Monday, July 13, 2015

Art Southampton, Mashomack, SoFo, and ArtHamptons

Opening night of Art Southampton 2015 at Nova’s Ark Project in Southampton.
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.
Under the tent
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.
Nick Korniloff, Pamela Cohen, Terrie Sultan, and Christopher French
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.
Beth and Howard Stern
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.
Nick Korniloff, Graff Jewelry models, Pamela Cohen, and Steve Bernstein
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.
Daphne Barrios, Leah Lane, Stewart Lane, and Bonnie Comley
Bernd and Alix Allen
Mike and Jennifer Tansey
Gabrielle Dilello and Denise Cangialosi
Suzanne and Chrissy Cochran
Nicole Moonan, Randi Schatz, Karen Gluck, and Michele Sacconaghi
Henry Barguirdjian and Graff models
Gopa Dobson and Sylvia Hemingway
Jay and Iris Dankner
Nick Korniloff, Pamela Cohen, and Dan Comn
David Post and Katlean de Monchey
Christies International Real Estate
Mark Borghi, Bernie Taupin, and Nick Korniloff
Richard and Edwina Sandys
Katherine and Gary Andreassen
Steven and Candice Stark
Tundra Wolf, Kevin Berlin, Kristin Machie, and Luna Shanaman
Ruinart at the ready
Kevin Dehler, Kristen Dehler, Eric Dever, Mary Hendler, and Joe Pintauro
Chris and Jane Laguardia
Lawrence Kaplan and Barbara Hair
George Komporlis and Flora Petakas
Don and Cara Epstein
Evelyn Gutiierrez Subramaniam and Michael Arguello
Paulina Keszler and Logan Tupper
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.
18th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge teams: Beretta, Estancia Villa Maria, Turkish Airlines, and Quest
The challenge match begins ...
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​, ​​, ​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!
Awards ceremony at the 18th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge
Heather Croner presents the Most Valuable Pony Award to Guy Merrison
Bruce and Davis Colley
Craig Callan receives the Most Valuable Player Award from Kell Klopp
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. Ques​t ​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​.
Under the tent at 18th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge Luncheon
Alex Hammer, Tony Branca, and Camille Branca
Pam Taylor
Sylvia Langois with Ed and Donna Taylor
Glorious Hats
Tommy and Dee Hilfiger
Bruce, Teresa, and Davis Colley
3 generations of Colleys
A composite of hats

Camilla and Cristina Soriano with Teresa Colley
Farouk Younes and Bruce Colley
Laly Mansur and Susan Meyer
Peter and Debbie Horn
Peter Willis Fleming and Parker Gentry
Jacqueline and Oakley Thorne
Enayat Younes
Marjorie and Ellery Gordon with Barbara Tober
Maria Wirth and Zibby Tozer
Bob Thomas
Robert and Marie Claire Gladstone Table
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. 
Samantha Yanks, Adrian Grenier, and Andy Sabin
"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.
Under the tent
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:
Susan Rockefeller and Andy Sabin
Ann Ligouri and Scott Vallary
Felicia Akerlind, Danielle Gingerich, and Josephine Askillson
Jeff and Patsy Tarr with Andy Sabin
Samantha Yanks and Peter Beard
Elisa DeStefano and Samantha Yanks
Julian Dankner, April Gornik, and Debra Halpert
Leah Lane, Stewart Lane, and Bonnie Comley
Natasha Berg, Debra Halpert, and Julian Dankner
Moscow Mules
Chef Andrew Schor from East Hampton Grill
Top Chef Kerry Heffernan
As the sun goes down
Swag bags
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.
The entrance to Arthamptons
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.
12 ft. work of Art by David Datuna
Artist Daniel Pollera with his painting donated to benefit Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
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.
Rick Friedman and Samuel Waxman
Artists Steve Zalusky, Karyn Mannix, and Dom Pattinson
Cheffe Collette of Inn Spot on the Bay
Cindy Lou Wakefield, Dorothy Frankel, and Lisa Hartman
Cindy Lou Wakefield and Rick Friedman
Cognac Wellerlane and Patricia Ann Perenti
Kate L.Y. Choi, Director of Art Gangnam
Gregoire Vogelsang
Jason Kirk of Axiom Gallery
Oscar Mandes and Robert Chaloner
Patricia Ann Parenti, Cognac Wellerlane, Rick Friedman, and Cindy Lou Wakefield
Ruth Appelhof, Gary Adamek, Cindy Lou Wakefield, and Rick Friedman
Tom Gramegna, Robert Bery, and Felipe Allegro of Gallery Two Seventy
The Tesla Team
Kristin Mackie and Kevin Berlin

Photographs by Annie Watt (Art Southampton); Cutty McGill, Peter Michaelis and Heather Milne (Mashomack); Lisa Tamburini (SoFo; Arthamptons)