Lively Weekend at Madoo

Celebrating Jane Iselin
Francine Fleischer with some of her ARF subjects behind her in her studio Mark Segal

This year’s Much Ado About Madoo, the Sagaponack conservancy’s annual cocktail party and garden market, will celebrate Jane Iselin, who is retiring as Madoo’s board president after six years.

The cocktail party, which will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature the opening of the summer studio exhibition of photographs by Francine Fleischer, of animals from the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. 

A live auction conducted by Jamie Niven will feature a pair of Robert Dash flower paintings from his 2001 Florilegium series. In addition, animal lovers will have an opportunity to bid on a pet photo portrait commission by Billy Sullivan. Tickets are $225, $200 for members, and $125 for those under 30. Ten percent of proceeds will benefit ARF Hamptons.

The garden market, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, will feature more than two dozen vendors of unusual plants, house and garden antiques, fashions for men and women, and gourmet food items. The market is free, and 10 percent of purchases will benefit Madoo.

Ms. Fleischer’s photographs are the centerpiece of #ARFRESCUELOVE, a new social media campaign conceived by Neil Kraft, a well-known advertising executive and an ARF adopter, and Amy Sullivan, a board member of the rescue fund.

Throughout last winter, the ARF conference room was transformed into a studio where Ms. Fleischer, who is also an ARF adopter, photographed 60 dogs and cats available for adoption. The campaign was originally developed only for social media, but Alejandro Saralegui, Madoo’s executive director, offered the summer studio space for an exhibition of the prints. M.S.