Monday, November 30, 2009


The Parrish Art Museum founded in 1898 by Samuel L. Parrish is home to a distinguished collection of American art from the 19th century to the present with a particular focus on the art and artists of Long Islands East End.  The collection includes the works of many of the most important artists who have lived and worked in the community, including Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Dan Flavin, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as those artists who are part of today's vibrant art scene, such as Chuck Close, April Gornik and Eric Fischl.

One of the museum's most popular fundraisers is Parish Presents, an annual old fashioned holiday bazaar done Southampton style.The weekend shopping extravaganza featured a Silent Auction, Gift Bazaar and Market area with enough beautiful luxury items to satisfy everyone on your gift list. Those serious about design brought their x-ray vision and quick feet to the Preview Cocktail Party's Market Rooms on Friday night where the doors opened promptly at 5 p.m.  Bypassing the open bar and waiters carrying silver trays of hors d' oeuvres, the eager group made a run for the rooms of new and gently used antiques, tableware and art. Dawdlers missed out on a fantastic assortment of bargain priced accessories and furniture which included: antlers, snakeskin embossed boxes, Toile trays, bolts of designer fabric, vintage china and pony skin ottomans. I happily walked away with a fabulous roll of blue and white Manuel Canovas trellis fabric, perfect for some summer decorating!

Photos courtesy of Parrish Art Museum

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