Julia Louis Dreyfus

October 28, 2011 by staff 

Julia Louis Dreyfus, It may just be the hottest ticket in town. For 250, you get a glimpse into the private art gallery William Louis-Dreyfus, opened to the public for the first time on Sunday – and closing the same day, after two visits of 90 minutes.

Only 75 people will be allowed inside the gallery during each trip.

All money raised from the tours go to the Bedford Hills Free Library.

Although the location of the gallery is kept secret – for security reasons, says the chairman of the library Heide Shilstone – those who make reservations get an address to a building in the “shopping” in Mount Kisco.

Louis-Dreyfus, a former resident of Bedford Hills – and father of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus – has more than 3,000 pieces of his collection, including Red boyfriends sculpture, still lifes by Dutch painter Lijftogt Marcos, oil paintings Leonardo Cremonini and works by Bill Traylor.

“It’s a very personal collection, which accounts for about 50 years of collecting, and his unique perspective,”Shilstone says.

Louis-Dreyfus will be in the gallery during the tours, and participate in a post-show reception in a tent outside. The event will feature live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

The Bedford Hills Free Library and 90,000 needs to cover its operating expenses this year, says Shilstone, who would like to thank Louis-Dreyfus for doing your part to raise funds.

“I know very little of more importance than the existence and reading books,”said Louis-Dreyfus.” I am delighted to help the Bedford Hills Free Library continue to provide programs and opportunities. ”

“It’s a wonderful thing for him to do for the library, and the community as a whole,”Shilstone says.

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