ACCABONAC HOUSE LAUNCH PARTY
Artistic Director Alex Kilgore hosted a launch party and first annual silent auction to benefit Accabonac House on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Ashawa
gh Hall (780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY). The silent auction featured art by Gibby Haynes, Jim Tozzi, and Dan Witz, with music by Invisible Familiars, and a special performance of Happy Hour by Monica Bill Barnes Company. In keeping with Accabonac House’s mission to bring great work to Springs, the evening was free and open to the public.
Proceeds from the Silent Auction supported Accabonac House’s mission to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work alone or collaboratively without interruption in a supportive environment. Accabonac House is particularly interested in the narrative voice and how different disciplines deal with storytelling. Accabonac House offers residencies to playwrights, actors, directors, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and artists to foster mutual inspiration across different disciplines and generate new work for stage and screen.
Accabonac House is a year-round interdisciplinary artists retreat dedicated to the memory of Lisa de Kooning, who spent part of her childhood in the house, located in the heart of Historic Spring/East Hampton. Her father, the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, traded a painting for the property in 1961, which served as his first studio in Springs as well as a home for his only child, Lisa and her mother the illustrator, Joan Ward. "I think Lisa would be happy with this lineup of great artists from different disciplines coming together to enrich the community. She was all about community," Kilgore said. Writers, actors, directors, musicians, dancers, artists, and filmmakers will meet at the house for the retreat to create and collaborate on new works for the stage and screen. Board members include Annie Baker, Adam Rapp, Gina Gionfriddo, Marsha Norman, Rachael Horovitz, Neena Beber, Alex Kilgore, Danny Fuller, Gibby Haynes, Monica Bill Barnes, Laurie Beckelman, Paul Sparks, Annie Parisse, David Wilson Barnes, Jim Tozzi, Isabel de
Kooning Villeneuve, Emma de Kooning Villeneuve, and Lucy de Kooning Villeneuve.
For more information on the Accabonac House, visit www.accabonachouse.com
Photography: Joan Kraisky, Valerie Brea Ross and David Wilson Barnes
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