As the artMRKT Hamptons fair quickly approaches, I would like to take a moment and highlight a number of the show’s developments involving our exhibitors, cultural partners and sponsors.
Opening Night Preview Barbecue to Benefit Parrish Art Museum
Our Opening Night Benefit for the Parrish Art Museum is going to be something truly special this year. We are proud to be working with noted Brooklyn chef Leon Gunn to welcome the Parrish Art Museum members, donors and board to our preview event on Thursday, July 19th. An alumni of Wolfgang Puck, Aria, Noho Star and Williamsburg Brooklyn’s Traif restaurants, Leon will be serving up his refined take on the quintessential Hamptons dining experience, the summer barbecue. Together with our supporting sponsors, we look forward to producing a fantastic evening for our partners, dealers and guests. It is our honor and pleasure to produce our Opening Night Preview to benefit the Parrish Art Museum. We would like to extend a special thanks to Terrie Sultan along with all of the Parrish Art Museum board and staff for their support.
The Premier Location and Venue
artMRKT Hamptons returns to the Bridgehampton Historical Society grounds which are conveniently located in the heart of Bridgehampton on Montauk Highway (Rt. 27). A short and familiar drive from all parts of the Hamptons, the area serves as a central shopping and dining destination that sees thousands pass through on a typical summer weekend. This year's venue will feature several upgrades including a laser-leveled floor, larger marquis and an improved layout. Limited to 40 galleries, artMRKT Hamptons will afford exhibitors a chance to engage a large audience in a spacious and relaxed setting.
New Cultural, Media and Promotional Partnerships We look forward to working with our returning 2011 cultural partners the Bay Street Theatre, Children’s Museum of the East End, Nature Conservancy,Southampton Hospital and of course a special welcome goes to our new partners Artadia, Lower East Side Print Shop and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. It's partnerships like these that make our fairs one-of-a-kind.
We are proud to welcome several new media sponsors, Hamptons Cottage & Gardens, Hamptons Magazine and VENU Magazine. They join last year's national media sponsors such as The Art Newspaper and Modern Painters as well as last year's local media sponsors, The New York Observer, Dan's Papers, Hampton Jitney's NextStopMagazine, Social Life Magazine and Hamptons.com. We are also excited to announce several new targeted marketing efforts in local cultural publications which will include Guild Hall's Summer Program Guide.
Cadillac returns to sponsor artMRKT Hamptons and Sotheby's International Homes joins us as our Exclusive Realty Partner. Sotheby's will be helping promote artMRKT Hamptons by engaging its extensive database of Hamptons' homeowners. Several other large promotional partnerships are in the works and will be announced shortly. MRKTworks Auction Program
In an effort to intergrate our fair into the landscape of the Hamptons and give back to the community, artMRKT has developed an innovative program called MRKTworks. Here, artMRKT will present a series of contemporary works for sale through a unique blend of an online and live auction platform, with the work’s corresponding non-profit beneficiary receiving 100% of the proceeds. The auction will begin online July 5th and will conclude July 22nd at the fair. We are thrilled to name the Bay Street Theatre, Children’s Museum of the East End, Nature Conservancy and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation as our 2012 artMRKT Hamptons MRKTworks beneficiaries.