Guild Hall unveils two new art initiatives this week: Guild Gathering, a bi-monthly event for East End creatives, and a new exhibition series that will showcase area artists. Guild Gathering: Creative Networking Night is half presentation program and half in-person social networking with a singular goal of fostering awareness and connections to artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, poets, writers, designers, curators and other creatives based in East Hampton Town and the East End at large, according to the museum.

Guild Gathering: is co-presented with the East Hampton Arts Council, an advisory committee to East Hampton Town’s political boards. The committee is headed by Kate Mueth, a choreographer and founder of the female dance theater company Neo-Political Cowgirls, and Jane Martin, visual artist and filmmaker. Guild Gathering takes place on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Guild Hall’s Boots Lamb Education Center. Presenters are Annette Danto (filmmaker); Dalton Portella (artist, musician); Charles Ly (artist); Alex Mankiewicz (illustrator, filmmaker) and Lisa Trivell (artist, healer).

Guild Gathering has been around 9 months in the making and isn’t inspired by the Parrish’s popular PechaKucha Night Hamptons or influenced by the arrival of its founder, Andrea Grover, as Guild Hall’s new executive director, said Stephanie deTroy Miller, Guild Hall’s Registrar/Curatorial Assistant/Lewis B. Cullman Associate for Museum Education. It’s actually inspired by a composite of programming presented at museums around the country, including El Museo del Barrio in New York and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), by way of developing something unique for Guild Hall, said Miller.

Guild Gathering is the brainchild of Miller and Esperanza Leon, Guild Hall’s Education Committee Chair and a museum trustee. The goal of the Education Committee is to extend the museum’s reach into the community and increase diversification of the museum’s audience in age and cultural interests, according to Miller.

“I hope Guild Gathering kicks off strong and gets things going,” said Miller. “I hope artists meet other creative individuals and maybe find people to collaborate with on projects and make connections with other local people who are here and are super talented. I also hope people have some fun and this becomes something people talk about and look forward to.”

The debut of Guild Gathering also provides a direct connection to the museum’s new exhibition series presented in a repurposed exhibition space:  the passageway leading from the museum’s galleries to the Boots Lamb Education Center. Most recently, the walls presented posters designed by artists for Guild Hall. Past installations have also operated as additional exhibition space for museum shows. On Thursday, the space will be inaugurated as a new spot for local artists with a solo show of drawings and paintings by Charles Ly, who is also a presenter at Guild Gatherings.

“Charles Ly: Humans and Hides” opens immediately before Guild Gatherings with an Opening Reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Presented in the Exhibition Corridor through November 5, 2016, Ly exhibits new art works that combine design patterns with surrealism to create a series of intricate drawings and paintings.

The exhibition schedule for the new space is in formation but at least two shows per year are expected, said Miller. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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"Tire Tracks" by Charles Ly, 2016. Pen and ink on paper, 5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of Guild Hall.

"Tire Tracks" by Charles Ly, 2016. Pen and ink on paper, 5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of Guild Hall.

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"Melt" by Charles Ly, 2015. Oil on linen on wood, 5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of Guild Hall.

"Melt" by Charles Ly, 2015. Oil on linen on wood, 5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of Guild Hall.

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"Hair Study" by Charles Ly, 2015. Oil on linen on wood, 5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of Guild Hall.

"Hair Study" by Charles Ly, 2015. Oil on linen on wood, 5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of Guild Hall.

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BASIC FACTS: Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.

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