Southampton Arts Center is currently showing “East End Collected,” now in its sixth iteration. Conceived and curated by Artist Paton Miller, “EEC6” is on view through Sunday, April 11.
East End Collected draws attention to the large population of artists living in the region and reflects Miller’s vision of the East End as an ideal environment for artists to create work. In this iteration of the popular exhibition, Miller continues with the intention of never showing the same artist twice. Since its 2015 launch, the series has featured over 200 individuals. Through this exhibition, Southampton Arts Center celebrates 35 new artists and further establishes SAC as a vibrant home where the East End arts scene continues to thrive.
“We are delighted to open 2021 with East End Collected, the series that helped establish SAC as the dynamic multidisciplinary center it is today. Paton has once again assembled a dynamic and exciting group of East End artists,” said Tom Dunn, SAC’s executive director. “We simply cannot wait to share this show with our community.”
Of the series, Miller says, “In 2012, I was invited to a meeting to discuss the possibility of creating an arts center at 25 Jobs Lane. I was asked my opinion, and I said, to what would become the founding members of the Southampton Art Center, that if they were setting about opening an arts center, to survive they must be loved. To achieve that I said their focus should be on the incredible artistic depth and diversity of our immediate region.
“A few months later, I was invited to curate the first East End Collected exhibition. Here we are these years later and under extreme circumstances with our sixth installment having exhibited more than 200 artists.” Miller said. “Curating these shows has been an honor and revelatory experience.”
“EEC6” artists include Linda K. Alpern, Mary Boochever, Deborah Buck, Dominic Cantasano, Isadora Capraro, Philippe Cheng, Joe Chierchio, Jerry Cooke, James Croak, Noel de Lesseps, David Geiser, Mary Delaney, John Dios, Melody Guini, Candace Hill, Dennis Lawrence, Christina Matthai, Gerald Monroe, Ryan Moore, Shimon Okshteyn, Zach Osif, Patrick Peters, Leila Pinto, William Quigley, Doug Reina, Bastienne Schmidt, Christine Sciulli, Anne Seelbach, Agathe Snow, Kevin Teare, Catherine Van Milders, Maria Vasconcelos, Linh Vivace, Claire Watson, Carol Weinberg, Suzanne Wetanson, and John Whelan. The show pays tribute to two East End Collected alums lost in 2020 — David Geiser (“EEC1”) and Shimon Okshteyn (“EEC4”).
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, is Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. On Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m., an Illustrated Artist Talk will be offered on Zoom at 7 p.m. by artists Linda K. Alpern, Jim Croak, Deborah Buck, Bastienne Schmidt, Agathe Snow, and Maria Vasconcelos. A free gallery tour with Paton Miller will take place on Saturday, April 3, at 12:30 p.m. Visit southamptonartscenter.org for more information.