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  • This year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse reflects a softening of both palettes and textures. Grasscloth is the preferred wall covering, and trend-watchers will note that decorative wall painting treatments, such as ragging and other techniques, are back as well.
  • The simple and colorful geometric abstractions of Eric Brown seem weighty with history even as their mostly sunny facades can look simple and unassuming.
  • Given the circumstances, it would be hard to imagine how a close friendship could have begun between Alex Kilgore and Lisa de Kooning.
  • LongHouse Reserve’s “On Gossamer Wings” benefit will be held on July 18, but the art auction tied to it is already online at the Paddle8 website. This year’s auction features unusual and exceptional works by Ross Bleckner, Kiki Smith, Cindy Sherman, Richard Meier, Christo, Donald Lipski, Takashi Soga, Ross Watts, Jack Youngerman, and many more.
  • The first thing you notice upon entering “A Walk,” the new exhibition at the Tripoli Gallery in East Hampton, is the white wall-to-wall deep-pile carpeting — not so much how it looks but the way the feet sink into it and the slight resistance it provides — almost an impediment — even as it also soothes.
  • Orlando Hand Bears’s painting of Ephraim Byram, from 1834, is a life-size portrait of an important figure in Sag Harbor history. Martin Cohen, who once had a gallery on Madison Avenue and shops in Water Mill and Wainscott many years ago, will have it for sale at his booth at Market Art + Design beginning today.
  • The Mark Borghi Gallery is planning a weekend of art events around the showing of selected works by Bernie Taupin, famously known for his long songwriting collaboration with Elton John.
  • The Eastville Community Historical Society has a unique and rich story to tell about its background and earliest residents, one it can and will tell visually in the coming days.
  • In 1968, ABC News broadcast an exchange between two very smart men sitting across from each other in upholstered swivel armchairs and proclaiming their diametrically opposed takes on the issues of the day.
  • For anyone already suffering from Hamptons summer affective disorder, the Drawing Room in East Hampton has the prescription. The gallery has filled its front room with large format photographs by Adam Bartos in a show called “Louse Point.”

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