Southampton Arts Center

Announces Summer 2019 Programs

June 27 – September 8

Art, Music, Film, Talks, Kids Programs, Wellness, Workshops, and More!


  • New York premiere of National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore, a special exhibition presented with the International Center of Photography and sponsored by the Harbers Family Foundation and Renee Harbers and Chris Liddell
  • Free outdoor screenings of blockbuster films on the West Lawn presented with Hamptons International Film Festival, including the new addition of the food and bar/beverage service provided by local businesses – Delaney Oser’s Thyme Food Truck and Southampton Publick House
  • Wildlife photography talks with the International Center of Photography and special guests Ami Vitale, Josh Haner and Stephen Wilkes
  • Steven Stolman and John Kurdewan’s illustrated talk “In the Presence of Genius” on legendary New York Times photojournalist Bill Cunningham
  • Panel Discussions and intimate conversations on Fashion, Design, Architecture and Wellness with Melissa Bradley, Kelly Behun, and Eddie Stern
  • SAC’s second annual Architecture + Design Tour highlighting the extraordinary works of iconic architect Grosvenor Atterbury as we mark the 150th anniversary of his birth, on Thursday, July 11
  • Gallery tours with veterinarian/conservationist Dr. Scarlett Magda and wildlife experts from Cornell Cooperative Marine Program, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife who will bring live animal ambassadors along to help focus on specific species
  • Documentary screenings with Empowers Africa, Hamptons Doc Fest, and International Ocean Film Tour
  • Free Outdoor concerts with Winston Irie (Reggae), Burnt Sugar – The Arkestra Chamber (the Bowie Show), Mitch Frohman & the Bronx Horns (Latin), and West End Blend (70’s, 80’s & 90’s)
  • Free late night Silent Disco Dance Party with 2 DJ’s, 3 music genres, and headphones for everyone
  • Theatre & Opera Mondays” featuring live concert performances of works in progress from New York
  • World Music on the Steps every Sunday from July 7 through September 1 organized by the Jam Session of the Hamptons
  • Classes for all ages with Linda Capello, Lois Bender, Scott Bluedorn, Ruby Jackson, and Nadia Ernestus, special photography workshops with ICP Faculty and birding outings with Frank Quevedo of South Fork Natural History Museum and Wildlife Photographer Ken Grille
  • Thursday afternoon Kids programs including Puppet shows with Goat on a Boat and friends, concerts with Boogaloo Familia and Brown Rice Family, and art workshops with Shrikant Iyer, Heidi Lanino, Aaron Goldschmidt of Shine, and children’s book author and illustrator Michael Paraskevas
  • SAC’s annual SummerFest Food & Wine Benefit Event on Thursday, August 29 sponsored by Graff on Thursday, August 29


June 4, 2019: Southampton Arts Center today announced its full lineup of summer programming, from June 27 through September 8. Going into their 7th season, this summer will be one to remember with over 90 programs, plus the return of the popular SummerFest Food and Wine Benefit event on August 29, closing out the Hamptons’ summer fundraisers.


“With each passing summer we have been able to bring something new and dynamic to visitors and residents of the East End,” said Amy Kirwin, Southampton Arts Center Artistic Director. “Presenting the New York premiere of the National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore is incredibly exciting, and there is so much more in store beyond that to entertain and inspire our guests over the next few months. We can’t wait to get started.”


“Summer 2019 promises to be SAC’s most diverse, impactful and exciting season yet,” said Tom Dunn, Southampton Arts Center Executive Director. “I’m so grateful to our many program partners and sponsors for their partnership and support in helping to bring such a broad array of world-class cultural offerings to Southampton and the East End of Long Island.


National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore opens on June 27 with a public opening reception on Friday, June 28 from 6-8 PM, and will remain on view all summer, closing September 8. Presented with the International Center of Photography and sponsored by the Harbers Family Foundation and Renee Harbers and Chris Liddell, Photo Ark, National Geographic’s most popular traveling exhibition to-date, will feature upwards of 100 iconic images and allow visitors to follow Sartore around the world on this exciting and important project. This exhibition will also feature and highlight species native to New York and Long Island. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to pose with some of the featured animals in an interactive photo booth.


