NEW KDHamptons Party Diary: Pix From The Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Bash!



Stacey Bronsman, Mary Kathryn Navab, Randy Kemper, Leslie Brille, and Tony Ingrao



The Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party took place for the first time at its new home in Water Mill on Saturday, July 13. A highlight of the summer season, the Midsummer Party is a festive social gathering of artists, socialites, philanthropists, art collectors, entertainers, gallerists, and business leaders. Funds raised by the event support the Museum’s exhibitions, publications, and programs.



Terrie Sultan




David Wassong, Cynthia Clift


The décor for this year’s party was furnished by Ron Wendt Design. Nearly 650 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception starting at 6:30 pm in the Museum galleries, followed by a premier dining experience on the museum’s charcoal grey open air Mildred C. Brinn Terrace. The summer breeze drifted down 34 foot long tomato red tables that Ron [below] designed, featuring centerpieces inspired by the museum’s clean lineal architecture, while incorporating the meadow aesthetic of its surrounding 14 acres.



Midsummer event designer, Ron Wendt



Ron shares with KDHamptons, “I especially wanted to make this inaugural gala all about celebrating the museum and its new home. On my first visit, I arrived looking for those first impression inspirations, and certainly I found many in the commanding architecture. With its simple and honest materials, shapes and forms, I was immediately taken by the long powerful “V” shape of the trussing running throughout the spine of the museum. Enter the idea of long tables featuring long brushed aluminum troughs with “X” patterned supports which echo the ceiling structure.



Richard Phillips, Amanda Fuhrman, Glenn Fuhrman, Matthew Satz


An additional 300 guests joined the group for dessert and dancing at the After Ten party, where guests boogied in the museum’s Lichtenstein Theater, relaxed in the lounge areas around the Museum, and visited the exhibitions in the galleries until 1 am.



Josephine Mecksepper and Cynthia Rowley


Mildred Brinn, Joe Hughes





Ron notes, “I loved the neutrality and the deep shade of the 30ft wide porch and thought of a summer party and the season’s most famous fruit….the tomato! Hence the ‘tail light red’ shantung tablecloths we are using to brighten and soften the outdoor space. [ahem, also a reference to the traffic on Route 27!].”







Mauro Porcini, Beth Rudin DeWoody


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Ross Bleckner, Debbie Bancroft



Parrish Art Museum gallery view, photo by Christopher French



Sara Fitzmaurice, Christy MacLear, Fiona Rudin, Eric Rudin



Lisa Perry



**All photos in this feature by Patrick McMullan