Education Archives - Guild Hall

Third Bird: Show and Tell Presentation at The Church

Libretto by Isaac Mizrahi
Music by Nico Muhly
Choreography by John Heginbotham

With a cast of 8, Third Bird tells the story of a flying bluebird, a swimming duck, and a running ostrich and celebrates each of their unique strengths. The work was commissioned by Work & Process – an organization led by Producer Caroline Cronson and General Manager Duke Dang, that nurtures and champions new works, amplifies underrepresented voices and performing arts cultures, and offers audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Works & Process has previously worked with Isaac Mizrahi on a highly successful production of Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic Peter & The Wolf.

Commissioned by Works & Process Third Bird was developed in a Works & Process bubble residency at Catskill Mountain Foundation in Spring 2021, made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Music for Third Bird was made possible, in part by the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation. Third Bird will receive a Works & Process LaunchPAD residency at The Church, Sag Harbor in early December 2021. The Church and Guild Hall are collaborating on a community event around Third Bird. Third Bird will have its world premiere at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum on June 3-5, 2022.

Proof of vaccination and masks will be required when visiting The Church.

Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: Setting Orpheus and Eurydice

Come meet Bel Canto Boot Camp in person! In collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, BCBC explores this fall’s Met: Live in HD repertoire.  Bel Canto Boot Camp aims to unite the rich traditions of the past with the exciting productions in today’s opera house.

Join BCBC co-founders, Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, as we explore the varied settings of the ancient legend of Orpheus and Eurydice – from Monteverdi to Ricky Ian Gordon via Gluck and Offenbach.

This program is presented in tandem with The Met: Live in HD screening of EurydiceA complimentary coffee from our eAT Coffee Bar will be available for all participants between the lecture and screening.


Fitted face masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 indoors regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking. Click HERE for full COVID-19 protocol.

Artist Talk: The Tile Club, Then and Now

Featuring Richard Barons, Chief Curator of the East Hampton Historical Society; Scott Bluedorn, Artist, Illustrator and Designer; and Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Guild Hall Museum Director/Chief Curator

Guild Hall is pleased to present an evening Artist Talk: The Tile Club: Then and Now with Richard Barons, Chief Curator of the East Hampton Historical Society; Scott Bluedorn, Artist, Illustrator and Designer; and Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Guild Hall Museum Director/Chief Curator. The talk will include insights into the history of the original Tile Club founded in 1872 as well as a discussion of the contemporary re-imagination of this club, The Neo-Tile Club, conceived by Scott Bluedorn for his 2021 Guild Hall Community Artist-In-Residence project.

The galleries and eAT Coffee Bar will be open before and after the talk.  Visitors can view the Museum exhibition, 90 Years: Selections from the Permanent Collection, which includes 12 tiles from the original Tile Club of the 1870s, and also the 2021 Neo-Tile Club: Community Exhibition installed in our Education Corridor.


Fitted face masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 indoors regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking. Click HERE for full COVID-19 protocol.

Neo–Tile Club: Community Exhibition – 2021 Guild Hall Community Artist-In-Residence: Scott Bluedorn

The historic Tile Club, founded in 1872, was a group of artists in New York City who met regularly to paint on tile, a popular surface of the coinciding decorative arts movement. Among the artists in the club were William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and architect Stanford White. When the Long Island Railroad expanded to Montauk in the late 1870s, The Tile Club was invited to ride to the eastern-most tip of Long Island and paint what they saw, making these western artists some of the first to visit the East End, initiating the long history of art in the area.

Inspired by this club, Scott Bluedorn focused his 2021 Guild Hall Community Artist-in-Residence project on the history, practice, and revitalization of The Tile Club. Throughout the 2021 summer season, Scott led 6 free workshops, some en plein-air, during which ceramic tiles were given to participants along with a demo and discussion of the history of the Tile Club. Participants were asked to donate at least one completed tile to the Education Corridor Exhibition. The exhibition and project are in tandem with Guild Hall’s current exhibition, 90Years: Selections from the Permanent Collection that includes original Tile Club paintings c. 1875, on view in the education corridor from October 30 through January 2, 2022.

We are extremely thankful to all those who participated in this project and contributed their artwork to this exhibition. We would also like to thank the East Hampton Historical Society for the use of Mulford Farm as a plein-air painting site, and to the local builders Wirth & Company, Lori and Roy Dalene, and Andrew Fetherston for donating tiles.

Community participants included Leo A., Sofia Abboud, Labbeb Abboud, Pamela Abrahams, Michele Abramsky, Paul Abramsky, Casey Chalem Anderson, Cassandra Bajan, Rachael Barash, Beth Barry, Jim Bergesen, Scott Bluedorn, Ivy Brondo, Jen Brondo, Joe Brondo, Tanessa Cabe, Lisa Claisse, Bonnie Comley, Donna Corvi, Casey Dalene, Barbara Dayton, Elaine Dia, Mare Dianora, Ollie Dianora Brondal, Nova D’Innocenza, Gina D’Orazio, AG Duggan, Andrew Fetherston, Kurt Ghie, Kimberly Goff, Laurie Hall, Gizella Harte, Janet Jennings, Miren Kova, Frankie Lane, Lenny Lane, Stewart Lane, Teresa Lawler, Alexandra Lopez, Setha Low, Sara McLaughlin, Kathleen McLaughlin, Rich Mothes, Jamie Pancella, Mark Perry, Dalton Portella, Luca R., Gabriele T. Raacke, Guilia Ratto, Adrienne Ratto, Tina Ripperger, Nora Ripperger, Caroline Scherr, Andréa Sher, Karen Solimando, Sabina Streeter, Rebecca Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, Deborah Walley, and ZSG.


