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Portraits in the Time of Coronavirus

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 17:35
Philippe Cheng's photo portraits often have a theme of social distancing by the sea or in the local landscape.
Philippe Cheng

At any year's end, it's a good time to take stock and reflect on what has happened since the last Jan. 1. This year might require something deeper and more elaborate.

With that it mind, it's also a good time to remind South Fork residents that since May the Hamptons Arts Network has partnered with Philippe Cheng, a fine-art photographer from Bridgehampton, to preserve this time in history in images. The project supports the 19 cultural institutions in the network.

“Pause Portraits” of families, friends, or essential workers can be commissioned for $1,500. Each purchaser will receive a signed 11x14-inch archival collector’s print, and a portfolio of all commissioned portraits will become part of the collections of the East Hampton Historical Society, the Eastville Community Historical Society, and the Southampton History Museum.

Proceeds, after production expenses, will go directly to support the 19-member consortium of nonprofit organizations working to create a unified arts community in the Hamptons. The portraits, which are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, can be purchased from the Hamptons Arts Network website.

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