By: Isa Goldberg
I saw Elvis. Others with peace signs, and still others wearing tie-dye were dancing to The Fabulous Sixties Rock Show, tossing rings at bottles of wine – hoping to win one, and rubbing shoulders around the bar. The Retreat’s 18th annual Artist Against Abuse benefit, an evening painted fabulously psychedelic, drew a crowd of apparently ageing hippies and their youthful imitators to Bridgehampton’s Ross School Lower Campus Field House on Saturday, June 22nd.
Highlights included a live auction of works by noteworthy artists including William King’s 72" tall wood sculpture of a woman in standing pose, commentary from Executive Director Jeffrey Friedman, Emcee Ann Liguori and host Bonnie Grice along with final remarks from keynote speaker Oksana Grigorieva, Mel Gibson’s ex girlfriend and a survivor of domestic violence.
Photography: Nanette Shaw