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TAKEOVER 2020! Artists in Residence


Conceived and Curated by Amy Kirwin


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Sponsored by Ingrid Arneberg

Additional support provided by the Long Island Community Foundation and the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs.

Public funding provided by Suffolk County

Masks are required upon entry into the galleries, and guests are expected to practice established social distancing protocol. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.

TAKEOVER 2020! artists include Jodi Bentivegna, Michael Butler, Isadora Capraro, Franco Cuttica, Esly Escobar, Melinda Hackett, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Dinah Maxwell Smith, Miles Partington, and Kerry Sharkey-Miller

Back by popular demand with 10 new artists-in-residence! Southampton Arts Center has once again handed over its galleries to ten East End artists, each with an assigned space to set up a “pop-up” studio. Completed works will be installed and the artists will have weekly studio time in the galleries from Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM to create new works in a wide variety of mediums. Guests are encouraged to visit repeatedly to view the progress of new works.

TAKEOVER 2020! is sponsored by Ingrid Arneberg with additional support from the Long Island Community Foundation. Public funding provided by Suffolk County.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6 PM

ADMISSION: $5 Suggested Donation (Free for Friends of SAC and Children 12 & Under)

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About the TAKEOVER 2020 Artists


Jodi Bentivegna is an artist and illustrator who lives and works from Shelter Island, NY. She has a background in archaeology and works currently as a ferry boat captain. She makes pictures concerned with ideas of place, rootedness, and time, and uses the tarot to incorporate chance and communicate magical archetypes in her images. Image pictured: Settled. Watercolor, 8.5 x 11”, April 2019.

Michael A. Butler is a native New Yorker and self-taught regional artist who focuses upon the hidden worlds of the historical and mythological. Many of his paintings reflects the unspoken history of this locality with specific reference to the African-American and Native-American influences. The deep jewel tones frequently represented in Butler’s work are reminiscent of those seen in the paintings of Henri Rousseau and the early works of Romare Bearden, two artists whom Butler admires. Another artistic influence is Aaron Douglass, whose geometric paintings provide inspiration. Butler has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and had his own gallery at one time. He is a former president of a local historical society. While also having exhibited in Massachusetts, Manhattan, Brooklyn, NY and Nassau County, he exhibits mainly on the East End of Long Island. Butler has had one-man shows at Gallery Merz, Headley Studio, Paradise Restaurant and the Eastville Community Historical Society, all located in Sag Harbor, NY. Image pictured: The Toy King; Acrylic on Canvas & Mixed Media; 8″ x 12″.


Isadora Capraro was born in Italy in 1994 and immigrated to Buenos Aires shortly after. After attending the Manuel Belgrano National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Isadora moved to the United States and has since worked for artists of note in Los Angeles, New York, Sagaponack, and Buenos Aires, while developing her own artwork. Isadora had her first solo show in 2018 and after that, she participated in several group shows in the United States. Her work is part of private collections in Buenos Aires, New York and Mexico. She now lives and works in Southampton and her paintings construct a universe in which the human figure tenderly merges with the subtle world of nature. Her work brings the viewer the possibility to attend that state of peace and stillness.


Franco Cuttica’s work of art has an undeniably close connection to nature. Just as wood floats down the river and trails from coast to coast, Cuttica moves his particular vision of art, marking the path of his cosmopolitan career. This movement could even be described as inherent to his work. The monumentality of his many pieces, whether pertaining to horses, portraits or the different elements, involves a tedious and complex development. This evolves into part of the challenge and the adventure of the process. A chance to cross limits and expand borders. At the age of 6, his family emigrated to the United States from Argentina and eventually moved to East Hampton. Franco’s work manifests itself in a variety of mediums, all intended to express the cycles of nature and what he calls “the flat circularity of time.” Franco’s “Driftwood” series “is an intervened extension of a journey”. The wood that has traveled from faraway lands, like Africa, that by happenstance ends up on a beach in Long Island, artificially “blends” in an extended expression, a final suggestion of the influence of man.


Esly E. Escobar creates work that combines techniques from ready-made found art, assemblage and collage, Abstract Expressionism, and drip painting methods. The artist generally works in large format painting, often combining oils, acrylics, and enamels into a single work. His organic process involves positioning canvases flat on the floor, layering and dripping paint in a 360-degree angle until an “identity” or “character” is revealed from the abstractions. According to the artist, some of these non- representational characters “take on names, personalities, quirks, and background narratives of their own.” Escobar also uses diptych and triptych formats, and experiments with odd-shaped canvases and found objects such as album covers of old LPs incorporated into his mixed media paintings.  Escobar’s work was featured in the solo exhibition Colorful Journey at The Remsenburg Academy in 2017, and in an earlier solo show there in 2015. His paintings were included in two group shows in 2016 (Guild Hall, East Hampton; East End Arts, Riverhead; Westhampton Library); and again at Westhampton Library in December 2018. Escobar’s work is in several private collections including The Parrish Art Museums Permanent Collection. Image pictured: Duck Sauce; 2015.


