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This Week In Arts

Originally Posted: April 14, 2009


Work by Maria José Arjona whose will be on display at The Water Mill Center. All images herein provided by galleries and artists


Southampton - The East End is hopping this weekend with numerous art openings for both solo and group exhibitions.

The Water Mill Center Presents A Workshop Performance By Maria Jose Arjona
On Saturday, April 25, at 2:30 p.m. The Water Mill Center will present a work-in-Progress showing of Maria Jose Arjona's "A Line of Thought, A Line of Action, A Line of...," a series of performances and recordings taking place throughout the Watermill Center and grounds, in which the artist's body activates a relationship between an idea, an action and a drawing. Long Island and New York City audiences will have a first opportunity to glimpse the work, developed from a series of performances taking place throughout the entire site of the Center. The performance is free to the public, but reservations are required. Email mariajosearjona.eventbrite.com for reservations.

Artwork by Liz Zieler.


Exhibit Opening At Engel & Völkers
Engel & Völkers Real Estate in Southampton, an international Real Estate firm with approximately 360 property shop locations around the world will host an Art Exhibition on Saturday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for artist Liz Zieler. The event will be hosted by Engel & Völkers in cooperation with The Southampton Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the art sales will be donated to the Southampton Chamber of Commerce for the expansion project that will more than double the size of their Main Street office and make it energy efficient above and beyond local standards. Liz Zieler's artwork will remain on display until Sunday, April 26.

Zieler, daughter of the late John Delury, and Nellie Delury, says that painting and photography are her two passions; her personality is of optimism and she believes that her use of colors expresses that very well. Zieler owned a gallery called "La Place", she says that having her own gallery gave her a sense of freedom to create and be her true self as an artist, where she painted, socialized and taught.

Guild Hall Presents Their Artists Members Exhibition
The Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition opens Saturday, April 25 and runs through May 30. This non-juried show is open to every artist member of Guild Hall and the top honor of distinction is a solo exhibition in Guild Hall's Spiga Gallery. Categories include Best Representational Painting, Best Abstract Painting, Best Sculpture, Best Work on Paper, Best Mixed Media, Best Photograph and numerous Honorable Mention citations, along with the $250 Catherine and Theo Hios Landscape Award. This year's Awards Juror is Jodi Hauptman, Curator in the Department of Drawings at The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Members admitted free with $5 suggested admission for non-members.

The winners of the 71st Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition will be presented on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Guild Hall lobby. Over 350 artists have entered. This year's Awards Juror is Jodi Hauptman, Curator in the Department of Drawings at The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is organized by Michelle Klein, Guild Hall Curatorial Assistant, and installation is supervised by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Curator, Guild Hall Museum.

The LongHouse Reserve will open their Spring Season on Saturday, April 25.


LongHouse Reserve - Rites Of Spring Season Opening
The LongHouse Reserve will open their Spring Season on Saturday, April 25. Their "Rites of Spring" opening will feature new sculptures by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Eric Fischl, Gonzalo Fonseca, George Rickey and Johnny Swing. There will also be a site specific water sculpture by Mia Westerlund Roosen.

This season, LongHouse Reserve (LHR) is excited to introduce a number of new sculptures including fellow East Ender Eric Fischl's "Tumbling Woman" which was commissioned to commemorate those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on 9/11. It was deemed controversial and withdrawn after being installed along a Rockefeller Center concourse. In LHR's garden, it will be seen under different circumstances. Visitors will discover four of Gonzalo Fonseca's sculptures which are developed from marble, travertine, limestone and brownstone. LongHouse will reinstall Magdalena Abakanwicz's two figures which will once again graze across Peter's Pond. Celebrated kinetic sculpture and contemporary artist George Rickey's sculptures will entice visitors to study the simplicity and scale of their moving parts. Artist Johnny Swing is known to LHR visitors for his collection of seating that uses a variety of coins, quarters, nickels, and half-dollars. This season Swing's most recent work "The Quarter Lounge" will again take common everyday materials and re-purpose them. Finally, Mia Westerlund Roosen's water feature of stucco and running water invites the viewer inside to sit and listen as water cascades through the sculpture from above.

LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit museum that encompasses nearly 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton. Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in both the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens.

"Furnish" Art-Furniture exhibition co-hosted by both Surface Library
Gallery in Springs and Keyes Art in Sag Harbor opens. Image provided
by Surface Library


Surface Library In Collaboration With Keyes Art Presents "Furnish"
Surface Library Gallery of Springs and Keyes Art of Sag Harbor are collaborating to host this unique designer event. "Furnish" is a design exposition of highly individual art-furniture, home accessories, lighting, rugs and sculpture. This design-expo will span two consecutive four-day weekends at both East End galleries at Surface Library in the Springs district of East Hampton and Keyes Art in Sag Harbor. Design professionals and enthusiasts are welcome. The Opening Receptions will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at both Surface Library and Keyes Art.

Artisans include Nathan Slate Joseph (steel tables), Forest Myers (steel cord stools), Marion Megna (blown glass chandeliers), Christa Maiwald (lighting), Sue Papa (ceramic stools), Cheryl Hazen (mosaics), Liorra Manne (woven rugs), Mark Warwick (sculpture), Michael Rosch (metal and wood tables), John Rais (forged steel furniture), Borne Design (award-winning "Slimmy Chair"), James Kennedy (textural screens), and Bob Bachler (sculptural ceramics).

For more information, call 631-291-9061, e-mail at info@surfacelibrary.com or visit www.surfacelibrary.com
Keyes Art is located at 12 Bay Street, Sag Harbor. For more information, call 631-725-8610.

Christina Matthai "Surfer Girls" at Tulla Booth Gallery.


Reception At Tulla Booth Gallery For Spring Preview
There will be an artists reception on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor for their Spring Preview, a photography exhibit featuring Jane Martin, Susan P. Meisel, Blair Seagram, Phillip Ross Monroe, Bert Glinn and others. The exhibit will remain on display through May 18.

Naked Stage Marathon Beings This Weekend At Guild Hall
From Friday, April 24 through Sunday evening, April 26, Guild Hall, in association with The Naked Stage, presents an inspiring weekend marathon of staged readings and events, including musical and theatrical performances, comedy improvisation and children's acting workshops. There is even a soup kitchen to benefit The Springs Community Seedlings Project. A weekend pass can be purchased for $40 for all events with the exception of the ACTion Workshops, Taboo, and the Benefit Soup Kitchen. Tickets go on sale at 12 noon, Thursday, April 23. Visit or call Guild Hall's Box Office at 631-324-4050. Tickets also available at www.guildhall.org or www.Theatermania.com or by calling Theatermania at 1-866-811-4111. visit www.guildhall.org or /www.thenakedstage.com/marathon.

"Visionary Times" on exhibit at Ashawagh Hall.


Visionary Times: A Photography Exhibit At Ashawagh Hall
From Saturday, April 25 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m) through Sunday, April 26, (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The opening reception is Saturday, April 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Luigi G. Colarull's works consist of fluid and dreamy images and create a poweful sensory experience. Camille Perrottet's stunning and beautiful photographs show bodies transformed and dissolved in pools of pollutants. Curated by Jane Weissman, NYC Murals & Mural Photographs of Camille Perrottet featured in "On The Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals." Vivan Polak's photographs are 'mindscapes' - pieces of nature and landscape that have been re-envisiosed and re-positioned.

Spring Break Reception At The Grenning Gallery
This Saturday, everyone gets a "Spring Break" at the Grenning Gallery. Featuring recent works by Stephen Bauman, Vincent Giarrano, Daniel Graves, Michael Kotasek, Chris Pugliese, Dave Peikon, Adam Rhude, Patty Watwood and introducing Colin Berry, and Shea Keating. The exhibit will hang through May 17. An opening reception will be on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact the gallery or call 631-767-5302 for more information.

