Last summer we suggested a bunch of day trips to art destinations up the Hudson Valley—Storm King, DIA: Beacon, Bard's Hessel Museum, etc.—and this summer we've got two new short train rides towards art to recommend, with new weekend-long art fairs in Bridgehampton (July 14-17) and Hudson (July 30-31) this month.
On Bastille Day, the first ever artMRKT Hamptons will open in tents on the beautiful grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society. The three-day fair will feature many Manhattan and Brooklyn galleries—including RH Gallery, Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., Black & White, Like The Spice, Gitana Rosa and RHV Fine Art—along with participants from all over the U.S. and a few international exhibitors.
The 35 participants seem manageable without being too few, and glancing over the floorplan, it looks like each booth will have ample room. The location is conveniently directly across the road from the Bridgehampton stop on the Montauk-bound LIRR. One-day tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door, and fair-long tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door. artMRKT Hamptons is open July 14 11am-7pm, July 15 11am-7pm, July 16 11am-5pm.
Two weeks later, the New Art Dealers Alliance's brand new not-an-art-fair "site-specific project," NADA Hudson, will take over the beautiful 1884 foundry and forge Basilica Hudson in Hudson, a short walk from the Hudson Amtrak station. To offset the cost of your train ticket (approx. $68!), the exhibition is free, and huge.
Over 50 exhibitors will be showing, with Lower East Side galleries being especially well represented— Rachel Uffner, The Hole, Untitled, Invisible-Exports, DODGEgallery, DCKT, Canada and more. Some Brooklynites will be there too, including Rawson Projects and Regina Rex. Promising out-of-state exhibitors include L.A.'s ltd los angeles, San Francisco's Silverman Gallery and Istanbul's NON Galeri. NADA Hudson takes place July 30 and 31, is free, and the pricey ride to Hudson will take you two hours from Penn Station.
Oh, also, both these exhibitions are in beautiful towns near water and nature. See you there.