Melinda Hackett is a New York and Southampton based painter and printmaker. She works primarily in oil with an interest in watercolor, color pencil and mono printing. Her colorful, biomorphic, surreal canvases and paper pieces have been compared to such varied sources as the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, African trading beads and single cell diatoms. Her work can be found in many public and private collections including the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY. Image pictured: Blue Bird; 2019; Oil on Paper.

Erica-Lynn Huberty’s work is fiber-based, though she earned her MFA in Painting in 1995 from Bennington College where she trained with Amy Sillman and Andrew Spence. Her work mingles textiles and sewing arts techniques with watercolor and ink, embroidery, crochet and knitting, loom-woven grounds, mediums overlapping as if done simultaneously, and exploring the historical tradition of “women’s work.”  She is informed by 17th-19th Century naturalist drawings, self-taught and folk art traditions, and by environmental and architectural factors, particularly the fragility of endangered environments, flora and fauna, and vanishing historically-significant sites.  Her art has been exhibited at Racine Art Museum, WI; David&Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn; Ricco Maresca Gallery and Denise Bibro Fine Arts in Manhattan; Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY.  She has most recently created site-specific installations at an abandoned beach house in Bridgehampton, for MATTA in SoHo, the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum in Sag Harbor, NY, and on Mary Mattingly’s Wetland, for The Parrish Art Museum’s ambitious “Radical Seafaring” exhibition. Image pictured: “Endangered: Bird Triptych; 2019.


Dinah Maxwell Smith studied at l’Académie Julian in Paris and received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been widely exhibited in and around New York and the east coast including such venues as the Parrish Art Museum (invitationals 1979 & 1984 and Artists Choose Artists, 2016); the Slater Museum, Norwich, CT; the Dog Museum in St Louis, MO; The Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton Arts Center, the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum and others.  She has shown extensively in Paris and in Hamburg, Germany. She was a participant for several years in the Museum of Modern Art Lending Service and her work is in the permanent collections of various private collectors as well as JPMorgan/Chase bank, the Bridgeport (CT) Museum of Art, the RISD Museum and the Laurance Rockefeller Collection. Dinah lives in Southampton and has been a recurring featured cover artist for Dan’s Papers. Image pictured: Edgewood Series; Dog Swimming; Oil on Canvas; 16″ x 20″. Photo of Dinah by Dana Shaw.


Miles Partington was born and raised in Southampton, NY. He was quickly exposed to art and creativity through his family. In grade school he had an internship with sculptor William King, which continues to inspire his work. He continued his art education at Southampton High School, and afterwards he mainly developed his techniques on his own. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 2005 and some moving back and forth between coasts, Miles ended up back in Southampton. He enjoys the art community, past and present, and the beautiful scenery that the East End of Long Island contains. His work has been included in exhibitions at Art Space 98 and Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton and at Southampton Arts Center. Since 2012, he has exhibited with Tripoli Gallery and had his first solo exhibition with the gallery in 2018 titled Where, where is the town. In 2018, he began collaborating with the Montauk Oceans Institute with Tripoli Gallery, creating artwork for their yearly exhibitions. For their 2018 exhibit, Save the Right Whale, he painted a mural on the floor of the Montauk Oceans Institute representing the 450 North Atlantic Right Whales remaining at that time. A pop-up exhibition with Tripoli Gallery, Below the Storm, featured new sculptures alongside the Montauk Oceans Institute’s Laws Not Jaws exhibit in 2019. Image pictured: Sitting in the Morning.


Kerry Sharkey-Miller is a photographer based in Sag Harbor, New York with an extensive background in fine art and media production. She received her BFA in Photography from LIU. For ten years she owned and operated a successful fine art gallery in Southampton, New York that featured the work of renowned contemporary Native American artists. For the next 14 years she had a career as an educator specializing in photography, digital printing and stop-motion animation. As an educator she traveled extensively, taking students on annual trips that combined photography with humanitarian service, to locations in Australia, Kenya, New Zealand, Brazil, Morocco, Peru and throughout the United States. Kerry is currently developing a photographic body of work which is reflective of her passion for the beauty and preservation of our natural environment. She is exploring contemporary methods of alternative process that are much less toxic to humans and the environment, yet yield a unique etherial quality to the imagery reminiscent of the traditional darkroom techniques. Image pictured: Portrait of a Lion.


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eARTh – Artists as Activists

Saturday Apr 17 - Sunday Jul 11

Curated by Amy Kirwin Program Partners include Drawdown East End, Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum, Oceana and the Peter Matthiessen Center. This timely exhibition features artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, science, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. The vision for eARTh is to use art to creatively confront the alarming state of our precious planet and its inhabitants in a way that all can understand and appreciate. The intention of eARTh is to ask questions and inspire action. What can you do to make a difference? Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Thomas Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, John Haigney, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Tucker Marder, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Anne Seelbach, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft, plus a special project by the members of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Young Environmentalists program. Image: Alejandro Duran; Vena, 2011

East End Collected6 March Illustrated Talk

07:00 pm, Thursday Mar 18

Join us on Zoom for the second of two virtual illustrated talks with select East End Collected6 artists. Each participant will have ten minutes to share slides of their work and discuss their process. Hosted by Curator Paton Miller. Featuring Linda K. Alpern, Jim Croak, Deborah Buck, Bastienne Schmidt, Agathe Snow, and Maria Vasconcelos.

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