Image above: Parrish Art Museum's 2015 Midsummer Party Attended by Artists, philanthropists, business leaders, and art-world guests on Saturday, July 11.


A summer highlight, the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Midsummer Party in Water Mill, NY is a festive social gathering of art collectors, artists, socialites, entertainers, philanthropists, and business leaders from the Hamptons and beyond. The elegant affair was attended by approximately 1,000 guests who enjoyed the party and the Museum’s current exhibitions of world-class artwork, including Chuck Close’s photographs, Tara Donovan’s new site-responsive sculptures, and a selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection.

IMG_0675Above: Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Art Museum; H. Peter Haveles, President of the Parrish Art Museum's Board of Trustees.


Ron Wendt Design presented the 2015 Midsummer Party’s décor, inspired by Chuck Close's "Anthurium" and "Chrysanthemum" photographs. Ron Wendt Design dramatically contrasted sharp acid green tablecloths with the black wood paneled walls of the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace, where equally dramatic chartreuse stems of Midori anthurium and Fuji chrysanthemum flowers populated the tables, sprouting from an eclectic and fun ensemble of green tinted bottles and vases. Overhead, bands of greenery inset into the terrace's structural I-Beams popped with bands of bright green rope lighting, highlighting the architecture, while day-glo green cording will zigzag across the ceiling in phosphorescent green illuminated patterns.

IMG_0761Guests at the Parrish Art Museum's 2015 Midsummer Party.


Untitled-2Guests at the Parrish Art Museum's 2015 Midsummer Party.


Thirty classic cars from presenting sponsor Grand Prix Café (GPC) were displayed on the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Foundation Event Lawn in two lit seating areas. The vehicles, from the personal collection Julian Ellison, founder and chairman of, ranged from an unrestored 1967 Astin Martin DB6 Vantage RHD, to a meticulously restored Vintage Jaguar E-type series and a 1982 Porsche Targa SC in Arrow Blue—a rare color for a Porsche. Guests were invited to sit in both the restored and unrestored cars.

Untitled-1Guests at the Parrish Art Museum's 2015 Midsummer Party.


Images by Daniela Herman.

Peter Schafer: Before the Flood

Peter Schafer: Before the Flood

NEIL DACOSTA: mormon sutra