Pictured Above: Anita Balkun, Rivoletto, 2019, Eco-printed paper, leaf stems, thread, on view at the Alex Ferrone Gallery’s “Arborescent” exhibit, opening July 18.

As the arts world awakens from the Covid slumber of the past several months, projects that were in the work when New York’s economy shut down in March are just now beginning to see the light of day.

Taking Solace in Nature

At the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue, 34 artists from around the country will display works in the gallery’s “Arborescent” National Juried Exhibition, which was originally slated to open coinciding with Arbor Day in April, opening this Saturday, July 18.

The removal of a large rotting tree on the gallery’s grounds was the spark for the exhibit. The gallery originally planned to celebrate the April opening with the planting one new tree on the property, but seven new trees have now been planted and one more is scheduled.

The works of various media selected by juror and ecological artist Lillian Ball depict trees in all their states, from branches, trunks, roots, and leaves, to bark, new growth, buds, and decay.  

“Speaking as an ecological artist, I hope this exhibition encourages people to understand the urgency to bring awareness to the importance of trees,” says Ms. Ball of the exhibit.

“Arborescent” will also feature the debut of a new related artwork, “Fall Leaf”, by noted painter Adam Straus.  

Other artists include Virginia Aschmoneit, Anita Balkun, Keith Buswell, Charis Carmichael Braun, Vince Cicero, Cara Coleman, Bill Davis, Krystle DiNicola, Chad Djubek, Ben Dworski-Riggs, Judith Eastburn, Nancy Gesimondo, Barry Goldstein, Jeff Green, Peter Hui, Janis Hurley, Bette Kauffman, David Kutz, Joel Lefkowitz, Patricia Luppino, Kathleen Massi, David McCrae, Mike McLaughlin, Glenn McNab, Ed Monnelly, Michael Palichleb, Jeanne Perrier, Keith Rossein, Jim Sabiston, Steven Schreiber, Jillian Sico, Susan Stair, Greg Thatcher, and Pamela Waldroup.

The July 18 opening is from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Alex Ferrone Gallery is located at 25425 Main Road in Cutchogue, on the corner of Alvah’s Lane.

In accordance with New York State Covid safety guidelines, the reception will be held outside on gallery grounds with proper physical distancing and masks required, and attendees will be limited to eight people in the building at a time to view the exhibit.

Hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, or by appointment other days. Visit AlexFerroneGallery.com for more information or call 631.734.8545.

VSOP Goes Psychedelic

Greenport’s VSOP Projects gallery and Trieber Farms in Peconic have joined together to present “Courtenay Pollock: Sunshine Daydream,” an exhibition of tie-dye work by the longtime tie-die artist for The Grateful Dead, curated by Lucas Natali.

The exhibit will run concurrently at the gallery at 311 Front Street in Greenport, and at the farm, at 38320 Route 48 in Peconic on Aug. 7 through 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The presentation at the gallery will feature tie-died cotton mandalas and panels that exemplify the artist’s mastery of technique and attention to intricate detail. At the farm will be a number of monumentally sized historical works, alongside contemporary tie-dye panels both inside and outside of the barn.

At the height of the 1960s counterculture movement, following a profound psychedelic experience, Courtenay Pollock created his first tie-dyed mandala tapestries. Moving west with little more than his tie-dye creations, he found a place to live built around two giant redwood trees in Marin County, California. There, he befriended Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, who commissioned him to crate large-scale backdrops and clothing for the now legendary band.

On Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 there will be a pop-up market at Treiber Farms, at which local vendors will offer an array of handmade and sustainable goods and ephemera alongside the Treiber Farm Stand.

Good Ground Says “We Do Survive”

Good Ground Artists’ “We Do Survive” Art Show at the Water Mill Museum (41 Old Mill Road in Water Mill) opened July 9 and runs through July 26. Admission to the museum is free, and it is open Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet the artists at our Opening Reception on Saturday, July 11 from 4:00-7:00pm. Admission is free.
Good Ground Artists is based in Hampton Bays with artists from the South and North Forks including areas of Western Suffolk. They are known for their diverse works of art and shows in many eclectic venues.
For more information, call 631.726-.625 or visit www.watermillmusem.org.

Clothesline Art At Six Feet Apart

Clothesline Art Sale

At Guild Hall in East Hampton, the 2020 Summer Season, which “will focus on restarting the local creative economy through collaborations with regional artists, musicians, and performers, in both online and offline presentations.”

Indoor and outdoor spaces at Guild Hall are being redesigned to create small, intimate performance spaces where patrons can join a range of visual and performing arts in Covid-compliant environments.

The Guild Hall Museum reopened its doors to the public June 26. 

Guild Hall’s 74th Annual Clothesline Art Sale is tentatively slated for July 25, but if it goes ahead it will look drastically different this year.

If given the approval of the Village of East Hampton, the sale will be held on the grounds, following all social-distancing protocols and government safety guidelines. If they are unable to host an in-person sale, the entire Clothesline Art Sale will take place virtually. Guild Hall is currently accepting up to three entries per artist for the sale.

Tickets for all events, and information on submitting to the Clothesline Art Sale are online at guildhall.org. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton.

SAC on the Visuals

Eric Fischl’s Young Dancers Dancing, 2011-2017 on view amidst the Roman Senate at the Southampton Arts Center.

The Southampton Arts Center is hosting an outdoor sculpture installation on the east end west lawn of SAC at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. The project is a collaboration between Artistic Director Amy Kirwin and Artist Eric Fischl and reflects both nature and the new normal of life during a pandemic. 

Artists include Eric Fischl, Saskia Friedrich, Alice Hope, Bryan Hunt, Laurie Lambrecht, and Steve Miller.

“The intention is not only to offer an open-air experience that welcomes guests to roam freely and safely, but to draw attention to artists that use nature and humanity as an inspiration for their work,” according to SAC. “This project will enhance our beautiful grounds for the public to enjoy while taking advantage of the property. Combining both sculpture and installation makes for a dynamic use of the landscape, and the artists chosen all have works that will be in conversation with and draw attention to the stunning natural surroundings and existing sculptural features.”


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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