DISPATCH - May 19, 2012 (12:30 p.m.)
This is a big weekend for art exhibitions. Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the Hamptons art season but the upcoming days aren't times for slacking.
Opening tonight is the Seventh Annual "The Big Show" at Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton. The title is ironic as all the paintings are small (8 x 10 inches). Also opening is the second exhibition at Ille Arts in Amagansett (a solo show by Sydney Albertini) and a group show at Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Galery in Sag Harbor. As an extra, listed below are two new solo exhibitions by Dalton Portella of Montauk.
Bound to attract the largest crowds tonight is "The Big Show." The group exhibition is always a popular one and typically features a mix of local artists and those further afield. Attendance can register up to 500 people, according to the gallery.
There are 50 artists participating in this year's show. Each was given three canvases of 8 x 10 inches to make art that reflects what they're up to now. The results are posted in the "The Big Show." The opening is tonight (May 19) from 5 to 9 p.m. It remains on view through June 24.
Participating artists include William Steiger, Jill Musnicki, Perry Burns, Jeff Muhs, Rex Lau, Shelley Reed, Cornelia Foss, Nathan Slate Joseph, Janet Culbertson, Alice Moore Hope, Carol Hunt, Gavin Zeigler and Christian Little.
Sydney Albertini opens a solo show at Ille Arts in Amagansett tonight (May 19) from 6 to 9 p.m. "And Now For Something Completely Different” features a range of contemporary art including two figurative fabric sculptures (cloth, thread, burlap, pom poms, and yarn). Photographs of these figures ("Warrior" and "Beast") reveal their daily lives as imagined by Albertini.
"And Now For Something Completely Different” also includes a room installation of 13 painted trapezoidal panels installed to present "...an illusion of false perspective," according to the gallery. The show remains on view through June 12.
"Reverie" opens at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor tonight with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The group show presents artwork that conjures the sensation of daydreaming or being enraptured by a trance. Exhibiting artists include Michael Carson, Margit Fureder, Mikel Glass, Donato Giancola, Stephen Hoedecker, Kyla Zoe Rafert, Joshua Suda, Bart Vargas, Maggie Taylor, and Phillip Thomas.
Giancola was commissioned by the postal service to make a painting for a new stamp. The paintings that inspired the stamp artwork ("Astronauts in Reverie”) are included in the show.
BASIC INFO: "The Big Show 7" opens tonight and remains on view through June 24. Silas Marder Gallery is located at 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton, NY. The gallery is open Thursday to Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.silasmarder.com
"And Now For Something Completely Different” opens tonight and remains on view through June 12 at Ille Arts, 216a Main Street Amagansett, NY. http://illearts.com
"Reverie" opens tonight at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, 90 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY. It remains on view through mid-June. www.rjdgallery.com/openings/
INSIDER TIP: Montauk photographer-digital artist Dalton Portella is having two solo shows of new paintings. The first exhibition open tonight in Montauk, NY. The second opens to the public next Friday (May 25) in Greenport, NY.
Tonight, "Closed to the Public" has an artist reception beginning at 7 p.m. at Out East Gallery, Tuthill Road, Montauk, NY. The show features around 35 new watercolor paintings. http://outeastmontauk.blogspot.com/
Next weekend, "Celebration of the Mark" opens at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Greenport, NY. The solo show will be on view from Friday, May 25, to July 8. The exhibition coincides with the arrival of the tall ships to Greenport. Works on view combine painting with digital art.
"Portella’s conceptual art challenges the definition of medium," explains the gallery. "A watercolor will turn into a digital piece, which in turn becomes a work on canvas. A work on canvas will be combined with photography and transferred to paper where it will then be worked on in pastel. Each process captures the essence of the artist’s mark; elements that provoke thought and evoke emotion."
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company is located at 234 Carpenter Street, Greenport, NY. www.harborbrewing.com
Dalton Portella: www.daltonportella.com
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