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Arts & Entertainment

Art Commentary by Marion Wolberg Weiss

New Work at Sara Nightingale Shelter Island is now the new through space. But we also see residence of the Sara Nightingale Rothko’s influences more succinctGallery, formerly housed in Water ly. Even works by local artist Mill. This isn’t news to its fans; in James Kennedy look somewhat fact, the venue has been up and similar. running since last summer. Stabilito’s paintings on the secShelter Island as an area for art is ond floor of the gallery are darker another story, but suffice it to say and more dense, reminding us of that the locale is perfect for the the sea. Although the work is hung establishment of galleries. It’s surin the kitchen, we lose sight of the rounded by water, alive with histosurroundings. Limited space doesry and character, and filled with n’t seem to matter and other artists charming architecture, much of are also served well in the various which dates from the Victorian small rooms. Consider Eric Dever’s Stabilito: Untitled Green Age. grid-like abstractions and vertical The Sara Nightingale Gallery, while not housed lines recalling Ross Bleckner’s early “wallpaper” in a “painted lady,” is a unique place of its own. pieces. The configurations give structure and stabiliThere’s a small gallery downstairs and an apartty to the setting, yet there’s whimsy at work as well. ment upstairs, proving that art flourishes in all In the apartment’s bathroom, Christian Little’s kinds of spaces. Moreover, it appears as if the endeavors are a different matter. They feature figugallery has changed its focus somewhat, from conrative narratives unlike anyone else’s works. His ceptual art and subjects dealing with political “Confetti Geyser” is playful, colorful and upbeat. So issues, like feminism, to more formal concerns, like are sculptures by Jennie Nichols. If they remind us of use of color and coposition. shoes, it’s because they are shoes. One even looks like Last month’s exhibit featured work by Joseph the flower, Jack-in-the-Pulpit. We remember them Stabilito, who lives on New York’s Lower East Side. especially from Nightingale’s Gallery in Water Mill; His paintings fit right in with the local natural they are the kinds of shapes that are idiosyncratic environment. They are certainly abstract and remifrom top to bottom. niscent of Monet’s Water Lilies or Mark Rothko’s Elsewhere in the apartment you’ll find Gus Yero’s pieces, according to Sara Nightingale. abstract and colorful circles—again full of playfulWhat is unique about Stabilito’s work is the play ness and energy. All the works, in fact, make us want of boldness against delicacy—a characteristic also to jump for joy. seen in his other paintings (on view in the gallery’s The current show will be on view until the end of apartment) where his organic forms float and glide July. Call 631-793-2256 for information.

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Tenor). BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Eddie Redmayne in Red – Why he’s in this category doesn’t make sense. He costars with Alfred Molina, and that may give him the win. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Katie Finneran in Promises, Promises – She was the best thing about the weak revival and won the Drama Desk. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Levi Kreis in Million Dollar Quartet – He tears up the stage as Jerry Lee Lewis, but Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family) would be our choice. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: David Bryan (Music) & Joe DiPetro (Lyrics) for Memphis – The pair have been cleaning up and we look for them to continue. Their music and lyrics are the most original on Broadway this season. BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott – We are looking for them to pull off a big upset over Memphis. This clever little show, moved to Broadway at the last minute, is a real sleeper and this could be a well-deserved surprise. BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Michael Grandage for Red – Grandage also helmed a marvelous Hamlet and the dual memory will carry him to the winner’s circle over Kenny Leon (Fences). BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Terry Johnson for La Cage aux Folles – His scaled down re-staging from London is dazzling. Theater critics Barry Gordin & Patrick Christiano are members of the Drama Desk. Barry is an internationally renowned photographer. Patrick is the artistic director of SivaRoad Productions and a member of the 2009/2010 Drama Desk nominating committee.

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