The Southampton Arts Center — a not for profit organization whose mission is to serve our East End community as a hub for arts and culture — cancelled the annual SummerFest event due to COVID-19, but has revealed its alternative fundraising plan. The Collectors Sale is a new benefit event where all proceeds from the fundraising art sale will support Southampton Arts Center’s diverse slate of year-round programming. The benefit art sale will run from Friday, August 28 to Sunday, September 13 and then continue on Southampton Arts Center’s online gallery through December 31.
“Always striving to fulfill our mission of Community Building through the Arts, we reimagined what our annual benefit could look like, complying within the local and state guidelines,” said Simone Levinson, Founding Co-Chair, Board of Directors, shared. “Where once SummerFest allowed us to host 450 supporters in a year end celebration, featuring 30 of our most celebrated chefs and restaurants across the East End, this year we turn our attention to the artists that we have served and supported these past eight years.”
The Collectors Sale will premiere with a First Look Cocktail Reception on Thursday, August 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in hour-long shifts of no more than 50 people on Southampton Art Center’s West Lawn and Theater. Face masks are required and all social distancing protocols will be followed. The event is designed as a preview and initial opportunity to purchase the artwork.
“We are so humbled by the magnanimous generosity that has resulted in a fundraising exhibition that will highlight well over 70 works from emerging to established artists. This event captures the spirit of Southampton Arts Center as we continue to be an economic driver for the village while building bridges throughout our community,” Levinson added.
Featured artists include Cliff Baldwin, Monica Banks, Roisin Bateman, Jodi Bentivegna, Scott Bluedorn, Hal Buckner, Perry Burns, Michael Butler, Isadora Capraro, Jeff Carpenter, Darlene Charneco, Philippe Cheng, Rossa Cole, Michael Combs, Andrea Cote, Janet Culbertson, Lautaro Cuttica, Ninatchka Dec, Jeremy Dennis, Eric Dever, Eric Fischl, Francine Fleischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Saskia Friedrich, Denise Gale, Ralph Gibson, Janet Goleas, April Gornik, Melinda Hackett, Michael Halsband, Hiroyuki Hamada, Candace Hill, Stephanie Hirsch, Kara Hoblin, Alice Hope, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Carol Hunt, Ruby Jackson, Yung Jake, Will Kurtz, Mary Lambert, Laurie Lambrecht, Denis Leon, LoVid, Jennifer Lynch, Christa Maiwald, Roberta Marroquin, Dinah Maxwell Smith, Lydia McKee, Paton Miller, Steve Miller, Altone Mishino, Lindsay Morris, Michael Paraskevas, Miles Partington, Cindy Pease Roe, Toni Ross, Will Ryan, Sara Salaway, Matthew Satz, Bastienne Schmidt, Kerry Sharkey Miller, Dennis Snyder, Adam Straus, Jim Torok, Dan Welden, Lucy Winton, Domingo Zapata and Almond Zigmund.
Tickets for the first look reception are $250 per person.
Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton Village. For more information, visit southamptonartscenter.org or call 631-283-0967.