Hamptons art galleries continue to change up in January 2017 with new galleries anticipating joining the Hamptons art scene later this spring. Artist passings, art organization news, artist opportunities and more news are featured in our January dispatch of news to know from the world of art, design, museums and members of the creative community on the East End of Long Island.

RJD Gallery has found a new home and plans to reopen in March 2017 in Bridgehampton. Their new gallery space will be located next to the Candy Kitchen at 2385 Main Street, Bridgehampton, N.Y. Construction is ongoing for their new space which will more than double the ground floor space and feature a separate upper studio, reported the gallery. RJD Gallery's former location in Sag Harbor was destroyed by fire in December 2016. Click here for details. A full story on their new location and plans for 2017 follows shortly at Hamptons Art Hub.

Moving ahead, RJD has issued an Open Call to Artists to apply for its 8th Annual Hamptons Juried Art Show. The Open Call exhibition raises funds to benefit The Retreat. Artists can submit two to five artwork images for consideration through March 17, 2017. The exhibition opens on April 22, 2017 and remains on view through May 19, 2017 at the gallery's new location in Bridgehampton. A Submission Fee of $50 per entry applies with 100% donated to The Retreat. Submissions are open for painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture (no video art). Click here for details.

Sara Nightingale Gallery has closed its Water Mill location and moved to Sag Harbor. The gallery opened in its new location on January 14, 2017 with a solo exhibition of video art and photography by Ross School senior Aaron Kresberg. The gallery will continue to hold exhibitions at its new location year-round. Click here for details.

artUNPRIMED, an online gallery and art consulting based in The Hamptons, has launched a three-month gallery residency in Sag Harbor as of January 14, 2016. Taking over addō'location while the retail store, featuring emerging and established designers, is closed for the winter, artUNPRIMED will present three themed exhibitions through March 19, 2017 featuring work by its gallery artists, who are all based on the East End. Click here for details.

Southampton Arts Center is now open year-round and launches its new programming in January 2017 with a slate of art workshops and live music concerts. In addition, the Southampton Arts Center is expanding its exhibition program and opens its new season in March with the group exhibition "A Sense of Place," curated by Bridgehampton artist Bastienne Schmidt. Returning for 2017 will be the popular "East End Collects." Curated by Southampton artist Paton Miller, the exhibition presents artists working on the East End and those found in art collections held by area collectors. The full exhibition season will be released in the upcoming months. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

Southampton artist Darlene Charneco has been awarded a 2017 Pollock-Krasner Grant. Administered through The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. and established through the generosity of late Lee Krasner, Pollock-Krasner Grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials, pay for studio rent or for personal and medical expenses. Charneco anticipates using her grant to secure a larger studio space which would allow her to create large-scale works. Charneco is a conceptual painter and mixed media artist who is known for her abstract paintings featuring layered resin and carefully placed objects that can include nails or small-scale house icons. Click here to see her art.

"Quintet III" by Don Saco. Courtesy of the artist.

"Quintet III" by Don Saco. Courtesy of the artist.

Sculptor Don Saco of Water Mill died at his home on January 4, 2017. Saco was 87 years old and had long suffered from cardiac disease. A church service was held at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus of Mary in Southampton on January 14, 2017. Memorial donations may be sent to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) or the Southampton Cultural Center.

Born February 5, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY. Don Saco was an artist, musician, composer and a long-time board member and a former Board President of the Southampton Cultural Center. Known for his abstract welded steel sculptures, Saco's art was exhibited at Southampton Cultural Center, Peconic Landing Outdoor Sculpture Park, De Cordova Gallery in Greenport, Guild Hall in East Hampton, Quogue Library Gallery and other locations. Click here to read a full obituary.

Artist Fernando Vignoli died on December 13, 2016 in his hometown Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Vignoli was 56 years old and had been battling leukemia. Fernando Vignoli had lived and worked in The Hamptons in early 2000s. Vignoli had a gallery presenting his own work and others in Sag Harbor on Madison Street. He also exhibited art with Solar Art and Design of East Hampton. Vignoli's art is a mix of Surrealism and Expressionism and was exhibited in over 20 countries. His brother, photographer Alex Vignoli, continues to work and live in The Hamptons and Miami. A full obituary on Fernando Vignoli's art and life will follow shortly.

Paul Kasmin Gallery of Chelsea is now representing the Estate by Lee Krasner (1908-1984), announced the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. A solo show of Lee Kranser's art is expected to be presented at the New York City gallery in the fall 2017. Paul Kasmin Gallery was founded in SoHo in 1989 and now has three locations in Chelsea. The gallery also represents the estates of Constantin Brâncuși, William N. Copley, Max Ernst, Simon Hantaï and Robert Motherwell and others.

Guild House Artist-in-Resident (AIR) announced the selection of five emerging artists for its 2017 program. Artists awarded a spot in the East Hampton residency program run by Guild Hall are visual artists Lydia Hicks and Walter Price, curator Lucia Davis, pianist Tanya Gabrielian and writer Judson Merrill. Click here for details. A Program Showcase will take place on May 6, 2017.

JumpstART Professional Development and Public Arts Program continues to accept applications for its 2017 program through January 27, 2017. Sponsored by East End Arts, the program explores the practical sides of developing a professional career in the visual arts, music, theater and literature. New for 2017 is curatorial training. The program emphasizes public interaction and community engagement. For details, click here.


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