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Bridgehampton, long the playground of the rich and famous is again holding its much-anticipated art event July 11 to 13, 2014. The event called ArtHamptons 2014 will be kicked off with a VIP reception on Thursday, July 10. Celebrity artist Moby will grace the event with his presence at the opening event followed by an artist's discussion at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery booth on Friday, July 11. The Chelsea gallery which has a huge New York presence in New York City's gallery district is participating with a few new artists including Eitan Vitkon from Israel, Carine Magescas from France, Moby and up-and-coming Turkish photographer Melisa Mizrakli whose series Reflections of Self is currently on view in its gallery, added a gallery statement to Examiner.

“In collaboration with Rare Gallery, we look forward to introducing our audience to excellent sculptures by artist Dionisos Fragias, with his larger than life helicopter, Icarus at the Peak of His Arc, and artist Johnston Foster's Sharks and Rhinos recycled pieces,” adds the gallery statement. “We will also feature new works from our gallery's familiar artists: Drew Tal, Thomas Barbey, Antoine Verglas,Young Sam Kim and Antoine Rose," states the gallery statement.

Staten Island arts enthusiasts interested in learning more about this event should visit http://www.art-southampton.com. According to a statement by Art Southampton, the event is presented by Art Miami, and is now considered by Hamptons regulars as “the premier international contemporary and modern art fair taking place at the peak of the social and cultural season in the Hamptons. The fair features a carefully selected group of more than 75 international art galleries with a strong focus on works from the 20th and 21st centuries.”

Each year, the fair is located on the sprawling 18-acre estate property. "The proximity of the Art Southampton pavilion provides convenient access for residents and collectors on Long Island, the greater New York region and the Tri-State area who visit the Hamptons frequently during the summer. Ample on-site parking and valet service are available," according to a statement by Art Southampton.

The opening night event will benefit the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital and will be sponsored by Maserati, GRAFF Diamonds, Ruinart Champagne and Saunders & Associates, adds the organization.

So Staten Island arts enthusiasts enjoy the Hamptons with an event that should separate serious collectors from the casual art tourist. Book a weekend in Long Island's Gold Coast, and explore the Hamptons gallery scene at its best!

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