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Art Southampton 2016

Returning to the Hamptons after a very wet start to the British Summer, was very welcome. Ella and I could hardly remember what it felt like to have sun on our skin as we drove up Long Island to Sag Harbor where we would be staying.

It was a brief moment of rest however, as the following day we were setting up at Art Southampton’s location on the grounds of Nova’s Ark Project. The Ark Project represents a movement for exploring organic dimensions of art, architecture and social philosophy called Integral Art.

Featuring Simon Gudgeon as one of our main artists at the show, this fitted perfectly with his ethos. Of his own sculpture park down in Dorset, Simon says: “What we want is for people to fall in love with the garden, and the art, and really get a feel for the way the one enhances the other. To me, they have to be integrated. What we are trying to do is to create an emotional place where people can find solitude and peace, and come to love art in a way they haven’t before.”



This year, Art Southampton was buzzing. The overcast weather worked in our favour and the aisles were packed throughout the entire weekend.  It was fantastic to see those clients we had met last year returning to our stand and adding to their collection as well as introducing our gallery and artists to new and prospective clients.  Karl Martens’ beautiful watercolours of birds sold well, as did Simon Gudgeon’s work.

As we found last year, bringing a collection of traditional paintings and sculpture complimented the far more contemporary offerings of other galleries.  Overall, we felt the quality of works offered this year far exceeded that of last and attending a show in the Hamptons proves again that approaching buyers when they are in a relaxed mood during their holidays works well.


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