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Guild Hall of East Hampton, the premier cultural institution of its kind on Long Island's East End, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its prestigious Academy of the Arts Awards with a glittering fete for the leading lights of performing, visual and literary arts that was more a family affair than stodgy award show.

The 200 member Guild Hall Academy of the Arts - a veritable who's who in arts & letters chose to honor with Lifetime Achievement Awards composer/lyricist Sheldon Harnick for Performing Arts, novelist Louis Begley for Literary Arts, photographer/artist Cindy Sherman for Visual Arts and real estate developer and philanthropist Marshall Rose for Lifelong Patron of the Arts.

The gala not only paid tribute to this year's honorees but also to the over 60 artists who have been singled out over the past 19 years for sustained excellence in their field. Members of an extraordinary collective of talent on the East End, previous award recipients include such luminaries as Robert A. M. Stern, Chuck Close, Steven Spielberg, George Plimpton, Edward Albee, Lauren Bacall, Itzhak Perlman, Jerome Robbins, Sidney Lumet, Cy Coleman, Betty Friedan, Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher, Kurt Vonnegut and Willem de Kooning.

The over 230 painters and playwrights, actors and authors, sculptors and storytellers and of course their patrons and fans transformed the Art Deco Rainbow Room into a glittering almost turn of the century salon for an evening to honor their neighbors from the vibrant artistic community in the Hamptons.

Under the dynamic leadership of gala Co-chairs Leila and Melville (Mickey) Straus, Chairman, Board of Trustees Guild Hall, Pamela and Edward Pantzer, Peggy and Henry Schleiff, Claude and Bruce Wasserstein, as well as, Roy Furman, President of the Academy of the Arts and, Ruth Appelhof, Guild Hall Executive Director, the gathering was a festive celebration of world-class artistic talent.

One of Guild Hall's and ABC TV The View's favorite funny ladies, six-time MAC Award winner and comedian Angela LaGreca, kept the evening moving at a fast and funny pace.

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman presented to Sheldon Harnick, 60 Minutes creator Don Hewitt (Lifetime Achievement Honoree. 2002) presented to his old pal, Marshall Rose; internationally acclaimed artist Robert Longo to best friend Cindy Sherman and Knopf Publishing senior editor George Andreou to his star author Louis Begley.

Broadway producer Roy Furman, President of the Academy of the Arts, commenting on the rich artistic heritage of the community noted "For the past two decades the Academy has recognized world-class talent in the performing, visual and literary arts and all of this talent hails from our own backyard".

Photos by Barry Gordin



Artists Richard Longo and Cindy Sherman

Candice Bergen with husband Marshall Rose and Executive Director Guild Hall Ruth Appelhof

Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley

Don Hewitt Dina Merrill with Candice Bergen

Emcee Angela LaGreca Sheldon Harnick and co-chair Melville Mickey Straus

Guild Hall Trustee Patti Askwith Kenner

Honoree Louis Begley

Honoree Sheldon Harnick with Presenter Marsha Norman

Judith Hope and Tom Twomey

Marshall Rose displays award from Guild Hall Academy of the Arts for Lifelong Patron of the Arts

Melissa Cohn with Jack Hayflick

Ninah and New Line Cinema CEO Michael Lynne

Richard and Renee Steinberg

Sheldon Harnick Congratulates Louis Begley with Marshall Rose

Sheldon Harnick with John Wegorzewski

Sheldon Harnick with wife Margery

Trustee Louis Sanders with wife Ali

New Line Cinema CEO Michael Lynne with honoree Cindy Sherman

Award winning filmmaker Albert Maysles

Candice Bergen and her husband honoree Marshall Rose

Gala Co chairs Court TV Henry Schleiff and wife Peggy

Caroline Hirsch Andrew Fox Arlene Alda

Candice Bergen with emcee Angela LaGreca

Jerry Della Femina with presenter Don Hewitt

Louis Begley with Co chairs Leila and Mickey Straus

Trustee Patti Kenner makes a point to award winner Cindy Sherman


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