Haitian Art Benefit at Christ Church


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Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor will host its fourth Haitian Art & Handcraft Sale this weekend, July 18 to 20, to benefit the village of Chermaitre in partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project.  The event will take place in the Upper Parish Hall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 pm and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an opening reception on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The sale will feature 200 original paintings as well as a wide assortment of unique and affordable gifts, including silk scarves, jewelry, and iron sculpture.

The event is free and open to the public, with handcrafts starting from $5 and paintings from $50. All sales are 50-percent tax deductible.

The Vassar Haiti Project is a registered non-profit organization, based at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie. For the past 13 years it has been supporting education, health and sustainable development in the village of Chermaître in mountainous northwestern Haiti. This is Christ Church’s fourth partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project and the previous sales hosted in Sag Harbor have been a tremendous success.

In 2008 the church’s sale raised over $30,000 to complete the building of a seven-classroom school. The second sale, in 2010, raised $26,000 toward the construction of a medical center, which has since opened and offers health care to thousands of Haitians in Chermaitre and neighboring villages. The 2012 sale, which again yielded more than $20,000, helped pay for a new kindergarten.

Proceeds from the 2014 sale will go toward building a community center that will support the women of the village who desperately want to support their families by creating small businesses from the crafts they will create and the coffee they are growing.

For more information, call (970) 946-7614 or visit the haitiproject.org.