The popular free outdoor film series with Hamptons International Film Festival, sponsored by Corcoran and Licensed Associate Real Estate Brokers Jennifer Mahoney and Mary Slattery, continues this summer, taking place every Friday night at 8:30 PM from July 5 through August 30. For the first time in ten years, the rights have opened up for a limited time to screen the original Star Wars saga, which means summer will kick-off with the very first release, STAR WARS IV and will end, as always, with the annual screening of JAWS. New this year will be the opportunity to purchase food on site by the Thyme Food Truck by Delaney Oser as well as beverages from Southampton Publick House.


Documentary film programming will take place indoors on Sundays featuring thought-provoking shorts and features from endangered wildlife to new releases about fashion designer Halston and artist Christo. An additional bonus free outdoor screening will take place at 8:30 PM on Monday, July 29 with the visually stunning and breathtaking short films from the International Ocean Film Tour.


After nearly 1,000 people came out to enjoy Reggae favorite Winston Irie last summer, we are thrilled to have him return to kick off the summer once again on Saturday, June 29 from 7-9 PM. Live outdoor programming will continue summer-long with new acts from New York and beyond including Vernon Reid’s Burnt Sugar – The Arkestra Chamber performing their popular “Bowie Show” on July 20, Mitch Frohman will bring some Latin flavor with his Bronx Horns on August 3, and West End Blend will get the crowd on their feet with 70’s, 80’s & 90’s favorites at the summer closing concert on August 31. New this year is the addition of a Silent Disco Dance Party with Quiet Events. Two DJ’s will spin 70’s tunes and Top 40, while a 3rd channel can be tuned into for those who want their favorite 80’s dance music. Picture 200+ people on the lawn dancing to three varieties of music with headphones on so not a sound will be heard by passers-by. This is sure to be enjoyable for both participants and onlookers!


New this year for all outdoor films, concerts and dance parties will be the opportunity to purchase food on site by the Thyme Food Truck by Delaney Oser as well as beverages from Southampton Publick House.


Free kids programming returns every Thursday at 4:30 PM with new puppet shows presented with Goat on a Boat every other week in July and August. Family-friendly concerts will be presented by Boogaloo Familia (Latin/NYC Boogaloo) and Brown Rice Family (Reggae/Ska/Funk). These lively programs will be accompanied by art workshops, including Storigami – Stories + Origami, a Cardboard Puppet People class, and stories and sketches with Maggie & the Ferocious Beast with creator Michael Paraskevas.


A diverse lineup of talks will be presented on Thursdays at 7 PM with International Center of Photography and guest photographers Ami Vitale, Josh Haner and Stephen Wilkes, Eddie Stern will talk about Yoga, Mysticism, and the Cosmic “I”, and a special night will be dedicated to the genius of Bill Cunningham with Steven Stolman and John Kurdewan, sponsored, in part, by Jean Shafiroff. Plus two special Friday afternoon talks on Fashion, Architecture and Design hosted by Melissa Bradley and Kelly Behun. Monday evenings in August will include Theatre and Opera works-in-progress, including a special concert by Lyricist Marcy Heisler and Composer Zina Goldrich on August 5.

The Studio @ SAC will be bustling with classes for all ages, including Watercolors with Lois Bender, Finding the Figure with Linda Capello, Animal Miniature Making & Photographing with Ruby Jackson, Fermentation with Nadia Ernestus, Sketching in the Galleries with Scott Bluedorn, and Photography workshops with ICP Faculty, including live wildlife photography with and Animal Ambassadors from Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Mind and body will also be attended to with a variety of offerings, from immersive sound meditation in the galleries with Daniel Lauter to high-impact workouts with Studio B East by Bandier. Rowan Hausman will offer Thursday morning Yoga with Sitar player GianCarlo Feleppa, and Eddie Stern will return with a special Ashtanga Yoga session on Friday August 16 at 10 AM. Wellness programs have been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Michael and Annie Falk Foundation.


