The Age of ‘Neptune in Pisces’ Is Here

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“Flooded River, Luminous Dawn” by Stephen Hannock

For the first time since the 19th century, Neptune — a symbol for the oneness of all being — moved into Pisces in the astrological charts in February 2011, and will last for 14 years.

Those years, from 1849 to 1862, were notable as a time for Transcendentalist writers and Romantic painters, and the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor is adopting that inspiration for its newest exhibition, “Neptune in Pisces,” opening Saturday, June 23, with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sag Harbor gallery, located at 17 Washington Street.

“Here at Grenning Gallery, we have long made the case that we are in the midst of another Renaissance — one of science and technology, of travel and connectedness,” according to a press release. “With the advent of the internet, the world’s knowledge is readily available to all, for the first time in humanity. Information is flowing around the world like water, finding its level.”

“Neptune in Pisces” is an exhibition of artists celebrating water as a symbol of consciousness and connectedness of all things in nature, and will feature the work by Grenning artists Nelson H. White, Maryann Lucas and Ben Lussier, as well as introduce new artists Amy Florence, Tina Orsolic Dalessio and Hilary McCarthy, and veteran names Jeremy Lipking and George H. Lewis — one of the primary inspirations for this show’s theme.

“Aphrodite’s Foam” by George H. Lewis

“‘Aphrodite’s Foam’ refers to the fact that she was born out of the sea foam, the daughter of Dion, the goddess of health, and Zeus, the god of all gods. Anyone who has swam in the sea would agree that it is a merging of health and the all-powerful forces,” the press release said.

George H, Lewis, previously the court painter to the Sultan of Oman, and new painter to the East End, is a world-renowned artist who is also regarded as a great philosopher and polymath of our modern era, and will give a talk at the gallery on Friday, June 22, from 5 to 6 p.m.

The show will also include several key paintings from Stephen Hannock’s “Flooded River” series, and will remain on view through Sunday, July 8. For more information, please call (631) 725-8469 or visit grenninggallery.com.

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Michelle Trauring is an associate editor and arts and living writer for The Sag Harbor Express.