Among the best-known benefits are the Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party and the Bay Street Theater’s 25th Summer Gala
In addition to trendy cocktails and celebrity D.J.s, South Fork benefit parties may include art auctions and even puppies under the tents, as in this scene last year from the Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue party at Chuck Scarborough’s house in Southampton. This year's party is July 23. Jennifer Landes
The Watermill Center is known for the presentations by its artists in residence and the creative atmosphere as in this 2014 photo.Jennifer Landes
Celebrity sightings are not guaranteed, but are often occur as in this photo of Julianne Moore at the Montauk Playhouse GalaJanis Hewitt

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Sally Egbert and others consider the flower in the “Fresh Cuts” exhibition opening at the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton on Saturday.

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At the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill

At the Clark Arts Center on Shelter Island

Some 365 sets by more than 85 artists, from soloists to full bands, will be performed across 40 venues
Hopefully Forgiven will be one of dozens of acts from far and near performing this weekend in Montauk.

An all-day program of talks and performances
Members of Mare Liberum conducted an open studio while in residence at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y., in 2012. Mare Liberum
Members of the collective Mare Liberum hoisted a kayak frame outside their workshop in Brooklyn. Mare Liberum

On Saturday at 8 p.m., Judy Carmichael and Billy Stritch, a Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist, will take the stage
Judy Carmichael will record an interview and performance with Billy Stritch for her radio show and podcast at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday.

A full design spectrum encompassing both functional and nonfunctional expressions
“Fandango,” from 2013
“Wall Sculpture #6” by Nico Yektai demonstrates the artistic side of the designer. Nico Yektai Studio; Tripoli Gallery Photos

David Slater's idiosyncratic, image-packed canvases are drenched in dreams, memories, tokens of a peripatetic existence, and a strong spiritual connection to Indian culture
Outside of his studio, David Slater casts a striking figure in the greater world of Sag Harbor. Below, Mr. Slater’s “Legend of the Sea Maiden” is a collage of provocative, mysterious images and words drawn from the artist’s dreams, memories, and the occasional hallucination. Morgan McGivern amd Gary Mamay Photos
In “The Ghost in the Garden,” the specter of a young boy from the 19th century cavorts in David Slater’s lush garden. Gary Mamay
David Slater working on a portrait of John Steinbeck that will be shown at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum in July.Morgan McGivern
This image was taken from the Broken Mast Memorial at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.Gary Mamay
"Out of Body" was inspired one of Mr. Slater's out-of-body experiences.Gary Mamay
Mr. Slater spent several years in Minneapolis, memories of which fill this painting.Gary Mamay