These special programs and so much more will be available for all to enjoy this summer season. Visit for more information and program updates.


Full list of summer programs below. Photos and interviews available upon request.


SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER                        

June 27 – September 9, 2019

Summer Calendar – Chronological by Category




National Geographic

Photo Ark

by Joel Sartore


Exhibition presented by Southampton Arts Center and the International Center of Photography


This exhibition is made possible by the Harbers Family Foundation and Renee Harbers and Chris Liddell.


Photo Ark is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society


ON VIEW 6/27-9/8, 2019


PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, 6/28 from 6-8 PM


The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy. But for many species, time is running out. When you remove one, it affects us all.


The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Sartore started the Photo Ark more than a decade ago and since then he has visited 40 countries in his quest to create a photo archive of global biodiversity, which will feature portraits of more than 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Once completed, the Photo Ark will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.


To date, Joel has completed portraits of more than 9,500 species. No matter its size, each animal is treated with the same amount of affection and respect. The results are portraits that are not just stunningly beautiful, but intimate and moving. “It’s the eye contact that moves people,” Sartore explains. “It engages their feelings of compassion and a desire to help.”


This exhibition – National Geographic’s most popular traveling exhibition to-date – features upwards of 70 iconic images and allows visitors to follow Sartore around the world on this exciting and important project. Guests will also have the opportunity to pose with virtual animals in an interactive photo booth.





FREE Summer Outdoor Film Series presented with Hamptons International Film Festival presented on the West Lawn – bring your chairs and blankets!

Sponsored by Corcoran and Licensed Associate Real Estate Brokers Jennifer Mahoney and Mary Slattery.


Fridays at 8:30 PM

7/5: Star Wars IV (1977 | PG | 135 min.)

7/12: Finding Nemo (2003 | Animated | G | 100 min.)

7/19: Singin’ in the Rain (1952 | G | 103 min.)

7/26: Get Out (2017 | R | 104 min.)

8/2: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018 | Animated | PG | 100 min.)

8/9: Crazy Rich Asians (2018 | PG-13 | 121 min.)

8/16: Black Panther (2018 | PG-13 | 135 min.)

8/23: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018 | PG-13 | 133 min.)

8/30: Annual Screening of JAWS (1975 | PG | 130 min.)


Rain dates for each film are the following Sunday at 8:30 PM.


Refreshments, including full picnic meals, will be available for purchase through the Thyme Truck at all outdoor programs. Bar service will be provided by Southampton Publick House.


Documentaries – Select Sundays at 6 PM ($10-$15)


7/14: Halston (2019 | 120 min.) Presented with Hamptons Doc Fest

8/4: Artifishal: The Road to Extinction is Paved with Good Intentions (2019 | 83 min.)

8/11: Lion and World Elephant Day Documentary Shorts with Empowers Africa

8/18: Walking on Water (2018 Christo Documentary | 105 min.) Documenting artist Christo’s “The Floating Piers” on Italy’s Lake Iseo

8/25: Who Gets to Call it Art? (2006 | 78 min.) Followed by a panel discussion with Bob Colacello, Lisa Dennison, Jane Holzer, and Director/Producer Peter Rosen





Monday, 7/29 at 8:30 PM: International Ocean Film Tour, Vol. 6 (Outdoors | FREE)

Sponsored, in part, by Elyn and Jeff Kronemeyer


Mountainfilm on Tour Southampton

Friday, 9/6 · 7 PM · $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)

Opening Night Films & Reception

Saturday, 9/7 · $15 ($12 for Friends of SAC)

4 PM: Matinee

7 PM: Closing Night





Outdoor Summer Concert/Event Series


Winston Irie & the Selective Security Band (Reggae)

