Market Art + Design Provides Great Art and Good Vibes

The Market Art + Design tent is set on a vast cornfield. image: market art + design
Guests dined on delicious food truck offerings as the sun set over a spectacular waterside view on opening night. image: market art + design
Karen Bowen (left) and Cheryl Schwartz pose adjacent to Soft Horse, 2014, (Rebecca Hossack Gallery) by Robert Bradford. The large-scale piece is made of stuffed toys. “I think it’s interesting,” Schwartz said about the plush equine. “The fair is amazing,” Bowen added. image: rachel kalina
Ellen Steinberg Coven, cyanotypes on somerset velvet, 2015, LOOC Art image: rachel kalina
Burton Greenhouse (left) and Pam Abrahams admire Jae Yong Kim’s Donut Rush installation, 2015, (Lyons Wier Gallery), comprising fired clay, glaze, Swarovski crystals, beads, and mixed media. Abrahams, an East Hamptons ceramicist, said of the work’s many parts, “This is unbelievable. Each one is like a painting.” image: rachel kalina
Kim McKoy, a lover of art fairs, stands next to Roy Lerner’s Belle Sauvage, 2009, (Gallery Sam), created with acrylic/gel medium on canvas. “In the Hamptons, the art is usually very fun,” she noted. image: rachel kalina
(Left) Artist John Pagliaro with his various works; (top right) Pagliaro’s handmade silver and quartz necklace from his jewelry line; (bottom right) Shelter Island Lithics Collection, 2009-2015, quartz projectile points and other tools found on Shelter Island and assembled by Pagliaro. Pagliaro is passionate about the quartz artifacts he collects and uses in his art. “It rewrites the archaeological history of Eastern Long Island,” he said about the existence of some of his finds, which establish that people have been on Shelter Island for at least 10,000 years. image: rachel kalina
On Market Art + Design opening night, Scott Bluedorn has already sold the squid-lighthouse line drawing behind him. Bluedorn, a native East Hampton Long Islander, said his surreal sketches are, “...influenced by local architecture and marine life." image: rachel kalina
Don Martiny’s polymer and pigment Alsea, 2014, (Kathryn Markel Fine Arts) perfectly fits into a primary color palette with Laine Kirkhoff’s red and blue outfit. Kirkoff, the Kathryn Markel Fine Arts gallery manager, said Martiny made Alsea look like an effortlessly created gesture, but actually, it was derived from a very difficult mixing process. Martiny, she said, steers away from the notion that paintings must be in square or rectangular form. image: rachel kalina
Ysabel Lemay, Archeus, 2014, Michele Mariaud Gallery image: rachel kalina
Kathy Grayson, owner of New York City gallery The Hole, and her cultured pup show off a Zane Lewis acrylic and lacquer painting. Grayson’s gallery represents emerging artists from around the world. image: rachel kalina
John Pagliaro, Azuero, 2011, polychrome ceramic and reclaimed lumber image: rachel kalina
Ron Aloni, oil on canvas and wire sculpture, 2015, LOOC Art image: rachel kalina
Valery YERSHOV, Gusar, lenticular print, Barsky Gallery image: rachel kalina
CJ Follini, founder and C.E.O. of Welcome to COMPANY, stands in front of a collage by Antonio Adriano Puleo. Follini primarily works with talented emerging artists such as Puleo, who, he said, is a “protege of my favorite artist in the world: John Baldessari.” Many Welcome to COMPANY artists are also featured on Follini’s web series “Art/Trek NYC.” image: rachel kalina
Stephanie Hirsch, beads and embroidery on canvas, 2015, Lyons Wier Gallery image: rachel kalina
Bandmates Magaux and Charly of CHARGAUX entertained the crowd at Art Market Hamptons 2015 with violin-based instrumentals. image: rachel kalina
Lauren Snyder of Brooklyn’s The Primary Essentials displays a handmade quilt in her booth. Snyder enjoys supporting local artisans at her home and gift shop, which carries items like handwoven baskets and porcelain dishes. “It’s very organic and modern,” she said of The Primary Essentials aesthetic. image: rachel kalina

Market Art + Design fostered a playful vibe and drew a fashionable crowd through its tent doors for opening night on July 9 in Bridgehampton. Instrumental tunes by high-energy, Brooklyn-based duo CHARGAUX greeted visitors as they walked in to admire the hundreds of artworks and decor items on display.

Formerly ArtMRKT Hamptons, Market Art + Design was set on a new site between a lush field and a gorgeous waterside backdrop at Fairview Farm at Mecox this year. The work of international modern and contemporary artists and designers filled its 50 booths throughout the weekend. Art mediums on exhibit included glass, ceramic, paint and textiles. They took the forms of tiny canvas groupings, statement jewelry, eye-catching furniture, mixed-media paintings and large-scale installations.

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On opening night, patrons spilled from the venue into the surrounding scenery, sipping on cocktails and dining on specialty grilled cheeses courtesy of Morris Sandwich Shop. Fostering the art community and Long Island conservation, the fair’s debut evening benefited the Peconic Land Trust, which aims to ensure the future of local farms, natural lands, and heritage sites. Event sponsors and cultural partners were Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, 1stdibs, The Wall Street Journal, Perrier, The Museum of Arts and Design, MoMA, The Jewish Museum, Southampton Historical Society, Heckscher Museum of Art, The Islip Art Museum, and more.

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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