Chrissy’s Picks - Hidden Art Gems of the Hamptons for Families
While you and your family escape from the city and head to the beach to enjoy some summer sun, don’t miss these art gems hidden throughout the Hamptons.
The Children’s Museum of the East End offers a variety of summer classes including Clay Play and Art Adventures as well as a summer book club. While in Bridgehampton, stop by the Dan Flavin Art Institute, housed in what was originally a firehouse and later used as a church. A part of the Dia Art Foundation, this project was organized in collaboration with the artist himself in 1983. The nine colorful fluorescent light installations appeal to kids of all ages. The Parrish Art Museum has a fabulous collection of American art from the Hudson River School through Abstract Expressionism. The museum offers painting classes en plein air, open studios for families every Saturday, and summer art camps for children. While in East Hampton, visit the Pollock Krasner House, where Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner spent their days making art in their waterfront home. You can even see the evidence of Pollock’s drip paintings on the floor of his studio in the backyard barn. On weekends you can take an Action Painting class or participate in a Family Art Workshop, where you can make your own Pollock-inspired drip painting! On a sunny day, take a stroll through the LongHouse Reserve Sculpture Garden where textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen has put together over 60 contemporary sculptures in the garden of his home. The gardens themselves are artfully designed, and allow kids to explore the relationship between nature and art. Don’t miss Dale Chihuly’s Cobalt Spears, Yoko Ono’s larger-than-life chess set Play It By Trust, and Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads series beginning August 2nd.