The Southampton Arts Center presents its fifth annual SummerFest benefit on Thursday, August 30, from 6 to 10 PM, a combination of culinary delights and artistic sights. Savor signature dishes from dozens of celebrated chefs from the East End, move to the music of a DJ under the stars.
The event marks the concluding fundraising event for the summer season, and its largest, raising close to a half-million dollars in support of its world-class exhibitions and over 200 annual programs.
As a not-for-profit, the signature building in the heart of Southampton Village retains the mission “to provide the highest quality programming to the entire community through partnerships with a diverse slate of world-class artists, performers, educators and culinary institutes.”
In 2017, Southampton Arts Center welcomed over 40,000 visitors to six exhibitions and nearly 200 events. The center has acclaimed partnerships with New York Academy of Art, Hampton International Film Festival, the Watermill Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Telluride Mountain film, and more. In addition to high quality art, film, and music programming, SAC also dedicates its efforts to the environment, with an annual Earth Day celebration, wellness awareness, with daylong activations including the popular Southampton Sweat and new Healthy Guru, and year-long classes; and programming especially geared towards children.
This year’s Champion of the Arts Award will go to Peter Marino, of Southampton, and principal of New York-based architectural firm Peter Marino Architect PLLC. Marino is known for integrating art in his building designs. Guests will have the opportunity to explore through “one of the largest assemblages of world-class contemporary art” shown on the East End in the gallery, “Counterpoint: Selections from the Peter Marino Collection.”
In this collection, Marino displays hundreds of pieces such as Francois-Xavier, Joel Morrison, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Anselm Kiefer. “Counterpoint” is organized into four thematic chambers: Gardens Gallery, Pop Art Gallery, Treasury Room, and Modern German Art Gallery.
Creating art on site, American-Spanish artist Domingo Zapata will construct an interactive piece during cocktail hour while also donating an existing work to be auctioned off to support the SAC’s programming. The Mallorca, Spain native explores vitality, sexuality, and opulence in his wildly colorful and creative signature style of layering fantasy and reality against each other. There will also be a workshop with Long Island’s premier chalk artist, Kara Hoblin. Hoblin has created pieces for LongHouse Reserve and Guild Hall, along with other local organizations, all while running The North Fork Art Collective in Greenport, a community space for artists and locals.
This year’s event chairs are Simone and David Levinson, Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein and Alex Roepers. Other notable guests will be Jill Braufman and Dan Nir, Bob Colacello, Lisa Dennison, Diano and Joe DiMenna, Jane Holzer, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Hal Bruckner, Isabelle Marino and Ryan Hoffman, Tiffany and Claus Moller, Susan and David Rockefeller, J. Whitney Stevens, and Edwina von Gal.
Culinary partners include Boa Thai, Catena’s Market, Citarella, Clamman Seafood Market, EMP Summer House, Golden Pear Café, Hampton Coffee Company, Hamptons Farms Social Eatery, Janet O’Brien Caterers, Juice Press, Kalamazoo/Plessers, Le Charlot, Little Red, Maison Vivienne, Red Bar, Saaz, Sant Ambroeus, Sip ’n’ Soda, The Fudge Company, Topping Rose House, and Union Cantina. A wine bar will be provided by Bottle Hampton, event décor by Frank Alexander, and additional catering from Tastings.
Tickets are $500 for individuals. Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. Call 631-283-0967 or visit www.southamptonartscenter.org. Post Labor Day hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 6 PM, with a $5 suggested donation per person. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.