The Box Art Auction benefit for East End Hospice will present a preview of the cigar box creations of area artists beloved locally and internationally on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hoie Hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton Village. The boxes will remain on view next Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The auction itself will be held Sept. 6 at the Ross School.
The artists who have transformed cigar and wine boxes this year include Paton Miller, Gabrielle Raacke, Ronnie Chalif, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Bill King, April Gornik, Randall Rosenthal, Charles Waller, and Frank Wimberley. Eleven other artists are participating for the first time.
The benefit’s honorary committee includes Alec Baldwin, the Rev. Denis Brunelle, Michael Cinque, Ted Conklin, Eric Fischl, Ms. Gornik, Sheldon Harnick, Charles Hitchcock, Barbara Layton, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., David Wilt, and Susan Kennedy Zeller. Ms. Layton, the owner of Babette’s restaurant in East Hampton, will receive a community spirit award.
The proceeds from the event will benefit the hospice, which is located in Westhampton but serves the entire East End, providing end-of-life care to terminally ill patients and support for their families. The facility will break ground on an inpatient center in Quiogue soon.