Every summer since 1994, the Oysterponds Historical Society has held its Summer Fine Art auction, with the proceeds benefiting OHS’s mission.

This summer, the pandemic has forced all not-for-profits to think outside of the box in terms of fundraising events. OHS has chosen to go forward with a new outreach: inviting the entire community to anonymously submit illustrated postcards that will auctioned off online starting on Aug. 31.

The OHS “Secret Postcard Project, Wish You Were Here!” is an experience that showcases the Orient’s community’s collective talent—artists and non-artists alike.

Some of the postcards already submitted to the project.

Impressive postcard creations have been pouring in and OHS staff are heartened to see the community is having a great deal of fun participating.

“This year is an unprecedented time in everyone’s life. We are affected as individuals and as communities: locally, nationally and globally,” says OHS Executive Director Sarah Sands. “We are necessarily separated by circumstance, but it is heartening to see that together we can all rise to the challenge. So far, the postcard entries have been even more creative and inspired than we could’ve imagined. Oysterponds Historical Society is extremely grateful for the exceptional generosity and creativity shown by all the participants—accomplished artists and weekend illustrators alike.”

Although the stated deadline for entries is Aug.15, OHS will be accepting new submissions up until the bidding starts.

For details on how to participate, check out OHS’s website, https://oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org/.

The online bidding starts Aug. 31, but auction items are viewable now online at http://www.postcard.givesmart.com/.

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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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