Some of the Best Bets for this weekend are already sold out but no matter--there are plenty of winners left to fill a weekend in The Hamptons and North Fork. Saturday is an especially vibrant one in the gallery scene with interesting shows worth seeing having opening receptions. Click here to read the full list. Following are our picks of what to add to your things to do list this weekend in The Hamptons and East End of Long Island.
A Weekend of American Realism
Two shows open this weekend in Sag Harbor presenting contemporary American Realism. On Friday, an Opening Reception takes place for "Masters of American Realism" at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. The group show spans the historical to today and includes work by Bo Bartlett, Marc Sijan, Andrew Wyeth and others, including artists who push the definition. The show continues through August 4, 2016. It is curated by Peter Marcelle.
At RJD Gallery, a group show featuring narrative American Realism has its Opening Reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. A focus on contemporary realism only, the show features paintings exploring contemporary life with a surrealism twist. Exhibiting artists include Alexander Klingspor, Adrienne Stein, Margaret Bowland, Yana Movchan and others. The show continues through August 15, 2016. My advise? Visit both for a rare expansive look at Realism presented on the East End. The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is located at 200 Main Street and RJD Gallery is located at 90 Main Street. Both are in Sag Harbor.
Sculpture has been installed in the Springs for a "Summer of Sculpture" outdoor exhibition, curated by Christina Strassfield of Guild Hall. The show has an Opening Reception on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m., allowing for a liberal mix of celebrating and meeting the exhibiting artists. Ashawagh Hall is located at 780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.ashawagh-hall.org
Inspired by East End
Exhibiting artists Ro Lohin and Kevin Wixed present an Artist Talk to help open their two-person exhibition at South Street Gallery in Greenport. Both are contemporary abstract painters and the connection between the East End and their work isn't an obvious one. A Reception also takes place. Catch them both on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 6 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through Sunday, July 25, 2016. The South Street Gallery is located at 18 South Street, Greenport, NY 11944. www.thesouthstreetgallery.com.
Hamptons Designer Showhouse
The 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse opens with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party on Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event is sold out but Sunday is the first day the design showhouse opens to the public. Admission is $35. It remains open daily through September 5, 2016. Hamptons Designer Showhouse is located at 1597 Noyac Path, Sag Harbor, NY. www.hamptondesignershowhouse.com.
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Final Weekend: Radical Seafaring
"Radical Seafaring" has its final hurrah on Sunday at the Parrish Art Museum. The show presents a survey of artists interacting with water through art or adventure and represents a new movement in art as identified by exhibition curator Andrea Grover. The show is worth adding to your list for a quiet visit with the art. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org. To read about Andrea Grover's curation of "Radical Seafaring," click here. To read a review, click here.
Boogie Woogie Tales
To wind up the weekend, catch "Boogie Stomp!" at Guild Hall on Sunday at 8 p.m. A combination of live performance and film, the theatrical presentation portrays the largely untold tale of boogie woogie and how it has shaped popular music. Starring two amazing performers, Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza, Boogie Stomp! is the story of past and present American musical legends from W.C. Handy to Benny Goodman to Chuck Berry to Macklemore, and the vibrant music that emerges from their lives.
The documentary portion profiles the adventures and performances of Baldori and Bob Seeley as well as documenting the origins, subsequent history and ongoing development of American Piano Music in all its forms – boogie, blues, jazz, swing, stride, rhythm and blues and rock. Tickets are $40 - $30 for non-members. Click here for details.
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