Saturday, June 29 | 7-9 PM | FREE

Sponsored, in part, by Tish Rehill


ECO the Musical by Jenna Mate (Staged reading/performance)

Saturday, July 13 | 7-9 PM | FREE


Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber (The Bowie Show)

Saturday, July 20 | 7-9 PM | FREE


Mitch Frohman and the Bronx Horns (Latin)

Saturday, August 3 | 7-9 PM | FREE


Silent Disco Dance Party

Saturday, August 10 | 8-11 PM | FREE

Quiet outdoor dance party with headphones featuring 2 DJ’s


West End Blend (70’s/80’s/90’s)

Saturday, August 31 | 7-9 PM | FREE


Note: Refreshments, including full picnic meals, will be available for purchase through the Thyme Truck at all outdoor programs. Bar service will be provided by Southampton Publick House. Service starts one hour prior to concerts.


World Music on the Steps

Every Sunday, July 7 through September 1 | 2-4 PM | FREE

Organized by the Jam Session of The Hamptons


Sunday, July 7: Salieu Suso & Ebrima Jassey (Kora and Marimba)

Sunday, July 14: Yacouba Sissoko & Guest (Kora and Vocals)

Sunday, July 21: Kevin Kuhn & Justin Rothberg (Guitar duo)

Sunday, July 28: Yacouba Sissoko (Kora)

Sunday, August 4: Iris Ornig & Guest (Bass & Sax duo)

Sunday, August 11: Deepa Paulus & Jay Gandhi (Tabla and Sitar)

Sunday, August 18: Dan Lauter & Claes Brondal (Sax and drums)

Sunday, August 25: Jeff Marshall & Claes Brondal (Bass and Drums)

Sunday, September 1: Baron Lewis duo (Trumpet and Guitar)





Lyricist & Composer Concert – Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich & Friends

Monday, August 5 | 7 PM | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)


Concert Performance of The Big One-Oh!

Monday, August 12 | 7 PM | Family Friendly | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)

Lyrics by Dean Pitchford

Music by Doug Besterman

Libretto by Timothy Allen McDonald

Presented in partnership with iTheatrics


Concert Performance of Act 1 of House Rules

Monday, August 19 | 7 PM | $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC) 

Music by Dan Mertzlufft

Lyrics by Kate Leonard

Based on the novel by Jodi Picoult

Concert to be followed by a panel discussion with Jodi Picoult and the creative team.

Presented with the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop


Concert Performance of Dear Erich, A Jazz Opera by Ted Rosenthal

Monday, August 26 | 7 PM | $30 ($25 for Friends of SAC) 

Inspired by the letters of Herta Rosenthal and family

Music by Ted Rosenthal

Libretto by Ted Rosenthal and Lesley Rosenthal

Translated by Dr. Peter Schmidt

Additional Lyrics by Barry Singer, E.M. Lewis and Edward Einhorn





FREE Puppet Shows on the West Lawn with Goat on a Boat:


Thursday, July 11 | 4:30 PM | FREE

Wonderspark Puppets/ Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

The classic children’s song comes to life in this hilarious mystery show. Join detective Mystery Max as he searches for clues to find whodunit. The audience will sing songs and call out to help Max find the missing cookies and solve the case.


Thursday, July 25 | 4:30 PM | FREE

Paper Heart Puppets/ Cardboard Explosion

“Cardboard Explosion!” brings four original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show.


Thursday, August 8 | 4:30 PM | FREE

Mesner Puppets/ Animal Amigos

Animal Amigos: Stories from the Tree of Life

Gather ’round the Tree of Life for retellings of two delightful Mexican folktales! Hear the story of Medio Pollito, the little half-chicken born with one leg, one wing, one eye, and half a beak! Then laugh as Rabbit, a perennial trickster, outsmarts hungry Coyote again and again. This show was created with support from a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.


Thursday, August 22 | 4:30 PM | FREE

A Couple of Puppets/ Punch & Judy

For hundreds of years, the Punch & Judy puppet tradition has been a popular treat. In this updated version Punch & Judy cook up some whacky fun in the kitchen. Hand-carved puppets created and performed by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets.


