until March 28.

Tulla Booth Gallery
The Tulla Booth Galery (66 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-3100/631-726-6835, www.tullaboothgallery.com), "Body + Soul" photography exhibit, featuring the works of Flor Garduno, Jonathan Morse, and Ken Robins will run through March 30. Gallery Hours are 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday through Monday.

The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room (16R Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-324-5016, www.drawingroom-gallery.com) is presenting works by Stephen Antonakos, Jennifer Bartlett, Caio Fonseca, Bryan Hunt, Laurie Lambrecht, Constantino Nivola, Raja Ram Sharma, Drew Shiflett, Jack Youngerman. The exhibition will be on view through April 11. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and by appointment).

Art Sites
Art Sites, 651 West Main Street, Riverhead, 631-591-2401, www.artsitesgalley.com), will have a panel discussion on March 20, at 2 p.m., and a poetry reading on March 27, at 5 p.m. in celebration of "The Body Altered," as the gallery states "The body is primal. Since the beginning of time, its form evokes Ideals of beauty, fertility, and creation. Identity and well-being are linked to body condition. Disease, genetic control, mishap, atrocities and age all impact the body. Even natural processes, such as pregnancy, can prove temporarily strange with both positive and negative outcomes. People's energy and self-image evolve around approaches to body health and fitness. Social acceptance and isolation can be direct reflections of body condition. The body is the ultimate canvas. Featuring works by Jim Bloom - whose works scream with the emotional pain caused when failing a perfectionist vision. He captures the drama behind everyday episodes, including addictions to overeating, drugs and nicotine or the need to dye one's hair. Candyce Brokaw's focus for this show challenges a medical world advocating breast implants, with its conflicting desires and solutions. Rondi Casey's marionette sculptures deal with the impacts of racial color, as well as self-inflicted "improvements." Andrea Cote and Bastienne Schmidt express the surreal beauty, unease, and isolation that childbirth and rearing can cause, while Elizabeth Silver evokes the female power of creation. Tara Cioletti's photographs capture the sculpted impacts of emotion on her body. Sofia Lee Moran's photographs of drag queens are both poignant and beguiling. Christopher Schneberger's photographs illustrate his biography of a young amputee levitating through an idealized Victorian childhood. Matt Sesow's works focus on the emotional side of physical disability, originating with amputation. Lynn Schirmer's drawings depict the process of disassociation, an adaptive response to extreme experiences. Alison Silva's intricate, mythic images gather references from other cultures, including the practice of marking the body. Claire Watson's mysterious small sculptures transform familiar objects while referencing a fight with cancer and the symbolic value of hair. Ronnie Wiener's collage of magnifying lenses brings attention to the obsessive scrutiny inherent in the pursuit of perfection. Assemblyman Marc Alessi is planning to honor every artist in the show with a proclamation from his office as well.

Watermill Center
The Watermill Center (39 Watermill Towd Road), Robert Wilson's laboratory for performance, will present an open rehearsal of Spring Artist-in-Residence Kevin Doyle's ATM, a play-installation about New Yorkers' encounters with the city's homeless population. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 23. The event is free, but RSVP required to kevindoyle.eventbrite.com.

Doyle and his company Sponsored by Nobody are developing ATM or this is [not] new york, a new play that looks investigates New Yorkers' interactions with their city's homeless population and the shifting demographics and values these encounters reveal. The piece will be an installation that simulates the automated teller sections of banks, where the city's homeless have long masqueraded as "doormen" for bank patrons in return for change, and which, ATM suggests, serve as modern-day confessionals. In this open rehearsal, audiences will be able to glimpse the artists working through choreography in the installation environment they are creating, replete with text appropriated from financial institutions and the surveillance cameras used in ATM machines.

A mixed cast of actor-dancers will recreate a ritualistic routine of entrances, transactions, interactions and exits. Live cameras will capture dialogue and the stylized physicality of pedestrian gestures. The words and movement comprising the performances will be transmitted via closed-circuit television and multiple monitors.

Doyle is a writer and director of theater and film from Brooklyn. Since 2005, he has served as the founding Artistic Director of Sponsored By Nobody, which is based in the borough. In 2004, Doyle's plays Styrofoam (Feed The Herd) and Compression of a Casualty (Golden Thread) premiered in New York City and San Francisco to critical acclaim. Since then, he has written and/or directed seven original plays, while working as a music video director in France, Sweden and New York City. A recipient of the 2008-2009 Thornton Wilder Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony, Doyle has been supported by the Puffin Foundation; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; the East End Arts Council (NY); The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange; two Incubator residencies at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater; and a 2009 US Artists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Recent plays include: not from canada, Fox(y) Friends, The Amputated Years and Behind the Bullseye. His play The Position was published in Plays & Playwrights 2006 and The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2006, after premiering at the Obie Award winning Ice Factory '05 festival at the Ohio Theatre (NYC). His work has been translated into French, Dutch and Romanian and produced in Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada and the United States.

Sponsored by Nobody is committed to developing original work that is relevant to contemporary America. SBN has established a reputation in New York and Europe for presenting abrasive, engaging theater while refusing to relinquish the idea of art as a catalyst for social change. While rooted in theatre, SBN incorporates multiple disciplines in their work - borrowing from dance, film, music and installation art - while employing both found-texts and original writing. SBN remains committed to a collaborative development process and operates with a sense of urgency in each project they undertake as a company. For more information contact Blake Zidell & Associates, 718-643-9052 or blake@blakezidell.com.

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