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They met in Baltimore — Claribel and Etta Cone, Gertrude and Leo Stein — in the late 1890s at Claribel’s Saturday evening salons, two sets of siblings who would amass unrivaled collections of European art during the first half of the 20th century.
From wealthy Jewish families, all four ventured to Paris, the Steins to live abroad for the rest of their lives, the Cones for several long visits. And all met artists who would become their friends and, eventually, icons of modern art.

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Two Fine Painters Showing in Sharon

The Art Scene
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Two shows from local artists run side-by-side in Sharon: The Historical Society is presenting paintings and illustrations by Warren Prindle, while the Hotchkiss Library is exhibiting wildlife and landscape pictures from Scott Zuckerman.
Prindle, who early in his career illustrated comic books (under a pseudonym) and advertising, is an art teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. His current work is of two minds: There are soft, carefully observed pictures and there are wonderfully realized still lifes that have an Old-Master quality of light and brushstroke.

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Pastels, Bronzes And Fire

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At The White Gallery in Lakeville, “Abstraction Expression” brings together Timothy P. Cahill, an in-your-face artist of the Rauschenberg school, and Penny Cahill, a subtler painter of nature and natural objects.

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Cutting Steel and Paper, Playing With Paint

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Jaq Belcher’s remarkable works now at Argazzi Art are hypnotic: She hand cuts thousands of small ovals in stiff white paper leaving a tiny connection at one end, then bends the ovals up like flaps. The cuts are made in carefully controlled patterns — swirls, bulls eyes, snowdrifts — that result in contradictory effects of both stillness and movement.

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A World of His Own Making

Excursions: Pissarro’s People at the Clark
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In “Pissarro’s People,” the Clark Art Institute has an exemplary summer show, the first exhibition of the artists’ figurative paintings and drawings. Although we do not see the dewy landscapes and authoritative cityscapes upon which his reputation rests, we do see what mattered most to Pissarro: the prospect of a radical, utopian world of collective work and happiness, and — above all — his family and seven children.

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Printing With Paint, Light, Chemicals

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“The Art of the Print,” at The White Gallery, is a smart show for the times. Owners Susan and Tino Galluzo have brought together three artists, all women as it happens, of very different styles and printmaking techniques to present 40 works that are almost all interesting, visually compelling and affordable.

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All That Glisters Is White Gold

The Art Scene: Darren Winston, Bookseller
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A new exhibition by master gilder Carol Leskanic, seems at home in the white and beige, elegant and discreet gallery at Darren Winston, Bookseller, in Sharon. Her layers of gold leaf, both white and yellow, cover surprising objects — some natural, some man-made — and are burnished to a soft, gentle patina. This is not the intense yellow gilding of antique picture frames this is an ancient technique updated to deliver a modern aesthetic of minimalist elegance.

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A Family Matter, Alas

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The art committee of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon has sponsored good and sometimes not-so-good exhibitions since early in 2010. Now the committee has latched onto what must have seemed like a clever idea: Show the work of artists from the Hotchkiss family that gave both money and name to the institution.
So comes “Hotchkiss at Hotchkiss,” a mishmash of styles and quality, though little of the latter.

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Art in Cornwall

Hendon Chubb’s unicorn and other fanciful creatures are among the works by artists opening their studios to the public on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the names of participating artists and instructions on driving to their studios, go to www.cornwallct.org and click on “Cornwall Artists.”

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Old Books And New Tales

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John Frederick Walker is an author of note: His “Ivory’s Ghosts,” a passionate history of ivory and the slaughter of elephant herds over the centuries, was a best seller. Walker is also a visual artist, and an exhibition combining both of his interests opens June 5 at Ober Gallery in Kent.

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