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Art Sale In-Person, Coffee Too

Tue, 07/20/2021 - 12:05
Guild Hall's Clothesline Art Sale is back for its 75th year, promising artworks at very approachable prices.
Durell Godfrey

Guild Hall's Clothesline Art Sale returns to East Hampton on Saturday for its 75th anniversary. Hundreds of artworks will be available for shopping, in person or online, in one of the arts center's biggest annual fund-raisers. 
    
The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features about 675 works from 230 artists. The pieces are mainly paintings, photographs, prints, and drawings, but a few sculptural works will be available as well, according to Casey Dalene, the director of the art sale. "As a patron of the show . . . you always see something new, and you're always sort of hunting." 
    
Patrons can buy works in person, by scanning a QR code that takes them to the website, or by shopping the website from home, which they can do until midnight on Saturday. Proceeds are split evenly between each artist and Guild Hall, which uses the money to support its programs. 
    
Since 1946, the sale has showcased accessible art, with prices ranging from $75 to $5,000. It has exhibited works by legendary artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Alfonso Ossorio, as well as the yet to be discovered, and those in between them. 
    
"Guild Hall has shown all of these artists along the way, even before they were famous," Ms. Dalene said.
    
Throughout its history, the sale has supported artists not only through the proceeds of the sale, but also through exposure. Many of them return each year, Ms. Dalene said. "We don't choose the artists. They choose us."
    
"What I think is unique about this sale is that it's really a discovery process," she said. 
    
The rain date is Sunday and admission is free. A coffee bar will offer refreshments.


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