|Thousands of contemporary art lovers and collectors assembled at the picturesque and world-renowned pastoral grounds of Nova’s Ark Project in Southampton on Thursday evening, July 9th, for the fourth and by far largest edition of Art Southampton, presented by Art-Miami.
More than 5,200 collectors, designers, art advisors and both local and international media convened at the massive 100,000-square-foot pavilion over the duration of the evening for a first-dibs chance at experiencing the most extraordinary and innovative contemporary artworks from over 90 of the world’s most prestigious galleries.
|Upon arriving, guests were treated to the visually arresting large-scale contemporary art sculpture fields of the Nova’s Ark Project – the backdrop of this year’s new and resoundingly improved fair location, based on attendees’ reactions. From there, guests walked through the equally stunning sculpture garden designed by LaGuardia Design and supported by Summerhill Landscape, featuring works by Paul Oberst (Banded Poles/Long Island Four), David Hayes (Totem, Group), Boaz Vaadia (Baraq with Cat), Sam Tufnell (Power Gnomes), and others, with Cracking Art Group’s florescent pink, larger-than-life Giant Rabbit drawing hundreds of “selfies”.
Inside, guests enjoyed Ruinart champagne and hors d’oeuvres by the Southampton Social Club while admiring the stunning display of precious jewels exhibited by sponsor Graff Diamonds. Christie’s International Real Estate played host to local and visiting East Enders with an eye-opening display of exclusive Hamptons and other international properties up for grabs.
|Among the international collectors were Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern, author and playwright Joe Pintauro and partner Greg Therriault, Broadway producers Stewart Lane and Bonnie Cromley, Tracy Pollan, wife of actor Michael J. Fox, internationally acclaimed architect Stephen Valentine, lecturer, author and Russian art collector Dr. Fredric Levine and his wife Marilyn, and many other collectors and notables including Norman and Irma Braman, Ted and Ruth Baum, Elayne Mordes, Kevin Berlin, Baroness Sheri de Barchgrave, Edwina Sandys, Graff Diamonds President Henri Barguirdjian, James Nederlander Sr., Joan and Jon Gruen, Gary and Katherine Andreassen, Melanie Wombold, Nicole Noonan, Randi Schatz, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Steve Bernstein, Sylvia Hemmingway, New York Academy of Art President David Kratz, Christie’s International Real Estate President Dan Conn and many more.|
|The internationally acclaimed New York Academy of Art, of which Andy Warhol was among the original founders, once again partnered with Art Southampton, with artist April Gornik as honor guest curator of exceptional alumni works.
Meantime, the worlds of art and music had an interesting convergence this year as Julian Lennon, son of the late John Lennon and a successful musician in his own right, had his artwork on display, as did Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin, whose work was represented by Mark Borghi Fine Art.
|It was abundantly clear to both dealers and attendees that the level of quality of international, cutting-edge, blue-chip, modern and contemporary works of art that Art Southampton offers – and in an elegant setting that allows each gallery’s work its own spotlight – was the major draw as word of mouth spread quickly among the Hamptons cognoscenti.
Art Southampton will conclude today, Monday, July 13.
|Mashomack Polo Club hosted the 18th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge and Luncheon presented by Turkish Airlines on Saturday, June 27th. This year, The Challenge welcomed Team Egypt, captained by Farouk Younes, President of the Egyptian Polo Federation and Founding Ambassador of the Federation of International Polo, who commented "I have traveled from Egypt to be hosted by my old friend Bruce Colley. We have served together on FIP for the last 10 years and played around the world. It is a dream come true to have our sons together on the field, passing our polo passion onto the next generation! And how special to meet new friends in the beautiful Millbrook area who have spoiled us with their genuine kindness and hospitality."
