Thursday, July 17, 2014

Art & Charity

We love being invited to stylish events and in the Hamptons...well, that's a bonus for sure! Mixed media artist Ben Moon and the renowned artist William Quigley, known as “The Pleasurists,” joined together to bring the Hamptons their second annual soiree, “Mash-Up Society,” last Friday. It was a celebratory event featuring a unique composition of sights and sounds. This fusion of art and music can be best described as a mystical musical visual wonderland.

The festivities were held at Skrapper Studios – an urban design studio located down the alley of Schenck Fuels. Guests had the opportunity to view Moon’s new works from his Before/After series and Quigley’s new celebrity portraits of Mick Jagger and Ethan Hawke. Additionally, the work of local fledgling painter Alex George McCue was also debuted at the exhibit. Moon displayed his signature “ROKLYFE” visuals while DJ Monikkr spun upbeat tracks all night long. There was also a special live performance by RockStarlet Bella Saona of “Bella and The Beast.” Who doesn't love a fabulous party in the Hamptons?
Artist Ben Moon and Car Collector Frank Marzano stand with 1985 Rolls Royce “Silver Spur,” hand painted by Moon, to be auctioned off for charity

This event was tied to a special cause. Moon and Quigley started the “Sip to the Soldiers” campaign as a way to raise awareness and money for the Soldier Ride, a Wounded Warriors event in Amagansett on July 19th. Now through July 19th, proceeds of prints and merchandise sales are being donated to the charity. Local restaurants are also involved for the cause - Talkhouse, BlueParrot and Casamigos Tequila are all on board to help raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project with a percentage of sales from signature cocktails being donated to the charity.

A custom painted 1985 Rolls Royce "Silver Spur" made its debut appearance at the party. The car, owned by New York Collector Frank Marzano, was prepped with a special temporary paint known as "plastic dip" and painted by Moon with his signature black and white designs.  This car will be making several appearances throughout the summer, the next being the Soldier Ride on July 19th, and auctioned at the end of the summer, with 100% of proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors charity.

Cocktails for supporters were provided courtesy of Casamigos Tequila and a feast was catered by the local Fierros Neighborhood Pizzeria.

Photo Credit: Photography Courtesy Neil Tandy, Image Photographers Inc.


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