Jun
29
to Jul 28

Water Works

The William Ris Gallery is pleased to present WATER WORKS. Painters and photographers Paul Dempsey, Hector DeCordova, Pat Dews, Christine Matthäi, Dan Pollera, David Lyttleton Smith and Carol Young.

"The symbol of water represents our subconscious, that which lies beneath the surface, our limitless divine nature. Our subconscious sea is where creativity exists and from where, through the seed of thought, ideas manifest in the physical realm." - Christine Matthäi

Also, works by ceramic artist Bill Shillalies make a debut at the gallery.

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May
25
to Jun 16

SPACE & COLOR: Karl H. Szekielda

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The William Ris Gallery is honored to welcome painter Karl H. Szekielda in his solo exhibition SPACE & COLOR opening on May 25, 2019.

Born in Germany and a long time resident of the Hamptons, one can say Szekielda has led a multi-faceted life, not only geographically but also career-wise. Studying art in Berlin then later receiving a Doctorate in Science from the University of Aix-Marseille in France laid the foundation for what would become a parallel passion for both art and science as Szekielda was offered a Fellowship under NASA interpreting satellite images, then later at the United Nations heading the Remote Sensing Unit as a Senior Fellow, all while interpreting space images and ocean color onto his artwork. Szekielda believes that art is a process that is based both on imagination as well as a thorough understanding of space, color and material flow that leads to an esthetic interpretation.

The influence of science on Szekielda’s artwork led to an invitation by the German Haus in Manhattan to present a solo exhibition as part of the celebration of the “Einstein Year” in 2005. As Renée Phillips, director of Manhattan Arts International, noted, “Science and art are connecting, interspersed and overlapping. His art evokes a sensual and energetic condition of atmospheric light with effortless movement and soft edges.”

During the nearly month long exhibition of SPACE & COLOR , the Gallery will also be hosting a performance of contemporary composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Tierkreis (the English title is “Music of the Zodiac”) on June 1 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Fourth Annual Rites of Spring Festival, to be performed by long time collaborators Cliff Baldwin and Dwight Frizzell. Composed in 1974 for music boxes, each short melody was created for a specific constellation of stars in the Zodiac. What better backdrop for this unique musical experience than with Szekielda’s space inspired paintings.

SPACE & COLOR exhibition will run until Father’s Day, June 16.

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Apr
27
to May 19

​Takashi Matsuzaki: DREAM OF ROSES

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The William Ris Gallery welcomes the beauty of Spring in the form of DREAM OF ROSES (RÊVE DE ROSES), a photographic collection of roses by Takashi Matsuzaki in his debut exhibition. On view April 27 - May 19, 2019.

Spring gets under way on the North Fork of Long Island heightening one’s anticipation of burgeoning blossoms, and with it the DREAM OF ROSES (RÊVE DE ROSES) exhibition, which celebrates the most popular and indisputable queen of flowers. Just as the season hints to new beginnings, this exhibition marks not only Matsuzaki’s debut at an art gallery, but also William Ris Gallery’s first show exclusively of photographed flowers. 

“Takashi’s work is sensual, vivid, and captures the texture, color and contrasting structure of the rose,” says Mary Cantone, owner-curator of William Ris Gallery. “The imagery is both powerful and yet fragile at the same time, and it’s this dichotomy that appeals to me.” Indeed, the images captured by Matsuzaki are unlike stock photos one often sees of roses, giving an intimate, moody, at times avant garde, and multi-dimensional view of this oft photographed flower. 

Equal parts Tokyoite and New Yorker, Matsuzaki’s roots lie in fashion having studied fashion design in Tokyo and assisting in various ateliers in New York where he continues to be a sought-after makeup artist. His natural gravitation towards photography over a dozen years ago eventually led to a concentrated focus on roses, particularly as Matsuzaki has a deep appreciation for and collects perfumes. “Rose is my favorite fragrance,” admits Matsuzaki. Appropriately, in 2016, Dior chose several of Matsuzaki’s rose images for use in their in-house private collection perfume launch. “I wanted to create the images as one would approach making a fragrance, and to capture an original expression of roses, for people to feel the scent, conjure a memory, sense the temperature, light and other aspects.” 

A frequent traveler to Paris, Matsuzaki’s color tones are clearly inspired by the city, informing the photographs with subtle dark old-world tones as well as a whiff of romantic nostalgia, a saudade if you will. In particular, the images of the opaque anatomy of a rose, its petals bare and luminous with the veins, whispers the nuance in both the fragility and strength of life, time…and love. 

DREAM OF ROSES (RÊVE DE ROSES) collection will be on view at the William Ris Gallery daily including Mother’s Day, for which Matsuzaki will be in attendance for an Artist Talk. 

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Mar
16
to Apr 19

FORMS & FIGURES

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The William Ris Gallery is thrilled to present FORMS & FIGURES highlighting the creative energy of nine women artists -- Chris Ann Ambery, Deborah Brisker Burk, Shawn Ehlers, Madison Fender, Jan Guarino, Jennifer Hannaford, Margaret Minardi, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, and Susan M. Saunders. On view from March 16 - April 21, 2019. Please note the exhibition has been extended though April 21.

It is without coincidence that the FORMS & FIGURES exhibition will be opening in the month which celebrates both International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month. The Me Too Movement has renewed awareness of not only women’s rights, but also recognizing the many accomplishments made by women, the arts notwithstanding.

