Intrigue
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

Intrigue

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The William Ris Gallery is honored to present INTRIGUE featuring the artwork of five printmakers -- Dan Welden, Chris Ann Ambery, Annie Wildey, Justin Greenwald, and Lorena Salcedo Watson -- as well as sculpture Jonathan Pearlman, from October 27 through November 18, 2018.

The innovative and highly evolved printmaking artwork featured in INTRIGUE skirts the perimeters of the abstract and actual, of fantasy and reality. Printmaker Chris Ann Ambery, who helped to curate and organize the printmakers, explains, “I was drawn to the fact that all five of us have kind of a foot in reality and abstraction at the same time, going back and forth. I feel we each have a very unique expression.” All of the printmaking artwork is created organically in that the prints are pulled by hand, none are digitally created.

Gallery owner Mary Cantone is a longtime collector of etchings, lithography and woodblock prints. “It’s what started my art collection,” shares Cantone. “I think it’s so complex with all its stages and steps, the textures created...I find the whole process intriguing.” Hence the exhibition title.

The five printmakers each have their own unique abilities, most notably Dan Welden who is renowned as a premier printmaker, an artists’ artist and considered a guru amongst his peers and legions of artists, particularly with his innovative creation of the solarplate technique which utilizes a more environmentally safe alternative to traditional forms of printmaking. From Welden’s beautiful linear quality and sophisticated use of color, Ambery’s mixed media facet in vibrant colors with chine-colle, Salcedo-Watson’s “spinal scapes” with graphic displays of vertebrae and other skeletal features of creatures tricking the eye to question if they are landscapes, Wildey’s ethereal images blurring the contrast of concrete and steel with romance and nostalgia, and Greenwald’s abstract

pieces with their layers of repetitive imagery like a Philip Glass composition that give off a multi-dimensional texture, the cohesion of each artists’ work flow together like the individual instruments in a complex symphony.

Jonathan Pearlman’s whimsical sculptures made of repurposed materials he finds have become a part of the staple of the East End arts scene winning multiple awards in juried shows. Says Cantone, “(Pearlman’s) creative thinking steers his one-of-a-kind compositions, sometimes serious, sometimes fanciful. I thought his work, which often have a subtle narrative, would be an appropriate complement to the group show of printmakers.”

The printmakers’ works will include the full spectrum of printmaking, and all artwork exhibited will be limited editions and unique one of a kind monoprints and monotypes. “Each artist has incredible mark making abilities,” Ambery says. Asked to define what mark making means, she explains, “It happens in all forms of art. It’s drawing and developing a language that each artist fosters.” And there is no doubt, each artist will be making their mark with INTRIGUE.

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Sep
15
to Oct 14

Illuminations: Max Moran

The William Ris Gallery is proud to present Illuminations: Max Moran a solo exhibition featuring plain air paintings inspired by North Fork cloudscapes, on view from September 15 through October 14, 2018.

Born and raised in Ohio, Moran’s career has spanned over forty years starting as a teenager commissioned to paint portraits. With stays in Paris, Ireland, Mexico and California, his paintings ranged from portraits to landscapes to urban life, before heeding the call to the East Coast and eventually opening his studio in Manhattan’s East Village in the ‘90s. Nearly a decade later, after a visit to Greenport, Long Island, Moran moved to the North Fork in 2000  to open a studio near Martha Clara’s Vineyards where he often exhibited his works. When asked what prompted the move, Moran explains, “I’d developed relationships in the North Fork and also realized that it had the same inspiring ingredients like Cape Cod that didn’t entail having to travel the whole day to get out there.” Today, Moran’s landscapes of the North Fork are some of the most notable plein air works depicting both a tradition in art as well as the beauty of its subject. “North Fork landscapes have a certain atmosphere, a visual narrative that nourishes the soul,” muses Moran. “I think we all have the ability to see and appreciate landscape artwork not just because it’s recognizable as a particular landmark that’s familiar, but I think it triggers a sense of celebration for our existence. It’s ageless.”

Illuminations marks Moran’s 16th solo exhibition on the North Fork. In this new series of cloudscape paintings, Moran explores the concept of cloud stacking, an amalgamation of cloud movements and formations at four different times of the day. “As a kid, I always had my nose up against the window looking out at the clouds. I’m tapping back into that nostalgia, and still have the same feeling and awe.” It takes a special artist to look beyond the ordinary to find a spark of joy of that moment, a unique capture of the subtleness that is nature and life, and to express it onto canvas. “It’s visual opera,” Moran says of the clouds. That visual opera is also his paintings.

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Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Illuminations: Max Moran

The William Ris Gallery is proud to present Illuminations: Max Moran a solo exhibition featuring plain air paintings inspired by North Fork cloudscapes, on view from September 15 through October 14, 2018.

