Guild Hall in East Hampton is asking the community to join them at Main Beach on four consecutive Saturday nights — Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. for a series of unmissable happenings, “Swept Away: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s),” at the water’s edge in front of the Pavilion. Attendees can watch or be an active participant and enjoy the evening’s festivities. 

“This community-oriented artistic project aims to create a transcontinental heartbeat across America,” says artist Warren Neidich, who is organizing the event. “It is hoped that through its combined gestures and performances, a sense of solidarity, so desperately missing today, will emerge with which to confront the ecological catastrophe at our doorstep.”

Seventy artists living on the East End and 70 west coast artists are participating in this community and family-based happening. Each artist has been linked up to a west coast artist who will email instructions – a love letter – for a work of art that the local artist will incorporate into their performative piece, acting as a surrogate. They will create ephemeral performative gestures of immateriality or time-based works on the beach. This could be making a sandcastle, singing a song, reciting poetry, dancing, making a sculpture that interacts with the tide, collecting shells, doing a light projection on the pavilion, picking up garbage on the beach, etc.  The works could be political and deal with global warming and its effects on the water level or could talk about the natural beauty of the real world.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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