Surfboards, lifeguard stands, kayaking, horses, fishing, children walking on the beach—these are scenes we take in on a regular basis around the Hamptons. Even before I wrote for Dan’s Papers I enjoyed the art that graces their weekly covers because it captures these moments from an artist’s perspective. These scenes articulate the authentic feeling of the culture and fun out here on the East End, while celebrating the local artists in a unique fashion.
Over the years Dan’s Papers has showcased quite a collection of original artwork, so it comes as no surprise that some of the beautiful covers of Dan’s Papers are compiled annually for viewing. I am excited to stop by the “Best of the Best” Cover Art Show & Cocktail Party, which will take place on Saturday, August 20from 6 to 9 p.m. at Seasons of Southampton Restaurant and Caterers at 15 Prospect Street in Southampton.
This year’s event is honoring cover artist and longtime contributor to Dan’s Papers Mickey Paraskevas (www.michaelparaskevas.com). Other artists whose paintings (cover art and non-cover art) will be exhibited for sale are: Casey Chalem Anderson, Ted Asnis, Walter Bernard, Joe Chierchio, Nick Cordone, Yvonne Dagger, Carol Gold, Liz Gribin, Sonia Grineva, Jim Hoell, Eddie Rehm, Pamela Topham, Charles Wildbank, Don Wilson, Doug Zilder and Dan Rattiner.
One of my very favorite Paraskevas covers is one he did for the annual Hampton Classic Horseshow in Bridgehampton. Many artists depict the show and the riders, but what is particularly alluring about Paraskevas’s painting is how he captures the daily quiet moments in a way that fascinates the viewer and portrays the ambience of the show. In one area of the painting, a rider simply leans his foot on a fence to tie his boot. When at the Hampton Classic horseshow those moments are often the most memorable as you move through the hustle and bustle of this busy event taking all the wonders in at once.
Dan’s Papers has put together a stellar collection of the magazine’s “Best of the Best” covers for one special evening of celebration. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Seasons of Southampton catering and cocktails by Pisco Portón, while perusing stunning autographed reproductions of some of the most popular and sought-after covers, all for sale. They can also enjoy some of Jarlsberg USA specialty cheeses, including Woolwich Dairy Triple Crème Goat Brie and Garcia Baquero’s Machego Semicurado.
There will also be a special Sports Memorabilia silent auction by Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia, Inc., which will include vintage Artists and Writers Softball Game Dan’s Papers covers as well as jerseys and sports gear signed by famous athletes.
With a worldwide presence in hand-signed, authentic sports memorabilia, Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia is a leader in its field, and has some impressive offerings. On sale on their website are various items such as jerseys signed by Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan, a Tiger Woods signed shoe and albums signed by Bono, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. Perhaps most important, Grandstand has been actively involved in many auctions for charity all over the country, attending more than 600 events annually and raising over $1.5 million. They have worked with charities small and large, including the American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We do it all at no cost to the organization itself,” Diehl noted.
At the Dan’s Papers Cover Artist Show & Cocktail Party in Southampton on August 20, Grandstand will also auction off NY Yankees items, fantasy packages, jewelry, spa packages and vintage wines and liquors. Don’t miss some of these fantastic offerings while supporting a great cause.
In addition, the evening includes a book signing with Dan’s Papers’ own Simple Art of Cooking columnist Silvia Lehrer, author of Savoring The Hamptons, and Dan Rattiner himself signing his memoirs In the Hamptons and In the Hamptons Too.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital, which offers a wide spectrum of breast health services, including breast cancer treatment and support.
So don’t miss the Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best” Cover Artist Show & Cocktail Party. You just may leave armed with your very own autographed cover copy to frame, hang on your wall and capture those special Hamptons moments in your home.
Dan’s Papers Cover Artist Show & Cocktail Party, Saturday, August 20, 6-9 p.m. Seasons of Southampton, 15 Prospect St., Southampton. Proceeds to benefit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center of Southampton Hospital. Tickets: $80. 631-725-6216. www.danshamptons.com/artshow.