ArtHamptons Unveils the Unexpected

Marlene Rose, Merlot-Amber Butterfly, Sand-cast glass and steel. “The butterfly is a symbol of transformation,” said Rose, who sold one of her pieces through Ai Bo Gallery on ArtHamptons’ opening night. Rose cites her making process as being very physical and dangerous, with the molten glass she uses heated to 2000° when poured into its sand mold. image: rachel kalina
Castle Fitzjohns Gallery image: rachel kalina
Tim Tate, Opulent Surveillances, 2015, Mixed media, Habatat Galleries. “Each one of his pieces tells a story,” said Aaron Schey about the artist. (image: courtesy of artist Tim Tate)
Justin Bower, Weak Topology, 2010, Oil on canvas, Thomas Paul Fine Art image: rachel kalina
Paul Gerben, image: rachel kalina
Deborah Azzopardi, Long Legs, 2010, Acrylic on board, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery image: rachel kalina
James Tyler, Brickhead Truth 6, 2015, Ceramic brick sculpture with sound, Evan Lurie Gallery image: rachel kalina
Bruce Makowsky, Popeye #THEMASTERBUILDER image: rachel kalina
David Datuna, Viewpoint of Billions, 2015, Mixed media, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery image: rachel kalina
Ray Gross, Paint Tubes and Brushes, Ceramics image: rachel kalina
“I just love seeing the new pieces, the new artists,” said Oyster Bay artist Matthew Moskowitz ( “The energy here is enlightening,” he added. (image: rachel kalina)
Stephan Cox, image: rachel kalina
Stephan Cox, Hi-Boys, Blown and carved glass, Okay Spark image: rachel kalina
Kevin Berlin, Nutella 640 gr, 2015, Oil on canvas, Vogelsang Gallery image: rachel kalina
Justin Lyons, Words of A Feather image: rachel kalina
Barbara Tyler Ahlfield, Cotton Candy, oil on canvas image: rachel kalina
Yunguk Jo, Antique Book Room, 2014, Mixed media, Kips Gallery image: rachel kalina
David Datuna, Champagne and Diamonds, 2015, Mixed media, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery image: rachel kalina
Nina Jun, Galaxy BGW, 2014, Glazed ceramic, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery image: rachel kalina

Walking across a field and into the 8th Annual ArtHamptons fair, I suddenly realize I’m hearing a symphony of monkey calls. Intrigued, I follow the sound to a giant human head comprising ceramic bricks. The sculpture by James Tyler reads “Truth” on its eyelids, and within it, a recorded jungle echoes.

Tyler’s head-turning piece is just one of the hundreds of modern and contemporary artworks on display from 67 U.S.-based and international galleries at ArtHamptons. The works encompass materials as modest as antique book paper and twine to those as complex as glass, ceramics, metal, and oil paints.

This year, the show has been bumped up from previous years’ opening dates to capitalize on the long July 4th holiday weekend and the high volume of Hamptons visitors it brings, said Kathryn McKinney, a publicist for the event. In addition to the altered timeframe, ArtHamptons also gained a new, 40,000-square-foot location on private estate grounds in Bridgehampton and culled its usual number of 100 exhibitors to emulate a boutique venue.

With more than 10,000 visitors expected, ArtHamptons not only offers Long Island patrons the option to shop for and admire art right in their backyard, but it also supports philanthropic efforts for multiple nonprofit organizations. The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, Southampton Cultural Center, Guild Hall, as well as the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center all benefit from ArtHamptons proceeds.

Artists, art lovers, gallerist, designers, and celebrities like Jill and Bobby Zarin attended the first night of the event, which is produced by Hamptons Expo Group of Southampton.

The 8th annual ArtHamptons fair ran July 2-5, 2015.

rachel kalina

Rachel Morgan Kalina is the creative director of The Wood & Watch jewelry and a freelance writer. She knows how to wield a flame to shape metal; loves to travel; and is passionate about art, antiques, DIY, and nature. Visit her at and