Arts-Centric Tour Shines Spotlight on Springs

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Jackson Pollock’s grave.

The artistic legacy in Springs is undeniable, a decades-long haven for artists, filmmakers, creatives and eccentrics — and the Hamptons League of Women Voters is bundling that history into a self-guided tour on Thursday, May 30, with a little help from local experts on site.

“We wanted to highlight the art-centric nature of Springs, the historic hamlet of fisherman and farmers that later became home to the two foremost American abstract expressionist painters — Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning — who drew so many other creatives to the area,” according to a press release.

After an 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch at The Clubhouse at East Hampton Indoor Tennis, tour-goers will drive themselves or carpool to the first stop, the Leiber Collection museum, where director and curator Ann Fristoe Stewart will walk through the current exhibit “The Marriage of Two Minds Remembered,” which honors the late Judith Leiber with her famous fanciful handbags and Gerson Leiber with his body of paintings.

At Green River Cemetery, East Hampton historian Hugh King will lead a tour of the final resting place of 47 artists, including Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning, as well as many writers and local residents. And lifelong Springs resident Deanna Tikkanen will discuss the Springs General Store, Ashawagh Hall, the East Hampton Library, the blacksmith shop and Presbyterian Church in the Springs Historic District, followed by afternoon refreshments at Maidstone Park and a visit to the beach.

Finally, Jess Frost, director of the Duck Creek Farm Historic Site and John Little Barn, will talk about the formation of this historic site and distribute a handout on the free summer concerts, art exhibits and lectures there — as well as introduce Springs artists, sculptors, writers and filmmakers against the backdrop of Hiroyuki Hamada’s current exhibition.

Tickets are $45 and reservations are requested by Monday, May 27. Maps will be provided via email. For more information, call (631) 324-6713 or email ginhamptons@gmail.com.

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