Bits: ‘Forms & Figures,’ OFVS Brings Chills, ‘Girl Rising” Still Fans Women’s Rights

“Joyous Dance” by Chris Ann Ambery.

‘Forms & Figures’ Celebrates Female Vision

It is without coincidence that the group show, “Forms & Figures,” opens on Saturday, March 16 — right in the thick of National Women’s History Month — at William Ris Gallery in Jamesport.

After all, the show highlights the creative energy of nine female artists: Chris Ann Ambery, Deborah Brisker Burk, Shawn Ehlers, Madison Fender, Jan Guarino, Jennifer Hannaford, Margaret Minardi, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, and Susan M. Saunders.

“The ‘Me Too’ Movement has renewed awareness of not only women’s rights, but also recognizing the many accomplishments made by women — the arts notwithstanding,” according to a press release.

While Ambery, Brisker-Burk and Saunders are returning artists to William Ris Gallery — and will be offering new works for the exhibition — this is the first time the gallery will see works by Fender, Guarino, Hannaford, Minardi and Pundyk and Ehlers.

“I have a deep passion for Native American culture and their reverence for nature,” Ehlers said of the concept behind her work, which combine Polaroid photography and encaustic wax. “One of their beliefs is that birds are the connection between heaven and earth. Using women as birds demonstrates that we are messengers, better communicators and have a tendency to be more open to the spiritual and intuitive world.”

From Ambery’s joyously energetic prints to the sophisticated, playful images of Hannaford’s underwater paintings to the reverence and examined strokes of Guarino’s canvases, “Forms & Figures” represents a collection of women artists the East End should know, according to gallery owner and curator Mary Cantone.

“I wanted to bring in new talented and remarkable women artists who I feel share a community, as well as world vision and sensibility,” Cantone said in a press release. “I’ve always collected figure works. I find there’s an intimacy in them which I can identify with, and am fascinated by the different interpretations and traditions which cross all backgrounds and borders, making each of them so unique.”

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jamesport gallery, located at 1291 Main Road, followed by an artist talk on Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will remain on view through April 14. For more information, visit

OFVS Brings Chills with ‘Days of Wine and Roses After Dark’

Welcome home — whether you like it or not.

Get up close and personal with the Sesors, a couple who lives at the Days of Wine and Roses Manor in Southold, during an immersive evening of thrills, sustenance and theater, presented by Our Fabulous Variety Show, on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m.

“What lies will be uncovered as they navigate the curious nature of their eclectic estate?” a press release says. “As a guest, you’re invited to witness, interact and lose yourselves in the twists and turns of this new tale. Enjoy small plates and two complimentary beverages throughout the evening, and detect your own clues to unlock the secrets of their lives.”

Days of Wine and Roses is located at 57125 Main Road in Southold. Tickets are $70, plus tax, and attire is “comfort couture.”

“You’ll be inspired to move,” the release says.

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‘Girl Rising’ Still Fanning Women’s Rights Movement

“Girl Rising” is not the same film it was five years ago.

Now featuring new footage not included in the original release, the celebrated documentary will screen on Friday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at Ross School, located at 18 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton, right on the heels of International Women’s Day.

“‘Girl Rising’ spotlights the unforgettable stories of girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams,” according to a press release. “Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, written by acclaimed female writers and voiced by notable actresses — including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and more — ‘Girl Rising’ proves that one girl with courage is a revolution.”

Producer Kayce Jennings will hold a post-screening Q&A to discuss the film, as well as the global movement that emerged from it. The Girl Rising organization has partnered with multiple NGOs to impact global communities — such as A New Day Cambodia, Plan International, Room to Read, CARE, Partners in Health, World Vision, and Girl Up.

Admission is free, but reservations are required, as seating is limited. For more information, visit