Artist Hakob Hakobyan

Fine Art Fair At Hempstead House Brings Art And History Together

The inaugural Fine Art Fair at Hempstead House, held on Feb. 11, 2024 drew in over 800 attendees to explore the stunning halls of the historic Hempstead House. This two-day cultural event, organized by Ripple Creative with Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, offered a fusion of art and architectural splendor. The exclusive Preview + Reception, held on Saturday, Feb. 10, offered attendees a sneak peek into the event, featuring champagne, light bites, piano music, and an opportunity to meet the artists. Several pieces of artwork were sold during the preview, setting the tone for a successful weekend.

Founders of Ripple Creative and Fine Art Fair event organizers. From the left: Stephanie Alongi, Erika Stehl, and Amanda Khalil

Attendees were enthralled by the works of 26 talented artists spanning various mediums, all showcased within the magnificent backdrop of the former Guggenheim mansion. One attendee said, “In all of my years living in Sands Point, this is the best use of the Hempstead House I’ve ever seen!” The event served as a testament to the rich heritage of the Gold Coast and garnered praise from both artists and visitors alike.

Featuring local talents as well as artists from Montauk, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Connecticut and New Jersey, the Fine Art Fair provided a platform for diverse creative expression. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with artists, discuss their works, and gain insights into their creative processes as well as the ability to purchase and commission artwork.

The art fair showcased the works of 25 independent artists, including Alex Walsh, Alise Loebelsohn, Angela Classi, Anne Knife, Carolina Trinker, Christine D’Addorio, Dilia Kamensky, Hakob Hakobyan, Heather Krumholz, Ilene Silberstein, Jared Udell, Joan Stevens, Karla Panameno, Kate Mancini, Kathy Maher, Lillian Julien, Lisa Feiner, Marceil Kazickas, Matt Gabel, Melissa McElroy, Nina van Alphen, Sally Richardson, Sandy Ross, Sean Strafford, Stacey Creem and Syd Glasser.

Testimonials from Artists
“What a magnificent Art Fair—I’m still in the afterglow! From the setting to the talent, your efforts, help and planning made for a seamless & wondrous event. The creative energy was palpable!” —Lilly Julien, artist

“I am humbled and honored to have been featured in the Fine Arts Fair at the Sands Point Preserve. The artists were all unique, authentic and wonderful. This experience wasn’t just about exposing my art, but making human connections and new friendships. I feel so blessed to have been part of this event.” —Heather Krumholz, artist

Art by Matt Gabel

“The Art Fair itself was so vibrant and, yikes, well attended! I really appreciated being included with your terrific gathering of hard-working, creative people.” —Sandy Ross, artist

“Ripple truly cares about their artists. Last weekend was a great success and they covered all bases to ensure that it was an enjoyable event. From the extra care they put in with the show set up and break down to the delicious food, music and spirits served, I couldn’t have been happier! They really make you feel part of the family.” —Sean Strafford, artist

“My experience working with Ripple Creative has been extremely positive. The idea of showing work at the Hempstead House is an honor in itself, the work of fellow artists looked amazing and I think showcasing work in such a historic site only enhanced the experience. I met many people, made lots of sales and also new friends. I hope this is the first of many fairs at the Hempstead House.” —Alise Loebelsohn, artist

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—Submitted by the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy

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