Inaugural Young American Writers Project Middle School Playwrights Perform At Stony Brook Southampton
Stony Brook Southampton's M.F.A. in Writing and Literature program announces the first annual performance of the Young American Writers Project (YAWP), an integral part of the university's commitment to Long Island middle school and high school students. On Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m., nine short plays written and performed by middle school students from five area schools - Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor's Pierson, Shelter Island, The Ross School and Eastport South Manor - will be presented at Stony Brook Southampton's Avram Theatre. Admission for the Young American Writers Project festival of student plays is free. For further ticket information and to reserve your seat, visit www.stonybrook.edu/southampton or email Will Chandler at william.chandler@stonybrook.edu.

Folksingers Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo


Songs Of Fish-Shape Paumanok
Folksingers Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo will perform "Songs of Fish-shape Paumanok" at Canio's on Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m. The program will include songs of coastal life on Long Island, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The songs tell of eel spearing, clamming, lighthouses, shipwrecks, sailing around Cape Horn, fighting pirates, and the romance and reality of life at sea. Several of the songs to be performed are taken from research into the journals kept by Sag Harbor whalemen during the mid-19th century voyages. For further information call 631-725-4926.

Stages Presents Beauty And The Beast At The Bay Street Theatre
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" presented by Stages, A Children's Theatre Workshop, Inc. at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. Stages' production is directed and choreographed by Helene Leonard and performed by over 40 young actors ages eight to 19. The musical accompaniment is provided by Amanda Jones and James Benard, with sets created by Robin Richards and Goran Petmil. The magical costumes, an intrinsic part of the production, are provided by Red Curtain Rentals and Barbara Oldak. Tickets are just $15 and are available at the Bay Street Theater box office or call 631-735-9500 to charge.

Beginning Ceramics: On the Wheel At Applied Arts School In Amagansett
Each Thursday starting April 23, and running through May 14, the Applied Arts School in Amagansett is offering a beginning ceramics course. This four-week ceramics course is designed to teach students the art of throwing pottery on the wheel. Students will learn how to make functional pieces such as bowls, cups, vases and other vessels through a series of instructed, hands-on teachniques. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. and costs $260 for the program. Call 631-267-2787 to register.

Jill Musnicki Presents New Works On Paper At The Drawing Room
From April 17 through May 18, The Drawing Room in East Hampton is pleased to present Jill Musnicki's most recent exploration of the insect specimens that continue to engage her creative process. In this new series of gouaches, Musnicki expands her palette and brings fresh, calligraphic brushwork to idiosyncratic forms silhouetted on the white field of each page. There will be a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For further information or reproductions, contact Susan Papa at 631-324-5016 or info@drawingroom-gallery.com

Jill Musnicki will have exhibit at The Drawing Room.<


Susan Rockford Solo Show At The Levitas Center
Susan Rockford will have a solo show of her paintings, "landscapes," at the Levitas Center For The Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center from April 13 through April 26. Rockford's paintings are acrylic, multi-textured pieces on canvas and linen.

Dog And Pony Show At Pamela Williams Gallery In Amagansett
From Friday, April 17 through Sunday, May 10 the Pamela Williams Gallery in Amagansett will be hosting an exhibit entitled "The Dog and Pony Show." The exhibit will be featuring works by Kim Boulukos, Derek Buckner, Ralph Carpentier, Connie Fox, John Hardy, William King, Ivan Kustura, Paton Miller, Denise Regan, Ken Robbins, David Suter, Pete Turner, and Charles Waller.

Exhibit Continues At The Crazy Monkey Gallery
The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will be showing Mark E. Zimmerman and Bob and Ellyn Tucker's 'Retrospective' from April 3 through April 26. The gallery will also be exhibiting a group show featuring Stephanie Reit, Jennifer Meihofer, Jana Hayden, Ruth Rogers-Altmann, Marcia Tucker, and Daveen Herley. The Crazy Monkey Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the gallery at 631-267-3627 or visit them online at www.thecrazymonkeygallery.com.

Redefining Surrealism At Eli Klein Fine Art In Manhattan
Eli Klein Fine Art is pleased to present "Redefining Surrealism," an exhibit curated by Nancy Nan and featuring works by Jiang Huan, Liu Yan, Ma Bing, Xia Xing, and Xiao Se. The opening reception will be held Thursday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until June 14. Eli Klein Fine Art is located at 462 West Broadway in Manhattan. Call 212-255-4388 for details.





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