The Artists Behind the Boxes

For the auction, chaired by Arlene Bujese, some 100 artists have transformed cigar boxes into personal statements of their creative vision
Almost 100 artists have contributed their interpretations of the cigar box, including Daniel Pollera.

   The East End Hospice will once again hold its Box Art Auction on Sept. 7 at the Ross School, but it will also offer a preview of the boxes, as has become tradition, at Hoie Hall in St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton on Wednesday and next Thursday.
   For the auction, chaired by Arlene Bujese, some 100 artists have transformed cigar boxes into personal statements of their creative vision. Many will be at the preview on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Connie Fox, April Gornik, William King, Julie Small Gamby, Daniel Pollera, Randall Rosenthal, and Frank Wimberley are some of the participants.
   The auction is now in its 13th year. At the benefit on Sept. 7, the silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 6. Bonnie Grice, the host and producer of the “Eclectic Cafe” and “The Song Is You” on WPPB, will serve as auctioneer. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in the $75 benefit fee.
   All proceeds from admissions and sales will benefit East End Hospice, which provides care for terminally ill patients and their caregivers on the East End. The hospice is about to break ground on an inpatient facility in Quiogue.
   The preview will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The meet-the-artists event is free. The boxes may also be viewed at eeh.org.