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Art Enthusiasts Flock To ArtHamptons

Originally Posted: July 18, 2012

Nicole Barylski

Joseph Kazickas, Emily Jackowicz, Cheech Marin, Nicole B. Brewer, Douglas Harrington, and Nicole Barylski at Cheech's Birthday Bash hosted by the team from Hamptons.com. (Photo: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com)

Bridgehampton - ArtHamptons was held July 13 to 15 with an opening party on Thursday at the sculpture fields at Nova's Art in Bridgehampton. This years' theme was the centenary of Springs painter Jackson Pollock whose replicated drip stained floor of his art studio was on display as guest walked into ArtHamptons.

Attendees saw art from 77 local, national and international dealers with galleries from over ten countries participating. Over 3,000 works of art were on display from over 400 artists showcasing post-war and contemporary art.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ed Moses. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Acclaimed artist Ed Moses was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. When asked what he thought about receiving the award Ed joked that, "It was a miracle receiving the awards and that it is also a miracle that [my] artwork has been so well received." He doesn't have any favorite pieces from his collection as he tries not to discriminate. He credits his inspiration for his artwork from his "imagination and good fortune." Ed's favorite spot in the Hamptons is Nova's Ark, saying, "it's a gorgeous place with all the huge sculptures and open fields."

Actor and art pioneer Cheech Marin was awarded with the Arts Patron of the Year and celebrated his birthday on Friday at ArtHamptons with a party hosted by Hamptons.com. Guests enjoyed wine from Duck Walk Vineyards and sang "Happy Birthday" as Cheech entered the party with wife Natasha. Many artists including Ed Moses, Guy Stanley Philoche, and Ron Burkhardt stopped by to wish Cheech birthday wishes.

Partygoers were also treated to a live exhibition by artist Kristian Verono. His latest project entitled "My Verono" incorporates live models covered in white paint who stand against a white wall. Verono then throws buckets of primary colored paint that collide the models as Verono documents the interaction with his camera.

After the party Cheech stuck around at the Thomas Paul Gallery booth to introduce a new generation of gifted Chicano artists.

Saturday attendees had the opportunity to meet Ed Moses, Cheech Marin and LongHouse Reserve founder Jack Lenor Larsen who was at ArtHamptons introducing photographer Roberto Dutesco's new Limited Edition book project, "The Wild Horses of Sable Island." The Twentieth Annual Hamptons Tea Dance which benefitted the Empire State Pride Agenda was also held on Saturday.

The event concluded on Sunday with events including a reception with Russell Simmons who spoke about his Rush Foundation for the Arts which provides more than 2,000 underprivileged children each year with access to the arts. Also on Sunday, guests had the opportunity to view honorary guest photographer Michael Childers public retrospective which was curated by Michael H. Lord Gallery.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski


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