The Hamptons art scene is in the midst of opening for the summer season. The Parrish Art Museum held its Spring Fling benefit and Guild Hall's annual Artists Members Exhibition has open. Still to come are LongHouse Reserve's opening for the season and East End Art's annual gala, to be held May 7, 2016. Keep reading for details and to discover news from the Hamptons and East End art scenes and the artists who call the East End home.

Norman Peck, a trustee of the Parrish Art Museum, died on April 16, 2016 after a battle with melanoma, according to an obituary published by the New York Times. Born in Brooklyn, Peck's career was spent in real estate and cherished his time spent in philanthropy as the President of the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, according to the NYT. He is survived by his wife, Liliane; a son, Ian; a daughter, Dominique; a sister, Roberta; and three grandchildren. A memorial will be planned at All Souls Church in New York City at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Parrish Art Museum by clicking here, where he devoted much time.

A new gallery joins the North Fork. William Ris Gallery opened in Jamesport in March. This is a second gallery for the long-established New Jersey shore gallery based in Stone Harbor. William Ris Gallery shares a building and campus of Sherwood House Vineyard's tasting room and Material Objects' antiques, located at 1291 Main Road, Jamesport, NY 11947. A Grand Opening is planned for late May. The gallery exhibits landscape, seascape, contemporary realism, contemporary pop plus a select collection of American Craft and fine art ceramics. Click here for details.

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William Ris Gallery's new Jamesport location.

William Ris Gallery's new Jamesport location.

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LongHouse Reserve opens for the season on Saturday, April 30, 2015 from 2 to 5 p.m. with its annual Rites of Spring. The event that provides an early look at the grounds and new sculpture arriving for the 2016 season. Click here to discover the new sculpture installed for the season and the first exhibition presented at LongHouse.

The winners of Guild Hall's Artists Members Exhibition were announced at the exhibition's opening on April 23, 2016. Winning Top Honors (and a solo show at Guild Hall museum) is Sara Kriendler for her mixed media work Calendario Lunar. Category Winners are Suzanne LaFleur (Best Abstract); Janet Rossi (Best Mixed Media); Marilyn Church (Best Representational); Robin Du Plessis (Best Photograph); Bastienne Schmidt (Best Work on Paper); Dennis Leri (Best Sculpture); Jenny Gorman (Best New Artist) and Mike McLaughlin (Catherine and Theo Hios Landscape Award).

Multimedia artist Yung Jake takes over MoMA on Friday, April 29, 2016. At 8 p.m., An Evening with Yung Jake is presented at 8 p.m. at the art museum's Titus Theater 1. From 9 to 11:59 p.m., Pop Rally Presents: Yung Jake on the museum's first floor Agnes Gund Garden Lobby. The evening is a mix of the L.A. artist and rapper's filmed performance screened as part of MoMA's Slithering Screens: 10 Years of New Frontier at Sundance Institute series. Immediately following, Yung Jake and friends present a mixture of music, performance, and video in the museum's main lobby. 

Best known for his Internet-based work, Yung Jake takes full advantage of today's tech tools:  Memes, data, GIFs, mash-ups, pixellation, tweeting, and texting all make frequent appearances in his work, often in surprising and unusual ways. Yung Jake grew up in The Hamptons and is the brother of Tripoli Patterson, owner of Tripoli Gallery in Southampton.

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Yung Jake and Lil Yachty. Courtesy Yung Jake, © Yung Jake.

Yung Jake and Lil Yachty. Courtesy Yung Jake, © Yung Jake.

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A new series of paintings by Eric Fischl opens at Skarstedt's Upper East Side Gallery in New York City on May 3, 2016 and remains on view through June 25, 2016. "Rift Raft" presents new work where suburban scenes have been replaced with interactions spied at art fairs as Fischl continues his study of human nature. His figurative work of archetypes confront viewers with blunt social commentary that also reveals a disconnect between art and the environment where it is situated. Fischl is based in The Hamptons. Later this season, Fischl's work will be part of the three-person show, "Unfinished Business" with Ross Bleckner and David Salle at The Parrish Art Museum.

Ross Bleckner opens an exhibition of new works in Dubai at Leila Heller Gallery. "Forever Overhead" is on view from April 29 to June 15, 2016. This is the first major exhibition in the region for Bleckner. The show features 10 large-scale paintings and smaller works that reveal the place where "the architecture of place meets the architecture of the sky," explained Bleckner to the gallery. Bleckner's work joins Fischl's and Salle in "Unfinished Business" exhibited at The Parrish from July 31 to October 16, 2016.

Hans Van de Bovenkamp unveils his new sculpture series "Rainbow Patination" at Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York City. Departing from his signature silver stainless steel works, watercolor-like color cloak the works in his new series. The show "Rainbow Patination" will be exhibited April 14 to July 22, 2016. Click here for details. Hans Van de Bovenkamp is based in The Hamptons. Click here to read a profile by Charles A. Riley, Ph.D. for Hamptons Art Hub.

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