Box Art Auction: A Tried and True Formula

Box by Sag Harbor artist Barbara Maslen

Eighteen years ago, more than 100 artists — all somehow connected to the East End — were asked to take small, unadorned boxes and create unique works of art to be auctioned for East End Hospice.

They agreed, and a late-summer tradition was born.

Now a highlight of the benefit season, the annual Box Art Auction will kick off with a “Meet the Artists” free preview on Wednesday, August 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hoie Hall of St. Luke’s church, located at 18 James Lane in East Hampton, where the main event will be held on Saturday, August 25, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Among this year’s 85 artists are Alice Hope, Carol Hunt, Dennis Leri, Christa Maiwald, Fulvio Massi, Daniel Pollera, Gabriele Raacke, Hans van de Bovenkamp,

Dan Welden and Frank Wimberley, as well as 10 first-time artists and 10 artists who have participated in every auction to date.

Reverend Denis C. Brunelle, rector of St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton, will receive East End Hospice’s 2018 Spirit of Community Award for his “forceful work to ensure the dignity and respect for of all people in the East Hampton community, exemplifying a singular generosity of spirit,” according to a press release.

Tickets are $75 and all proceeds will benefit East End Hospice, which provides care for terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones living on the North and South Forks, including the Eastern Suffolk County townships of Brookhaven.

To preview the art boxes — from ceramics, sculpture and painting to collage, assemblage and needlework — visit Hoie Hall on Wednesday, August 22, and Thursday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or