Pictured Above: Kelynn Z. Alder, La Feria Día de los Muertos en Chamula | EEC7 Gallery
The Southampton Arts Center’s wildly successful East End Collected series of exhibitions returns this weekend for the seventh season, bringing with it a plethora of artists whose work is inspired by their surroundings here.
The exhibition, which runs through April 29, opens Feb. 11 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
“It’s with great anticipation that I look forward to assembling the work of 44 artists for Southampton Art Center’s seventh iteration of East End Collected,” shares exhibition curator and artist Paton Miller. “This exhibition coincides with SAC’s 10th anniversary and also the directorship now taken over by Christina Strassfield. Christina, after 30 years at East Hampton’s Guild Hall, has an encyclopedic knowledge of not just eastern Long Island, but greater Long Island and the art world.”
Exhibition artists include Kelynn Z. Alder, Isadora Capraro, Dan Christensen Studios, Janet Culbertson, Eugenio Cuttica, Franco Cuttica, Lautaro Cuttica, James dePasquale, RaineyDay Erwin, Phil Falino, Phyllis Falino, Margaret Garrett, Tiana Grampus, Elaine Grove, Lyllis Halsey, Hiroyuki Hamada, Glen Hanson, Gary Hartmann, Peter Hill, Candace Hill-Montgomery, Terri Hyland, Oscar Jackman, Nathan Slate Joseph, Anna Jurinich, Mary Lambert, James Ledogar, Christine Matthäi, Michael Meehan, Christian Miller, Paton Miller, Sam Miller, Oscar Molina, Dave O., Patrick Peters, John Pomianowski, Zelie Rellim, John Rist, John Ross Rist, Jay Schneiderman, George Schulman, Brenda Simmons, Liz Sloan, Adam Straus and Ann Lambert Waits.
“I am genuinely delighted that East End Collected7 is the first exhibition I am here for as the executive director, as it is the core of the Southampton Arts Center’s mission of community building through the arts,” said SAC executive director Christina Mossaides Strassfield, who officially signed on in January 2023. “These artists represent the region’s rich cultural tradition and artistic history.”
A series of events in conjunction with the exhibition are planned for the upcoming months, including curator-led exhibition tours on Feb. 19 and April 1 at 11 a.m., exhibition artist talks on Saturdays, March 4 and 18 at 3 p.m. and a tour of curator Paton Miller’s Southampton Studio on Friday, March 9 at 3 p.m.
As part of the closing festivities on April 29 at 4:30 p.m., SAC will screen documentary filmmaker Lana Jokel’s “The Way it Goes,” about artist Nathan Slate Joseph, whose work is featured in the exhibition.
“His work is about expansion and contraction, statements of destruction and reconstruction, comprised of rusted sheets of steel and chosen objects,” according to SAC. “The works, vibrant in color, are cut, bent and welded into shapes and wall reliefs. The film shows the creative process. Interweaved with the art are scenes through the decades; of family life, art world events and figures, and the artist himself, intense, creative, outspoken, funny, and real.”
The closing reception will follow the film at 5 p.m. on April 29.
The Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton, and galleries are open Fridays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 631.283.0967 or visit southamptonartscenter.org/east-end-collected7.