Guild Hall summer gala celebrates abstract art exhibit.

Ellsworth Kelly In The Hamptons

The Guild Hall Summer Gala will be held on Friday, August 10, from 5 to 11 PM. The event will celebrate the museum’s exhibit “Ellsworth Kelly in the Hamptons.”

“Ellsworth Kelly in the Hamptons” is an exhibition of works by Kelly — one of America’s most significant abstract artists — that were created on the East End. Kelly’s sabbaticals in the Hamptons during the 1960s were pivotal in the artist’s career, which spanned six decades. During the time spent on the East End he created paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs. These works include studies of plants, flowers, horseshoe crabs, and images of local barns. This exhibit will be the first of its kind, displaying this particular body of work by the artist. The works in the exhibit highlight yet another important chapter in the history of American art that is rooted in the East End.

Friday’s gala will honor long-time supporter of women in politics, Judith Hope Twomey. Twomey has served as the East Hampton Town supervisor — the first woman to be elected to that office on Long Island. She was the first woman appointments officer to a New York Governor, and the first woman chair of the New York Democratic Party. She has also been a supporter of the arts for decades.

Well-known painter, John Alexander, will emcee the evening. Alexander was the 2013 recipient of the Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award. DJ duo AndrewAndrew will provide the music. Guests are encouraged to don “bold colors” as their attire. The event will also feature an auction filled with luxurious experiences.

Following the gala, the exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, August 11, through Monday, October 8. For tickets and more info, visit www.guildhall.org.