Heading the fine arts scene on Long Island’s east end for three years since its move into the area, owner-curator Mary Cantone says, “I wanted to bring in new talented and remarkable women artists who I feel share a community, as well as world vision and sensibility.” Repeat art collectors and visitors will be treated to artwork never seen in the gallery before with, as the exhibition title indicates, an emphasis on the human form and figures as its focal theme. Asked what led to the concept behind FORMS & FIGURES, Cantone shares, “I’ve always collected figure works. I find there’s an intimacy in them which I can identify with, and am fascinated by the different interpretations and traditions which cross all backgrounds and borders making each of them so unique.”

While Ambery, Brisker-Burk and Saunders are returning artists to William Ris Gallery and will be offering new works for the FORMS & FIGURES exhibition, this is the first time the Gallery will see works by Ehlers, Fender, Guarino, Hannaford, Minardi and Pundyk. Ehlers, a former Ford/Elite model who has been photographed by Helmut Newton and Albert Watson amongst other name photographers, won the prestigious Prix de la Photographie (PX3) Gold Award in 2015 for her series Women as Birds which have never been shown and are included in the exhibition.

“I have a deep passion for Native American culture and their reverence for nature,” explains Ehlers of the concept behind the works in which she combines the medium of Polaroid photography and encaustic wax. “One of their beliefs is that birds are the connections between heaven and earth. Using women as birds demonstrates that we are messengers, better communicators and have a tendency to be more open to the spiritual and intuitive world.”

From Chris Ann Ambery’s joyously energetic original printworks, Deborah Brisker Burk’s colorful yet muted sensual paintings, Shawn Ehlers’ encaustic photographs that evoke primal yet dreamlike melancholy, the intimate portraitures stirring one’s wanderlust through the lens of Madison Fender, the reverence and examined strokes of Jan Guarino’s paintings, the simultaneously sophisticated and playful images of Jennifer Hannaford’s underwater paintings, the intricately seamless merging of textile and wallpaper backgrounds to their subjects by Margaret Minardi, the textured breeziness of Anne Sherwood Pundyk’s paintings, and Susan M. Saunder’s multi-media layering both figurative and literally giving new life and meaning to the statued subjects, FORMS & FIGURES is a beautiful collection of works from women artists we should all know.

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WRG x NFAC: NEW YEAR, NEW WORKS Exhibition
Feb
16
to Mar 10

WRG x NFAC: NEW YEAR, NEW WORKS Exhibition

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The William Ris Gallery is pleased to partner with North Fork Art Collective in their first exhibition of the year featuring new and/or never seen artworks by the Collective’s members — Emma Ballou, Scott Bluedorn, Kelly Franké, Kara Hoblin, Cindy Pease Roe, Verona Penalba, Dalton Portella, Chris Hamilton, and Dennis Chalkin. On view from February 16 - March 10, 2019.

This is the first time that the William Ris Gallery is collaborating with the North Fork Art Collective, let alone another artists’ group. Notes Mary Cantone, second generation owner and curator of the William Ris Gallery, “We have been in business for over fifty years, and in the three years since we’ve relocated to the North Fork, the North Fork Art Collective opened its doors in Greenport.” As a group of local emerging artists, NFAC came together initially as a pop-up in 2017 before settling into their current Front Street address. Adds Cantone, “I am keenly aware of the energy and commitment required to launch such a project. Offering my space to the Collective members is a merging of the creative minds of the East and West ends of the North Fork.” 

If there is a running thread connecting the artists of the NFAC, it is the undeniable awareness of the environment afforded by the natural beauty which Long Island’s East End holds, from its landscapes and farmlands, the Sound and Bay, and to the sea. As NFAC artist Cindy Pease Roe, who has been a member since June 2018 and known for her site-specific installations that make use of found and repurposed marine plastic materials to draw attention to environmental concerns, explains, “There are so many issues facing the ocean today but I didn’t want to address them all and also didn’t want to dilute the message, so decided to focus my art on plastic; it’s very dynamic, changes all the time, degrades by the sea and the sun, and it’s an interesting medium to work on as an artist. I want people to come with curiosity, then they can think of what it’s about.” There is a youthful exuberance that emanates from the Collective even with the age range from Baby Boomers to Millennials, and yet there is a particularly refreshing, almost innocent, community mindset to their artists. Asked what attracted Pease Roe to the Collective, she says, “It’s fun. I like the energy, a youthful element that I enjoy, and it’s a great way to be a part of my community.” It doesn’t come as a surprise that Pease Roe will be running for the Greenport Village Trustee position this year, such is her passion and commitment to the community.

From Emma Ballou’s seasonally inspired landscape paintings, Scott Bluedorn’s nautical inspired visual storytelling, Dennis Chalkin’s dramatic and moody photography that taps into nostalgia, Kelly Franké’s elegant details on wood where the grain of the wood hints at the imagery which her charcoal drawings then unveil, Chris Hamilton’s awe-inspiring photography with his unique perspective as a sixth generation bayman, Kara Hoblin’s whimsical yet soulful and therapeutic chalk drawings reflecting the impermanence of life, Cindy Pease Roe’s eco-conscious marine-plastic sculptures and paintings, Verona Penalba’s passionate and powerful female portraits, and Dalton Portella’s sensual celebrations of the sea and abstract form, art lovers will be rewarded with a gamut of artwork that reflect not only the special beauty of Long Island’s East End but the talent it attracts and nurtures. 

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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
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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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