The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, Page Restaurant and eBay are holding an online art auction for the restoration of the cinema, which will cumulate in a party throughout Sag Harbor on Tumbleweed Tuesday, Sept. 3.

This auction, sponsored by eBay CEO Devin Wenig, will feature about 60 works of art by internationally known artist including Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, Ralph Gibson, Susan Meiselas and Laurie Simmons, along with experiences including golf foursomes (The Bridge, The Atlantic, The National Golf Links of America), dinners at some of the best Sag Harbor restaurants, private yoga class with yoga gurus Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, shopping at Urban Zen and LoveShackFancy, vacations in San Miguel de Allende & London, opening night at the New York Film Festival and backstage tickets for “Wicked” on Broadway and Saturday Night Live.

The auction went live on Aug. 28 and will end on Sept. 4, with a village-wide party on “Tumbleweed Tuesday”, Sept. 3. The party will take place in the center of the village at Page Restaurant at 63 Main from 5 to 10 p.m., with a cash bar, free popcorn (of course!) and plentiful hors d’oeuvres.

The event is in celebration of and to raise funds for the restoration of the Sag Harbor Cinema, destroyed by fire just before Christmas in 2016. The new non-profit that bought the property hopes to reopen the theater before Christmas, 2019 as a restored and state-of-the-art cinema showing both crowd pleasers and the art house films for which it was always known.

The Laura Grenning, Sara Nightingale and Julie Keyes Galleries will host the art auction on Sept. 3 to coincide with the party at Page Restaurant. Work will be on view at the galleries from 2 to 8 p.m. and volunteers will help facilitate bidding for the public. 

The Grenning Gallery and the Sara Nightingale Gallery are at 26 Main Street and the Julie Keyes gallery is at 53 Main Street.

The price of the artworks will range from $250 to $50,000. Bidding on experiences will be available at the same time online through eBay.

Merchants on Main Street have agreed to keep their doors open later than usual for a community-wide celebration. 

In conjunction with the party, Sylvester & Co. at 103 Main Street will host Don Lenzer’s Sag Noir photographic portfolio, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets to the festivites are not necessary, and the public is warmly invited. The organizers say the rebuilding of the Sag Harbor Cinema is a community effort, which will serve the entire East End when it is completed.

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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