There's plenty to report from The Hamptons art scene. Recent news includes the launch of new artist residency, noteworthy artist news, personnel changes, the resurgence of an artist collective, opportunities for artists and more. Keep reading to discover the latest news on Hamptons artists, Hamptons galleries and East End art in general.

Painter Ralph Carpentier, a longtime resident of Springs, died Friday, February 19, 2016, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford, NY, after a long illness. He was 87. Carpentier’s paintings of local landscapes are held in private and museum collections throughout the country, including at Guild Hall in East Hampton. A graveside service arranged by Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton was held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Green River Cemetery in Springs, followed by a reception for family and friends at nearby Ashawagh Hall. Click here to read the full obituary.

Parrish Art Museum Deputy Director Scott Howe will vacate his position to begin his new appointment as the Executive Director of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. Howe assumes his new position on May 6, 2016. Before joining The Parrish in 2012, Scott Howe was the Associate Director of UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. The Parrish is currently conducting a search for his replacement.

A historic barn in Southampton Village, that formerly housed a residence for artists hosted by Spanish artist Ginés Serrán-Pagán, was destroyed by a fire on February 13, 2016, reported The Southampton Press. The barn was believed to be the oldest in Southampton Village. The house was largely unscathed by the blaze. The property, located at 88 North Main Street, was purchased by Ginés Serrán-Pagán in 1997, who formed the Red Barn Atelier shortly afterwards. The main building was converted into a residence with the detached barn converted into living space for visiting international artists.

During its five-year run, The Red Barn Atelier hosted hundreds of artist events, exhibited at art fairs held in China, and was no stranger to controversy, landing international attention from both a dinner party that hosted Rockefeller con artist Christopher Rocancourt, as well as law suits stemming from protests against the farm animals on the property which included roosters, goats and chickens. Pagán sold the home in 2002 and relocated from The Hamptons. The blaze was battled by fire departments from the Hampton Bays and North Sea fire departments, which took about one hour to extinguish, according to The Southampton Press.

The Southampton Review has announced the creation of the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. Cash prizes are awarded to the top two winners with the works published in the Summer / Fall edition of TSR, the literary and fine art journal of the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton. Frank McCourt, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir Angela’s Ashes, taught workshops at the Southampton Writers Conference and served as faculty at Stony Brook Southampton. Submissions to the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize will be accepted through March 15, 2016. Submissions to TSR's next edition, which welcomes fine art, cartoon, fiction, non-fiction and poetry, will be accepted through April 1, 2016. For details, visit www.thesouthamptonreview.com.

Hamptons-based photographer Mary Ellen Bartley has work included in “Ordinary Pictures” exhibited at The Walker Center in Minneapolis, MN. The group show presents conceptual and picture-based practices since the 1960s by 45 artists who have questioned the nature of the image in mass circulation and reimagined the generic image and the art world’s role in the economy of image production. The show includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Liz Deschenes, Jack Goldstein, Richard Prince, Edward Ruscha Tseng Kwong Chi, Andy Warhol and others.

The Watermill Center launches its new Inga Maren Otto Fellowship with the arrival of Chilean visual artist Basco Vazko. Vazko is known for street art and his practice of collage-graffiti, some of which has drew controversy in his early days as an artist in São Paulo. Basco Vazko begins his residency on January 29, 2016 and will present a solo exhibition at Watermill Center from March 26 to June 17, 2016. The show will be the Basco Vazko's first solo exhibition on the East Coast. During his residency, Vazko will produce an artist newspaper by altering pages of The New York Post collected daily in February, thereby altering the meaning found in the published stories.

Vazko is one of three artists selected for the 2016 Inga Maren Otto Fellowship; joining G.T. Pellizzi and Zeinab Shahidi Marnani. The fellowship was created by a $960,000 gift from philanthropist Inga Maren Otten to support emerging and mid-career artists demonstrating exceptional creativity ability in the arts, according to Watermill Center.

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Portrait of Basco Vazko. Photo: Paloma Palomino.

Portrait of Basco Vazko. Photo: Paloma Palomino.

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Hamptons-based artist Eunice Golden has been selected as one of the 30 Most Influential Women Artists Alive Today by Graphic Design Degree Hub. Golden shares the list with Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, Marina Abramovic, Cindy Sherman, Beatriz Milhazes, Jenny Saville, Yayoi Kusama plus other women in the art, film and fashion industries. Golden currently has work on view in the exhibition "Concept, Performance, Documentation, Language" at Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York City. The group show includes work by Marcia Resnick, Betty Tompkins, Dennis Oppenheim and more. The show is exhibited February 20 - April 17, 2016.

The estate and foundation of pop artist Larry Rivers is now represented by Los Angeles gallery 101/Exhibit. Larry River and then his estate was formerly represented by Marlborough Gallery. Larry Rivers (1923 – 2002) was based in Southampton, N.Y.

The Bonac Tonic art collective is back. The loose artist group of mostly Hamptons-based artists will present its first group show in several years at Ashawagh Hall. "Bonac Tonic: Rising" will be exhibited March 12 & 13, 2016 at Ashawagh Hall with an Opening Reception on March 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show includes work by Alexander McCue, Christine Lidrbauch, Carly Haffner, Darlene Charneco, Erik Osbaldo Sequra, Grant Haffner, Hailey Loudon, Justin Smith, Oliver Peterson, Rossa Cole, Sabra Moon Elliot, Scott Bluedorn and Scott Gibbons.

Audrey Flack and the History of Art Band performs on Friday, March 4, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the New York Academy of Art. The free concert is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Now & Then, Drawings from the 19th Century to the Present.” The band is led by artist and banjo player Audrey Flack, who is based in The Hamptons. Music performed includes songs about Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Vincent Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Picasso, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning and others. The band performs frequently and has appeared at The Roger Smith Hotel, The Institute for Feminist Art at Rutgers University, the Yale Art Museum, The Parrish Art Museum, Guild Hall and more. Click here for a YouTube video of the group's performance at Guild Hall.

The Retreat's 7th Annual Hamptons Juried Art Show is accepting artist entries through February 29, 2016. Winning entries will be included in a group show held at RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor, N.Y. held May 14 – June 1, 2016. Entry fee is $50 and benefits The Retreat, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting those impacted by domestic violence. For details, visit www.hamptonsjuriedartshow.com.

Guild Hall is currently accepting applications to its annual Artists Members Exhibition through April 16, 2016. Guild Hall’s Artist Members Exhibition is the oldest non-juried museum exhibition on Long Island. Winner of Top Honor receives a solo show in the Museum’s Spiga Gallery with prizes awarded in multiple categories. This year’s juror is Jia Jia Fei, Director of Digital at the Jewish Museum in New York City. For details on applying, click here. The 78th annual Artist Members Exhibition will be held April 23 – June 4, 2016 with an Opening Reception held Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit www.guildhall.org for information.

Hamptons Art Hub has issued a call for art work inspired by water. Applications will be accepted through March 19, 2016 and will be judged by a panel of art professionals. First Place Winners in two categories receive an artist profile or art review written by publisher and arts journalist Pat Rogers with additional prizes awarded. A selection of top artwork from Hamptons Art Hub's Second Annual Call for Art will be featured in an on-line presentation. Click here for details.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This news column was updated on March 3, 2016 to include a link to Ralph Carpentier’s obituary and to correct the extended submission date deadline of The Retreat's contest from January 29, 2016 to February 29, 2016.

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