Storigami – Storytelling + Origami

with Shrikant Iyer

Thursdays, July 11 & August 8 | 5:15 PM | FREE

Kids Outdoor Concert:

Boogaloo Familia

(Latin/NYC Boogaloo)

Thursday, July 18 | 4:30 PM | FREE


Upcycled Cardboard Puppet People

Workshop with Heidi Lanino

Thursday, July 25 | 5:15 PM | FREE


Shine Workshop

with Aaron Goldschmidt

Thursday, August 1 | 4:30 PM | FREE


Kids Outdoor Concert:

Brown Rice Family


Thursday, August 15 | 4:30 PM | FREE


Stories and Sketches

with Maggie & the Ferocious Beast Creator Michael Paraskevas

Thursday, August 22 | 5:15 PM | FREE




STUDENT FILM WORKSHOPS with Hamptons International Film Festival

–              Introduction to Filmmaking – Ages 8-11

August 12 – 16, 2019 | 10 AM-1 PM | $400

–              Intermediate Filmmaking – Ages 12-15

August 12 – 16, 2019 | 2 PM-5 PM | $450


Film Screening for Family and Friends on Saturday, August 17 at 10 AM.





ICP Photographers Series

in conjunction with National Geographic Photo Ark

Thursdays, July 11, 18 & 25 • 7 PM

$15 ($12 for SAC & ICP Members)

Series featuring internationally renowned wildlife, conservation and climate photographers.

July 11: National Geographic Photographer Ami Vitale

July 18: New York Times Photographer Josh Haner

July 25: National Geographic Photographer Stephen Wilkes


Photo Ark Gallery Tours with Wildlife Experts

Saturdays, July 6 & 27 and August 10 & 31 | 11:30 AM | FREE

July 6: Dr. Matt Sclafani of Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program

July 27: James MacDougall and the Animal Ambassadors of Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center

August 10: Veterinarian and Elephant Conservationist Dr. Scarlett Magda

August 31: Quogue Wildlife Refuge and their Animal Ambassadors


Conversations in Fashion, Architecture & Design

Fridays, July 26 & August 23 · 12 PM · $15 ($10 for Friends of SAC)

7/26: How Travel Inspires Fashion, Architecture and Design with Melissa Bradley and Guests

8/23: Architecture & Design with Kelly Behun, Ed Hollander & James Merrell


Working for Bill – In the Presence of Genius

Thursday, August 1 | 7 PM | $15 ($12 for Friends of SAC)

Bill Cunningham talk with Steven Stolman and John Kurdewan

Sponsored, in part, by Jean Shafiroff


Magical Jews

Monday, July 22 | 7 PM | $15 ($12 for Friends of SAC)

Illustrated Talk & Performance by Illusionist Allan Kronzek


Yoga, Mysticism, and the Cosmic “I”

with Eddie Stern

Thursday, August 15 • 7 PM • $15

($12 for Friends of SAC)

Sponsored by the Michael and Annie Falk Foundation




Made possible thanks to the generosity the Michael and Annie Falk Foundation


Studio B East by Bandier

Sundays, July 7 & 21 and August 4 & 18 | 9 AM and 10 AM | $35


Immersive Sound Meditation in the Galleries

with Daniel Lauter

Saturdays, July 20 & August 31 | 9:30 AM | $15 ($10 for Friends of SAC)


Yoga with Rowan Hausman plus Sitar by GianCarlo Feleppa

Thursdays, June 27, July 25 & August 22 | 10 AM | $15 ($10 for Friends of SAC)


Ashtanga Yoga with Eddie Stern

Friday, August 16 | 10 AM | $35 ($30 for Friends of SAC)





Wet & Wild Watercolors Workshop

with Lois Bender – 3 Week Series

Mondays, July 1, 8 & 15| 2-5 PM | $125 (for 3 weeks)


Create and Photograph Mini Animals with Sculpey Clay

with Ruby Jackson

Sundays, July 14 and August 11 | 2-5 PM | All Ages | $10


Fermentation Workshops

with Nadia Ernestus of Hamptons Brine

Sundays, July 21 and August 18 | 2 PM | $55 ($45 for Friends of SAC)

Price includes foods to be fermented and all materials.


