Despite the torrid temperatures Saturday, hundreds of the East End's most prominent collectors, cultural figures, philanthropists, social dynamos and community leaders flocked to the beautiful Gallery Valentine
on East Hampton's tony Main Street for an elegant kickoff reception for the Inaugural Edition of Art Southampton
presented by Art Miami
. Gallery Valentine with locations in East Hampton and Bridgehampton is the Official Host Gallery of Art Southampton which debuts July 26 throug July 30, 2012.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Rod Myers and Erika Faust. (Photo: Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman/Society-in-focus.com)
Art Southampton's Partner/Director Nick Korniloff
and Pamela Cohen, Director Sponsorships + VIP Relations, along with Gallery Valentine owners Ryan Ross
and Dara Ross
and filmmaker Alexandra Fairweather
were on hand to welcome and thank the members of Art Southampton's prestigious Inaugural Host Committee which has so welcomed this endeavor to offer a world class art fair to a world class art community.
Guests sipped on cool cocktails including a summery Bootlegger 21 Vodka libation infused with cucumber (white gazpacho for the drinking set), nibbled on delectable hors d'oeuvres such as seared scallops, spicy shrimp, tuna tartar and addictive mini-pulled pork tacos by Restivo while admiring the dizzying array of master works that filled the massive gallery including works by the late renowned sculptor John Chamberlain
Filmmaker Alexandra Fairweather Chamberlain's step-daughter discussed with guests her documentary on her renowned step-father's career, "HEAARTBEAT" which will premiere at Art Southampton with two intimate screenings on July 26 and July 27 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Ross School Chamberlain—Fairweather Scholarship Fund and The Watermill Center
's Chamberlain Residency Grant Fund. Limited seating is available and the screenings are expected to sell out quickly.
Guests included Jean Shafiroff
, Larry Ross, Joy Marks
and Leif Bringlesmark, Dan and Alicia Bythewood
with their beautiful daughter Brie, filmmaker Alexandra Fairweather, Ian and Grace Burliuk, Gary and Katherine Andreassen
, Beverly Camhe, Peter, Elizabeth Haveles, Kate Haveles, Andrea Gurvitz
, designer Berry Brown
, Carolyn Kendall Buchter
, Ron Buchter, Sara Herbert Galloway
, TV sports journalist Ann Liguori
, Scott Vallary
, artist Kevin Berlin
, Susan Madonia, Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Sherry Dobbin
, Marc Fasanella, Heidi Wachtel, Gay Wachtel, Ron Meyers, Erika Faust, Dawne Marie Grannum
, Sophia Bishop, Dolores Berrafato, Frank Berrafato, Carol Kogan, Alex Kogan, art consultants Laura O'Reilly and Pamela Willoughby
, Walter Feiden, Chris Norwood
, Yael Falk, Daniel Falk, Steven Gavios, Maria Gavios, Ryan Horn, Jean Dodds, Gail Schoentag and scores more.
Art Southampton will feature a carefully selected group of 50 international art galleries, with a strong focus on primary artists and select secondary market works. An advisory committee has been in place to assist in the vetting of gallery programs ensuring that the quality of art will be on par with the excellence of Art Miami allowing collectors, institutions, curators and art advisors to buy with confidence.
Art Southampton will take place from July 26-30, 2012 in a state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot Pavilion located on the sprawling 18-acre fairgrounds of the Southampton Elks Lodge, 605 County Rd. 39 Southampton NY.
Susan Madonia, Ian Burliuk, Grace Burliuk, and Daphne Hoge enjoy the wine and Bootlegger 21 Vodka white gazpacho. (Photo: Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman/Society-in-focus.com)
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