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Writer, Poet and Activist Alexis De Veaux to Sign Latest Work “Yabo” at Canio’s in Sag Harbor

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By Tessa Raebeck

Poet, writer and activist Alexis De Veaux will be at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Poet, writer and activist Alexis De Veaux will be at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Award-winning author Alexis De Veaux has two critical concerns: making the racial and sexual experiences of black female characters central and disrupting boundaries between forms.

In her latest fiction work, “Yabo,” Ms. De Veaux explores those concerns in a collection of prose and poetry. The activist author will be on hand Saturday, June 14, at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor to read excerpts, sign books and celebrate her new publication.

“O yes, there are other heres. Simultaneous to this one,” reads the prelude. “Echoes. Or did you think the story you were told, the story you grew up believing, repeating, about the past, present, and the future—and the commas you see here separating those stories—was all there is?”

As a writer for Essence Magazine in 1990, Ms. De Veaux was the first North American to interview Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison. She has traveled extensively as an artist and lecturer and has received multiple literary awards for her biographies of Billie Holiday and Audre Lorde.

Ms. De Veaux will read from “Yabo” and sign copies of her book at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

“Some of the Best Poets on Long Island” at the Wolffer Estate

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Poet Tyler Armstrong. Photo by Michael Heller.

Poet Tyler Armstrong. Photo by Michael Heller.

By Tessa Raebeck

Following the success of his first poetry reading at Wölffer, Tyler Armstrong of East Hampton will be sharing his poetry at the vineyard again Tuesday, June 17.

“I am really pleased to be a major part of the resurgence of poetry as a prominent art form in the area, and I think this reading series can bring a lot to the movement,” Mr. Armstrong said.

Mr. Armstrong’s poetry attracted the attention of Ed Stever, the Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, who has signed on to read his own works at Tuesday’s reading, along with a variety of local readers of all ages. With what Mr. Armstrong calls “some of the best poets on Long Island,” the evening also features the work of Amy Cammel, Tom Olezczsuk, Molly Weiss, Malik Solomon and Emma Macwhinnie.

As part of its Locals Nights every Tuesday, Wölffer offers half-price glasses of wine from 6 to 8 p.m. in the main winery, 3312 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack. Food and half-price wine are available for purchase from 4 to 8 p.m. Entry is $10 per person. For more information, call (631) 537-5106 or visit wolffer.com.

Sag Harbor Artists Featured at Plein Air Peconic: “Bridgehampton Past and Present”

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"Hendrickson Farm" by Kathryn Szoka. Image courtesy Bridgehampton Museum.

“Hendrickson Farm” by Kathryn Szoka. Image courtesy Bridgehampton Museum.

By Tessa Raebeck

Driving through the backroads of Bridgehampton, it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road, rather than glued to the beautiful farmland, ponds and wildflowers of Sagaponack, Hayground and Mecox. The natural vistas of the hamlet are featured in Plein Air Peconic: “Bridgehampton Past and Present” at the Bridgehampton Museum May 22 through September 18.

The exhibition and sale, featuring photographs and paintings of landscapes, will have an opening reception Saturday, June 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Three of the artists, Casey Anderson, Kathryn Szoka and Anita Kusick, live in Sag Harbor.

“The show includes beautiful landscapes, many conserved with the help of the Peconic Land Trust, and will provide an opportunity to gain perspective on how our precious landscape has changed over time,” said Plein Air Peconic in a press release.

A percentage of all sales benefit the Peconic Land Trust and the Bridgehampton Museum. The exhibition is at the Bridgehampton Museum Archive Building, located at 2539-A Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. For information, hours and directions, call (631) 537-1088.

East End Weekend June 6 -8

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"Morning Meditation" by Christopher Engel is on view at the Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor.

“Morning Meditation” by Christopher Engel is on view at the Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor.

By Tessa Raebeck

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Ross School Sunshine Gala

The Eleventh Annual Live @Club Starlight Gala at the Ross School is Saturday, June 7. The event, which raises funds for Ross School programs and scholarships, will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a silent and live auction, dinner at 8 p.m., dancing and a live musical performance by the renowned musical group, KC and the Sunshine Band. Music mogul Russell Simmons, will be honored for his dedication to educating young people in the arts, transforming lives on the East End and elsewhere. The evening starts at 6 p.m. at the Ross School, 18 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton.


