Great Art for a Great Cause – 2017 Box Art Auction to Benefit East End Hospice
It was 17 years ago that supporters of the East End Hospice first asked 100 well-known area artists to take a small, unadorned box and create a unique work of art that could be put up for auction to benefit Hospice.
That Box Art tradition, an annual highlight of the late summer season, continues on Saturday, August 26th, at St. Luke’s Church Hoie Hall in East Hampton (18 James Lane) at the Box Art Benefit Auction.
(Pictured here, from a previous year: Art box by Casey Chalem Anderson. Courtesy of East End Hospice.)
Leading up to the benefit the boxes can be previewed at Hoie Hall on Wednesday, August 23rd and Thursday, August 24th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public is invited to a free “Meet the Artists” preview reception at Hoie Hall on Wednesday, August 23rd, from 5-7 p.m.,
At the benefit on August 26th, a Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 5:45, with Lucas Hunt as Auctioneer. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in the $75 benefit ticket price.
Ruth Appelhof, until last year longtime Executive Director of Guild Hall, will receive The Spirit of Community Award for her contributions to the art community and for making Guild Hall a beacon for the arts for the entire East End community.
Benefit Chair Arlene Bujese reports that among the more than 90 artists who have answered the call to create memorable boxes for this year’s auction are: April Gornik, Carol Hunt, James Kennedy, Dennis Leri, Christa Maiwald, Fulvio Massi, Gabriele Raacke, Hans van de Bovenkamp, Dan Welden, Frank Wimberley.
“So many artists on the East End have once again contributed their time, talent and singular creativity to produce these unique works of portable art for this most worthy cause,” says Ms. Bujese. Artists are given small donated cigar and wine boxes — using the box inside and out as a canvas or base. Among the art forms incorporated this year are ceramics, sculpture, painting, collage, assemblage and needlework on fabric. A preview of the 2017 completed Art Boxes can be viewed at www.eeh.org .
This year’s Box Art Auction coincides with the one year anniversary of the Hospice’s long-awaited Kanas Center for Inpatient Hospice Care in Quiogue. Here, the skilled, caring staff and volunteers of East End Hospice provide 24-hour acute care, as well as social, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families from the entire East End. Eight private rooms are equipped to manage the complex needs of the patients, while friends and family are able to gather in shared spaces such as the Library and the Great Room.
“EEH is one of the most loving organizations when the light dims near the end of living,” says participating artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp. “To help thru donating, such as artists do with their work, or through volunteering, is one of the most profound and satisfying acts.”
The 2017 benefit’s Honorary Committee includes Hilaria and. Alec Baldwin, Gregory Black, Very Rev. Denis Brunelle, Michael Cinque, Theodore Conklin , April Gornik, Margery & Sheldon Harnick, Barbara Layton, Hon. Paul F. Rickenbach, Jr., Cantor/Rabbi Debra Stein, Donald Sussis, Sandra Wagenfeld and Susan Kennedy Zeller.
All proceeds will benefit East End Hospice, which provides care for terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones living on the North and South Forks of Long Island, including the Eastern Suffolk County townships of Brookhaven. The Box Art Auction benefits residents of the Town of East Hampton communities.
Photos of the boxes are available upon request. For further information, to place an absentee bid or to receive an invitation, please call Theresa Murphy at the East End Hospice development office (631-288-7080) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).