“Celebrating Community Creatives,” an outdoor gathering featuring the work of 15 artists and authors from Sag Harbor will take place at a private home in Sag Harbor Hills on Saturday, August 28.
With the coronavirus pandemic having shut down most public gatherings for the past year and a half, the event, as the name implies, is an opportunity for those who appreciate the arts to celebrate together, in a safe outdoor setting, with a who’s who of local artists and writers, who will be offering artwork and books for sale.
The event will also provide an opportunity to support the Eastville Community Historical Society, whose mission is “to preserve historic buildings and research, collect and disseminate information about the history of the Eastville area of Sag Harbor,” which is an early and rare example of a working-class community composed of African Americans, Native Americans and European immigrants.
“We are gathering together artists who during COVID didn’t have lots of exposure, said Renee Simons, one of the organizers. “And we are doing it for a good cause.”
The group of artists and writers includes Saleem Abdal-Khaaliq, a creative writer and poet and author of “Mind Sand”; Dr. Linda Anderson, a psychologist and co-author with Sonia Banks and Michele Owens of “ “Silent Agreements: How to Free Your Relationships of Unspoken Expectations”; painter Sheila Batiste; photographer Donnamarie Barnes; watercolorist Martin Butler, painter Michael Butler; printmaker Nancy Brandon; potter Beverly Granger; Noel Hankin, author of “After Dark: Birth of the Disco Dance Party;” writer Candace Hill-Montgomery; artist Judith Henriques-Adams; photographer John Pinderhughes; jewelry maker Victoria Pinderhughes; multi-media artist Sharon von Liempt Brown; author and speaker Joan Wallace-Benjamin; and the abstract expressionist artist Frank Wimberly.
“We are really excited to provide a way for these local artists and authors to expand their visibility and creative work this summer,” said one of the organizers, Jennifer Segre. It is particularly gratifying to showcase their work and provide some local support for the Eastville Community Historical Society.”
“It’s been a very difficult year and a half. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to gather together outdoors to celebrate and support our community’s creatives and Eastville’s important work,” added Olivia White, another organizer.
Besides Ms. Simons, Ms. Segre, and Ms. White the sponsors of the event include Andrea Cottman, Anita Farrington, Bebe Granger, and Paula Taylor.
The event is free to the public and will be held at 56 Beach Avenue in Sag Harbor from 2 to 6 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, August 29. The organizers have encouraged attendees to wear masks to help protect one another from possible exposure to COVID-19.