For the month of May, abstract art takes center stage in Long Island exhibitions with new shows opening in both Suffolk and Nassau County. There's also a photography exhibition coinciding with Memorial Day and exhibitions devoted to the beauty of gardens and nature in general.

Worth noting in Long Island art in May is a self-guided art walk in Huntington Village on May 13, 2017. Featuring special events at art spaces in the village, the Huntington Village Art Walk will give strollers a chance to explore the village's dedication to the visual arts through eight different stops (details here).

Keep reading to discover our selections for new art exhibitions worth knowing on Long Island in May 2017. 

“In Bloom: The Garden Paintings of Joseph Reboli and Ty Stroudsburg” at the Reboli Center

In Suffolk County, the Reboli Center in Stony Brook presents “In Bloom: The Garden Paintings of Joseph Reboli and Ty Stroudsburg” from May 2 to July 30, 2017.

The Reboli Center brings together two artists with two distinct and different takes on the scenery and foliage of the gardens of Long Island. Joseph Reboli (1945-2004) was renowned in his lifetime for his realist paintings of the Long Island landscape and subjects in the Three Village area and across LI’s East End.

Ty Stroudsburg, who also has work on view during May at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, is a Southold based artist who states on her website that she has “always been drawn to the colors, textures, forms and other visual stimuli of the natural, unpopulated world.” A New York Times review in 2005 noted that Stroudsburg’s work “bridges the area between realistic description and pure color expression for its own sake.”

The Reboli Center is located at 64 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11974. rebolicenter.org.

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"Vineyards Edge" by Ty Stroudsburg. Oil, 48 x 52 inches. Courtesy www.rebolicenter.org.

"Vineyards Edge" by Ty Stroudsburg. Oil, 48 x 52 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Reboli Center.

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Kevin Larkin and Lorraine Carol at b.j. spoke gallery

Also in Suffolk, the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington is presenting two simultaneous solo exhibitions featuring the abstract work of Kevin Larkin and Lorraine Carol, the gallery’s president and director, respectively, from May 6 to May 28, 2017.

The two artists have each been given a separate room at the gallery dedicated to their distinctive styles. Kevin Larkin is revealing his latest series, “Palimpsest,” paintings of abstract forms with retouched elements that maintain the visibility of the original form. Lorraine Carol is unveiling the work she’s completed in the past six months, a collection of abstract forms on canvas and paper.

An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will be on view during the self-guided Huntington Art Walk on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m.

The b.j. spoke gallery is located at 299 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743. www.bjspokegallery.org.

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"Madam Danton" by Kevin Larkin. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of b.j. spoke gallery.

"Madam Danton" by Kevin Larkin. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of b.j. spoke gallery.

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"Virva Hinnemo and Peter Schlesinger" at MARQUEE PROJECTS

In Suffolk County, the new MARQUEE PROJECTS in Bellport presents a two-person show pairing the abstract paintings of Virva Hinnemo with ceramic sculpture by Peter Schlesinger from May 6 to May 21, 2017. It is the second "sneak peek" exhibition hosted by MARQUEE PROJECTS and organized by independent curators by way of a preview to its official opening in June.

Curated by Beverly Allan, "Virva Hinnemo and Peter Schlesinger" explores the natural world through the tree like forms of sculpture by Schlesinger and Hinnemo's abstract paintings which seem to conjure the landscape, according to Allan.

Virva Hinnemo abstract paintings are not directly inspired by life but are connected through association and memory. "My paintings, whether they're made on paper, cardboard, canvas or linen all share the same need to be fresh, surprising, inventive and bold. Every time I go into the studio, I want to learn something. See something. Get clued in," the artist writes about her work. Hinnemo has exhibited widely. Her most recent solo show held at Anita Rogers Gallery in New York City. She is based in East Hampton, N.Y.

Peter Schlesinger is a sculptor, ceramicist, painter and photographer. His work has been internationally exhibited with his part of numerous museum collections include the Parrish Art Museum, Farnworth Art Museum and others. As the muse (and former partner) of David Hockney, Schlesinger appears in numerous iconic paintings by Hockney. Schlesinger is currently based in Bellport, N.Y.

An Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.

MARQUEE PROJECTS is located at 14 Bellport Lane, Bellport, NY 11713.  www.facebook.com/MARQUEEPROJECTS/.

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"Un-Mountain" by Virva Hinnemo, 2015. Oil on Canvas, 8 x 10 inches. Courtesy of Anita Rogers Gallery.

"Un-Mountain" by Virva Hinnemo, 2015. Oil on Canvas, 8 x 10 inches. Courtesy of Anita Rogers Gallery.

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"Untitled" by Peter Schlesinger, 2011. Glazed stoneware, approximately 19 x 9 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

"Untitled" by Peter Schlesinger, 2011. Glazed stoneware, approximately 19 x 9 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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“Creative Crossroads” at Gold Coast Arts Center

In Nassau County, the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck presents “Creative Crossroads” featuring the work of Adam Handler and Luis ‘Zimad’ Lamboy from May 7 through September 15, 2017.

“Creative Crossroads” brings together Handler and Lamboy, two artists whose style illustrates the impact of the graffiti culture of the late ’70s and ’80s on contemporary art. Both artists cite Basquiat and Haring as influences, which can be gleaned from their rough, free-form painting styles and the way they use color, prose, and abstraction in their compositions. 

The opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.  with both artists in attendance.

The Gold Coast Arts Center is located at 113 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY 11021. goldcoastarts.org.

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Artwork by Adam Handler. Courtesy of Gold Coast Arts.

Artwork by Adam Handler. Courtesy of Gold Coast Arts.

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“The Patriot Guard Riders” at RIPE Art Gallery

In Suffolk County, the RIPE Art Gallery in Huntington presents “Rick Wenner: Portraits of Honor, Dignity, and Respect—The Patriot Guard Riders” opening Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 27 and on view through June 10, 2017.

“Portraits of Honor, Dignity, and Respect” features portraiture by Long Island-based award-winning photographer Rick Wenner. The new series is a study of the Patriot Guard Riders, a group comprised of veterans, bikers, and patriotic citizens young and old who escort fallen soldiers to their final resting place, sometimes acting as a barrier between mourning families and protesters.

According to the gallery’s website, Wenner started the series five months after witnessing the Patriot Guard Riders of NY escort his close friend Sgt. Ryan Dickinson to final rest, his intention being to “show, firsthand, the impact, and the important role the Riders play for military families.”  In the past, Wenner has photographed for several magazines, including Long Island Pulse, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest and Sports Illustrated.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be an Artist Talk on Wednesday, June 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The RIPE Art Gallery is located at 1028 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. ripeartgal.com.

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Photograph by Rick Wenner. Courtesy of RIPE Art Gallery.

Photograph by Rick Wenner. Courtesy of RIPE Art Gallery.

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Art on Long Island is a monthly column presenting highlights of art on view in Long Island galleries and museums in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, located west of The Hamptons and East End. Have a tip about art we should know about on Long Island? Email hamptonsarthub@gmail.com with Long Island Art in the Subject Line.

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