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ArtHamptons Takes Flight

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For Staten Island arts fans interested in seeing new talent, new approaches to visual art, and those that are just interest in the arts should make ArtHamptons in The Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark in Bridgehampton a must-see event this weekend. The art fair that began on July 10 in the tony Hamptons ends today (July 13). Examiner had a chance to see not only the much-anticipated Korean contingent of artists, see earlier story, but ran into some very interesting gallerists and artists at the event that helped shed light on what the real purpose of this event is all about. ArtHamptons is about local talent.

Lifetime Achievement Recipient Award winner Jane Freilicher was in attendance yesterday by her booth 401 and those in attendance had a chance to meet the talented artist who splits her time between New York City and Watermill, New York. Artist Tom Dash made an appearance at Mark Borghi's booth 300 as well yesterday. Other highlights today included The Empire State Pride Agenda Tea Dance and an award was given to the arts patron of the year award winner Robert Wilson. celebrated its 10th anniversary with an anniversary celebration and the annual summer party was held as well yesterday. Highlights for today, July 13, include a tour of the show floor sponsored by ArtKids@ArtHamptons, ArtPolo@ArtHamptons, and an ArtPolo after party. Staten Island arts fans it is not too late to visit this fabulous event. Get in your car and drive with a full tank of gas or head to Manhattan and the Hamptons Jitney, but if you can go, you should. For $25 for the cost of attendance this event is a must-see for art lovers, collectors, artists, art students, educators, and arts enthusiasts. Here's a look at what Examiner viewed at the show:

A hot seller at the show were Mr. Brainwash's $25,000 Kate Moss mixed media on paper 48 x 48 inches art work that was advance ordered at the show. Added Kathryn McSweeney of Samuel Owen Gallery, five of these unique mixed media art pieces were ordered at the show. For those of you who do not know who Mr. Brainwash is, look no further than the star of the documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop." For Mr. Brainwash and other artists represented by Samuel Owen Gallery visit Christiane Celle of Clic Bookstore & Gallery in New York added that her favorites at her booth were the scenes of St. Maarten and the south of France that should remind art patrons of the Hamptons, and are an appropriate display for this art show. For more on Clic visit

One of Examiner's favorites was visiting the booth that showed a wonderful retrospective of New York City and Watermill, New York-based artist Jane Freilicher. Jane, according to The New York Times "is a pure joy," according to an ArtHamptons statement. She studied painting at Brooklyn College and later completed a Master's Degree at Columbia University. Added ArtHamptons: "Freilicher's expressionistic work has spanned the past half century," added the ArtHamptons catalogue. The artist herself was present yesterday to sign copies of her monograph, "Jane Freilicher" by Klaus Kertess which was available for purchase by visitors as well. For more on Jane's lifetime of art work and achievement in art visit

Gallery owner Emanuel Fremin said he was happy with the turnout at this year's show calling this one "a good one." This is Fremin's fifth year at Art Hamptons. For more on Fremin's client list that includes Moby and Antoine Verglas, among other top visual artists and photographers visit A very interesting exhibit by 31 Galerie came to the show all the way from Saint Denis, France. Artist and gallery owner Alain Blondel showed his wonderful photographs of hotels gathered from 25 countries. He said he has photographed 24,000 different photos of different hotels and that he has been doing this one-of-a-kind work for ten years. For more on this gallery visit

Staten Island art fans enjoy the Hamptons and some extraordinary and unique contemporary art work at the same time. When in Bridgehampton stop at the eatery Pierre's and indulge in some wonderful people watching in the playground of the elite. Stop end enjoy the wonderful sculptures in the sculpture fields as you make your way to the big white tent. All in all ArtHamptons is a great way to spend a balmy July day!