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LongHouse Reserve 2018 Rites of Spring
and Renaming of Amphitheater



Photo by:  Richard Lewin

 Photo by: Richard Lewin

LongHouse Reserve Celebrated 2018 Rites of Spring
and Renaming of Amphitheater 

Guests explored New Artist Installations: 
Judith Shea and Orly Genger  

May 2, 2018 - This past weekend, LongHouse Reserve celebrated its 2018 season with Rites of Spring on Saturday with over 500 guests attending the day's festivities. The East Hampton organization had over 300 guests attend the renaming of the Amphitheater to the memory of playwright Edward Albee (1928-2016), in what would have been his 90th birth year. Academy Award winning actress Mercedes Ruehl performed the dedication with friend and fellow actor Harris Yulin. Former NEA Chair Jane Alexander spoke. The dedication will be followed by the launch of the Edward Albee Memorial Fund for art purchases. Throughout the day, guests were able to view that an exhibition of figurative works by American artist Judith Shea which is on view at the LongHouse Pavilion. A site specific work by artist Orly Genger was unveiled in the garden. 

Throughout the day, a video of Albee reading at LongHouse with Elaine Stritch was played. The reading was held in 2001, the year LongHouse honored Albee. LongHouse Award was initiated in 2001 at our first full-fledged benefit.  The LongHouse gardens were in full bloom with daffodils. 

Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) was a longtime friend of Longhouse. Jack Lenor Larsen, LongHouse Founder and world-renowned textile designer, had a deep friendship with Edward dating back to the 1950s when they both came to live in Manhattan.  As a Montauk resident, Edward came often to Longhouse. He served on LongHouse’s arts committee since its inception 27 years ago. Edward performed and read in the Amphitheater many times, hosted dialogues (including one with Robert Wilson), hosted galas, and even his 80th birthday. LongHouse staff and trustees were present for the dedication.

About LongHouse Reserve
LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all forms. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life. LongHouse Reserve is a 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden located in East Hampton, NY, featuring pieces from Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning to name a few. Open to members and to the public for a small fee.  

What's ahead this season at LongHouse Reserve... 

National Public Gardens Day - Friday, May 11, 2018
Enjoy free admission as we celebrate National Public Gardens Day. Our horticulturist, Alex Feleppa will lead a garden walk, which is sold out. 

Family Day- Saturday, May 12, 2018
Our Fifth annual Family Day will take place on May 12. Have as much fun getting to know us as we will have getting to know you and your family.

It’s an exciting day filled with activities, music, tours of our gardens. Our 2018 Hand in Hand, a family interactive treasure hunt in the gardens, will make its season debut and will be available to all upon entering. Get your cameras ready. We have the Quogue Wildlife Refuge coming with an amazing Eastern Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl for all to meet. We will also have the multi-talented Gian Carlo Feleppa here with all his instruments for music, movement and more. We hope to greet many first timers to LongHouse and welcome back those who are already part of our LongHouse family.

FREE Admission for All Families

Ikebana With Julie Jensen - May 19, 2018
JULIE JENSEN has been a Sogetsu Ikebana practitioner for more than 30 years. She took her  rst lesson at the Smithsonian Institution as part of its adult education program and was hooked. She continues her studies today with her teacher, Jane Redmond. The Sogetsu School believes that anyone can arrange  owers anywhere, a philosophy Julie has adopted. She was dropped at a corner in Washington DC for her  nal project before becom- ing a teacher where she had to come up with at least 2 arrangements. She succeeded and is now a teacher second grade and has exhibited at many places including the US Botanical Garden, The Torpedo Factory and the Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville.

For more information on Sogetsu visit
Tickets are $30; $15 members

Salon on the Lawn- Saturday, May 26, 2018
The second annual Salon on the Lawn, organized by the LongHouse Junior Council will feature the theme, "The Curator's Collection." The evening will feature visual performance art and share select pieces by local artists.
Food provided by Peter Ambrose of Endless Summer Event Catering and there will be a live musical performance by Hot Club of Montauk.

$50; $35 members
Complimentary admission for first time members who join in 2018
For more information, call (631) 329-3568

Planters: ON+OFF The Ground IX- Saturday, June 23, 2018
The 2018 season will bring the return of one of our most popular horticultural events, Planters: ON+OFF the
Ground IX. We invite artists, landscape designers, architects, nurserymen, and key gardeners to combine plants and vessels in creative and unusual ways. Exhibitors must work within a speci c footprint, otherwise the sky is the limit, quite literally! This year’s theme will be “Freedom in 25 Square Feet”.

The opening reception and awards presentation will take place on Saturday, June 23rd, 4:30 to 7pm. The exhibition will remain on display in the Squash Court through the summer gala on July 21. Landscape architect/designer, Edmond Hollander, will present the awards. The opening day audiences will cast votes for the highlight of the afternoon, the People’s Choice Award. 

$20; $10 members

2018 LongHouse Summer Benefit- Saturday, July 21, 2018
LongHouse Art Leadership Award honoree: Joe Melillo
LongHouse Award honoree: Dustin Yellin

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