Art Southampton: Clogged Roads and Packed Galleries

Anne Chaisson, executive director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, shared a laugh with Steve Barnes of Palm Beach. Morgan McGivern

Although Southampton Town police officers did their best to keep traffic moving on County Road 39, drivers heading to the fair mixing with the regular summer evening traffic made for a messy commute on Thursday night.

Those attending the very, very important person preview at 6 p.m. still had their choice of parking. Those attending after 7:30 for the regular preview found themselves parking on side roads and parking lots west and east of the Elks Lodge, which is host to the 60,000 plus square foot tent and the 83 galleries participating this year, with quite a few from the South Fork.

The fair was colorful to say the least, with artworks and some attendees vying for the loudest visual presentation.

The opening night party benefited both Southampton Hospital and the Parrish Art Museum. The fair will be open daily through Monday. Information on hours and admission is available here.

The scene at Keszler Gallery, with Stephan Keszler, the proprietor, in the background and Chris Arnold, right.Jennifer Landes
Apparently, a few galleries brought their own security.Jennifer Landes
Some guests were as colorful as the paintings.
Rodolpho Edwards with his art at Yael Rosenblut GalleryMorgan McGivern
You never know when falling art will strike.Morgan McGivern
Giada Baselice and Gloria Porcello at the Galleria Ca' D'ora booth.Morgan McGivern
Matthew Moskowitz, an artist in the fair who also shows at Chase Edwards in Bridgehampton, stopped for a picture at the preview.Jennifer Landes
It was jovial in the Ross School booth.Jennifer Landes
Karen Goerl of Sagaponack with Marjorie Strider's "The Yellow Rose"