June 30, 1998 12:00 AM

Art merged with technology Thursday night in Manhattan as Sony Electronics sponsored a special exhibit titled “Escape to the Art of WEGA.” The event, highlighting new artists from New York and Chicago, featured paintings and video art displayed entirely on Sony TVs and attracted a Hollywood contingent that included Aidan Quinn, Richard Belzer, Casey Affleck, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Summer Phoenix (sister of Joaquin and the late River) and radio personalities Stuttering John (who, interestingly, did not stutter once when he spoke to PEOPLE) and Dr. Ruth. Belzer, of NBC’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” told PEOPLE, “What’s exciting about being alive today is that art and technology are finally coming together. It used to be almost sacrilegious to say the two in the same sentence. But it’s about time they got married.” As for what brought Stuttering John out for such a cultural event, he said, “Free beer and free food.”

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