Diverse and Inclusive Lineup of Artists Celebrated
Four soulful events took place in the Hamptons on May 27th 2023, which drew artists, art curators, collectors, business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, and the cultural elite of the Hamptons for a fun-filled weekend. Yaya Reyes created ART & SOUL: Hamptons to celebrate influential and emerging BIPOC artists. Art curators, collectors, and supporters are connected to artists through the series of events.
The Southampton African American Museum (SAAM), founded by Brenda Simmons, kicked off the unofficial weekend of summer with the Art Walk. Demarcus McGaughey, who has a residency through July 22, 2023, is currently at SAAM. In the second stop of the art walk, we went to the Southampton Arts Center (SAC), where we saw A MOMENT IN TIME: ICONIC IMAGES BY HARRY BENSON. The third and final stop on the art walk was Hidden Gem NY, a home decor and lifestyle boutique owned by sisters Tanya Willock and Temidra Willock-Morsch.
VIP BRUNCH: ART & SOUL: Hamptons hosted a SOLD-OUT brunch at 75 MAIN on their outdoor patio. Demarcus McGaughy presented his limited edition print of ‘Cool Cat’, a mix media collage print of his uncle John Crenshaw (the brother of his grandmother). Some of the Hamptons’ and NYC’s socially connected Black and Brown women were in attendance. During his residency at Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio on the Shinnecock Reservation, Demarcus created the original painting.
Raindrop’s Café, owned and operated by Shinnecock Indians, hosted the Art Exhibition. Original artwork was featured by Alvin Clayton-Fernandes, Errin Whitaker, Tohanash Tarrant, and Kim Wright. A space filled with a rich history of the Shinnecock Tribe’s contribution to the Hamptons allowed guests to meet all of the artists.
The day ended with a sipping experience held at Raindrop’s Café, with an organic wine bar sponsored by Ettore Wine (produced in California), flavored sparkling water sponsored by SOVANY, and Native American bites catered by Poppin Patties. We had a 360 camera, as well as a LED light photo booth, sponsored by VBA the Media Group.
Guests also got tons of swag bags. The sponsors of the Luxury Gift Bag include: Borghese, StriVection, EVE LOM, CAUDALIE, BIONOVA, Imperial DAX Company, Andrew Fitzsimons, NatureLab Tokyo, Daily Dose, SELECT by Curaleaf, Wendy Williams Med Spa & IV Drip Bar, and SOVANY.
EVENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SPONSORS
HAMPTONS HIATUS is a private membership association designed for artisan entrepreneurs and those who support them; creating, socializing, and experiencing brand awareness in a community space is the vision.
POPPIN PATTIES was created during the summer of 2010 by 3 friends with tons of creative energy. During one of our brainstorming sessions, we were vibing on a food product that was quick and easy to eat on the go. We tossed around several ideas and decided to go with a unique spin on an everyday favorite.
VBA THE MEDIA GROUP is an award-winning event service brand based in Uniondale, NY. Customized photo booths are available for all types of celebrations, including birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, galas, festivals, social events, and more.
SOUTHAMPTON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM was founded and created by Brenda Simmons to promote an understanding and appreciation of African American culture by creating programs that will preserve the past, encourage learning, and enhance the life of the community.
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER provides a dynamic venue to present the highest quality programming to the entire community through partnerships with a diverse slate of world-class artists, performers, educators, and cultural institutions.
URBAN LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights and urban advocacy group. The Long Island affiliate of the National Urban League was founded in 1972 by a group of Grumman workers who couldn’t find working opportunities.
BLACK WOMEN OF LONG ISLAND is an established community within the Black Women of Long Island. Our purpose is to network, partner, and build with one another.
WOMEN’S DIVERSITY NETWORK connects and mobilizes women and gender-expansive people of different backgrounds to create positive change through unity and collective work.
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