A sandcastle, cruise ship, discotheque, and whitewashed house on a Greek island all come to mind, although the vernacular is mid-20th century modern. Without question, the owners have spent this summer in one of the most remarkable oceanfront houses on the South Fork. They call its design timeless.
Collectors usually start small before letting loose their acquisitiveness. In an extreme example, one might begin with brick-size viewing stones — Japanese suiseki — that can look like tiny mountain ranges, perhaps paired with bonsai to make miniature landscapes, before moving on to larger stones, big enough to sit on, amid raked sand.
“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.
The Water Mill Museum is holding its annual quilt show through Sept. 14. A tradition spanning almost three decades, the show features dozens of quilts hung and draped over every available surface, making a riot of color and patterns throughout the old mill space.
Each is hand-crafted and reasonably priced for both new and vintage pieces. There are traditional quilts, baby quilts, and crazy quilts.
A special queen-sized quilt up for raffle features shades of blue and yellow and will be awarded to a winning ticket on Oct. 11 at the museum’s Bowls of Plenty event.
“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.