Long Island Museum Honors Arts Advocates at Annual Gala, November 4

LIM Honors Arts Advocates at Annual Gala

Saturday, November 4, 2017


The Long Island Museum will kick off the holiday season with its annual Holiday Celebration Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. This year the museum will honor Linda U. Margolin, Esq. of MargolinBesunder LLP. D. Frederick Baker will receive the Patron of the Arts award.
Linda U. Margolin, Esq. is themanaging partner of MargolinBesunder, LLP, of Islandia, which she co-founded in 1986. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation, land use and municipal law, representing clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes in both state and federal courts, and in land use and zoning matters in towns and villages across Long Island. Linda co-chairs the Land Use and Environmental Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association and lectures for the Suffolk Academy of Law and NYSBA on topics involving both commercial litigation and land use. She is an active member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, and the Federal Bar Council. She is one of the co-authors of a widely hailed treatise on commercial litigation.
Linda’srelationship with the Long Island Museum stretches back almost 25 years. She represented the LIM in legal matters regarding the design and construction of the Carriage Museum and provided guidance when the Museum became the steward of the Ploch property next to the William Sidney Mount House.   She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2011, sits on the Collections Committee and chairs the Audit Committee. Her legal expertise, keen business acumen, and commitment to community have been great assets to the Museum. Her exemplary leadership has helped advance the LIM’s role as a cultural arts leader on Long Island.
Linda has lived in the Three Villages since 1976, when she moved here with her husband, Robert. They have two sons, Matt and Tim.
D. Frederick Baker was born and raised in Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having majored in psychology, attended Ohio State University graduate school, and served as a lieutenant in the Air Force, assigned to the Aerospace Medical Research facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force base, Dayton, Ohio. This was one of the units involved in preparing astronauts for the first U. S. space missions. His last and final tour was to an air force research group stationed at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks,
He then moved to New York where he had a long and diverse career in advertising, retiring as senior vice-president of consumer research at McCann-Erickson advertising agency. During these years he also produced a play off Broadway, and with Ron Pisano collected primarily late 19thand early 20 century American art, all of which has been or will be given to museums, as The Baker/Pisano Collection.
After the untimely death of Ron Pisano, Fred completed and over saw the publication of Ron’s The Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)Yale University Press. His roots in New York date back to his 7th great grandfather, Pieter Casper van Nearden Mabie, who emigrated from Holland to New Amsterdam in the late 1630s.
The Holiday Celebration Gala is the museum’s largest annual fundraiser, traditionally raising more than $100,000 for the museum’s world-class exhibitions and educational programs. The Holiday Celebration exhibition is a favorite for museum visitors and marks the beginning of the holiday season in Stony Brook. The Visitors Center is transformed into a magical winter wonderland with the display of original artwork, unique gift items and holiday décor. The exhibition and will remain on display through November 12 and any items not sold at the Gala will be available for purchase to the general public. For information about how to support Holiday Celebration, please visit longislandmuseum.org or call (631) 751-0066 x247.

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Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5. For more information about programs and exhibitions, please call 631-751-0066or visit the museum website at www.longislandmuseum.org.

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