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SAC’s Creativity Challenge

We are excited to launch a new virtual program – SAC’s Creativity Challenge! Each week while galleries are closed we will release a new creative challenge. Let’s begin…

SAC’s Creativity Challenge Week 3: Earth Week – TRASH to TREASURE

Did you know that Wednesday, April 22 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day? In honor of this momentous occasion we dedicate Week 3 of our Creativity Challenge to Mother Earth.

What are you doing with all of those empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls? Time to put them and other household “waste” to good use.

1. Gather items that might otherwise be considered trash
2. Put your thinking caps on
3. Create something with the refuse – sculptures, multi-media, stop motion animation…whatever your endless imagination can come up with
4. Take a photo (or video) and email it to info@southamptoncenter.org and please include your name(s), the name of your creation, where you are from, your ages(s) if under 18, and your Instagram handle (if you have one)

Submissions for SAC’s Creativity Challenge will be featured on social media and in a final video presentation our YouTube channel.

So get the family, roommates, or just yourself going on the first challenge. We expect some pretty impressive submissions! And don’t forget to think about how you can make a smaller footprint on our precious earth.

Visit EarthDay.org for more info and tips on how you can take action!

Note: This is meant for you to create something new during this time of physical distance. As much as we love seeing your work, please only send images of what you are creating now.

PAST CHALLENGES (you can do them anytime!)

SAC’s Creativity Challenge Week 1: Pen to Paper
Describe Your Surroundings

On Poetry, Power Poetry says:

  • Look at where you are, and write down keywords about what you see, including nature, animals, buildings, etc. These keywords will help you write your poem, because you can choose a few words and expand on them and what they mean to you.
  • What is the weather like? The weather is something that affects our moods, so it is a good idea to write down what the current weather makes you feel and think about.
  • What people are near you? Listen to the conversations going on around you, and think about what you would say if you inserted yourself in those conversations. Poetry is about writing your opinions and beliefs, so conversations are a great place to start when thinking about what to write.
  • You don’t have to be outside to write about the setting you are in. If you are in your home, or other building, you can write about the people and objects that are near you.
  • Use all of your senses. A great poet can convey exactly what they have witnessed, through their words. Experimenting with trying to describe what you smell or touch are good writing exercises that will help you with all of your writing.
  • If you are having trouble finding something in your general area to write about, then you can write a poem about how frustrating it is sometimes to find something to write about, and you will have written a poem in no time. After all, poems are meant to convey our true feelings and beliefs.

On Creative Writing, Authority Pub says: 

  • Simply write a paragraph or two about your surroundings.
  • You can write in first person (“I am sitting at my desk, which is littered with papers and old coffee cups.”), or write in third person, simply describing what you see (“The room is bleak and empty except for one old wooden chair.”).
  • Challenge yourself to use descriptive language to set the scene so the reader can “see” what you see.
  • Rather than saying, “The light is shining through the window,” you might say, “The morning sun is streaming through the window, spotlighting a million dancing dust particles.”


When complete, email your story to info@southamptoncenter.org and please include your name, where you are from, and your age (if under 18).

Submissions for SAC’s Creativity Challenge will be featured on southamptonartscenter.org, on social media and in a final video presentation on our YouTube channel.

Poetry Source: Power Poetry

Creative Writing Source: Authority Pub

SAC’s Creativity Challenge Week 2: Culinary Arts

Let’s face it. We are all cooking more these days, and that’s a great thing! This week’s challenge is to create something of your own – something totally unique – inspired by whatever you have in the fridge, pantry, and garden. And once complete, step two is “The Art of Plating”. Make your dish photo-ready by using garnishes like fresh flowers, herbs, spices, sauces – anything edible to beautify your culinary creation. Does it have to taste good? Not really, but let’s hope it does! But most importantly, have fun, think outside the box, and use what you have. When complete, take a photo and email it to us and feel free to include the recipe if you think it’s a flavor success.


