Hostess Margot Adams and Ruth Appelhoff, Executive Director of Guild Hall.
- As a launch to Saturday's Sixth Annual "Garden As Art" tour, Margot Adams
hosted a cocktail party on Friday, Aug. 28, held in her beautiful garden in East Hampton. The tour will allow attendees to explore "the relationship between artists of the East End and their gardens" according to Guild Hall
, who is conducting the event.
The tour included the gardens of seven well-known East End artists, including Dianne Blell
(Bridgehampton), April Gornik
and Eric Fischl
(North Haven), Mary Heilmann
(Bridgehampton), Bryan Hunt
(Wainscott), Roy Nicholson
, and Donald Sultan
(both Sag Harbor). Additionally, tours of the gardens at Madoo Conservancy (Sagaponack), and the Pollock-Krasner House
and The LongHouse Reserve
(both in East Hampton) were included.
Notably this year, "The program gives equal attention to the artists and their art as it does to the gardens themselves, most especially by including the artists' studios on the self-guided tour together with their gardens" as indicated by Nina Gillman
, Chairperson of the "Garden as Art" Committee.
Participating artist Dianne Blell (holding a very clever purse) and designer Marla Gagnum.
On the eve of the tour, a gracious Adams held a cocktail party allowing tickets holders, artists, volunteers and Guild Hall representatives, among others, to simply enjoy a lovely evening in a beautiful environment. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m guests were feted with cocktails and scrumptous delicacies provided by Debbie Geppert
and her attentive catering staff.
Saturday's event was scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. with a garden lecture by Helen Harrison
, author, art reviewer, and feature writer for the Long Island section of the New York Times
, as well as the director of the Pollock-Krasner
House and Study Center, and wife of participating artist Roy Nicholson. Harrison's lecture, "Snake in the Grass: The Artist and the Garden" will feature many of the gardens on the tour, and will be introduced by New York Times
writer and garden historian, Mac Griswold
Following a benefactor luncheon at the home of Nina Gillman
, Guild Hall's Garden as Art Committee Chairperson, attendees armed with maps and directions were able to undertake self-guided tours of the aforementioned gardens from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Susan Gillman, Nina Gillman and Dorothy Donovan enjoy the evening.
Tickets for the tour ranged from $75 for the garden tour ticket; $175 for a garden lover ticket that included the tour, breakfast and lecture; $250 for a patron
ticket which included the cocktail party, as well as the tour, breakfast and lecture, and $500 for a benefactor ticket, inlcluding all of the above as well as the luncheon.
The very attractive booklet issued to attendees, included cover art by Sultan, offered a brief description of each artist's garden, allowing attendees the opportunity to plan which gardens offered the most appeal.
Honorary Chairs of the event are Robert Dash
of the Madoo Conservancy
, Jack Lenor Larsen
of The LongHouse Reserve
, and Martha Stewart
A section of the beautiful gardens at the home of Margot Adams who held a cocktail party on Friday to launch the "Garden As Art" tour coordinated by Guild Hall.