On October 15, stop by the intimate Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett to enjoy the Maui Strong fundraiser, featuring an impressive lineup of musicians: Klyph Black, Joe Delia, Inda Eaton, Mama Lee, Bosco, Winston Irie, Al Buonanno, Denny McDermott, Max Louis and more. The event will begin with a video blessing and chant from revered Hawaiian kumu, Aulii Mitchell.
An art fundraiser, Small Works for a Big Cause, will take place on October 20, at ABNY Gallery at 62 Newtown Lane in East Hampton. The event will feature a silent auction of more than 30 works donated by the generous East End Art community. All proceeds from this auction will go to a project titled Maui Art Bags, the brainchild of Colleen McGowan in partnership with the Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation, providing art kits to the traumatized children of Lahaina.
“I moved to Maui after retiring. I was deeply impressed with Hawaiian art and culture and how they’re revered as a source of resilience and strength. After this year’s catastrophic fires I knew art could be a way to help these kids to regain some sense of normalcy,” says McGowan, a former Springs art teacher. “Many have lost homes, schools and community centers and are living in shelters or hotels with few possessions or outlets for expression. Art can be effective therapy to cope with trauma and stress. Creativity in a safe environment can build understanding and guide them to express and release their emotions.”