Art in Motion: “Velocity Games” at Sara Nightingale Gallery

"Safety" by Margaret Garrett

When Margaret Garrett begins working on a new piece, she sees the paper or canvas as an empty stage — a space for texture, form and color to transform into motion, rhythm and energy.

The classically trained dancer left home at age 16 to join the Pennsylvania Ballet and later danced with the Cleveland Ballet as a soloist. She only began to paint in her early 20s, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color.

Her new work, often part of ongoing series, will open with a reception on Saturday, May 26, at Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor, as part of “Velocity Games: New Work by Margaret Garrett and Steven Kinder.”

Kinder, an artist who splits his time between Water Mill and Brooklyn — and is also inspired by movement, energy and what he calls “natural forces” — attended Cooper Union and has been drawing, painting and constructing large-scale installations for more than four decades. His recent work advances his interests in various forms of dynamic tension found in nature, specifically tidal bores, surges and whirlpools.

Even his easel is not static — he designed a rotating mount for his works — and his signature 9-inch square drawings have now become templates for his larger paintings.

“In these templates, Kinder explores how form and color can come together and break apart while maintaining compositional integrity inside a small space,” according to a press release. “When Kinder translates the small drawings onto larger canvases, there is a palpable and necessary shift of pressure, color intensity and rhythm.”

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 26 Main Street, and the show will remain on view through June 26. For more information, please call (631) 793-2256 or visit

“SN 1001-18” by Steven Kinder