East Hampton, New York (WiredPRNews.com) — With every good dinner party, intimate gathering or gallery opening, it’s inevitable that a few bottles of bubbly will be uncorked to celebrate the occasion. That’s what New York gallery owner, 67 year old Ruth Vered – born Ruth Kalb – has been doing for more than thirty years at her self-named gallery in East Hampton.
The gallery is a cornerstone of the locale as it has been the staple of the Hampton’s art community and each Memorial Day, a posh art exhibit is put together to indicate the beginning of the summer season. Part of the allure is the free champagne and cheese at each exhibit which New York police were on on the scene for to tote away the gallery owner in handcuffs for selling alcohol without a license.
“I told them I’ve been doing this since before they were born,” said Vered. “They have some nerve.” As 200 surprised guests watched their hostess being put into a police car, Vered insisted she was providing the refreshments for free to her guests.
In contrast, the strong arm of the law found that the police were simply doing what they are trained to do. Mayor Paul Rickenbach said, “It’s not something that’s new and out of the blue at all.
The exhibit was a spread of photographs of Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Angelina Jolie and other celebrities. Vered is scheduled to be arraigned June 25 in East Hampton Town Court.