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Hang in the Hamptons at the Clothesline Art Sale

Any artist can display their work at the

Any artist can display their work at the Annual Clothesline Art Sale sponsored by Guild Hall in East Hampton, with the proviso that one piece of art must be priced at $50. (July 31, 2010) Photo Credit: Handout

Whether you're a connoisseur, a collector or just curious about art, Saturday's Clothesline Art Sale at Guild Hall in East Hampton is an ideal place to get your hands on the original work of several Long Island artists.

And with pieces starting at $50, you can afford to go out for a leisurely meal afterward.

"You'll definitely see many, many pieces that represent the beauty of Long Island," says Barbara Jo Howard, director of marketing and communications for Guild Hall. "But it is whatever vision the artist has and what story the artist wants to tell."

Competitive spirit

Like any good yard sale, half the fun of the Clothesline event is the thrill of the chase. More than 100 people typically line up ahead of the sale's 9 a.m. opening. When the gates open, the crowd rushes to grab the artwork that's propped up on long fencelike rows or literally hanging from clotheslines.

"If you see it, take it - don't think twice about it," advises sale regular Patti Kenner of East Hampton.

"It may not be there when you come back," agrees Robyn Borok, of Manhattan. She's been attending the annual sale for about 20 years, amassing more pieces than she can count. "And, if you change your mind, just set it down."

Howard agrees, noting that this kind of reshuffling adds to the show's unpredictable appeal. "Things get moved around all the time," she says

But don't think all the good stuff necessarily sells first.

About the artwork

Artists who sell at Guild Hall's show are allowed to submit up to five pieces. One must be priced at $50 or less, the others no higher than $2,500.

"Not all five pieces of a particular artist's work are put up at the same time," Howard SAYS. Staffers are constantly bringing out new art to replace pieces they have sold, so it's "well worth coming any time of day."

Works for sale span all mediums - original oil paintings, drawings, sketches, even a few pieces of sculpture - and may be framed or unframed. The artists split the selling price 50-50 with Guild Hall - last year's sale raised $140,000, according to Howard.

"This sale isn't about art for investment, it is about art for enjoyment," says Gerda Quoohs, a part-time East Hampton resident who has been selling her work - aluminum cuttings, glass and copper sketches - at the Clothesline sale for more than two decades.

"There's something in everyone's price range," says East Hampton artist Carol Boye, who paints classic East End landscapes and seascapes in oil. "A bad economy is a great time to buy art, to get your collection going."

64th Annual Clothesline Art Sale


WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Rain or shine

INFO 631-324-0806,


PARKING A shuttle at the corner of James and Maidstone will ferry shoppers to the Clothesline Art Sale and the Ladies Village Improvement Society of East Hampton's Fair.



114th Annual Ladies Village Improvement Society of East Hampton Fair


WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 95 Main St., East Hampton. Rain or shine.

INFO 631-324-1220,


This old-fashioned country fair is, for the first time, featuring a vintage clothing booth that will have men's and women's pieces for sale. Elsewhere, there will be a country market (think homemade jams and baked goods) as well as old-fashioned games for kids.


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