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Second Annual ArtMRKT Hamptons This Weekend, July 19-22!

Originally Posted: July 17, 2012

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

The 2011 entrance to last year's first artMRKT Hamptons which returns to the Bridgehampton Historical Society grounds this week. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

Bridgehampton - Marking its second foray into the Hamptons art scene, artMRKT Hamptons opens this weekend and will feature leading galleries from across the country.

Forty galleries will exhibit original contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and prints at the Bridgehampton Historical Society grounds July 19 22. Underscoring artMRKT's commitment to the visitor experience and good neighbor support of local non-profits, this year's Opening Night Preview on Thursday, July 19 will benefit the Parrish Art Museum. Noted chef Leon Gunn, formerly of Wolfgang Puck, Aria, Noho Star and Williamsburg's Traif restaurants, will serve opening night guests his "refined take on the quintessential Hamptons dining experience: the summer barbeque."

Returning this year are many leading New York galleries including Lennon Weinberg, Nancy Hoffman, Kathryn Markel and Morgan Lehman, along with Halsey Mackey (Hamptons), Boltax Gallery (Shelter Island), 101/Exhibit (Miami), Mindy Solomon Gallery (St. Petersburg) and AUREUS Contemporary (Providence). Joining this line up are P.P.O.W, DC Moore, Envoy Enterprises, Allegra LaViola and David Lusk (Tennessee).

Launched by seasoned fair veterans Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause, the artMRKT fairs, which includes artMRKT San Francisco, Hamptons, Texas Contemporary and the soon-to-be-launched Miami Project, are well received by exhibitors and visitors alike. "What sets artMRKT Hamptons apart from other fairs is our intimate scale and dedication to showcasing emerging and established artists in a relaxed, welcoming environment. We serve the ever-growing market for art and still appeal to the more seasoned collector," says Fair Director Fishko

Managing Partner Wainhause adds, "Our aim is to create an enjoyable experience for our clients and to make the fair easily accessible. ArtMRKT is centrally located in Bridgehampton near wonderful restaurants and shops, and the venue and layout of the fair enables the galleries and artists to be the true stars of the show."

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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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