Bridgehampton, New York – Monday, July 14, 2014
The ArtHamptons Fine Art Fair enjoyed record attendance and sales last year, it returned for the 7th edition this past Friday through Sunday, with an opening preview on Thursday Night. This year the fair is themed “Escape,” which is right up the alley for an event held in one of New York’s most desired summer retreat destinations.
The first major art event in the Hamptons this summer, organizers expected to see sales figures follow or supersede the record set last year. Artiholics enjoyed an exclusive preview black card access preview of the art and its crowd at the ArtHamptons Black Card First Look and Opening Night Preview.
The fair features 87 National and International Galleries, and art spanning 12 countries. This years show also promised to transport visitors into Korea’s thriving contemporary art scene with a Korean Showcase.
I took a break from painting the 10Subjects and helped my summer assistant Keziah get some flyers printed and bagged up with buttons pressed to give out at the show. Keziah and my girlfriend Molly and I loaded up the car with gear, put on our Hamptons casual clothes and left the city.
Getting stuck in Long Island traffic didn’t set us back too much. We arrived at the VIP black card first look an hour into the preview. There was already a pretty solid crowd of Hamptons elites at work and socializing dressed to the nines, so we did a first lap around the fair to check out the art, the wine, and the overall scene before pulling out the camera and getting to work.
The first person I recognized right next to the central alcohol area was the musician Moby.
Suzanne LaFleur (Lawerence Fine Art).
Mary Ann Hill, Sandra Pelleher, and Parvi Parik.
Avalokitesvara 2, 2013
Long Bin Chen
Samuel Owen Gallery
Roxine Brown, Charles Fischler, and Sheila Delaney.
Nicole Ianniello and Mateo Suarez.
Catherine Smith, Jonathan Smith, and Jennifer Mabley.
Ruth Appelhof Guild Hall Executive Director.
Lightning Cat, 2014
Lawrence Fine Art
Michele Zuflacht, president of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association and legal commentator on Court TV with glass artist Thomas Coates.
David Carr and real estate broker Felicia De Chabris.
Paul Bollo and Robert Florio from Sotheby’s International Realty.
The Gentle Breeze, 2013
Like Nothing Happens, 2013
Dubner Moderne Galerie D’Art
Michael Reynuso and Nicole Grill.
Max Rowen, Matthew Hollander, Liam Chaskey, and Rowenna Chaskey.
Haley Dunham-Otero and Dennis Ketcham.
RJD Gallery owner Richard Demato and Eve Gianni Corio.
Amy Gause from American Art Collector Magazine and Richard Demato.
Artist Sherry Wolf in front of Mondrian Girl, at RJD Gallery.
Joni Palmer with Sherry Wolf.
Cindy Lou Wakefield and Lawton Wakefield (Producers of Art Hamptons)
Artwork by Lee, Yong-Deok
Pat, Pat, Bob, and Larry Siedlick of The Montauk Beach House.
Cherice Taylor and Eric Taylor.
Carol and Michael Weismen (former executive producer of NBC Sports), with Michael and Barbara Bebon
Lauren Roberts and Andrea Wernick.
Jill Sand and Dr. Barry Weintraub.
Judy Patron, Nancy Abel, and Deborah Peters.
Street Artist JQ.
Event and wedding planner Katherine Orzano.
Rachel Speckenbach and Keriann Fitzpatrick.
Life coach Susan Korwin.
Katya Musacchio, Jennifer McDonald, and Molly Brutomesso.
Timothy Kokott, Janet Finket,and Lindsey Nobel.
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Photos by Keziah Quek
Photo Assistant Molly Roberson
Words by Cojo “Art Juggernaut” and Keziah Quek