DISPATCH - AUG 24, 2012 (10:35 p.m.)

HAMPTONS, NY

This week's selections of new art shows are all solo exhibitions. In addition, there are two fundraisers that shouldn't be missed--especially for those who enjoy the energy of collaboration and unusual forms as basis for artwork.

On Saturday, Exquisite Corpse.2 presents a fundraiser where the main draw is surfboards made into art and created Surrealism style. It's being held at Neoteric Fine Art. On Wednesday, the Box Art Auction Preview Event offers the first look at creative rectangular objects made for charity.

Here are this week's Three To See pics:

  • Ramiro - Grenning Gallery
  • Andrea Kowch - Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery
  • Dan Rizzie - Peter Marcelle Gallery

"RAMIRO, SOLO SHOW” - Grenning Gallery

Angel Ramiro Sanchez is one of the art stars in the Grenning Gallery. His paintings adhere to academic classical realism but then expand to include his joy of adhering paint.

For this year's annual solo show in Sag Harbor, Ramiro presents paintings that continue his studio interior themes. However, these works seem to invite viewers to become part of the scene through questions and conversation that seem to lie in wait through implication in the painting's composition.

Ramiro's art is held in public and private collections in Europe, England, the United States and Venezuela. He was recently given a retrospective by the Minister of Culture in Milan, Italy. In 2013, he will present a show of religious painting in Rome, sponsored by the Vatican.

"Ramiro, Solo Show" will have an opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 17 Washington St, Sag Harbor, NY. www.grenninggallery.com

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"Ask Me" by Ramiro, 2012. Oil, 14 x 17.5 inches.

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"Memories from St. Petersburg by Ramiro, 2012. Oil, 35.5 x 25.5 inches.

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"METAMORPHOSIS OF MOOD" - A solo show by Andrea Kowch - Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery

This is the third annual solo show for Kowch held at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery. The Midwestern artist has captured Hamptons imaginations with her haunting scenes and gothic-like characters who inhabit Andrew Wyeth-like landscapes with an Alfred Hitchcock twist.

This year's exhibition takes over both floors of the gallery. New paintings made within the last 12 months will be presented. So will some of her limited edition prints. "Metamorphosis of Mood" will unveil Kowch's largest painting to date.

"Metamorphosis of Mood" has an artist reception on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through Sept 21. The gallery is located at 90 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY. www.rjdgallery.com

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"Refuge" by Andrea Kowch. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.

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"In the Hollow" by Andrea Kowch. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches.

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"NEW WORK BY DAN RIZZIE" - Peter Marcelle Gallery

Rizzie's work combines the colors and textures of faraway deserts with implied lush naturals, intriguing shapes and whimsical circles to make his art.

Rizzie's work is held by permanent collections of multiple museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

“New Work by Dan Rizzie” has an opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs through Sep 9. The gallery is located at 2411 Main St, Bridgehampton, NY. www.petermarcellecontemporary.com

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"Peach" by Dan Rizzie, 2012. Mixed media collage on linen, 62 x 44 inches.

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New painting by Dan Rizzie. Courtesy Peter Marcelle Gallery.

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THREE TO SEE EXTRAS:

“EXQUISITE CORPSE.2: THE SURFBOARD AS BODY” fundraiser presents surfboards as basis for art. Each surfboard features three separate sections of art made by different artists stacked into a single artwork. Each artist made their work blind to how it would link with others. All of the participating artists are also surfers.

The surfboards are currently on view at Neoteric Fine Art. Bids for the silent auction will be accepted until 10 p.m. on Saturday. The fundraiser culminates with an Event Night on Saturday held from to 6 10 p.m. The show is curated by Mike Solomon. Benefiting charities are The Surfrider Foundation, Hoops 4 Hope and Citizens for Access Rights. Neoteric Fine Art is located at 208 Main St., Amagansett, NY. www.neotericfineart.com. A separate story will publish at Hamptons Art Hub on Saturday.

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Exquisite Corpse.2 surfboard made by Matisse Patterson, Michael Halsband and Bryan Charron.

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EAST END HOSPICE BOX ART AUCTION PREVIEW will be held on Wednesday (Aug 29) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Church, 18 James Lane, East Hampton, NY. Boxes will be on view on Wednesday (Aug 29) and Thursday (Aug 30) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The preview event is free.

The Box Art Auction takes place on Saturday, Sept 8, at the Ross School Center for Well-Being in East Hampton. Tickets are $75 and benefits East End Hospice. A preview can be viewed here: www.eeh.org/boxart2012/welcome2012.html.

Here are two boxes to get the viewing started:

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Artwork by Daniel Pollera.

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Artwork by Don Saco.

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© 2012 Pat Rogers and Hamptons Art Hub. All rights reserved.

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  • Thanks Pat,
    I enjoyed reading this preview. Hope to see you at Dan Rizzie’s opening later.

  • Pat, Nice diverse coverage of the East End art scene. You’re “out there” for real.
    I “like”Rizzie’s work, but regard them as decorative pro forma exercises with no sense of adventure or chance -taking. Do you read any “feeling” in his art? To me, they lack spontaneity, are jejune and say little or nothing other than “decorative. ” However, I still “like” his work.

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