Birding in the Field with South Fork Natural History Museum

& Instruction by Wildlife Photographer by Ken Grille


Birding with Frank Quevedo at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center:

Sunday, July 28 | 2 PM | Adults &Teens | FREE


Birding with Frank Quevedo and Photographer Ken Grille- Shorebirds at Shinnecock Bay:

Saturday, August 10 | 10 AM | Adults & Children 8+ | Adults $20 (Children $15)

(Includes gallery admission at any time to SOFO and SAC)


Wildlife Sketching Workshop in the Galleries

with Scott Bluedorn

$20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)

Sunday, 7/28 | 11:30 AM: Kids 6-15

Sunday, 8/4 | 11:30 AM: Adults 16+


Finding the Figure

Figure Drawing Series with Linda Capello

Mondays, July 29, August 5 & 19 | 11 AM-1 PM | $100 (for 3 weeks)


Photography Workshops with ICP Faculty Members (all levels. Bring your own camera):


Finding Your Personal Voice Through Photography

Instructed by ICP Faculty Bastienne Schmidt

Saturday, August 3 • 11 AM-2 PM: Portfolio Review

Sunday, August 4 • 11 AM-2 PM: Photoshoot

$125 for 2-Day Intensive ($100 for SAC & ICP Members)


Photographing Beachscapes and Light

Instructed by ICP Faculty Lynn Saville

Saturday, August 17 • 4-6 PM • $50 ($45 for SAC & ICP Members)


Wildlife Portraits with Quogue Wildlife Refuge Animal Ambassadors

Instructed by ICP Faculty Andy French

Monday, August 26 • 2-4 PM • $50 ($45 for SAC & ICP Members)





2nd Annual Architecture + Design Tour: Grosvenor Atterbury

THURSDAY JULY 11 | 10 AM-2 PM | $200


SAC’s 2nd annual Architecture + Design Tour will feature the extraordinary work of Grosvenor Atterbury, one of the most iconic architects of the late nineteenth century, as we commemorate his 150th birthday. The event begins with a brunch reception and talk by Atterbury expert Peter Pennoyer. This will be followed by a tour featuring exclusive access to three private properties designed by Atterbury. Atterbury is also the architect of SAC’s home at 25 Jobs Lane.



THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 | 6-10 PM | $500 +


Join us as we celebrate the our 7th Season at our 6th Annual Culinary Arts Festival honoring Diane Tuft.

Enjoy Spectacular Dishes from Celebrated Chefs plus Coffee and Dessert Stations, Bar, and DJ.


For additional information on benefit events please contact Molly Bishop, Advancement Coordinator: | 631.283.0967 x13




Friends of SAC will enjoy free admission to gallery exhibits, invitations to engaging programs and private social events throughout the year. All Friends will receive many exclusive benefits and, with each successive category, greater engagement with the SAC, its curators, partners and artists. We will recognize the Friends Circle as sponsors of select programs annually.


More info on SAC’s Friend’s Circle at




Southampton Arts Center has become a hub for arts and culture on the East End with over 40,000 visitors, 5 exhibitions and over 200 events in 2017 alone.  The broad programming is delivered year-round through an impressive array of partners including New York Academy of Art, Hamptons International Film Festival, Peter Marino Art Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Telluride Mountain film, the Watermill Center, and many more. With the recent upgrade of the theater, including state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, lighting and new seating, Southampton Arts Center has expanded its breadth of programming to include first-run films, theatrical performances and concerts.

Southampton Arts Center’s mission is to serve our East End community as a hub for arts and culture while preserving the iconic building and grounds of 25 Jobs Lane for future generations.

Southampton Arts Center is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.



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