3 Art & Antique Events This Weekend in Bridgehampton

Three fairs for grown-ups open tomorrow in Bridgehampton: Art Market Hamptons, the Bridgehampton Antiques & Design Fair and Art Hamptons. Each one promises a plethora of aesthetic delights from collectible furniture and bibelots to original modern and contemporary art.

The fourth Bridgehampton Antiques & Design Fair at the Bridgehampton Community Center on Montauk Highway will present wares from 25 dealers who have come from Southampton to Scandinavia to participate in this popular event. For sale will be an eclectic international selection of antiques from mid-century modern to architectural garden elements, jewelry and lighting. There is a preview benefit party to kick-off the event which opens this evening at 6. Gates open to the public tomorrow morning. The fair is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 in the morning to 7 in the evening, and on Sunday from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening. Tickets to the benefit cost $75 and general admission costs $5. For more information email: bridgeantiqfair@yahoo.com.

Across the street from the Bridgehampton Antique & Design Fair, Art Market Productions will present Art Market Hamptons, also for the fourth consecutive year. The event kicks off with a cocktail party preview Thursday night, and proceeds will benefit the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. More than 40 galleries will be assembled under tents on the lawns of the Historical Society. Last year more than 9,500 attended. Tickets to the preview benefit cost $75 and admission to the fair, beginning tomorrow, costs $35. Art Market Hamptons will be open from 11 in the morning on Friday and Saturday until 7 in the evening, and on Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.

About a mile away, at the sculpture fields of NOVA's Ark off Millstone Road, the seventh annual Art Hamptons Fair will kick off with a preview this evenign benefiting Guild Hall in East Hampton and the Southampton Arts Center. The preview begins at 5 p.m. Art Hamptons runs through the weekend and is open from 11 in the morning until 8 in the evening on Friday and Saturday and from 11 in the morning until 6 in the evening on Sunday.

The Art Hamptons preview this evening will honor two Water Mill residents: American representational painter Jane Freilicher and Robert Wilson, a central figure in avant-garde theater. Art Hamptons features work from more than 80 galleries and more than 15,000 visitors are expected to attend. Tickets to the preview and VIP cocktail party cost $250. Tickets to the art fair cost $25 and can be purchased online at www.arthamptons.com/tickets.


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