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Originally Posted: February 01, 2010

Artist Steve Romm will have exhibition at St. Peter's Church. (All images courtesy of artists and galleries)

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) from March 4 through April 19. There will be an opening reception on March 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Music will be provided by William Falkenburg.

The Retreat's Second Annual Juried Art Show
The Retreat's Second Annual Juried Art Show is accepting submissions until March 12. This show, benefiting the Retreat's Domestic Violence Services, is open to all artists with work in Photography, Painting, 2D, 3D, and Sculpture (no video art). The work cannot be larger than 24" x 36." Entry fee is $50 per entry, limit three entries. Make checks payable to The Retreat, or pay online at www.hamptonsjuriedartshow.com. This is your chance to have your artwork judged by distinguished members of the art world. The jurors of this competition are Max Fishko, Gallery Director of ArtHamptons and the San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall in East Hampton. The top 25 entries, as decided by the jurors, will be in a group show at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery opening on May 1, 2010. The best in show of these 25 will win a solo exhibition at the gallery, at a date to be determined. All works entered must be original creations by the artist and must be show ready by April 19 if picked to be in the group show. Accepted works cannot be substituted and are committed for the duration of the show. Regardless of selection status everyone will be emailed the last week in March. Digital images must be in JPEG format and minimum of 72 dpi (to be judged online). Images must be titled in this format - Title, Last Name, First Name. Enter your images by email to heather@theretreatinc.org, or Upload images at www.hamptonsjuriedartshow.com, or mail CD's to: Juried Art Show, The Retreat, 13 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY 11937. For more than 20 years the Retreat has been providing domestic violence services and education to families on the East End of Long Island. Programs include a residential shelter, a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, individual and group counseling for women and children, legal advocacy and an in-school violence prevention education program taught in our local schools. All services are free of charge.

Andy Harper, "The God Particle," 43 ¼ x 71" oil on linen.

McNeill Art Group
The McNeill Art Group is pleased to announce the opening of "The Garden" at the Tribeca Project Space, curated by Beth McNeill. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. "The Garden" is an examination of civilization's founding story. A frequent muse of artists throughout the ages, The Garden of Eden is rich with mystery, beauty and deception. This exhibition illustrates the ancient narrative that has shaped our world. The exhibition features paintings, photography, sculpture, installation and design by artists Jennifer Angus, Saul Becker, Jordan Betten, Susan Benarcik, Thomas Card, Tapp Francke, Helen Gifford, Jason Hackenwerth, Robert Hand, Andy Harper, William T. Hillman, Kim Keevers, Steve Mannino, Jane Martin, John Messenger, Jeff Muhs, Ted Nemeth and Tyrome Tripoli. A performance by Hackenwerth will take place during the opening reception. The exhibition runs from February 28 through May 31. The McNeill Art Group project space is located at 143 Reade Street, Tribeca, New York City. The space is open by appointment only. For appointments call 631-838-4843, or email mcneillartgroup@mac.com for more information.

Artwork by Rosalind Brenner on view at Ashawagh Hall.

"Body Of Work II" At Ashawagh Hall
"Body of Work II" is a collective of artists whose main source of inspiration is the human form, in all its manifestations, from the ethereal to the political. Following last year's exhibit, "Body of Work I," the artists are presenting three shows at Ashawagh Hall in 2010, March 6 through March 7, May 7 through May 9 and
September 3 through September 6. Each show will feature 10 artists from the group of 14. You will get to see some of the artists in more than one show this year, and observe variations in their forms of expression. Some of the artists make their individual statements in only one exhibit. The first exhibit on March 6 and March 7, a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reception on Saturday, March 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artists include Mary Antczak, Rosalind Brenner, Michael Cardacino, Jana Hayden, Jim Hayden, Bob Markell, Bill Negron, Frank Sofo, Molly M. Weiss and Margaret Weissbach. The following artists in the group will be participating in the next two group exhibits "Body of Work III" and "Body of Work IV": Scott Artman, Linda Capello, Karyn Mannix and Ruth Nasca. Each show will feature a Buyers' Choice Raffle, a way to win an original piece of art by your favorite artist for the price of a raffle ticket. For further information contact Margaret Weissbach at murmar2@verizon.net or 516-398-6964.

Danese Gallery
April Gornik will be representing the Danese Gallery at the Art Dealers Association of America show at the Armory this year, which opens March 2 in preview. The show runs March 3 through March 7. There's an admission fee of $20. The 2010 edition of The Art Show continues ADAA's tradition of bringing the highest quality artworks to one monumental art exhibition space at the Park Avenue Armory. The 70 selected exhibitions, presented by the nation's leading art galleries, will feature museum-quality works ranging from 19th and 20th century Old Master works to recently completed contemporary painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and multi-media. The Art Show and its Gala Preview, on March 2, will benefit Henry Street Settlement and continue an art world institution. To be held at Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City on Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m. For more information call 212-766-9200, ext. 248.

The life of Selena to be celebrated. (Music Choice)

Music Choice
Music Choice will be celebrating the life, career and legacy of the late Pop/Tejano mega star, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez with a special tribute in March.

Almost 15 years since the icon's passing, Selena's music continues to top Latin and Pop charts throughout the world and many of her records still remain unbroken. The Queen of Tejano Music's impact will be celebrated via the "Selena Tribute" tab under Music Choice On Demand, viewers can watch Selena's catalog of videos, including "No Me Queda Mas," "I Could Fall In Love," "Amor Prohibido," "La Carcacha," along with "Bidi Bidi Boom Boom," and "Dreaming of You."

