Fine Arts

‘Ring the Alarm’ with Guild Hall

Guild Hall’s online program “Ring the Alarm” continues Friday, March 5, at 6 p.m. with a Zoom conversation between Renee Cox and Shinique Smith. The series began in 2020 and is inspired by a forthcoming Guild Hall exhibition of Black artists that Renee Cox, a new member of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts, will co-curate in summer of 2023. Previous conversations focused on empowerment, the Black experience, and issues of contemporary life.

Digital Workshops from The Watermill Center

This spring, The Watermill Center (TWC) launches a series of public workshops, kicking off in March with four digital offerings from TWC’s international alumni. Featuring writer Afua Ansong, theater artist Anton Krause, multidisciplinary artist Tamar Ettun and visual artist Lua Rivera, the workshops aim to demystify the creative process by inviting participants to directly engage with an artist’s studio practice.

Local Artists Given Platform for Socially Engaged Work

Known for its year-round roster of internationally renowned artists and performers, Guild Hall of East Hampton also champions the plentiful talent on the East End. During the month of March, Guild Hall welcomes local artists to apply to its new Community Artist-in-Residence (CAIR) program, which was established in 2020 in response to the pandemic and is focused on spotlighting creatives who live and work in the area.

A Love Song for Jack Lenor Larsen

LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton held its winter benefit, “A Love Song to Jack,” on February 14 — a virtual Valentine’s Day event to celebrate the life of LongHouse’s beloved founder, Jack Lenor Larsen, who died recently at the age of 93.

Parrish Business Council Leads by Example

When Maria Fumai-Dietrich joined the Parrish Art Museum staff, she took one look at the business membership roster and was immediately impressed — and, simultaneously, inspired. The members represented industries across the board, from hospitality, retail and graphic design to architecture, law and real estate. And, in there, she saw unbound potential.

Explore Parrish Art Museum’s ‘Field of Dreams’

The Parrish Art Museum offers its next outdoor, socially distanced walking tours of “Field of Dreams” and “Bonac Blind” on Friday, February 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Parrish senior curator Corinne Erni and Parrish docents will be stationed throughout the meadow to discuss the sculpture with guests and 2020 Parrish Road Show artist Scott Bluedorn will be onsite to give tours of his “Bonac Blind.”

Key New Staff Roles at Guild Hall

Last week, Guild Hall announced the appointment of Jonquil Schaller-Harris as its new membership, annual fund and communications manager. Additionally, new roles have been established for existing staff members Joe Brondo, Casey Dalene and Anthony Madonna.

A Straight Shooting Artist

The Arts Center at Duck Creek in East Hampton is currently hosting an off-season, outdoor installation by artist Ryan Kitson. Titled “No Fillings for a Copper Plate,” the installation consists of work created from copper and aluminum sheets that have been shot with bullets jacketed in copper and is a nod to the age-old practice of shooting road signs in this country.

Three Voices, Three Evenings With Guild Hall

On February 26, director Jackson Gay presents a night of participatory theater, collective listening and discussion as she reflects on her time as a Guild Hall Artist-in-Residence and shares the beginnings of her new project “Endless Loop of Gratitude” and other works written during her time in residence.

Meet Kelly Taxter, the Parrish Art Museum’s New Director

Last week, the Parrish Art Museum announced that Kelly Taxter would become its next director. Taxter assumes the mantle from Interim Director Chris Siefert, who’s been at the helm of the Water Mill museum since the previous director, Terrie Sultan, departed in June 2020. Taxter comes to the Parrish from the Jewish Museum in New York City, where she’s been since 2013, and most recently, was named the Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art, the museum’s first endowed and named contemporary curator position.

Winter Art Exhibition for Southampton Artists Association

More than 30 members of the Southampton Artists Association (SAA) will participate in a “Winter Art Exhibition” running Wednesday, February 17, through Sunday, March 14, at Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton.

Painting is for Lovers

Aptly aligned with the romance of Valentine’s Day, Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor is hosting “Painting, Beloved,” an exhibition opening February 13 which explores the “Mate as Muse” phenomenon with works by artist couples Ben Fenske and Amy Florence, Sarah Lamb and David Larned, Viktor Butko and Kelly Carmody, Marc Dalessio and Tina Orsolic Dalessio, Angel Ramiro Sanchez and Melissa Franklin Sanchez, and Pedro Silva and Stefan J. Martin.

Guild Hall’s Student Art Festival Awards Announced

At a time when young people are not always able to congregate and celebrate, Guild Hall is providing a light in winter’s darkness — an awards ceremony recognizing the artistic and creative talent of local students who exhibited their works in the museum’s “Student Art Festival 2021: Past-Present-Future.”

Kelly Taxter Named New Director of the Parrish Art Museum

The Board of Trustees of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton has named Kelly Taxter as the museum’s next director. Taxter comes to the Parrish Art Museum from the Jewish Museum in New York City where she was the Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art. 

Finding Beauty in the Fire: ‘East End Collected6’ Endures Against Pandemic Backdrop

When Patrick J. Peters III picks up the phone last Friday afternoon, he is standing in front of an 80-square-foot canvas, staring at a cacophony of color — and, within it, two dichotomous dragons. The first is black and red, greedy and fear-driven, overshadowed by the beast behind him. She, on the other hand, is vibrant and playful, her taloned hand plunged deep into her foe. And, out of the struggle, comes energy and light.

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