En Plein Air
By Michael Isenbek
ine art appreciated outside is a special thing, especially when in a festival setting. All too often these works are behind closed doors bankrupt of natural light (the best way to view art) and in shallow spaces where vantage points are blunted. But these three events take paintings, sculpture and the rest out from under dim ambient light and into the full rays of the sun, kinda.
ArtHamptons, Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark, Bridgehampton
Some of the finest contemporary pieces from the chicest galleries in NYC, London, Los Angeles and South Korea gather for this newly anointed mainstay of the International festival circuit. arthamptons.com
Gallery North Joseph Reboli Wet Paint Festival
Old Field Farm or West Meadow Beach
Skilled artists embrace the mode of painting outdoors at either location (and you can watch), then the unframed, still-wet work is put on display and sold at auction, benefiting children’s art classes at the gallery. gallerynorth.org
Montauk Artist’s Association Show On the Green
A juried MAA fundraiser with the crème de la crème of paintings, sculptures photographs and more from 80 artists. Buyers in the know gravitate to this off-radar happening. montaukartistsassociation.org
By Sal Vaglica
Now that spring cleaning is complete, it’s time to fill those newly found empty spaces. Uncovering a piece of furniture, accessory or artwork with a little history nods back to a time when the things we filled our homes with were made to last. When you’re looking for a break from the beach (or from a salvo of rain) the shops and home shows that pop up in the summer are a wellspring of treasures.
The East Hampton 2013 Antiques Show
Held at the Mulford Farm where the Hamptons’ country past meets its chic present. (401) 273-5550
Elias Pekale Antique Show Aquebogue
Find everything from furniture and clocks to cookie jars and Depression era glassware. pekaleshows.com
ACS Home Show
Suffolk Community College
Learn about hundreds of products and meet key contractors. acshomeshow.com
Antiques Center, Southampton
Filled with 32 dealers carrying everything from chic to cheeky.Super clean and clutter free. antiquescentersouthampton.com
Yankee Peddler Antiques
Everything from neon lights to rotary phones. Eclectic and artsy.
By Michael Isenbek
Is the latest young director the next Scorsese, Spielberg or (pre-prequels) Lucas? Are you touched, breathless with laughter in our midst or contemplative? Or maybe you can’t stand it and the person next to you loves it. Will you be telling your grandkids you saw the flick in theaters? Yeah, movies run the gamut, especially at our local film festivals. That’s why you go, filmophile or not. It’s the discovery and the chance to touch the stars. A heads-up before you go: There will be subtitles.
The 18th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival is happening July 18-27 at Staller Center for the Arts. This one is all about independent, art and foreign films with a smattering of world premieres. Actors and directors will make appearances to give further insight into their works. Go for the Gold Pass (quickly, they sell out fast) to snag reserved seating at screenings with filmmaking VIPs and access to the opening and closing night receptions. stonybrookfilmfestival.com
Guild Hall and The Hamptons International Film Festival present SummerDocs. This East Hampton institution’s selection of the best of the best documentaries is hosted by Alec Baldwin and features special guests and q&a sessions. They were in on the ground floor with Searching for Sugar Man last year, to what heights will this year’s flicks ascend? Check guildhall.org for details.
Photo of Harbes farm by Matt Furman, Hamptons Film Festival photo by Fernando Leon/Elevation photos