  1. Scour your fridge, pantry, garden for ingredients (it’s important that you use what you have – please do not go to the store for this challenge).
  2. Put on your thinking toque (chef’s cap).
  3. Cook or bake your culinary masterpiece (kids get the help of your parents when using the oven, please!).
  4. Find interesting and beautiful, ideally edible, items to garnish your dish to make it photo ready (Tip: Check out images from Le Bernadin, Eleven Madison Park, The Modern, French Laundry, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Noma and other five-star restaurants for inspiration).
  5. When complete, take a photo of your culinary creation.
  6. Eat! (If you think it’s not going to taste good, you don’t have to eat it, but we don’t want to waste, so try your best to make it edible).
  7. Email the photo to info@southamptoncenter.org with “Culinary Arts Challenge” in the subject line, include your name, where you are from, age (if under 18), your Instagram handle if you have one, and let us know if it was delicious. If you think the recipe is worth sharing, you are encouraged to share that as well so others can try out your masterpiece.

Entries will be featured on our social media platforms, on our website, and in a final video on our YouTube Channel.


Pen to Paper Entries:

Maui Morning Meditation © Will Ryan
Just outside my Maui meditation window
stands a magnificent Royal Poinciana
with its Ganesha trunk
and outstretched Nike arms
guarding my ohana.
Every morning as I sit cross-legged
and listen to her.
And every morning she whispers.

Nobody knows the magic
you have yet to discover.
you could be kissed by the girl
with apple blossoms in her hair
and in an instant
transformed, transfixed
transmuted into something
only your real mother would recognize.
tells me I wouldn’t even need feet anymore
sunglasses and a backpack would seem ridiculous.
On this very breath
a crack in the cosmic egg
wafted by the ecstasy
of death and rebirth.

Nobody knows the magic
we have to discover.

Young Battista from Rockville Centre, NY

A tear drop of April’s rain touches the bud of a flower. I see the blooms of the earth, in slow motion every day from my bedroom window that is my new may-shift office. I long to step outside and smell the flowers of pink, white and yellow. With a mask on my face, I can only settle with the memory of the past scents.

Justine Kim of Acton, Massachusetts

The green pine needles shimmer and twirl in the sunlight. Prisoner to the vicious virus, I sit and look out at my garden. It is April, and the earth and the sun smile wink and nudge. Should I plant my bulbs today? It looks warm enough, I think to myself as I sip my creamy breakfast tea. I glance at my phone to see the weather. 37 degrees. Well…maybe tomorrow.

Michele Kay of NYC/Southampton

(A Haiku: Spring in Manhattan in the Time of Covid-19)

Delicate blossoms

float above the avenue

not self-quarantined


Danièle Kay

This one reflects how I am feeling in my self-isolation during the covid-19 pandemic:

Ambulances wail.

Seven o’clock finds us cheering.

When will this ever end?


Weezie Prescott of Center Moriches, NY

It’s a familiar scene. A scene I have seen for several weeks now, even months. Beyond the screen of my laptop, I see my favorite piece of furniture, a large, hutch. Displayed are several pieces that belonged to my mother and both grandmothers. Small decorative pitchers, one shaped like a rooster. Another the color of old sepia paper, with ornate images around its middle. There are trays propped up against the back of the hutch, two small ones that continue the rooster theme and another one with filigree edges and a still of pears and grapes splayed across its face. My father’s boyhood pewter cup sits on the top shelf, tarnished from fingerprints, some as old as he would be if he was still here. This scene is static, not changing in my day to day writing life. It is both a comfort and a blemish that has become the background of my life.

Some things are variable though, changing hour to hour, day to day, week to week. I see my husband walking back and forth, back and forth, over and over. It must be raining today because this is his form of exercise during these harsh times. I joke that he is a duck in a carnival game that I need to hit with a pea shooter each time he passes to win a prize. If only it were so. I would be buried by a zoo of stuffed animals to distract me from the moments of banality. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, my daughter sits by me, busily emailing colleagues at work, setting up meetings online. I break from writing to tell her I made a nutritious breakfast for everyone. Old instincts have kicked in during this time of stress even though both of my children are adults.

I return to my view of the tall, oak masterpiece. I think I will get up and adjust a cup and saucer that has been bumped out of place. There, all better. I continue my novel.




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Finding the Figure with Linda Capello

Friday Oct 09 - Friday Oct 23

Practice your drawing skills in this three-session series with artist Linda Capello. Participants will practice drawing a live model through gesture sketches and longer duration observation. All skill levels are welcome, ages 16+. The classes will take place in our spacious theater allowing for ample physical distancing. Faces masks required.

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12:00 am, Thursday Dec 31

As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times

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