Thomas Moran Trust Hosts “In the Artist’s Garden”

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The Nivola family in their garden in the late 1950s.

The Nivola family in their garden in the late 1950s.

The Thomas Moran Trust will host its summer benefit cocktail party, “In the Artist’s Garden,” at the home of Pietro and Katherine Nivola on Old Stone Highway in Springs. The benefit will pay homahe to the artists of the burgeoning summer colony, the setting of the benefit at the studio and home of the late Costantino and Ruth Nivola, modernists of the East End art scene from the 1950s to the 1990s. Proceeds from the party will benefit the ongoing campaign to restore the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio. The couple were early members of the summer art colony of the late 19th century.

In 1885, great American landscape painter Thomas Moran, and his wife, celebrated printmaker Mary Nimmo, moved their family to a Main Street, East Hampton home designed by Mr. Moran. “The Studio,” as it has been known since, was the first artist’s studio built in East Hampton. In 1965, the Thomas Moran Studio became one of the first National Historic Landmarks in America – the highest recognition accorded by the U.S. Department of the Interior to the nation’s most historically significant properties.

Tickets for “In the Artist’s Garden” start at $300 and can be purchased at thomasmorantrust.org. Junior tickets for ages 40 and under are $150 and can be purchased by calling the Thomas Moran Trust at (631) 324-0100. 

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