Bits & Banter: Cornelia Foss, Jericho Brown, Uganda Fundraising, PechaKucha!

"Garden Flowers #6" (Copyright © 2018, courtesy Cornelia Foss, all rights reserved). Christopher Foss photo

New Work By Cornelia Foss On View

Cornelia Foss paints what she sees — the beaches and landscapes of the East End, the garden of her Long Island home, views of Central Park — the newest collection on view starting Thursday, March 22, at Rafael Gallery, located at 235 E. 59th Street in Manhattan.

“In Foss’s straightforward, keenly observed canvases, ephemeral, unreturning, apparently inconsequential moments are distilled and endlessly prolonged,” according to art critic Karen Wilkin. “Distanced by translation into the language of paint and painting, these fleeting glimpses of places dear to the artist are magically preserved.”

This show — curated by MM Fine Art and featuring monumental landscapes and smaller canvas sketches — will give viewers a glimpse into a world of exuberant flower gardens, expansive scenery and expressive skies, and will remain on view through April 14. For more information, please visit

Poet Jericho Brown will be the next guest in the spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, located at 39 Tuckahoe Road in Southampton.

The recipient of the Whiting Writers Award — as well as fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts — Brown’s first book, “Please,” won the American Book Award, and his second effort, “The New Testament,” was named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by Library Journal.

Brown earned his doctorate from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. He is an associate professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta, and his poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker and The Best American Poetry.

Admission is free. A reception will precede the reading at 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. For more information, please call (631) 632- 5030 or visit

Operation International Fundraising For Uganda Mission

Join Southampton-based charity Operation International for a winter fundraiser on Friday, March 16, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at American Whiskey Restaurant, located at 247 W 30th Street in Manhattan.

Team New York launched Operation International with its maiden mission to Haiti in 1997, and was one of the earliest surgical teams to respond to the earthquake disaster in Haiti in 2010. They have continued to travel to some of the most remote areas in the world to provide health care — including an upcoming mission to Rakai, Uganda, in April. Once there, a team will treat adults and children who need complex surgical pathology, and provide supplies to orphans in the area.

“Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated,” according to a press release. “A donation of $500 will repair a child’s cleft lip/palate. A donation of $1,000 will pay for corrective surgery for burn victims, giving them a second chance at life. A donation of $2,000 will pay for life-changing surgery for a victim who has lost hope suffering with cancer. A donation of $5,000 will enable us to donate all of the equipment for an operating room.”

Tickets are $125, available both at the door or online at

Ready, Set, PechaKucha!

What do you get when you bring together a fashion executive, a land conservationist, an arborist, a sculptor, a photographer and three artists?

Pechakucha Night Hamptons — volume 23.

On Friday, March 16, starting at 6 p.m., each speaker will show 20 slides for 20 seconds a piece during the rapid-fire presentation at the Parrish Art Museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill.

The roster includes:

Annette Azan, who moved into the fields of interior designer and styling six years ago after more than two decades as a fashion executive. Through a keen eye for texture and color, combined with an instinctive knowledge of balancing elements, she has been designing dynamic spaces for her clients.

Southampton native Josh Halsey, who is dedicated to exploring community, its connection to agriculture, and the world beneath our feet. Halsey engages his surroundings and draws insight from his experiences to conserve land on the East End.

Matthew Hartline, a certified arborist specializing in the pruning of woody plants, who has worked with Bill Miller & Associates for more than 15 years, providing care for trees, shrubs, hedges and ornamental vines that grow in gardens on the South Fork.

Robert Hooke, a sculptor in stone and bronze, who has exhibited domestically and abroad — Europe, Australia and South Africa. His work emphasizes stance, the body position assumed by instinct or purpose, while adhering to the famous quote of Miles Davis, “Creativity is not the notes you put in, but the notes you leave out.”

Tanya Malott, a fulltime Sag Harbor resident and lifelong photographer, has been capturing images of life from her perspective for over three decades. Her professional career has include fashion photography, wedding and family portraits around the world, and more recently the travels of Nobel Laureate Malala and others who use their messages and images to create change in the world.

Anne Raymond is a painter and printmaker whose large abstract canvases and monotypes hang in museums, as well as private and corporate collections nationwide. The East End has been both her home and muse for almost 30 years.

Barbara Thomas, who first came to the East End in the 1960s, has been painting in the area since the early 1980s. She has built a wide following as a plein air landscape painter, as well as garden, landscape and house portraitist. She teaches painting at the Parrish Art Museum and in Manhattan.

Lastly, artist Nina Yankowitz has worked with technology to highlight and challenge socio-political content since 1967, when she first exhibited her earliest draped, pleated and sound imbued painting, “Oh Say Can You See,” which disputed feminist and civil rights ethical injustices. As a “citizen scientist” for more than a decade, Yankowitz infuses interactive technology into her environmental video projection installations to allow viewers to respond to options about climate change conditions.

Tickets are $12 and free for members, children and students. Reservations are required. For more information, please call (631) 283-2118 or visit