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TAKEOVER! 2020 Gallery Tour with Artists and Amy Kirwin


Join the TAKEOVER! 2020 artists and SAC’s Amy Kirwin for an informal tour of the galleries.

TAKEOVER! 2020: Artists in Residence

Conceived and Curated by Amy Kirwin


Sponsored by Ingrid Arneberg

Additional support provided by the Long Island Community Foundation

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1 from 6-8 PM followed by a free dance party with DJ Mister Lama from 8-10 PM

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

Southampton Arts Center is thrilled to once again hand over the galleries to ten talented East End artists working in a variety of mediums. Each artist has been assigned their own space for a “pop-up” studio containing personal items that both comfort and inspire them to create. In addition to exhibiting completed pieces, the artists will be in residence in the galleries and their works-in-progress will be on view at all times. Completed works will be installed and the artists will have scheduled weekly studio time in the galleries from Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM to create new works in a wide variety of mediums. A schedule will be posted online each week so the public can plan visits accordingly. This gives guests the opportunity to visit repeatedly to view the progress of new works.

This artists playground offers the public a rarely seen peek into the creative process and offers visitors a sense of what it’s like to be invited into these sacred private spaces. It is both encouraged and anticipated that the TAKEOVER 2020! artists will collaborate organically during the course of their residencies.

New this year, students from the Ross School and Southampton High School will be working alongside the professional artists to learn from their collective years of experience, and the interactive setting will help them build confidence and enhance their communication skills. Southampton High School students include Jen Muller, Cynthia Lin, Caraline Oakley, and Ava Cesario.

There will be workshops for all ages, intimate gallery tours, and unique programs inspired by the artists and their works in progress. Additionally, a weekly “hangout” will take place every Thursday from 6-8 PM where the community can come and spend the evening with the artists, play ping pong, have a drink, socialize, and watch the creative process at play.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6 PM

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

Weekly “In Studio” Schedule to be Announced.


Saturday, 2/1 · 6-8 PM: Free Public Opening Celebration

Saturday, 2/1 · 8-10 PM · FREE: Saturday Night Stomp After (Dance) Party with DJ Mister Lama

Sundays, 2/2 & 4/12 · 3 PM · FREE: Gallery Tours with the Artists

Every Thursday, 2/6-4/2 · 6-8 PM · FREE: Takeover Hangouts with special Community Partners, including OLA, Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum, East End Food Institute, the Watermill Center, Slow Food East End and more to be announced.

Friday, 3/20 · 6 PM · FREE: Panel Discussion with Takeover 2019 Alumni


Saturday, 2/8 · 3 PM · $25 · Ages 13+: Embroidery with Erica-Lynn Huberty

Sunday, 2/9 · 3 PM · $25 · Ages 16+: Painting with Dinah Maxwell Smith

Saturday, 2/15 · 3 PM · $20 · Ages 6-13: Painting for Kids with Isadora Capraro

Sunday, 2/16 · 3 PM · $20 · All Ages: Sculpey Minis with Takeover Alum Ruby Jackson

Fridays, 2/28 & 3/27 · 6-8 PM · $25 · Ages 21+: Sip & Paint with Michael Butler

Saturday, 2/29 · 3 PM · $25 · Ages 13+: Sculpting with Miles Partington

Saturday, 3/7 · 3 PM · $20 · Ages 6-13: Drawing for Kids with Jodi Bentivegna

Sunday, 3/8 · 3 PM · $25 · Ages 16+: Painting with Isadora Capraro

Saturday, 3/14 · 3 PM · $25 · Ages 16+: Painting with Melinda Hackett

Sunday, 3/15 · 3 PM · $30 · Ages 16+: Weaving with Takeover Alum Laurie Lambrecht

Saturday, 3/21 · 3 PM · $20 · Ages 16+: Drawing with Jodi Bentivegna

Sunday, 3/22 · 3 PM · $25 · Ages 16+: Photography/Mixed Medium with Kerry Sharkey-Miller

Saturday, 3/28 · 3 PM · $25 · Ages 16+: Painting Outdoors with Esly Escobar

Saturday, 4/4 · 3 PM · $25 · Ages 16+: Outdoor Experimentation with Franco Cuttica

Materials will be provided for all workshops.

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. After a near-fatal car accident in 2005, Huberty looked to her childhood obsession of needle-pointing as a way of reclaiming the devastating physical injuries and psychological trauma. 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.”  The process is at once tedious, time-consuming and physically demanding, as well as a symbol of feminine self-worth.  Sometimes, the narrative is allowed to develop organically from textures and images on existing textiles, or in segments of her own sketches, scraps of trim, lace and appliqués, crocheted strands; at other times, a set mythos is constructed from her own fictional or autobiographical narratives.  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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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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