You can’t truly get to know the Hamptons until you’ve met its art galleries. The numerous galleries in each Hamptons village are evidence of the area’s long reputation as an artists’ haven, where Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol all found inspiration. Each art gallery is like a little museum, offering glimpses into art history or showcasing the best new artists on the scene.
Ashawagh Hall (780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton; 631-267-6554, ashawagh-hall.org) is a former school building that the Springs Improvement Society purchased in 1909 for $1 and turned into a meeting place. Today Ashawagh Hall frequently plays home to art exhibitions and big annual fundraisers such as the Springs Invitational and the Springs Mystery Art Fair. This community favorite was voted the platinum Best of the Best art gallery.
Modern and contemporary art space Vered Gallery (68 Park Place, East Hampton; 631-324-3303, veredart.com) holds exhibitions of featuring world renowned painters and sculptors and up-and-coming artists. Founded in the 1970s, Vered is a mainstay in East Hampton Village and the gold recipient for Best of the Best art gallery.
Chrysalis Gallery (2 Main Street, Southampton; 631-287-1883, chrysalisgallery.com) is located on a very visible corner of Southampton Village: Main Street and Jobs Lane. The gallery draws people in with interesting sculpture and attractive paintings displayed outside. Chrysalis Gallery was founded in 1996. Owner Andrea Bejsovec represents more than 40 local and international artists and earned the silver.
Tripoli Gallery Southampton (30A Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-377-3715, tripoligallery.com) is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2009 by Tripoli Patterson, marrying his love for surfing and his love for fine art. Located directly across from the Southampton Arts Center, Tripoli Gallery is a home for established and emerging artists and the bronze art gallery in the Hamptons.