Looking To The Future At The Church

April Gornik and Eric Fischl during the renovation of The Church in May 2019.

The Church, the new artist residency, exhibition space and creative center in Sag Harbor, will host a discussion with founders artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik and executive director Sara Cochran about plans for the institution as it readies to open in the coming weeks.

The topic of the discussion, “Looking to the Future — Opening a New Cultural Institution in a Year of Turmoil,” will be offered via Zoom on March 21, at 6 p.m., and is part of Thaw Fest 2021, Hamptons Arts Network’s month-long festival to celebrate spring and promote the diverse cultural institutions of the East End. For more information, visit sagharborchurch.org.

Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church aspire to be a place where local and national artists, creatives and thinkers can work, meet and inspire. Fischl and Gornik bought the building as a shell three years ago and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior is a compliment to its historical frame and emblematic of the contemporary program of events that will now animate this historical structure.