Summer has arrived bringing with it a rush of art exhibitions and events to The Hamptons and the East End of Long Island. Following is our Best Bets for ways to spend your weekend in The Hamptons and the North Fork and keep it filled with art, culture and fun. Through June 26, 2016.

1.  Art Hamptons

June 23 - 26, 2016

The first of a trio of art fairs opens on Thursday with two Opening Receptions and continues on view through Sunday. It's the first edition by the new fair producers so anything can happen. One sure highlight is a vibrant line up of panels, talks, tours and art-related events taking place throughout the art fair. Click here to read "Seven Things To Know about Art Hampton 2016."

Art Hamptons is presented on a private estate located at 900 Lumber Lane (at Scuttlehole Road), Bridgehampton, NY 11932. For details, visit www.arthamptons.com.

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Art Hamptons. Courtesy Art Hamptons & politiweek.com.

Art Hamptons. Courtesy Art Hamptons & politiweek.com.

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2.  "Territory - Abstraction in the East End Today" at Crush Curatorial

Final Weekend: June 25 & 26, 2016

"Territory," the first pop up show of note held in a barn for 2016 presents the final days of its two-week run. A second pop show of note, also held in a barn in East Hampton, opens in a few weeks. Presented by Johannes Vogt Gallery of NYC, “Summer Fling” - The Barn Show takes place in a historic and raw barn from July 9 to 31, 2016 with an opening on July 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. Click here for details. Meanwhile, "Territory" has its final hurrah this weekend. Presented in a converted potato barn that is ordinarily an artist studio, this is the last chance to catch a curated show of contemporary abstraction made by artists with an East End connection. The show mostly eschews gestural abstraction or abstraction mixed with figuration or realism in its reveal of artists who either work full-time in The Hamptons or divide their time between the East End and NYC. It's a hard edge world in "Territory." Don't miss it.

Click here to see images of the Opening Reception.

Crush Curatorial is located at 68A Schellinger Road, Amagansett, NY 11930. www.crushcuratorial.com.

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"Kumbl (for Piet Hein)" by Gregory Johnston, 2014. Enamel and pinstripe on aluminum, 18 x 16 x 4.5 inches.

"Kumbl (for Piet Hein)" by Gregory Johnston, 2014. Enamel and pinstripe on aluminum, 18 x 16 x 4.5 inches.

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3.  Artist Birthday Party & Exhibition Opening

June 25 - July 14, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 25 from 4 to 7 p.m.

“Vincent Pepi: Over 50 Years of Painting” presents a survey of vibrant paintings and watercolors made by the Abstract Expressionist from 1949 through 1996 presented at the Quogue Gallery. Vincent Pepi's career was a globe-trotting trajectory that included Mexico, North Africa and extensive periods of residence in Italy, adding an international diversity to his unique approach. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a core group of early works, starting in 1949, made during a spectacularly prolific stay in Rome.

Click here for a preview.

Quogue Gallery is located at 44 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959. www.quoguegallery.com.

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"705" by Vincent Pepi, 1986. Oil on board, 48 x 36 inches.

"705" by Vincent Pepi, 1986. Oil on board, 48 x 36 inches.

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4.  North Fork Crush" Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Saturday, June 25 from noon to 7 p.m.

The North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival is held in two sessions at Jamesport Vineyards. An Afternoon Session takes place from noon to 3 p.m. with an Evening Session held from 4 to 7 p.m. Featured are over 100 Long Island wines and specialty foods. Attendees will get the chance to sample and purchase wines with light accompaniments. Click here for details.

Jamesport Vineyeards is located at 1216 Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947.  www.jamesportwines.com.

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Jamesport Vineyard owner and winemaker Ron Goerler Jr

Jamesport Vineyard owner and winemaker Ron Goerler Jr

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5.  "The Magic of Russia" Dance Performance

Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Barynya Ensemble will perform folk dance and music from areas in and around Russia at the Southampton Cultural Center. The performance will be followed by a reception featuring Russian hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Tickets are $75 for one, $130 per couple, free for children under 12 if accompanied by an adult.

Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.scc-arts.org.

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Barynya Ensemble Dancers. Courtesy Southampton Cultural Center.

Barynya Ensemble Dancers. Courtesy Southampton Cultural Center.

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6.  "Before Sunrise" at Karma

June 25 - July 11, 2016

Opening Reception: June 25, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Karma opens it first show of the season for its Amagansett gallery with "Before Sunrise". Part of a trio of shows planned for the summer and develop a single theme, "Before Sunrise" will be followed by "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" for Karma's season-long exploration of art that explores our changing relationship to the landscape.

Karma is located at 249 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930. www.karmakarma.org.

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Fairfield Porter, Cover Crops on Potato Fields, 1970, Oil on board, 17 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches. Courtesy Karma

"Cover Crops on Potato Fields" by Fairfield Porter, 1970. Oil on board, 17 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches. Courtesy Karma.

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7. “WATER|BODIES” 

June 24 - July 31, 2016

Opening Reception Saturday, July 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. 

This weekend provides the first look at a group show curated by artists Eric Fischl and David Kratz, President of New York Academy of Art. Exhibited at Southampton Arts Center, the show is bound to be one of the top picks for the season. The exhibition presents paintings, photographs and sculptures paired with established and emerging artists with connections to both the East End and the New York Academy of Art. A mix of figurative, abstraction and landscape, the show explores the ways water and bodies interact and intersect that interweaves themes of natural beauty and the nature of pleasure.

Presenting over 30 artists, the line up includes Ross Bleckner, Patrick Demarchelier, Eric Fischl, Ralph Gibson, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, April Gornik, Michael Halsband, Enoc Perez, David Salle, new MFA graduates and others.
Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. Open Thursdays through Sundays. www.southamptonartscenter.org.
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"Wading (Pink)" by Isca Greenfield-Sanders, 2011. Mixed media and oil on canvas, 56 x 56 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ameringer McEnery Yohe. Image courtesy Southampton Center.

"Wading (Pink)" by Isca Greenfield-Sanders, 2011. Mixed media and oil on canvas, 56 x 56 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ameringer McEnery Yohe. Image courtesy Southampton Center.

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8. "East End Allure" Panel Discussion

Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Art Hamptons

The attraction to the East End by artists is well known. What may be more obscure is the impact artist groups who have gathered on the East End--and continue to do so--have on each other, the art making process and communities at large in The Hamptons, the North Fork, Shelter Island and Riverhead. The topic will be discussed by panelists Helen Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Studio, Christina Strassfield,Guild Hall Museum Director and Chief Curator, and Dawn Watson, arts and design journalist and photographer, will discuss the rise and continuation of the artist community on the East End. The panel will be moderated by Pat Rogers, Publisher and Managing Editor of Hamptons Art Hub.

"The Allure of the East End" takes place in the VIP Lounge at Art Hamptons, 900 Lumber Ln, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. The panel is free with admission to the art fair. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Hamptons Art Hub readers receive $5 off. Click here and use the code "hamptonsarthub" to get the discount.

Click here for details on the panel.

"Allure of the East End" Pnale Discussion

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