It's here! Memorial Day Weekend brings the first crush of crowds to the East End. To welcome the season (and to make it easy to find art on view), Hamptons Art Hub has put together an Ultimate Guide of where to find art this Memorial Day Weekend on the North Fork. Expect to find a mix of contemporary art on view and art event to make the holiday weekend a vibrant one. Art can be found from Riverhead to Greenport Village and plenty of places in between.

Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival

The 22nd Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival takes place on Sunday, May 27, 2018 from noon to 5 p.m. along East Main Street in Downtown Riverhead, NY. The street is closed to traffic and is transformed by chalk art being created in full view of street festival goers.

The event includes live music, an artisan and craft fair, performance, drumming, dance and food trucks. While there, stop in to see the East End Arts Gallery's group exhibition "Here Comes the Sun." The show is juried by Charles A. Riley II, the director of the Nassau County Museum of Art, author and staff art critic for Hamptons Art Hub. The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be found at 133 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY.

Click here for event details.

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A street painting at the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival. Courtesy of East End Arts.

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Charles Wildbank Open Studio 

North Fork Artist Charles Wildbank is opening his Art Studio to the public on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday May 27, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. in Jamesport, NY

Many may be familiar with Wildbank's paintings from open air art shows in Westhampton Village. Visitors to his studio will be able to see towering seascapes, still life and portraits while visiting both his home and studio, set upon landscape grounds.

Wildbank's Open Studio can be found on Henry Lewis Lane toward end at cul-de-sac in Jamesport, NY.

Click here to read more, see his art and obtain directions.

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Charles Wildbank Residence Interior. Courtesy of the artist.

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"Solely Women" at William Ris Gallery

William Ris Gallery in Jamesport exhibits "Solely Women," a group show presenting the art of 14 contemporary female artists working in the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and photography. The gallery shares its campus with Sherwood House Vineyards so it's a natural to stop in for a glass of wine after perusing the art.

Can't make it this weekend? The show remains on view through June 10, 2018. William Ris Gallery is located at 1291 Main Road, Jamesport, NY 11947. www.williamris.com.

Find out more about the art on view by visiting the show's Exhibition Finder Listing.

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"Adorata (Odorata/Sweet Pea)" by Micheline Klagsbrun, 2017. Ink + color pencil on vellum, 14 x 17 inches. Courtesy of William Ris Gallery.

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"Spring Into Summer" at Alex Ferrone Gallery 

Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue exhibits "Spring into Summer - The Print Edition," a group show of 10 regional artists from the East End, Long Island and New York City. The show provides for a diversity of vision, creating an intriguing show.

"Spring into Summer - The Print Edition" remains on view through July 22, 2018, providing plenty of opportunity to take in the art. The gallery is located at 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY 11935. www.alexferronegallery.com.

Find out more about the art on view by visiting the show's Exhibition Finder Listing.

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"Best Sellers Dark Night" by Alex Vignoli. Courtesy of Alex Ferrone Gallery.

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North Fork Art Collective Relaunches in Greenport Village

North Fork Art Collective reopens in a new space in Greenport Village with a community reception on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 15 Front Street (the former location of Calypso).

The Opening Reception features live music by Dalton Portella and art work by artist members Kara Hoblin (chalk artist), multimedia artist & photographer Dalton Portella, draftswoman Kelly Franké, photographer Sarah Prescott, environmental artist Cindy Pease Roe, painter Emma Ballou, photographer Madison Fender, painter Verona Penalba, and multimedia artist Scott Bluedorn.

The North Fork Art Collective includes artists from both the North and the South Forks. The group plans to host exhibitions, workshops and have artists working in studio on site.

Click here for details.

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"Bounty III" by Dalton Portella. Watercolor, 24 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the North Fork Collective.

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Opening Reception & New Show at VSOP Gallery in Greenport Village

Down the street in Greenport Village, VSOP Gallery opens the group show "In Search Of" with an Opening Reception on Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The group show features works considers the horizon as leaping point and manifesting in a variety of medium. Expect to find suspended constructions, photography, painting and mixed media works.

The show offers a preview of images by photographer Thomas Halaczinsky from his soon-to-be released book "Archipelago: New York," that were made by the master sailor while exploring the Long Island and Block Island Sounds over the past 8 years. Also of intrigue is Kate Rasche's minature landscape paintings, which draw upon Google Maps for her exploration of the coastal areas of the North Fork.

VSOP Projects is located at 311 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944. www.vsopprojects.com.

Find out more about the art on view by visiting the show's Exhibition Finder Listing.

Greenport Harbor Brewery

While not solely a gallery, the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company is known for presented quality curated art shows in its tasting room in Greenport Village mixing artisan beer with art. On view is the solo show: “Redefining Forms,” featuring the paintings and drawings of Francis Klaess.

The show presents abstract paintings, juxtaposed against paintings inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and drawings of insects, as manifesting Klaess’s relationship between the internal and the external, the tangible and the ineffable.

For Klaess, it’s about “controlled randomness” or the act of creating on an instinctual, unconscious level in the same vein as the early surrealists and abstract expressionists. “I’m just a conduit,” he explains. “It’s all chaos and it’s up to us to make some sense of it.”

The exhibition remains on view through July 1, 2018. Find it at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s Greenport location at 234 Carpenter Street. www.greenportharborbrewing.com.

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"Long Island: Approaching Storm" by Francis Klaess, 2017. Gouache, pigment, graphite, collage on paper. Courtesy of the Greenport.

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Looking for more art on view? Visit our Exhibition Finder to discover art on view in The Hamptons, Eastern Long Island and the North Fork. Looking for things to do Memorial Day Weekend? Click here to discover our picks of the best events taking place on the East End over the holiday weekend.

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