Get a sneak peek at the final phases of restoration of the Thomas Moran and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio on Friday, July 29. There will be a benefit cocktail party from 6-8PM, where today’s East End artists will gather. Benefit Committee members include Cindy Sherman, Larry Gagosian, Kim Cattrall, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Nicole Miller, Edwina von Gal, Ralph Gibson, Mary Jane Marcasiano, and Neda Young, among others.
All proceeds from the Midsummer Benefit Cocktail Party at the Moran Studio will go toward the completion of the restoration, which began in 2012.
So who were the Morans, anyway? In 1885, the great landscape painter Thomas Moran and his wife, Mary Nimmo Moran, a celebrated printmaker, and their children moved into their new studio and house that Moran himself designed on Main Street in East Hampton.
This was the first art studio build in East Hampton and it became the center of the art colony. Executive Director of the Trust Richard Barons says, "It is really the Morans who jump-started East Hampton as an artist’s colony. Their extraordinary Victorian turreted studio, built in 1884, will be a center for the story of artists, landscapes, and seascapes, and is why the South Fork lured painters to this beautiful tip of Long Island."
Tickets for the Midsummer Benefit Cocktail Party at the Moran Studio start at $250 and can be bought online or by calling the office of the Thomas Moran Trust at 631-324-0100.
- Thomas Moran Trust [Official]