Haitian Art Returns to the Three Village Community
Over 250 original Haitian paintings and a vast array of unique handcrafts will infuse the St. James R.C. Church with an atmosphere of magic and joy on the weekend of November 20, 21 and 22. Volunteers from the Vassar Haiti Project will partner with the Church to host a weekend sale celebrating Haitian art and culture. The event seeks to raise funds for a K through 6th elementary school in Chermaitre, Haiti.. Funds will go towards the lunch program, subsidizing equipment for the children, and teachers’ salaries.
The event is free and open to the public, with handcrafts starting at $5 and paintings at $50. All sales are 50% tax deductible.
Sale times are as follows:
Opening Reception: Friday November 20 7pm-9pm
Saturday November 21 10am-6:30pm
Sunday November 22 9am-1pm
Directions to St. James:
Direction from the West:
Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 62 (Nicolls Road) heading north towards Stony Brook. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church. Alternatively, take Northern State Parkway east until the end. When the road forks, take the left fork to Route 347 (Port Jefferson). At the intersection of Nicolls Road (CR 97) and Route 347 make a left. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church.
Direction from the East:
Take Route 347 to Nicolls Road. Turn right onto Nicolls Road heading north. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church.
Over the past 14 years, the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), based at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has engaged local communities in support of Haitian artists, and of sustainable development in Haiti.
This will be the second art sale VHP has held in Setauket. The sale is a collaborative effort between VHP and various groups in the Setauket community. Jeanine Morelli, MD, a member of the St. James Church and organizer of the event, believes in the power of human relationships: “By giving of my time to the Vassar Haiti Project, I feel connected to something bigger than myself. VHP has created something that connects all of us, from Haiti to Poughkeepsie to the Three Village Community, from the young students to the patrons, through the beauty of art and the kindness and generosity of those who give their time, treasure or talents.”
Students who took part in the first Setauket Art Sale found it deeply rewarding. Jenna Amlani, a Vassar student recollects, "One of the most notable aspects of VHP's last art sale in Setauket was how many people were involved in making it happen. We had local junior high school students distributing flyers and playing music, Vassar students and alumni hosting and cashiering, and of course, our fabulous partner, Jeanine Morelli, making sure all of the puzzle pieces came together. It was a great opportunity to share our project with new friends and I can't wait for this year's sale!”
St. James students who volunteered to play music had this to say, “It was a fun and rewarding experience," Pina Than said. "We got to see all the beautiful artwork and jewelry and the volunteers from Vassar were nice, friendly, and they knew all about the artists and some had been to Haiti and could explain how the money collected was going to be used."
"It was a lot of fun to provide background music because people enjoyed the music and the art," Luigia Than said. "One little boy danced while we played. People enjoyed themselves and we helped to make their experience more joyful."
"It's the kind of volunteer experience where everybody shares their talents to help people in need," The girls agreed. "We all have a great time and we learn a lot about ourselves and others."
All welcome! The sale will be held at St. James R.C. Church, Parish Center, 429 Route 25A, Setauket, NY 11733.
For more information, please call 845.797.2123.