Fred W. McDarrah, 𝘌𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘏𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘏𝘢𝘭𝘭, 1975. Vintage photograph. 16 x 20 inches. Gift of the artist.
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In anticipation of the reopening of the John Drew Theater, the final stage of Guild Hall’s facility-wide renovation, this exhibition celebrates artists who were and are the fabric of the East End artist community and integral to Guild Hall.

The East End has a history of providing an environment for artists to gather and a place of respite and contemplation where many artists work quietly and diligently seasonally and year-round, forming a vibrant creative community. This exhibition of photographic portraits of visual, literary, and performing artists is drawn largely from Guild Hall’s permanent collection, supplemented by projects by Linda K Alpern, Laurie Lambrecht, and Mark Mann.

Guild Hall was established in 1931 as a gathering place for the community where an appreciation for the arts would “promote a finer type of citizenship.” The institution was the first arts town hall of its kind, encompassing a museum, theater, education center, and meeting space under one roof. Guild Hall’s history parallels that of the American theater and art worlds, with many landmark performances and exhibitions documented in the publication Guild Hall for All (2021).

This exhibition was organized by the Director of Visual Arts, Melanie Crader.

Galleries are open Friday to Monday, 12-5 PM. Museum admission is always free.

Member Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 11 AM-12 PM


Museum programs are supported by Crozier Fine Arts and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.  

Free gallery admission is sponsored, in part, by Landscape Details. 


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