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’Love And Passion’ On Exhibit At Ashawagh Hall

Originally Posted: February 22, 2009

Ashawagh Hall played host to the "Love And Passion" art exhibition, including the work of over 50 local artists on Saturday, Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 22. The opening reception on Saturday was full of well-wishers and art supporters. Photos by Eileen Casey

East Hampton - The fourth annual "Love And Passion" themed art show, curated by Karyn Mannix was held at Ashawagh Hall beginning on Saturday, Feb. 21, with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Participating artist Kristi Hoco with her work (left), and in costume to sell 50/50
raffle tickets.

The exhibition featured the works of over 50 well-known local artists including Dennis Leri, Rosa Hanna Scott, Nick Tarr, Joe Strand, Jim Hayden, Len Bernard, Gerry Giliberti, and Stephanie Reit, among numerous others.

Most artists exhibited work very much in keeping with this year's theme and hearts in many mediums graced the walls. Heart-shaped lollipops and cookies reminded attendees of the evening's theme as well, including small red hearts indicating sales.

This year's show was a fundraiser for the Building Fund at Ashawagh Hall, and included a 50/50 raffle. Tickets for the raffle were sold by participating artists who were glamoursly clad in wigs and scanty clothing reminiscent of 1940s 'cigarette girls.' The chilly weather did not deter these ladies from making the rounds to sell tickets, and given the number of art appreciators in attendance the body warmth generated seemed to keep them warm.

The winner of the raffle was announced by participating artist (and birthday girl) Abby Abrams, and given the number of people who waited for the announcement it would appear that many tickets were sold to assist in keeping this local historic mecca for artists in tip-top shape through the Building Fund.

The interesting and sometimes whimsical artwork must have instilled a warm feeling in just about everyone at Saturday's reception, as many 'let's go out to dinner and have a bottle of wine' were heard among couples and friends.

The "Love And Passion" art exhibtion drew big crowds at the Saturday night reception.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


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