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East Hampton's LongHouse Reserve To Open On June 17

Lindsay Aitken

LongHouse Reserve is one of the first art institutions on Long Island to re-open. (Photo Courtesy of LongHouse Reserve)

LongHouse Reserve's beautiful 16-acre outdoor sculpture garden located in East Hampton will reopen on Wednesday, June 17.

"This happy news comes at a time when the restorative and transformative power of beauty, art, and nature are more essential than ever," noted Executive Director, Matko Tomicic. "We hope our grounds and gardens will help you find comfort and renew your spirit."

To ensure the safety of its guests, the institution will follow COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines very closely, taking the following precautions:

 • Timed ticketing which will allow visitors to practice social distancing. Reserve your tickets through the month of August on their website (groups are only allowed in their chosen time allotment).
 • Per state guidelines, face coverings are required of visitors who are older than 10-years-old and are recommended for children who are older than 2-years-old (children without masks are required to stay in their strollers).
 • Masks are available upon entry.
 • Each group must maintain 6 feet from others at all times.
 • Restrooms and water fountains are closed! However, the East Hampton Village public restrooms in the Reutershan parking lot are open.

The collections, gardens, sculptures and programs at LongHouse Reserve reflect world culture, featuring pieces from Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, Willem de Kooning, and numerous other well-respected artists. In 1975, the Reserve was founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, a textile designer, author and collector. His home, LongHouse, was built as a case study to show contemporary life in a creative way. The 13,000 square foot house was inspired by Ise, the Japanese shrine. LongHouse Reserve uses a comprehensive view of art to appeal to visitors of all ages, aiming to expand the imagination through the 60 ethnographic works and handcrafts in the gardens. The gardens reveal planting potential in the Northeastern climate by featuring a variety of natural and cultivated plants, which demonstrate relations between people and plants in today's world. The gardens themselves are designed as an art form. Larsen believes that experiencing art in living spaces is more meaningful to the viewer and gives visitors a unique learning experience.

"The birds are chirping more sweetly than ever, the gardens have blossomed, flowered and flourished and continue with their enchanting bounty, many pieces of our outdoor art have changed places and the LongHouse Team has been busily buzzing in preparation," added Dianne Benson, President of the board of LongHouse Reserve. "With all precautions in place, and with confidence that you — our adored audience and esteemed members — will observe the necessities of safe- distancing and face coverings, we welcome you back to LongHouse."

LongHouse Reserve will be open in June on Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from Wednesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in July. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and veterans, and free for children and students with valid student identification.

For more information about LongHouse's reopening plans, safety measures, and how to book a time slot, visit www.longhouse.org.

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