Bridgehampton, NY, July 6, 2015–Politicians and the local Hamptons elite came out to support the annual charity art exhibition –ArtHamptons. On hand to share their wares and masterpieces were artists and agents from 70 fine art galleries across the globe.
The event is the vision of Rick Friedman an event production entrepreneur with experience in organizing trade shows for Hollywood. Friedman, a Hamptonite, became an art collector and launched the ArtHamptons brand eight years ago.
Tying in his support for The Samuel Waxman Cancer Foundation attracted local support from Bridgehampton benefactors Maria and Ken Fishel, who opened the grounds of their private estate to host the event.
In a phone call with PolitiWeek, Friedman confirmed that he expected between eight and 12,0000 visitors to the 40,000 square foot air -conditioned tent which had a café, a bar , and a VIP lounge with a tree-lined outdoor patio to boot.
Sara Di Gangi, a publicity agent for French furniture designer Roche Bobois explained that: “Roche Bobois is committed to supporting the artistic community, so what better way than to offer some of our modular lounge furniture to the ArtHamptons VIP lounge”. The colorful modern yet comfortable furniture adorned both the tented and outdoor VIP areas, exquisitely.
Beach Magazine, another VIP party sponsor partnered with Stoli’s Elit’ spirit brand serving crab cakes and caviar for invitees to enjoy while perusing the Jackson Pollack’s, Warhol’s and other pieces of fine art for sale.
Among the Hamptons elite and artists at the opening night preview was former New York Governor David Paterson. As was home builder and artist Bruce Makowsky who designed the huge Popeye the Sailor Man sculpture at the event’s entrance, a chrome Rolls Royce-branded chainsaw, as well as a custom industrial nail gun finished in gold Chanel trim (pictured).
The event also honored local matron of the arts, Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director of Guild Hall, a landmark arts center, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and local artist, Stan Brodsky, with the 2015 Honorary Artist Award for his more than 50 year commitment to the arts on Long Island.
ArtHamptons is the Hamptons largest and oldest art show in the Hamptons running from July 2nd to July 5th hosting various events throughout the multi-day charity art fair.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rich Valdes is an entrepreneur and media contributor with management experience in politics, higher education, and marketing. Rich is an alumnus of Governor Chris Christie’s Administration, former columnist with The Washington Times, Communities Digital News, former Producer/National Field Director for Special Operations at James O’Keefe’s investigative filmmaking group, Project Veritas, and is a full time administrator at Pillar College.. Follow Rich Valdes: @richvaldes www.RichValdes.com