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Antique seekers help art guild raise $1,000

Patricia Riccardi, of Farmingville, takes a closer look

Patricia Riccardi, of Farmingville, takes a closer look at an antique vase at the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild antiques show and sale in Cutchogue. (April 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Joyce Smith visited the North Fork on Sunday for wine tastings.

On the way to the winery, the Westfield, Mass., woman noticed antiques displayed on the front lawn of the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue.

She excitedly looked through the showcase of antiques, collectibles and artwork that were on display for the guild’s fifth annual antiques show and sale.

“I bought a Hummel statue and a lantern. I only spent $17,” she said.

Her friend Marie Kulesza, of Plantsville, Conn., purchased a glass pitcher and an Adams vase.

“Antiques add a little something to your home. I can put this vase on my mantle,” Kulesza said.

Custom and vintage jewelry, vintage clothing, books, pottery, silverware and paintings were on display with prices ranging from $5 to $200.

The antiques event served as a fundraiser for the guild, which has been hosting art exhibits and sales at the gallery since 1948. The event raised $1,000, which will go toward the art gallery maintenance fund and free art classes for children.

The Old Town Art & Crafts Guild is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting original art and crafts.

“This is the oldest gallery on the North Fork,” artist and guild president Bob Kuhne said. “Every piece of artwork in the gallery is handcrafted. The artwork is fantastic and created by local artists.”

The guild, which has 40 members, is in need of donations and new members, he said.

“In order for us to run this place, we need volunteers. We need people to help teach art classes and man the gift shop,” Kuhne said.

Patricia Riccardi, of Farmingville, was impressed with the variety of items. She can’t wait for the next event.

“They have a lot of great stuff here and for the right price,” she said.

The next scheduled event is the Antiques Fair and Country Bake Sale on June 23. For more information, call 631-734-6382 or visit www.oldtownguild.com.

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