Parrish Art Museum’s Spring Fling Benefit Raises Over $120,000

Deirdre Humen, Aleksandra Kardwell, Cuisine Symona, Evelina Miles
photo by Rob Rich/

The annual meeting of the Parrish Art Museum spring fantasy the community celebration, fundraiser and networking event on Saturday, April 30 drew nearly 300 revelers and raised more than $120,000 to support Parrish’s educational programs for children and adults throughout the year. The 2022 co-chairs were Maryanne Horwath and Laura Wynne.

spring fantasy guests danced to music by DJ Marc Bauman at the Lichtenstein Theater, bid on the Silent Auction in the lobby, enjoyed past hors d’oeuvres and small tasting plates in the lobby and theater served by Elegant Affairs, and explored the critically acclaimed exhibition An Art of Change: Prints by Jasper Johns, 1960 – 2018, an illuminating investigation into the six decades of printmaking practiced by the leading artist. The silent auction offered unique goods and services donated by the East End’s business and professional community, including luxury handbags and designer accessories, gift certificates for restaurants and local businesses , decorative objects and works of art from artists and artisans, as well as an array of unique spa, sporting and educational experiences in the East End.

A Parrish tradition for nearly three decades, spring fantasy raises over $100,000 a year for education programs, including Parrish Access, which offers specially designed learning experiences for youth and adults with varying needs and abilities, including children with autism and those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or Parkinson’s disease, as well as their care partners. The event also supports year-round school collaborations, tours, studio activities, programs developed with regional educators, after-school art workshops, school vacation programs, weekly open studios for families and teens, bilingual family tours and the annual student exhibit.

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Reggie S. Williams