The highspirited event began at noon with a lively Champagne Reception, followed by an elegant Tented FieldSide Luncheon and the exciting Challenge match. This prestigious event marks the official start of the summer social season in Millbrook, attracting over 1,000 guests who enjoyed an exciting day of entertainment and competitive polo.
|The Chairs of this year’s event, Bruce and Teresa Colley, Parker Gentry and Karen Klopp, welcomed the generous Team Sponsors Beretta, Dream Hotels, Estancia Villa Maria and Quest Magazine, as well as Corporate Sponsors Heather Croner Sotheby’s International Real Estate, What2WearWhere.com, La Martina and Kokin Hats. Before the start of play, spectators were entertained by the mesmerizing Kalilah who performed a traditional Egyptian dance, the Wings of Osiris and a fabulous Whirling Dervish.
Led by Omar Younes, son of Farouk, and sponsored by Dream Hotels, Team Egypt defeated Beretta in the first round and advanced to face Estancia Villa Maria in the final. After a hard fought match, Estancia Villa Maria emerged victorious and claimed the 2015 Mashomack International Challenge Cup. Well played by all!
|Teams and Players included: Team Egypt /Dream Hotels: Davis Colley, Mostafa Edris, Aly Kashef, Omar Younes. Estancia Villa Maria: Craig Callen, Don Langlois, Guy Merison, Agucho Zavaletta. Quest Magazine: Bruce Colley, Tony Calle, Jake Klopp, Joe Meyer, Henry Zavaletta. Beretta: Nick Bienstock, Julio Ezcurra, John Klopp, Oakleigh Thorne.
Once again, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to local charities including the Pine Plains Fire Hose and Rescue Company, the New York State Troopers Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House New York.
|The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SoFo), the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island, held its 26th Annual Summer Benefit SoFo Celebrates the East End on Saturday, July 11th, to benefit educational and environmental programming at the Museum. "Top Chef Masters" Kerry Heffernan, Documentary Filmmaker and Designer Susan Rockefeller, and Hamptons Magazine Editor-In-Chief Samantha Yanks chaired the event. This year's honorees include "Entourage" star, producer, director, and musician Adrian Grenier, internationally acclaimed artist April Gornik, and conservationist Willi Salm.|
|"The Annual Summer Gala Benefit is our most important fundraiser of the year, ensuring the long-term sustainability of Sofo. The museum is a very important resource that educates and inspires children and adults to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for decades to come" said Diana Aceti, Director of Development.
The evening began with a special VIP cocktail reception that will featured an honoree presentation and a tribute and special tasting menu by chefs Kerry Heffernan, Todd Jacobs, Kyle Koenig, Sam McClelland, Andrew Schor, and Jason Weiner.
|Proceeds from the evening will support SoFo's educational and environmental programming.
To find out more about the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SoFo), go to: www.sofo.org
|On a private estate in Bridgehampton, the 8th annual Arthamptons kicked off the summer season in the Hamptons by holding its Opening Night preview for Black Card Holders and VIP guests. This year the fair moved up one week to take advantage of the most populous weekend of the year – Fourth of July weekend. Historically, the July 4th weekend is the "official kick-off" of the summer season in the Hamptons. Arthamptons is positioned as one of the leading attractions of the weekend for second homeowners and their guests, year round residents, art lovers, and visiting tourists as well.|
|Opening Night Preview and First Look proceeds benefits both the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation and Guild Hall. Attendees had an open wine bar sponsored by Napa's premier vintner, Sequoia Grove, and specialty cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from Chef-in-residence for the fair, Cheffe Colette of The Inn Spot on the Bay, plus a veritable who's who of Hamptons society and art lovers laying first dibs on the fair's fine art selection.|
|ArtHamptons is produced by Hamptons Expo Group of Southampton which was founded 9 years ago by art collector Rick Friedman. Friedman is also responsible for producing ArtAspen, Houston Fine Art Fair and Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.
This year Arthamptons has 70 prominent international galleries from 15 countries including England, Israel, Germany, China and South Korea.
Photographs by Annie Watt (Art Southampton); Cutty McGill, Peter Michaelis and Heather Milne (Mashomack); Lisa Tamburini (SoFo; Arthamptons)