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Jamaica’s art and culture will be on display at the third annual Arthamptons International Art Fair, one of the United States’ most prestigious and best attended summer art events.
The fair is held in the Hamptons, Upstate New York, July 8 to 11, and nearly 5,000 patrons, including art investors and collectors, celebrities, national and local art media and wealthy summer vacationers, will be able to view the upscale side of Jamaica.
Paintings from self-taught artist Richard Hugh Blackford, who was born in Kingston, will be among those displayed at the event.
Blackford, who currently resides in Coral Springs, Florida, has exhibited in London, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, and Brooklyn, New York, as well as in Kingston, St. Johns (Antigua) Bridgetown, Barbados during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Finals.
“ARTHamptons is an excellent venue to interact with a well-heeled, cultured audience, and to introduce them to Jamaica’s artistic side,” said Director of Tourism, John Lynch.
“In addition to being exposed to Jamaica’s creative side, patrons will get the opportunity to experience some of the island’s more popular offerings, like our world-famous Blue Mountain Coffee, as well as learn about our luxury hotels, private villas, championship golf courses, and rejuvenating spas,” he added.
The Jamaica Tourist Board will host an outdoor tent space, where patrons can mix and mingle and learn more about Jamaica’s art, culture and travel experiences. They will also have an opportunity to win a luxurious seven-night/eight-day getaway to Serenity on the Beach, a private luxury villa in Montego Bay, courtesy of Villas by Linda Smith.
In addition, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee will be offered at both the VIP Lounge and ARTHampton Caf