Beginning this weekend a series of July art fairs will erect tents in a variety of fields from Bridgehampton to Southampton, offering attendees a pleasant environment to see work from galleries from the East End to Europe and beyond under one roof while benefiting some local nonprofit organizations.
First up is the oldest, ArtHamptons, which will begin its fifth iteration today at Nova’s Ark Project in Bridgehampton with two benefit previews for the LongHouse Reserve. It will remain open through Sunday.
In addition to the offerings of its 75 or so exhibitors, there will be a number of events such as a birthday party for Cheech Marin of Cheech and Chong fame, who is a noted art collector, and a conversation with Dan Rizzie and Bruce Helander on the role of money in art making. A painting raffle and an event tomorrow, “Pollock at 100,” will benefit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs. Ed Moses, an artist and Gail Levin, an art historian and author, will also speak at separate events and Kristin Verano will offer a live performance. More information about these and other events are on the fair’s Web site arthamptons.com.
Beginning next Thursday through July 22, artMRKT Hamptons will return in its second visit to the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s Corwith House. Its opening night preview will benefit the Parrish Art Museum. Guests will enjoy “refined” summer barbeque foods prepared by Leon Gunn, a Brooklyn chef.
Many New York City galleries will participate as well as some East End galleries familiar to those in East Hampton, Bridgehampton, and Shelter Island. Some 40 galleries will be included, a few from as far away as Oakland, Calif. (Gallery Sam), and Florence, Italy (Arte Nova).
On July 26, Art Southampton, an off-shoot of Art Miami, will open with about 50 exhibitors on the grounds of the Elks Club in Southampton. The preview will benefit Southampton Hospital. The next night, the fair will have an event to benefit the Watermill Center. A film about the life of John Chamberlain, a Shelter Island sculptor, will be shown, and Susan Davidson, a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, will speak on the artist’s legacy. The fair will run through July 31.