LongHouse Reserve Enchants With “On Gossamer Wings”
With the traffic, crowds, meltdowns over egg white omelets at delis and more mindless entitlement than the court of Louis XIV, there is one oasis in the Hamptons guaranteed to ensure serenity – the LongHouse Reserve. This sixteen acre oasis of verdant sculpture gardens and exhibits can calm even the most extreme type A personality. At their annual fundraiser “On Gossamer Wings,” guests were greeted with the soothing sound of strings, a cold glass of champagne, and a luxurious walk through beautifully manicured gardens complemented by striking sculpture.
Honorary Chairs included a who’s who of the art world: Edward Albee, Laurie Anderson, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Richard Meier, Julianne Moore, Nico Muhly, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Slifka, and Robert Wilson. Founder Jack Lenor Larsen also greeted guests. The supporters enthusiastically embraced the flowy black and white theme in various creative ways (including debunking with vibrant red.)
This year honored artist Kiki Smith’s whose sculptures can be found around the grounds along with others by artists such as Dale Chihuly and Yoko Ono. Her white chess set is a reminder of peace and a world where maybe we only need white hats (unless of course it’s a fetching black Philip Treacy.) There was even a special “wishing tree” Yoko Ono established where guests could write down and attach their deepest desires.
The silent auction is always a highlight with an astounding array of works from artists such as Cindy Sherman, Joe Pintauro, Ross Bleckner, Roberto Dutesco, and Christo.
Future events at the LongHouse Reserve include open days Wed. through Sat. from 2 to 5 and Sound Meditation Sat. mornings at 8am. There is a special opening reception for Surf Craft July 31st and on August 7th guests will be treated to the Voxare Quartet. Check the website for tickets.
Best yet, become a member and have special access to this very special secret garden. Deli lines and parking lots will feel like no problem at all after visiting this zen sanctuary.