Born and raised in Ohio, Moran’s career has spanned over forty years starting as a teenager commissioned to paint portraits. With stays in Paris, Ireland, Mexico and California, his paintings ranged from portraits to landscapes to urban life, before heeding the call to the East Coast and eventually opening his studio in Manhattan’s East Village in the ‘90s. Nearly a decade later, after a visit to Greenport, Long Island, Moran moved to the North Fork in 2000  to open a studio near Martha Clara’s Vineyards where he often exhibited his works. When asked what prompted the move, Moran explains, “I’d developed relationships in the North Fork and also realized that it had the same inspiring ingredients like Cape Cod that didn’t entail having to travel the whole day to get out there.” Today, Moran’s landscapes of the North Fork are some of the most notable plein air works depicting both a tradition in art as well as the beauty of its subject. “North Fork landscapes have a certain atmosphere, a visual narrative that nourishes the soul,” muses Moran. “I think we all have the ability to see and appreciate landscape artwork not just because it’s recognizable as a particular landmark that’s familiar, but I think it triggers a sense of celebration for our existence. It’s ageless.”

Illuminations marks Moran’s 16th solo exhibition on the North Fork. In this new series of cloudscape paintings, Moran explores the concept of cloud stacking, an amalgamation of cloud movements and formations at four different times of the day. “As a kid, I always had my nose up against the window looking out at the clouds. I’m tapping back into that nostalgia, and still have the same feeling and awe.” It takes a special artist to look beyond the ordinary to find a spark of joy of that moment, a unique capture of the subtleness that is nature and life, and to express it onto canvas. “It’s visual opera,” Moran says of the clouds. That visual opera is also his paintings.

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Chinese Inspirations/North Fork Creation
Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

Chinese Inspirations/North Fork Creation

The William Ris Gallery is pleased to present Chinese Inspiration/North Fork Creation, a solo exhibition of sculpture, color photography and ink paintings by noteworthy artist and international specialist in Chinese history and culture, Dr. Robert Oxnam. On view from July 14 – August 12, 2018 with an opening reception scheduled for July 14, 2018 from 4 – 7 pm.

The exhibition will include over 40 works of wood sculptures, color photographs and ink drawings that explore Oxnam’s artistic persona – a merging of Chinese philosophy and artistic tradition, American resourcefulness and imagination. Organized and curated by the artist and his wife, Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, a scholar of Asian Art, the exhibition will concentrate on Oxnam’s wood sculptures. Inspired by “Chinese Scholars Rocks” (gongshi) that highlight natural shapes in ancient stones weathered in riverbeds and mountains, Oxnam’s sculptures also pay tribute to the beauty and spirit of the North Fork – weathered wood found on the shores of the Long Island Sound from Port Jefferson to Orient Point.

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Escapes
Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

Escapes


The William Ris Gallery will celebrate its second anniversary on the North Fork with E S C A P E S, a group show featuring land and seascape art inspired by the East Coast. On exhibit from June 16th through July 8th with an opening reception on Saturday, June 16th, 4 – 7 pm 

Included will be the works of prominent East Coast artists: Kelly Franké, Kurt Giehl, David Peikon, Jim Sabiston, Eileen Dawn Skretch, James Stewart and Amy Worth whose works range from realism to ethereal and abstract to illustrative. 

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Solely Women
May
12
4:00 PM16:00

Solely Women

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FEATURING

Marissa Bridge, Anahi DeCanio, Alex Ferrone, Ellen Goldstein, Phyllis Hammond, Erin Hinz, Lori Hollander, Jane Kirkwood, Micheline Klagsbrun, Pares Mallis, Jessica Nissen, Susan Saunders, Marilyn Weiss, Valerie Zeman

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Seen & Unseen
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

Seen & Unseen

The William Ris Gallery is pleased to present Seen and Unseen: Paintings and Drawings by Scott McIntire, a solo exhibition of 40 paintings and drawings that explore the interconnection of art, nature and science and the environmental effects of technology.

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Imagined / Actual
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Imagined / Actual

An exhibition featuring works of landscapes, seascapes and architectural abstractions inspired by Long Island and New York City  from February 17 – March 18, 2018.   The selection of over 50 photographs brings together the impressive textural, melodious images of Scott Farrell and the sharp and expansive works of Mike McLaughlin to create a provocative photographic juxtaposition.

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Penelope's Stories Jewelry Show
Oct
14
12:30 PM12:30

Penelope's Stories Jewelry Show

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About Penelope's Stories

Penelope's Stories is a jewelry collection built on the idea of bringing women together in a  community to share stories and strength. We celebrate beautiful jewelry, it's creators and history, and art motivated not just by the missions of our designers but by those of people working to provide support and independence to women around the world. We donate 10% of all our sales to WfWI, an organization based on the idea that together we are strong women, and strong women particularly in networks can help other women become stronger. 

One woman can change anything. Many women can change everything.
— Christine Karumba, WfWI's Country Programme Director for DRC
 
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