The Watermill Center will launch its 2021 Artists’ Table Brunch series on Saturday, June 5 at 12:00 p.m.
“Artists’ Table Brunch celebrates the rich traditions, artistic heritage, and local food culture of Long Island’s East End together with the legacy of The Watermill Center,” explained Erin Wainwright, Manager of Special Events & Individual Giving at The Center. “Bringing together artists and art enthusiasts is at the heart of our mission, and after more than a year without on-site events, we can’t imagine a better way to welcome back the community and kick off the summer season.”
The afternoon, which serves as a behind-the-scenes look at Watermill Artists-in-Residences’ creative process, will feature a farm-to-table meal by Chef Martine Abitbol, a private chef and caterer, and presentations by theatre director Rachel Dickstein and 2021 Inga Maren Otto Fellow Tomashi Jackson.
Abitbol, a local chef and restaurateur, has helmed kitchens in New York, France, and the East End, including the Le Poème Bakeries and Tearoom in Manhattan. Her culinary career began at the Rose Bud in Paris in 1972, and after spending time working on farms in Corsica, she has been a champion of the farm-to-table movement.
Dickstein serves as the director and deviser of Ripe Time, an Obie-winning theatre company founded in 2000. Since it was established, the collective of artists is responsible for eight large-scale ensemble works that have earned three Obie Awards and nominations from the Drama Desk Awards. Ripe Time’s productions have been commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, CTG, Annenberg Center for the Arts and presented at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre’s “No Boundaries,” BAM-Fisher, Baruch Performing Arts Center, The JCC in Manhattan, 3LD Art & Technology Center, Ohio Theatre, PS 122, Clark Studio at Lincoln Center, LaMaMa, ETC, Ko Festival, and Voice and Vision.
Jackson, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores color perception as an aesthetic strategy, was awarded the 2021 Inga Maren Otto Fellowship at The Watermill Center. Her pieces will be featured in Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim, an upcoming exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum, presented in partnership with The Watermill Center. The Land Claim will center around historical and contemporary lived experiences of East End Indigenous, Black, and Latinx families, and also delve into issues of housing, transportation, livelihood, migration, and agriculture.
A four person pod is $400, while a six person pod is $600.
The Watermill Center is located at 39 Watermill Towd Road in Water Mill. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.