DISPATCH - MAY 1, 2014


This weekend feels like a harbarginger of things to come in the Hamptons summer art scene. Both museums hold special exhibition openings on Saturday, the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center opens its doors and ushers in its first exhibition of the season and art openings flourish at galleries across the East End.

If that wasn't enough, the Clay Art Festival is being held this weekend and Bay Street Theatre holds its 2nd Annual Steinbeck festival featuring three days of screening. On Sunday, the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival holds a special screening timed for the day after the the Kentucky Derby (held on May 3) . Will there be mint juleps at their Sunday benefit luncheon held at the American Hotel? It's a question the interested may want answered.

Following is this week's list of where to find art and culture on the East End:


THE CLAY ART GUILD and CLAY ART STUDIOS OF THE HAMPTONS at HAYGROUND SCHOOL - “Clay Art Festival” takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival includes live Raku Firing, Wheel-throwing Demos, a Kids Tent, an Potter’s Market, live music, a raffle, a pop-up cafe, and a kids bake sale. The event benefits the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons and the Hayground School. The Hayground School is located at 151 Mitchells Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932.

PIERRE’S RESTAURANT - “Dena Grant” has an Opening Reception on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through May 28th. Dena Grant’s oil paintings incorporate realism, abstractions, and the surreal. Pierre’s Restaurant is located at 2468 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY. www.pierresbridgehampton.com.


ALEX FERRONE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY - “Metropolis - Works by Rich Faron, Scott Farrell, and Ray Germann” has an Artists’ Reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through June 8. The exhibition includes photographs of street scenes, architecture, and people of New York City. A Gallery Talk by the artists will be held on May 18 at 2 p.m. The Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery is located at 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY 11935. www.alexferrone.com.


GUILD HALL - “Guild Hall Artists Members Show” has an Opening Reception on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through June 7. Suggested admission is $7. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street  East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.

POLLOCK-KRASNER HOUSE AND STUDY CENTER- “Color and Time: Paintings by Roy Newell, 1956-2000” opens today with an exhibition of 28 small abstract oils. An Opening Reception and panel discussion takes place on May 25. The exhibition remains on view through July 26.

Saturday also marks the Season Opening for The Pollock- Krasner House. Guided tours are now available by appointment on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. The Pollock-Krasner House is located at 830 Springs Road, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse.


EAST END ARTS at ROSALIE DIMON GALLERY - “Anahi DeCanio & Michael Maas” opens on Friday and remains on view through July 30. An Artists’ Reception will be held on June 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. DeCanio works abstractly in acrylic, mixed media, photography, installations, collage, and assemblage. Maas utilizes printmaking and drawing to move between realism and abstraction. The Rosalie Dimon Gallery is located at the Jamesport Manor Inn, 370 Manor Lane, Jamesport, NY 11947. www.jamesportmanorinn.com, www.eastendarts.org.


QUOGUE LIBRARY –  “Andrea L. Parker: Photographs from Early Girl Farm” has an Opening Reception on Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through May 28. Parker’s photographs are meant to both capture the beauty of Early Girl Farm’s produce and portray the hardship involved in cultivating and harvesting the produce.The Quogue Library is located at 90 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. www.quoguelibrary.org.


"Triple Roots Grez Beets" by Andrea L. Parker, 2001. Photograph.



BAY STREET THEATRE - STEINBECK FESTIVAL - The 2nd Annual film festival opens tonight with a screening at 8 p.m. of "Tortilla Flat" and continues through Saturday night with a screening of "The Grapes of Wrath" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per film or $30 for a festival pass.  A Waterfront VIP Cocktail Party takes place on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at a private waterfront estate. Tickets are $150 and include a weekend festival pass. For  details and ticket purchase information, visit www.baystreet.org.

HAMPTONS TAKE 2 DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL at BAY STREET THEATRE - “Penny & Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner” has its East Coast Premiere on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door. A special "Triple Crown" luncheon benefit will be held at noon at the American Hotel. Admission is $125 and includes lunch, a silent auction and a film ticket. Benefits the Secretariat Foundation, the Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue and HT2FF. For on the benefit and film screenings, visit HT2FF.com.

Bay Street Theatre is located at 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. www.baystreet.org.


Triple Crown winner Secretariat known as Big Red with owner Penny Chenery. Photo Courtesy of Secretariat.com.



ROGERS MEMORIAL LIBRARY’S Madelle Hegeler Semerjian Gallery – “Montage: Canvas, Paper, Scissors, Paint” by Rosalind Brenner has an Opening Reception on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through May 30th. The gallery is located on the lower level of the library at 91 Coopers Farm Rd, Southampton, NY 11968.

SOUTHAMPTON TOWN HALL - “Gerry Giliberti” has a solo show opening today. The exhibition continues through May 30 and can be viewed Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. The show includes solar plate etchings, color and black and white digital photographs, and Lumen Prints.  Southampton Town Hall is located at 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968. www.ggiliberti.com.

TRIPOLI GALLERY –  “Side X Side” has an Opening Reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The group show includes works by Linda K. Alpern, Jonathan Beer, Herbie Fletcher, Eric Freeman, Felix Bonilla Gerena, David Matterhorn, Melanie J. Moczarksi, Lola Montes, Matisse Patterson, Saul Steinberg, Nick Weber, Darius Yektai and Yung Jake. Through May 10.

The Tripoli Gallery is located at 30a Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.tripoligallery.com.


PARRISH ART MUSEUM - BOOK RELEASE EVENT on Friday at 6 p.m. featuring Gabrielle Selz's new book "Unstill Life: A Daughter’s Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction”. The evening includes a short film screening, a reading and book signing. Admission is free for museum members or $10 for  non-members.

Unstill Life by Gabrielle Selz

The book reveals a whirlwind childhood spent among art and artists in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism with her father, Peter Selz, chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, at the center.

Gabrielle Selz grew up in a home filled with some of the most celebrated artists of the day: Rothko, de Kooning, Tinguely, Giacometti, and Christo, among others. Her memoir offers a unique window into the glamour and destruction of the times: the gallery openings, wild parties, and affairs that defined one of the most celebrated periods in American art history.

RELATED: "BOOK REVIEW: "A Daughter's Memoir" Takes on Peter Selz and Modern Art" by James Croak.

MUSEUM MEMBERS RECEPTION - "Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe - Works 1970 - 2011" has a museum members reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.  New museum membership can be purchased at the door.  To RSVP, call 631-283-2118, ext. 151, or click www.parrishart.org.

RELATED: "ART SEEN: Jennifer Barlett Retrospective Previews at The Parrish"

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.

WATERMILL CENTER - “Saturdays @ WMC” takes place on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Activities include a tour, a movement class taught by Blakeley White-McGuire, and a workshop creating recycled material gardens led by Laura Rozenberg. “Metamorphic,” a performance installation by Fanni Futterknecht and Marianne Vlaschits, will take place at 4 p.m. Reservations for the performance are required. The Watermill Center is located at 39 Watermill Towd Road, Watermill, NY 11976. www.watermillcenter.org.


BASIC FACTS: The Art Round Up, a listing of new art openings and art events, is published weekly at HamptonsArtHub.com.


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