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The return of ArtHamptons

Actor and art collector Cheech Marin will be

Actor and art collector Cheech Marin will be on hand at ArtHamptons in Bridgehampton on July 15, 2012, for a panel discussion on why collectors collect. (Credit: Handout)

Back for another season, the ArtHamptons art fair will once again bring galleries from around the globe to the East End, in an event that also includes some star power – both from the art world and Hollywood.

Set to go in the Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark (60 Millstone Rd., Bridgehampton), the shows run from July 12-15, with opening night, Thursday, July 12, to host a patron party (5:30-9 p.m.; $125) and a VIP gathering (7-9 p.m.; $75) that benefit East Hampton’s LongHouse art reserve. On Friday, July 13, there will be a celebratory fundraiser (from 6-8 p.m.; $75) entitled “Pollock at 100 - A Centennial Celebration,” which will include a tribute auction, food, drink, live performances and a solo exhibition to help raise funds for the Pollock-Kranser House and Study Center, also of East Hampton.

Saturday, July 14, is the date of the “Hamptons Tea Dance” (4-8 p.m.), organized to help benefit the Empire State Pride Agenda LGBT equality group (tickets start at $150). Furthermore, if you’re looking to meet-and-greet some of the art world’s luminaries, photographer Lisa Jack (Friday), painter Ed Moses (Saturday) and photographer Michael Childers (Saturday) will all be available and in-person – as will media mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons (Sunday) and film star Richard “Cheech” Marin (Saturday), who may be best known as half of “Cheech & Chong,” but also happens to be a savvy art collector, which is why he has been named the ArtHamptons “Art Patron of the Year” for 2012.

However, there are a number of other panels, star guests and events as well – and of course, lots and lots of art. Passes start at $25, with more expensive options (that hold extra perks) also available. For more information, head online to arthamptons.com.

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