ArtHamptons Fair Draws Largest Crowd Ever – With a Little Help from a Star-Studded Anniversary Bash

Thursday, July 18, 2013
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ArtHamptons – The East End’s most popular art fair – just wrapped up its sixth annual event over the long weekend, boasting record attendance and sales. Andy Cohen, Ruth Applehof, Eric Fischl, Mariska Hargitay, Katie Lee, Saul Leither, Christine Quinn, and Brooke Shields were just a few of the over 14,000 guests who attended the four day event – held at the 95 acre Sculpture field of Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton. Saturday alone boasted a single day record of over 5,000 fairgoers, who bought off the walls in record numbers.

As Rick Friedman, Founder and Executive Director, explained, “we had the perfect mix of art and activities that offered both the art buyer and those seeking a fun day something to enjoy. Art Polo, the Tesla test drives, Hamptons Magazine’s 35th anniversary party and the fun Hamptons Tea Dance, sponsored by Empire State Pride Agenda.”

In terms of VIP turnout, Hamptons Anniversary bash – held on Friday night – was definitely the place to be. Among those AVENUEinsider spotted, mixing and mingling and sipping cocktails courtesy of Russian Standard vodka: Christie BrinkleyTatiana and Campion Platt; Ramy Sharp; Katie Lee; R. Couri Hay and Joe Alexander; Cole Rumbough; Sandra Ripert; Norah Lawlor; and of course E-I-C Samantha Yanks and publisher Debra Halpert.

Mid-fete, Rosanna Scotto emceed the live auction of celebrity-designed Hamptons 35th anniversary Brooklyn Cruiser bikes – whose proceeds went to benefit Group for the East End and are still available for bidding –  but the star attraction of the evening may have been the oversize cupcakes and mile-high layer cakes that lined the long dining room table placed front and center in the Lawrence Scott designed space and quite possibly put Willy Wonka to shame. Bon anniversaire!

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by Beth LandmanPhotographed by Billy Farrall