Fitted face masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 indoors regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking. Click HERE for full COVID-19 protocol.

Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: Opera Today and Tomorrow

Come meet Bel Canto Boot Camp in person! In collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, BCBC explores this fall’s Met: Live in HD repertoire. Bel Canto Boot Camp aims to unite the rich traditions of the past with the exciting productions in today’s opera house.

Join the conversation with BCBC co-founders, Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, as we discuss the current trends in opera – musical, dramatic and visual. How do we define opera in 2021? How does the present shape our experience of the past? And our expectations of the future? 

This program is presented in tandem with The Met: Live in HD screening of Fire Shut Up In My Bones. A complimentary coffee from our eAT Coffee Bar will be available for all participants between the lecture and screening.


Guests attending programs indoors in the John Drew Theater must show proof of full vaccination. Click HERE for full  COVID-19 protocol for guests.

Community Artist-in-Residence Showcase: East End Native

Andrina Wekontash Smith, Shinnecock Storyteller and performer, explores the intersection of race and class on the East End. Part one-woman show, part panel discussion, East End Native will dive into the complicated history through the unique lens of her personal narrative. Spoken word, monologues, and storytelling will comprise of the first half, and in the second she will moderate a conversation with influential leaders fighting for representation for all of the East End’s residents. Panelists include Minerva Perez, Executive Director OLA of Eastern Long Island, Dyashwa Sylvester, Director, Shinnecock Youth Clubhouse, and London Bess, Shinnecock High School Student.

East End Native is a benefit performance for the Shinnecock Youth Clubhouse and Guild Hall Learning & Public Engagement initiatives. The Shinnecock Youth Clubhouse provides an open space where cultural and educational programming are introduced as alternatives to drug and alcohol use. The clubhouse enhances and provides support for the physical, social, emotional, mental, spiritual, and financial wellbeing of the Shinnecock Youth.

This program is the culminating showcase of Andrina Wekontash Smith’s 2021 Community Artist-in-Residence.

The eAT Coffee Bar will be open for drinks and refreshments!


Guests attending programs indoors in the John Drew Theater must show proof of full vaccination. Click HERE for full  COVID-19 protocol for guests.

Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: The Russian Chorus

Come meet Bel Canto Boot Camp in person! In collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, BCBC explores this fall’s Met: Live in HD repertoire. Bel Canto Boot Camp aims to unite the rich traditions of the past with the exciting productions in today’s opera house.

Join BCBC co-founders Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff as they explore the rich tradition of Russian choral singing. In operas with political plots the chorus provides the social context in which the action takes place. Many voices together provide the voice of different nations, peoples, and social classes, sometimes wanting different outcomes. The chorus paints the picture of what the people believe, think, and want.

This program is presented in tandem with The Met: Live in HD screening of Boris Gudonov (encore screening). A complimentary coffee from our eAT Coffee Bar will be available for all participants between the lecture and screening.


Guests attending programs indoors in the John Drew Theater must show proof of full vaccination. Click HERE for full  COVID-19 protocol for guests.

Apex Ape

Apex Ape is an experimental film, and original creature that explores the changing American image through the lens of local legend. Inspired by interviews with East End residents and video archives from LTVApex Ape examines societal decay through impressionistic cinematography, treating our familiar landscape as a living organism. As viewers are confronted with the husks of our past, they may even catch sight of the illusive Ape, a cryptid-inspired manifestation of those left behind in a rapidly changing habitat.

Apex Ape was created as part of Guild Hall’s 2021Community Artist-in-Residence program. The film will be installed as a multi-channel video installation in our Minikes Garden, allowing the public to enter the film at any time throughout the evening.

THE TILE CLUB: Open Studio Painting Workshop with Artist Scott Bluedorn

Community Artist-In-Residence Scott Bluedorn will lead a series of open studio painting workshops in Guild Hall’s Minikes Garden as a part of his residency project.  Scott’s project is focused on the history, practice, and revitalization of “The Tile Club;” a group of artists from the late 19th century, who met and painted on decorative tiles, often en plein air, on the Eastern End of Long Island.

Scott will host these open studios once a month during the extended Museum hours on Saturdays in June, July and August. During these free workshops our concessions will be open and artists will paint on tiles provided by Guild Hall and are asked to bring their own acrylic paints, brushes, water jar, and palette. We ask that each participant gives at least one tile to Guild Hall to be included in a final installation culminating this project in the Fall of 2021.

This program will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather. Face coverings and social distancing will be required indoors.