Christopher Engel at the Romany Kramoris Gallery

East End artist Christopher Engel returns to Sag Harbor’s Romany Kramoris Gallery this week with “Open Paths,” a selection of abstract work.

“It is as if the viewer is peering through a microcope and capturing a dance of molecules, vibrating and evolving,” said the gallery of Mr. Engel on its website. “The lines flow into the light as well as the dark, illuminating paths open to both the literal adn the symbolic. The viewer is encouraged to ponder and then allow the journey to unfurl.”

The exhibit opened Thursday, June 5, and runs through Thursday, June 26. An opening reception is Saturday, June 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call 725-2499.


Landscape Pleasures at the Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum is giving an insider’s view of some of the East End’s most impressive gardens again this year, in a production of Landscape Pleasures that event organizer Kendra Korczak calls bigger and better than ever. In honor of artist, writer and gardener Robert Dash of the Madoo Conservancy, the weekend includes a day of lectures from expert landscape architects and gardeners Saturday, July 7, followed by a self-guided tour across the stately and innovative gardens of Southampton on Sunday, July 8. To read the full article on Landscape Pleasures by the Express, click here. For more information, visit parrishart.org.


Robert Boris Riskin at Canio’s

Sag Harbor’s novelist-in-residence Robert Boris Riskin will read from his latest mystery thriller, “Deadly Secrets,” on Saturday, June 7 at 5 p.m. at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor. The novel follows the story of detective Jake Wanderman, who is pursuing the “Hamptons murderer.” For more on Mr. Riskin, see the Express’ coverage by clicking here.


Fruit and Vegetable-Inspired Paintings at the Bridgehampton Museum

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A watercolor that will be shown as part of "Claus Hoie's Greengrocer Series: Bountiful Harvest" at The Bridgehampton Museum. Photo by Gary J. Mamay.

By Tessa Raebeck

An exhibition of bold and colorful paintings by Claus Hoie will be on display at The Bridgehampton Museum from June 6 through October 15, with an opening reception Friday, June 6.

Inspired by fruits and vegetables, “Claus Hoie’s Greengrocer Series: Bountiful Harvest” includes watercolors that span the last three decades of the life of the Norwegian-born artist, who died in East Hampton in 2007. Many of the works in the exhibition will be on view for the first time, while others have been shown in museums and galleries across the world.

“Intellectual curiosity, imagination and daily walks observing natural phenomena all served as motivation for Hoie’s fruit and vegetable themes,” the Bridgehampton Historical Society said in a press release. “The exhibition calls attention to his use of humor and fantasy and to his inventive use of calligraphic qualities to emphasize traditional species’ names derived from 18th and 19th century scientific investigations. His skill at exploring various tonalities and degrees of transparency is evident throughout.”

The opening reception for Claus Hoie’s paintings is Friday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. For more information, call (631) 537-1088 or visit bhmuseum.org.

“Art of Dance” Brings Artwork to Life on Stage in Southampton

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The company at Studio 3 practice. Photo courtesy Studio 3.

The company at Studio 3 practice. Photo courtesy Studio 3.

By Tessa Raebeck

In its annual spring production, Southampton dance center Studio 3 will bring famous works of art to life on stage in “The Art of Dance.”

For two nights, Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, the local dance school will bring works from artists as varied as Degas, Matisse and Banksy alive in the form of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical dance.

Ballet dancers rehearse at Studio 3 in Southampton. Photo courtesy Studio 3.

Ballet dancers rehearse at Studio 3 in Southampton. Photo courtesy Studio 3.

Diane and Meredith Shumway, the owner and assistant director of Studio 3, respectively, together with up-and-coming students-turned-choreographers Thomas Gallo, Liam Gifkins, and Jenna Mazanowski, have drawn inspiration from art to choreograph, costume and develop a variety of pieces.

“The best part of developing each piece was the learning process for the teachers, as well as the students,” said dance teacher and Studio 3 assistant director Meredith Shumway. “We are going above and beyond this year because students aren’t just dancing to music on a stage, they are expressing the mood, feeling, color, pattern and history of each work of art and bringing it to life.”

