Guild Hall Hangs the Art Out to Dry

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Clothesline Art Sale. Photo credit: Dane DuPuis

Who will be the next big star of the art world hanging on the line? Guild Hall’s Clothesline Art Sale returns to East Hampton on Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 650 works by more than 230 artists will be displayed outdoors in front of the building at 158 Main Street, as well as online for those who cannot attend in person.

Works range from $75 to $5,000, with all proceeds split 50/50 between the artists and Guild Hall. The event will be moved to Sunday, July 25, in the case of inclement weather. Admission is free and the “Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks” galleries will be open as will Guild Hall’s new eAT Coffee Bar, which will cater to thirsty and hungry artwork shoppers.

The Clothesline Art Sale was conceived by a board member in the summer of 1946 with artists splitting the proceeds from sales with Guild Hall, which made $400 that first year. Today, 75 years later, it is a beloved community event and one of Guild Hall’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Throughout Guild Hall’s history, thousands of artists including Alfonso Ossorio, James Brooks, John Little, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Elaine and Willem de Kooning have shared their talents to support the annual fundraising event.

“We are so excited to continue the annual tradition of Clothesline, and it is especially festive this year as part of our 90th anniversary events,” said Guild Hall Chief Creative Officer Amy Kirwin. “It has been, and always will be, part of our mission to shine a light on local artists, and this beloved event is the perfect way to celebrate the creative community while raising funds to support our year-round programming.”

For those who would like to shop online, view the entire sale on Guild Hall’s website from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the day of the sale, guildhall.org. Artwork purchased online must be picked up in-person.

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