Check out these must-see East End art shows in the Hamptons and the North Fork this weekend, March 6–8.
1. Spring Training to Benefit Artists & Writers Annual Softball Game
A mix of more than 40 established and emerging local artists are going to bat for the Annual East Hampton Artists & Writers Softball Game and the charities it supports. This inaugural fundraising exhibition, Spring Training, at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery in Bridgehampton offers inspired artistic interpretations of the sport in a variety of media by East End luminaries such as Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Paton Miller, Kryn Olson, Carol Hunt, Leif Hope, Lynn Matsuoka, Eric Ernst, Jeffrey Meizlik, Nathan Slate Joseph, Colin Goldberg, David Geiser, Scott Bluedorn and 30 others. Works will be auctioned on Paddle8.com from March 14–29, but they’re already on view at the auction site, and will be available to see in person at the Kathryn Markel exhibition starting this weekend. Proceeds from the show will benefit charities selected by the Artists & Writers Game, including East End Hospice, the Eleanore Whitmore Early Childhood Center, The Retreat and Phoenix House Academy of Long Island.
Opening this Friday, March 6, Spring Training is located at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery (2418 Montauk Highway) in Bridgehampton. The gallery is hosting a special opening reception after bidding starts on Saturday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m. (RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org). Doors open Fridays–Sundays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. To learn more about the Artists & Writers Annual Softball Game, or to make a donation, visit artistswritersgame.org.
2. Iconic Images Photo Exhibition at La Maisonette Gallery
This exhibition featuring some of history’s most famous faces by some of the world’s most famous photographers lives up to its “iconic” title. Hanging salon style, this wall of photographs photographs is a feast for the eye and a thrill for any fan of pop culture or history buff. Photographs include works from Marilyn Monroe’s “Last Sitting” with Bert Stern just before her death in 1962, as well as one of Milton Greene’s pictures of the legendary actress. Other photo subjects include Elvis Presley, Mohammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra, among many others.
3. Student Arts Festival Part II at Guild Hall
Now in its 23rd year, Guild Hall’s Student Arts Festival celebrates the young artists of our region and salutes the devoted art instructors, school administrators and families who nurture their creative pursuits. Following an exhibition of works from students in preschool, elementary and middle schools, Part II of the exhibition features works by area high school students at schools from Bridgehampton to Montauk. The museum has more than 3,500 works of student art on view, covering the gallery walls in the floor-to-ceiling “salon style.” Go see the emerging talents our schools are fostering and be inspired by their raw creativity.
On view March 7–April 19, Student Arts Festival Part II is located at Guild Hall (158 Main Street) in East Hampton. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 2–4 p.m. Museum hours: Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays 12–5 p.m. Call 631-324-0806 or visit guildhall.org.
*Also of Note: Arlene Slavin Intersections is on view at Guild Hall’s Roy and Frieda Furman Sculpture Garden. Slavin’s new interwoven translucent colored garden sculptures, sited to produce shadow images that continually change as the sun moves, are definitely worth a look.
4. A Friendship: Carl Andre’s Works on Paper from the LeWitt Collection at The Dan Flavin Art Institute
This selection of Carl Andre’s poems, collages, and works on paper provides a window into his longtime friendship with Sol LeWitt, exposing the productive dialogue between the two influential artists and giving access to exceptional aspects of Andre’s diverse artistic thought and interests. The works are shown in vitrines specifically designed by the artist and presented using no harsh lights that could damage the paper. The exhibition is among the more unique in the Hamptons, and a bit less publicized, making it feel like a special treat for those in the know. Of course, a tour of Dan Flavin’s permanent exhibition is compulsory, especially since it’s in the same building.
The show is on view through June 7 at The Dan Flavin Institute (Corwith Avenue) in Bridgehampton. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12–6 p.m. Call 631-537-1476 or visit diaart.org.
5. Tokyo Brushstroke I and II at the Parrish Art Museum
Roy Lichtenstein’s monumental sculpture, Tokyo Brushstroke I & II (1994) is impossible to miss when driving past the Parrish Art Museum on Montauk Highway. The first long-term, outdoor installation at the museum since its move to Water Mill, the sculpture is placed outdoors on The Bacon Family South Meadow, west of the driveway entrance. This is a major piece of art and an incredible “get” for the Parrish. For those who haven’t marveled at it yet, make sure to stop by and give it some consideration beyond a quick glance while speeding by. Go check out the museum too. It is proving to be an absolutely wonderful asset to the East End’s cultural landscape, now both inside and out.
The “Tokyo Brushstrokes” are up in perpetuity at the Parrish Art Museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. To see everything it has to offer, call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.