“The Art of Dance” is Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 8, at 2 p.m. at the theater at the Southampton High School, 141 Narrow Lane in Southampton. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (631) 537-3008, email tickets@dancestudio3.com or visit dancestudio3.com.

Sag Harbor Novelist Robert Boris Riskin Reading of “Deadly Secrets” at Canio’s Books

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Author Robert Boris Riskin.

Sag Harbor author Robert Boris Riskin.

By Tessa Raebeck

Sharing the latest adventures of crime solver Jake Wanderman, Sag Harbor resident and novelist Robert Boris Riskin will read from his new thriller, “Deadly Secrets,” on Saturday, June 7, at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor.

A detective with a knack for solving crimes and quoting Shakespeare, Jake travels to London and Paris to track down a “Hamptons murderer.”

Mr. Riskin first introduced Jake in his previous novel, “Deadly Bones,” a humorous but thrilling mystery novel. He also wrote “Scrambled Eggs,” a satirical look at the art world set on the East End.

Mr. Riskin’s reading on Saturday will begin at 5 p.m. Canio’s Books is located at 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call (631) 725-4926 or visit caniosbooks.com.

“Transcendental Feminine Fantasy” Explores Womanhood at Sag Harbor’s RJD Gallery

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Teresa Elliot, "Agua Fria", 24 x 30", Oil on aluminum panel, will be on display at the RJD Gallery's "Transcendental Feminine Fantasy" exhibit.

Teresa Elliot, “Agua Fria”, 24 x 30″, Oil on aluminum panel, will be on display at the RJD Gallery’s “Transcendental Feminine Fantasy” exhibit opening Saturday, May 31 in Sag Harbor. Image courtesy RJD Gallery.

By Tessa Raebeck

The woman is staring at the camera with a strong gaze and powerful posture, paying no mind to the snake wrapped around her neck staring at her.

“She’s so in control,” said Eve Gianni Corio, director of the RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor, which is showing the piece, Katie O’Hagan’s “Constriction” as part of its latest exhibition, “Transcendental Feminine Fantasy,” opening Saturday, May 31.

A look at femininity and the mysticism surrounding it, the show consists of images of women by upcoming and mid-career artists. It includes work by artists of both genders, including Teresa Elliot, Pam Hawkes, Haley Hasler, Kadir Nelson, Margo Selski, and Pamela Wilson.

The idea to present an exhibition dedicated to women came about after the success of the gallery’s “Women Painting Women” show last September. The RJD Gallery hosted the show along with eight other galleries across the world.

From Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” to the pages of Maxim, the female form is arguably the most depicted figure of all time and was an easy image to find in the repertoire of many artists.

“When we were going through our roster and imagery, there just seems to be—even if it’s a male artist, he’s promoting these very powerful female visions,” said Ms. Gianni Corio.

“So many images capture the very fantastical ideas of women, all these different roles, so it seems well suited,” she added.

Not all the images depict women in all their powerful glory; many show the softer—and often harsher—side to being a woman.

In “Agua-Fria” by Teresa Elliot, a woman, the bottom half of her face and top of her head covered in mud, stares sideways off camera with a look of sadness, her hand clutching her chest.

In “Bend,” also by Ms. Elliot, a beautiful female figure is facing away, the back of her naked body facing the camera. Although her figure is mesmerizing, her pose is far from powerful, her shoulders bent over and her hands up, in an almost nervous way.

Teresa Elliot, "Bend", 48 x 40", Oil on Linen. Image courtesy RJD Gallery.

Teresa Elliot, “Bend”, 48 x 40″, Oil on Linen. Image courtesy RJD Gallery.

Kadir Nelson’s piece, “Red Bone,” has a woman “looking like she’s from another time,” said Ms. Gianni Corio.

Her eyes are raised up, focusing on the horizon in a dream-like stare.

“That’s an empowering piece,” she added.

A frequent presence on the gallery’s walls, Margo Selski shows the gray in everything, focusing on the balance both in the world’s ways but also in the balancing act required of the modern woman.

A mother of three, Ms. Selski often paints her children in her paintings.

The portraits are reminiscent of those hanging on the walls at Versailles and other palaces, but instead of a scepter, the woman could be holding a giant fork and wearing a globe.

