The weekend's almost here...time to start planning your arts and culture travels. Exhibition receptions start tonight in East Hampton, Southampton and Sag Harbor. On Saturday, the Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game and an outdoor reading of "The Tempest" takes place in addition to art receptions across the Hamptons. The final weekend of the Springs Invitational unfolds, Open Studios abound on Shelter Island, the Quogue Gallery opens its second exhibition and the North Fork pops with three exhibition opening receptions. The full list of options follows.
CRAZY MONKEY GALLERY - “Bobbie Braun, Anna Franklin, and Diane Marxe” has an Opening Reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through August 31. There will also be a group show of artist cooperative members. The Crazy Monkey Gallery is located at 136 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930. www.thecrazymonkeygallery.com.
RELATED: “Anna Franklin’s ‘Under the Sea’ at Crazy Monkey Gallery” published August 11, 2014.
THE ART BARGE - “Artists Speak: Alice Aycock” takes place on Wednesday (Aug. 20) at 6 p.m. The conversation with Janet Goleas is followed by a reception. Admission is $20.The Art Barge is located at 110 Napeague Meadow Road, Amagansett, NY 11930. www.theartbarge.com.
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ASHAWAGH HALL - “47th Annual Artists of the Springs Invitational Exhibit” has a Curator’s Tour on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through August 17. This year’s Curator is Sue Ferguson Gussow. Ashawagh Hall is located at 780 Springs Fireplace Rd, Springs, NY 11937. www.ashawagh-hall.org.
ASHAWAGH HALL - "Crazy Monkey Gallery at Ashawagh Hall" has an Opening Reception on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition opens on Monday and continues through Friday only. An eclectic show of 13 artists who are members of the Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett. Ashawagh Hall is located at 780 Springs Fireplace Rd, Springs, NY 11937. www.ashawagh-hall.org.
GLENN HOROWITZ BOOKSELLER – “East Hampton Artists & Writers Game Exhibition” has an Opening Reception tonight (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. for its benefit exhibition. On view through Sunday. The exhibition will feature works by both artists and writers plus a sale of select vintage t-shirts from previous games. Twenty percent of sales benefits the charities of the Artists & Writers Game. Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is located at 87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.glennhorowitz.com.
GUILD HALL - Gallery Talk with exhibiting artist Arlene Slavin takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. Her translucent garden sculptures are installed outside at Guild Hall. Works from her Intersections painting series are exhibited inside the museum. Both are on view through October 13. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org
LTV STUDIO & HERRICK PARK - “Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game” takes place on Saturday at Herrick Park. Batting Practice takes place at noon with the game beginning at 2 p.m. A Pre-game party and auction will be held on Friday from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at LTV Studio in Wainscott. The suggested donation for admission to the game is $10. The Pre-game party costs $40 in advance/ $50 at the door. Children under 12 are free. The event benefits the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, East End Hospice, Phoenix House Adolescent Center, and The Retreat. Herrick Park is located on Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.artistswritersgame.org.
JEDEDIAH HAWKINS INN BARN GALLERY - “Fair Winds and Tides” by Max Moran has an Opening Reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through September 14. Moran will show a new series of oil paintings based on East End Landscapes as well as his “Manhattan Rain” series.The Jedediah Hawkins Inn Barn Gallery is located at 400 South Jamesport Ave, Jamesport, NY 11947. www.jedediahhawkinsinn.com/blog.
ROSALIE DIMON GALLERY at the JAMESPORT MANOR INN - "Peter Beston and Michael McLaughlin" have an Opening Reception on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Continues through October 29. Peter Beston exhibits oil paintings and Michael McLaughlin exhibits photography in two separate solo shows. Presented by East End Arts. The Jamesport Manor Inn is located at 370 Manor Lane, Jamesport, NY Open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. www.jamesportmanorinn.com.
GALLERY CROSSING - “Fine Art of the East End by Deborah Belica and Susan D’Alessio” has an Opening Reception on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through August 25. Belica will exhibit mixed media and acrylic abstractions that make use of bold colors and distinctive texture. D’Alessio will show paintings inspired by natural elements and landscapes found on the East End of Long Island. Gallery Crossing is located at 2745 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY 11958. www.gallerycrossing.com.
QUOGUE GALLERY - “Susan Vecsey: Recent Paintings” has an Opening Reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through September 29. Vecsey uses natural forms as a starting point in creating her minimal oil stained linen and paper works. Quogue Gallery is located at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. www.quoguegallery.com.
RELATED: “Quogue Gallery Presents Susan Vecsey” published August 12, 2014.
BAY STREET SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE - Outdoor Readings of “THE TEMPEST” will take place in two locations on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the reading starring John Glover will take place at 7 p.m. at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. This reading is free. On Sunday, the performance will be a VIP benefit at a private waterfront estate beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event includes cocktails followed by the reading at 7 p.m. www.baystreet.org.
MONIKA OLKO GALLERY – “The Call of the Sea” by Christine Matthäi and Kia Andrea Pedersen has a Reception tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through August 22. Matthäi exhibits photography with a focus on natural beauty. Pedersen exhibits oil paintings inspired by the tops of waves. Monika Olko Gallery is located at 95 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.www.monikaolkogallery.com.
RELATED: "Kia Pedersen Answers "Call of the Sea" with a New Painting Series" by Jessa Weis.
RJD GALLERY - "Meet the Artist: Frank Oriti" takes place on Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oriti's contemporary realism paintings examine the culture of middle class Americans who return to their hometowns and try to adjust. His work has been the subject of solo shows at RJD Gallery and is included as one of eight American realism painters in "GET REAL: New American Paintings" at MOCA in Jacksonville, FL.
RELATED: "Frank Oriti Portrays Hardscrabble Histories" by Pat Rogers.
ARTSI - “Artists of Shelter Island Open Studio” will be held on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. across Shelter Island. For details, visit www.artsi.info.
MCNEILL ART GROUP HILL STREET GALLERY - "Pristine Summer" has an Opening Reception tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7 p.m. The show continues through September 15. Exhibiting artists include Lori Cuisinier, Tapp Francke, Jeff Muhs, Bastienne Schmidt and Peter Tunney. The gallery is located at 40 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968.
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER - "Live@SouthamptonArtsCenter: Songs and Stories in the Gallery" takes place on Saturday at 3 p.m. The program is inspired by the work of artist Jonathan Cramer, currently on view in the gallery. The program features Martha Cargo, Flutist; Jonah Rosenberg, Pianist/Saxophonist; and Joanna Mattrey, Violinist. The event is free. Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11969. www.southamptonartscenter.org.
SOUTHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY at HORTON POINT LIGHTHOUSE - “An Evening of Opera” takes place on Saturday at 6 p.m. Bill Roslak will perform on keyboard with vocal accompaniment. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the gate on the day of the event. Children under 12 are free. The Horton Point Lighthouse is located at 3575 Lighthouse Road, Southold, NY 11971. www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org.
PARRISH ART MUSEUM - “Maritime Film Festival” takes place on Friday at 7 p.m.The event includes a 70 minute screening, a live musical performance, a Sag Harbor Rum tasting, and a talk by artist Duke Riley. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.
BASIC FACTS: The Art Round Up, a listing of exhibition receptions, art events and select cultural events, is published weekly at HamptonsArtHub.com.