A Creative Retreat—Portraits of Artists
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, creating a vibrant artist community. This exhibition of photographic portraits of visual, literary, and performing artists largely draws from holdings in Guild Halls’s permanent collection by Bernard Gotfryd, John Jonas Gruen, Jill Krementz, Laurie Lambrecht, Fred W. McDarrah, and more.
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 town meeting space under one roof. Today, Guild Hall’s history parallels American theater and art history with many landmark performances and exhibitions captured in the publication Guild Hall for All, 2021.
This exhibition is organized by 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