Another longstanding and vital part of East End communities is their artists, with many in residence (Cindy Sherman, Donald Sultan, April Gornick, Eric Fischl) and new art centers popping up in random places. Who can miss the enormous barn-like Herzog- and de Meuron--designed Parrish Art Museum
in Water Mill? Not everything is overscale, though. Former ballet dancer Edsall Williams cultivates an intimate crowd at The Fireplace Project
, a contemporary gallery in a onetime garage across the street from the Pollock-Krasner House. Shows for artists such as Martin Oppel, Hernan Bas, and Aaron Young have attracted high-wattage locals like Edward Albee, Paul McCartney, and Gwyneth Paltrow.