A Selena inspired video playlist featuring Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Prima J and David Archuleta, along with three episodes of Choice Cuts featuring Daddy Yankee, Gomez, and Archuleta talking about their memories of Selena will also be available for viewing any time during the month of March by 42 million homes nationwide on Music Choice On Demand™.

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 from March 5 to April 4. Also exhibiting in a group show at the gallery will be AAEH members June Kaplan and Mark Zimmerman. Opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Zhao Bo, Big Family, 2009. Oil on canvas. 118 1/8 x 173 1/4 inches (300 x 440 cm).

Eli Klein Fine Art
Eli Klein Fine Art (462 West Broadway, New York City) is pleased to present dual solo exhibitions for Zhang Gong and Zhao Bo. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the artists will be present. These exhibitions are accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog published by the Today Art Museum in Beijing, China.

Zhang Gong incorporates cartoon characters with scenes from modernist Western paintings and other popular images. These juxtapositions simultaneously satirize and question ideas about what constitutes high art and originality. His own creation, "Miss Panda," interacts with the Western characters in chaotic scenes. "Miss Panda" often finds her way into famous Western paintings, reminding the viewer that Western art, once banned, has now been assimilated into the collective consciousness of modern Chinese society. Through his works, Gong brings historic and contemporary art into dialogue with one another.

Zhang Gong, Confrontation, 2009. Acrylic on canvas. 47 1/4 x 86 5/8 inches (120 x 220 cm).

Zhao Bo's paintings record the monumental cultural and political shifts in China, shown from the perspective of Chinese people. Mocking the social realist propaganda of Communist China, Zhao Bo replaces the ideal Chinese worker or citizen with an ostentatious cartoon. The bright colors and enthusiastic poses express the vitality and exuberance of this new Chinese generation. Rather than revering Chairman Mao and principles of Communism, these wide-eyed figures revel in the glow of billboards and luxury goods. Yet, their placement in front of important Communist markers, such as Mao's tomb or signs proclaiming, "Long live the people," is a constant reminder of the government's presence.

Next At The Gallery: Liu Bolin. Since Liu Bolin's work was first exhibited at Eli Klein Fine Art in 2007, the artist has exploded on the international scene. Bolin's second solo exhibition will open at the Gallery on April 30. His message of political protest resonates throughout the world, bridging gaps in language and culture. Liu's controversial works has resulted in his images becoming the subject of emails, blogs, magazines, newspapers, journals, and television news reports. As of last October, Bolin was the Number 1 most searched artist on Artnet, which is unprecedented for any Chinese artist. The artist will be present for the opening reception on Friday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Eli Klein Fine Art is proud to present the first solo exhibition in New York for Shen Shaomin, whose unique conceptual works will be on view at the Gallery from June 9 through July 14. The artist will be present for the opening reception on June 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Shaomin's work will simultaneously be exhibited in "Dead or Alive," curated by David Revere McFadden at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, as well as in the Sydney Biennale.

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

The Crazy Monkey Gallery
The Crazy Monkey Gallery (136 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-269-3927, www.thecrazymonkeygallery.com) will feature two artists in March, Beth Barry and Sara Petitt. The exhibition will open on March 5 and run through April 4, with an opening reception held on Saturday, March 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Barry was born in Massachusetts and studied painting at Connecticut College and Pratt Institute. She became an art therapist, and received a social work degree. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 20 years. Throughout these years, has consistently pursued her involvement in the arts, and has exhibited in New York City, Massachusetts and in East Hampton and Amagansett. Petitt, who also exhibits under the name Sara Gursky-Petitt, is a graduate of Bennington College where she was a Fine Arts Major. She has exhibited work at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, has been in shows curated by Lyle Wexler as well as Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum, Lewis Knauss and Faye Hirsch, Senior Editor of Art in America among others. Her work has been exhibited at various museums in a traveling exhibition called "9 x 9 x 3." Petitt works with photo collage and often combines writing in her pieces. She is a Professor on the Faculty of the State University of New York and her work is frequently seen in Faculty exhibitions. She has exhibited work at the A.I.R. Gallery, Florence Lynch Gallery and Pleaides Gallery as well as other galleries in New York City. 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.

On exhibit at Verge NY.

Sara Nightingale Gallery
The Sara Nightingale Gallery will present Christa Maiwald, Jennie Nichols, Laurence Hegarty, and Eric Dever at Verge NY, from March 4 through March 7, at The Dylan Hotel, 52 East 41st Street. There will be an opening night preview reception on Thursday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Public hours are Friday and Saturday, March 5 and March 6, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for the preview at $20, and general admission at $10, and $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 631-793-2256, or go to www.saranightingale.com.


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. This is her second solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will run from February 21 until March 28.

East End Arts Council
The East End Arts Council announces a Call for Artists to a juried, all-media, exhibit titled "Bodies in Motion," to be held at the Arts Council's gallery on Main Street in Riverhead from March 5 through April 9. The juror is Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall in East Hampton. Participants are invited to submit images of bodies in the process of moving; bodies can be of man, beast, water, celestial, etc. Open to all artists. All media, including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, video, sculpture and poetry are invited. Original work only, no reproductions. No 'appropriated' elements unless original artist is credited in the title of your piece. Drop-off dates are February 25 through February 27 at 133 East Main Street, Riverhead during the hours of 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. For a full prospectus with size guidelines and CD submission rules, go to www.eastendarts.org or call 631-727-0900 for more information.

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).

Gallery West
Gallery West, located in the Captree Commons Building on the Michael J. Grant Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, is pleased to present "Locks In Translation," a group exhibition curated by painter and poet JoAnne McFarland through March 10. Gallery hours 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.

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