JULY 2022


We are excited to launch “The Guild Flash,” 

a new monthly newsletter

where you can get caught up on Guild Hall happenings.



Artists Wunetu Wequai Tarrant, Christian Scheider, Guild Hall, and the Padoquohan Medicine Lodge were recently awarded the Artist Employment Program (AEP) grant from Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) for The First Literature Project. Designed to support employment opportunities for artists, the program is funding 98 collaborations involving a dynamic group of 300 artists employed by community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribal governments across New York State. CRNY has awarded a total of $49.9M in funding to support artists’ salaries and benefits, with an additional $11.7M in funding provided to the organizations holding employment. We can’t wait to update you on Wunetu and Christian’s project, which has already begun!



We are thrilled to honor philanthropist Kathy Rayner at the upcoming Summer Gala on Friday, August 19 at Mulford Farm in East Hampton. Mrs. Rayner will be recognized for her establishment of the Guild Hall William P. Rayner Artist-in-Residence program, in memory of her husband, artist Billy Rayner, which offers creative collectives the time and space to research, experiment, and develop new ideas while living on the East End.




In Residence from July 10 through July 27, 2022

Holland Andrews is an American vocalist, composer, and performance artist whose work focuses on the abstraction of operatic and extended-technique voice to build soundscapes encompassing both catharsis and dissonance.

Shayne Case has done graduate work in spirituality and consciousness studies, professional counseling with a focus in somatics, applied theology, and divinity studies. Shayne is a writer and a medicine person who has worked in her private practice for over 20 years.



If you’ve driven by 158 Main Street, you have very likely noticed some changes. We are excited to announce that the first section of the building to be upgraded is the staff offices, and that work is now underway. The new office, designed by Arrowstreet, was envisioned with collaboration in mind. Live feed projection will bring the theater, learning center, and gallery activities closer to our team as they work hard to realize our mission. With current trends in professional workspaces in mind, the office will have enhanced lighting and air quality, private phone rooms, flexible desk space, and a multipurpose communal area for our brilliant staff to brainstorm, socialize, and share coffee.



An Essay by George Negroponte

Written for NOW HERE, on view at the Amagansett U.S. Life-Saving Station through September 30

“Fake” is a nautical term meaning to coil or methodically arrange a rope “ready for running.” The word provides no clue as to the larger purpose of a faking box: it was a life-saving device primarily used in the 19th and early 20th centuries for rescuing sailors stranded at sea. A faking box was made of wood with dowels that organized a rope in a zig-zag pattern, ready to be used in an emergency. When in need, the faking box was turned upside down, and the rope was neatly deposited from its frame onto the ground…. – George Negroponte



What’s your name? Giulia Mascali

Where you are from? Sag Harbor, NY

What’s your role at Guild Hall: I’m the Grants and Donor Relations Manager.

Where did you go to school and what did you study? I graduated from Bard College in 2016 with a degree in Written Arts.

What’s your favorite Guild Hall program of the past? Philip Glass: Works for Piano.

What are you looking forward to this season? I am looking forward to attending Hamptons Dance Project IV.

What’s your passion? I am a grant writer by day, and an aspiring author by night. It was actually a moment on the John Drew Theater stage back in 2004 that solidified my decision to become a creative writer. When I was in the 5th grade, I received a trophy for a story I had written for The Independent’s Boo! Short & Scary Story contest, and the award ceremony was held at Guild Hall. The excitement and pride I felt while accepting my award put me on a path to pursuing writing as a profession. I am now editing my first book, and it feels so special to know I will finish my manuscript while working at the very institution that created that formative experience for me.



On Saturday, July 16 something earth shattering happened at LTV in Wainscott. The Missing Element took the stage for a mind-blowing display of dance and human generated music in a dynamic production presented in partnership with Works & Process at the Guggenheim and LTV. Leading up to Saturday’s performance, the dancers and beatboxers caused a stir at Main Beach in East Hampton and at Stephen Talkhouse with surprise pop-up performances. Additionally, they spent time working with children from Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center, many of whom also attended the program at LTV. In case you missed it, we have a pretty good feeling there will be more Missing Element in Guild Hall’s future!



Guild Hall and Bel Canto Boot Camp’s Resident Artist series returns to Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton on Saturday, July 30 at 7PM with POTIONS OF LOVE: BEL CANTO ARIAS & ENSEMBLES. Seven emerging artists join BCBC for an evening of beloved Bel Canto Scenes & Arias. Selections from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore will ground the recital with performances by South African soprano Brittany Smith, and Puerto Rican tenor Juan Hernandez, plus scenes and duets from the kings of Bel Canto, Rossini and Donizetti, and Italian art and folk songs.


Wunetu Wequai Tarrant, Photo: Kaylene Big Knife; Christian Scheider, Photo: First Literature Project. Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile’s story basket atop Sugar Loaf Hill, a sacred burial site overlooking Shinnecock territory. Photo credit: Phillip Lehans 

Executive Director Andrea Grover, Honoree Kathy Rayner, and Board Chairman Marty Cohen. Photo: Wil Weiss, 2021

Guild Hall William P. Rayner Artist-in-Residence 2022, Holland Andrews & Shayne Case. Photo: Joe Brondo for Guild Hall

Guild Hall office reference image by Arrowstreet, 2022.

Artists Bastienne Schmidt, Alice Hope, and Toni Ross with the faking box; part of NOW HERE, a Guild Hall: Offsite exhibition at the Amagansett Life-Saving Station, 2022. Photo: Joe Brondo for Guild Hall

Portrait of Guild Hall team member Giulia Mascali.

Guild Hall & LTV Present Works & Process OUT EAST: The Missing Element, 2022. Brian “Hallow Dreamz” Henry photo by Jessica Dalene Photography

Brittany Smith. Photo: Kayla Demi Pietersen


Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY), a project of the Tides Center, is a three-year, $125 million investment in the financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them. Guild Hall’s collaboration with artists Wunetu Wequai Tarrant and Christian Scheider, and the Padoquohan Medicine Lodge is made possible through support from CRNY’s Artist Employment Program.

Summer Gala Sponsor: First Republic Bank

Gala Media Partner: Hamptons Magazine

The Guild Hall William P. Rayner Artist-in-Residence program is sponsored by Kathy Rayner in memory of her husband, Billy Rayner.

Guild Hall & LTV Present Works & Process OUT EAST: The Missing Element was supported by Joyce F. Menschel, and Stephen Meringoff.

Additional Support: Kathleen Walsh and Gene Bernstein

Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim before the pandemic, The Missing Element was developed in Works & Process bubble residencies at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in August 2020 and March 2021, made possible through the generous support of the Mellon Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Guild Hall and BCBC’s Resident Artist Series Sponsors:

Principal Sponsor: V. Atkins Foundation

Additional support: Dr. Ralph Gibson, in memory of Andy Jacobyansky, who generously shared his passion, knowledge, and support for the opera 

NOW HERE is supported by Judi Caron, Jane Wesman and Don Savelson, with additional support by Judith Hope.

Theater Programming supported in part by The Schaffner Family Foundation and funding from The Melville Straus Family Endowment. Music Programming is supported in part by The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming.

Learning & Public Engagement programming is supported by The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, The Hearthland Foundation, Stephen Meringoff, Susan and Stephen Scherr, and funding from the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment. 

Guild Hall’s museum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, an anonymous donor, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.





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