On behalf of all of us at the Southampton Arts Center, we send you warm wishes for a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. In the spirit of this season of gratitude, we are excited to announce a wonderful line-up of events taking place this weekend! 
Live: Indigenous Artisan Fair 
Friday, November 25 @ 12 PM

Please join us for an Artisan + Literary Fair as we celebrate, Native American Heritage Month by featuring a beautiful selection of artwork, crafts, and jewelry from Shinnecock Nation artisans. A selection of beloved tree literature will be available for purchase from Canio’s Books as well. All artwork from our current exhibition will be offered at 10% off as part of our Shop Local initiative for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Talk: Native History with Shane Weeks 
Friday, November 25 @ 3 PM

Shane Weeks, author of Good Neighbors: A Shinnecock History From A Shinnecock Perspective and member of the Shinnecock Nation, will speak about the Indigenous history of Long Island followed by a book signing. Bring any questions, artifacts and histories you may have to ask and share with Shane! 
Talk: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests
Saturday, November 26 @ 3 PM
Join Dr. Carl Safina and Dr. Joan Maloof for an engaging discussion about the importance of old-growth forests! A writer, ecologist and conservationist, Dr. Joan Maloof has studied and worked with plants her entire life. A Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University, where she taught Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies, Dr. Maloof has published numerous research articles in publications such as Ecology, American Journal of Botany, and the International Journal of Environmental Studies. Her books include Teaching the Trees (2005), Among the Ancients (2011), Natures Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests (2016), The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods (2017) and Treepedia: A Brief Compendium of Arboreal Lore (2021). In addition to her research and writing, Dr. Maloof founded the organization Old-Growth Forest Network with the goal of creating a network of protected forests across the US.
Dr. Carl Safina’s work fuses scientific understanding, emotional connection, and a moral call to action. His writing has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. Dr. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, Audubon, Yale E360, and National Geographic, and on the Web at Huffington Post, CNN, Medium, and elsewhere. Safina is the author of ten books including the classic Song for the Blue Ocean (1999), as well as New York Times Bestseller Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (2015), as well as his most recent book Becoming Wild· How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace (2020).
Reception to follow.
Live: Hamptons Jazz Fest: Elegant People
Saturday, November 26 @ 6:30 PM

Join Southampton Arts Center and Hamptons Jazz Fest as we present Elegant People for an evening of jazz! Concert will begin at 7 PM.Elegant People was founded in 2020 to celebrate the fusion music of the 1970s and 1980s, while at the same time bringing this timeless music to a new audience. The music of Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, John Abercrombie and many others combined Jazz harmonies and improvisation with funky grooves, Latin and rock rhythms, creating what came to be known as fusion music.Elegant People have embraced this style of music, giving it new life and exposure, while still being true to the old school sounds and effects. The repertoire is a fabulous mix of fusion hits and soundscapes, giving the audience a brief but carefully curated journey back to the heydays of fusion.Eric Schugren – saxophones
Fred Gilde – keyboards
Randolph Hudson – basses
Claes Brondal – drums————-
Kids: Woodland Mask Making Workshop with Tony Valderrama
Sunday, November 27 @ 3 PM

Celebrate your favorite woodland animals while transforming into them. Learn about the importance of masks and animals throughout different cultures while making your creature face covering!


We are delighted to feature art works of Jeremy Dennis in A CELEBRATION OF TREES. Jeremy’s photography explores indigenous identity, cultural assimilation, and the ancestral traditional practices of his tribe, the Shinnecock Indian Nation. His work is a means of examining his identity and the identity of his community, specifically the unique experience of living on a sovereign Indian reservation and the problems we face.

“Digital photography lets me create cinematic images. Nowhere have indigenous people been more poorly misrepresented than in American movies. My images question and disrupt the post-colonial narrative that dominates in film and media and results in damaging stereotypes, such as the “noble savage” depictions in Disney’s Pocahontas. As racial divisions and tensions reach a nationwide fever pitch, it’s more important to me than ever to offer a complex and compelling representation of indigenous people. I like making use of the cinema’s tools, the same ones directors have always turned against us (curiously familiar representations, clothing that makes a statement, pleasing lighting), to create conversations about uncomfortable aspects of post-colonialism.” 





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Presenting Sponsors: Simone & David Levinson, William Talbott Hillman Foundation
Participating Sponsors: Susan & Tim Davis, Andy Sabin & the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation
Media Partner: The Southampton Press

Title Sponsor: Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons

Sponsored by Long Island Community Foundation and Bank of America Foundation

Sponsor: Southampton Bath and Tennis Club

Title Sponsor: Primary Care and Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian

Financial Literacy Partner: J.P. Morgan Private Bank

General operating support is provided by Bank of America

ECO Programs at SAC are made possible by Dorothy & Michael Reilly

Southampton Arts Center’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.