“She found that to be empowering for her children, to dress up in these scenes where they’re in control of situations,” Ms. Gianni Corio said. “She really likes the idea of timeless space, where things are kind of morphing.”

“There’s no right and wrong, there’s no real, there’s no surreal, and she constantly bounces from current day to a timeless space in the Victorian Era that she paints. She’s a nice bit of realistic, very old Renaissance world technique paired with magic,” she added.

Ms. Selski, Ms. Gianni Corio said, focuses on the idea of women in today’s society trying to balance being a mother, a painter and a business owner and all the other hats they wear.

"Feral Unlucky" by Pamela Wilson. Image courtesy RJD Gallery.

“Feral Unlucky” by Pamela Wilson. Image courtesy RJD Gallery.

Featured artist Pam Hawkes also showcases the balancing act required of women, but with a focus on the reverse effects and relationship of physical beauty on the outside and the metaphysical inside.

“Her works are really about what these women are thinking, who’s behind the façade of pure beauty or looked at beauty and how that feels,” Ms. Gianni Corio said.

“Golden Years” features a woman who is radiant and golden, yet wilts forlornly with downcast eyes. The artist’s newest piece, a large work called “Faded,” features a girl with pearls draped around her, dripping across her dress, and flying, unsettled hair.

“From her façade of beauty, her person is almost fading into the background,” said Ms. Gianni Corio, adding, “She has a very interesting message in her works, which are so beautiful that you’re stricken at first, then all of a sudden you start to feel what’s really the depth of the person and what’s really there.”

With various takes on the feminist mystique, be it downtrodden or radiant, covered in mud or glowing in gold, butt naked or wearing a globe, all the works depict the undeniable spirit that accompanies femininity.

“Transcendental Feminine Fantasy” opens Saturday, May 31, with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the RJD Gallery, 90 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call (631) 725-1161 or visit the website, RJDgallery.com.


Sag Harbor’s April Gornik Will Sign Latest Book in New York City

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"Radiant Light," 2013, 78” x 90”, oil on linen by April Gornik. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“Radiant Light,” 2013, 78” x 90”, oil on linen by April Gornik. Photo courtesy of the artist.

By Tessa Raebeck

Sag Harbor’s artist-in-residence April Gornik travels to New York City Thursday, May 29, for a reading and book signing of her latest book, “April Gornik: Drawings.”

Published by FigureGround Press and distributed by ARTBOOK D.A.P. the book celebrates Ms. Gornik’s charcoal drawings done since 1984.

“Lush and wide-ranging in scope and subject, these landscapes call out the wild and the cultivated, from the desert to the forest to the sea, and show both the progress and consistency in her evocative approach to drawing,” according to synopsis of the book.

“April Gornik: Drawings” includes essays by Steve Martin and Archie Rand, as well as an interview with Lawrence Weschler and a downloadable composition for piano and cello by Bruce Wolosoff.

Ms. Gornik’s book signing is Thursday, May 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Danese/Corey Gallery, 511 West 22nd Street in New York City. A solo show by the artist is running at the gallery until Saturday, May 31.

Reggae and Steel Drum Music at the Parrish Art Museum

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The Next Level Band will perform at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill Friday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Next Level Band will perform at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill Friday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

By Tessa Raebeck

As part of its ongoing Sounds of Summer series of live music on the outdoor terrace, the Parrish Art Museum presents the five-piece reggae and steel drum group The Next Level Band Friday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The band is an eclectic group of American, Caribbean and European musicians, playing authentic reggae favorites and their own calypso-infused arrangements of classic songs. Tyrone Parris of Barbados is on the guitar and steel drums while his wife, La Dawn Parris, who has performed with Anita Baker and the Temptations, among others, sings.

“Our summer music program brings together performers of diverse musical persuasions and encourages all ages to dance, dine, socialize or just enjoy the fresh air,” said event organizers Andrea Grover, curator of special projects at the museum, and Amy Kirwin, visitor services and museum programs manager.

Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the show, which costs $10 or is free with museum admission. The Sounds of Summer series continues with Mambo Loco on July 4 and Edith and Bennett on August 1. For more information, visit parrishart.org.