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.