Before the jumpers took over the Grand Prix ring at the Atlantic Opening Day at the 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, the smallest of riders were the main attraction. Joe Fargis, an Olympic gold medalist, judged the riders in the SeaAire Leadline Division, in two categories, 2 to 4 years old and 5 to 7 years old. The competition continues all week.
“I want visitors to go further and further down the rabbit hole.” So said the artist Dianne Blell as she introduced a visitor to the evocative mixture of objects, colors, passions, and practicality in both the garden and interior of her house in Bridgehampton. Her second-home world reflects the aesthetic of her art — meticulous photographs that comment on grown-up fairy tales ranging from classic myths to haute couture.
“White Hot + Blue” was the theme of this year’s LongHouse Reserve’s benefit in East Hampton on Saturday and the grounds and guests were done up just right.
Anyone traveling by the Schenck gas depot on Newtown Lane on Friday may have thought they were in Williamsburg for a moment as William Quigley, Ben Moon, and Alexander George McCue brought a very Brooklyn vibe to their “Mash-Up Society,” an art show and party held in Mr. Quigley’s studio space in a garage on the property.
Those looking for a lovely spring stroll through some of the most exclusive private gardens in Southampton Village had a treat on Sunday during the garden tour portion of the Parrish Art Museum’s Landscape Pleasures weekend.
On Saturday, guests heard talks by Chip Callaway, Martin Filler, and Arne Maynard.
The South Fork and, more specifically, East Hampton have a long history of inspiring innovation in arts and letters. As artists and writers visited and then stayed for the light, scenery, and bucolic calm, culinary artists were also attracted to the same features as well as the fresh produce and seafood that defined the region’s cuisine.
Hopes and excitement ran even higher this year for the Guild Hall members show, an annual event that brings the South Fork artistic community together for one of the largest exhibitions in the region and the only non-juried show. More than 470 artists submitted work to be placed on the walls of Guild Hall’s three main galleries with the hope of being recognized by Robert Storr, a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art and the dean of the Yale School of Art.