Hamptons Luxury Art Scene

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Bridgehampton, NY, July 7, 2015– Art collectors, influencers, and the local Hamptons elite came out to support the annual charity art exhibition — ArtHamptons this fourth of July weekend. On hand to share their wares and masterpieces were artists and agents from 70 fine art galleries across the globe.
The venue was a sprawling private estate in the Bridgehampton hamlet of the Hamptons. Upon entering the property the event tent could be seen perpendicular to the rear of the home donated by the Fishel Family. Various sculptures and a Tesla booth were located in front of the tent’s reception area. From there, thousands of pieces of art were on display throughout the exhibitors booths.
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.


Rick Friedman, CEO, Hamptons Expo Group, #ArtHamptons, Founder

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.

According to PolitiWeek, Friedman confirmed 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 told Empresario Magazine that: “Roche Bubois 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.

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#ArtHamptons VIP Lounge by Roche Bobois

Beach Magazine, another VIP party sponsor, partnered with Stoli’s ‘Elit’ spirit brand serving crabcakes and caviar for invitees to enjoy while perusing the Jackson Pollack’s, Warhol’s and other pieces of fine art for sale.

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


Chanel nail gun by Markowsky.

Among the Hamptons elite and artists at the opening night preview was former New York Governor David Paterson and NY ‘Housewife’ Jill Zarin along with her husband. .


55th Governor of New York, The Honorable David Paterson
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.

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Model Jaida Valdes

ArtHamptons is the 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 including a brunch with Artist Jackson Pollack.









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, a former columnist with The Washington Times, Communities Digital News, and Producer/National Field Director for Special Operations at James O’Keefe’s investigative filmmaking group, Project Veritas. In addition to his business ventures, Rich is a full time administrator at Pillar College and a Trustee and co-founder of the Beloved Community Charter School in Jersey City. Rich is a single dad and making his home in Bergen County, NJ with his two daughters and caring for his elderly father.
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