Two Artists Bring Our Town to the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

“Tossed Tempest” by Sag Harbor artist Michael Butler.
“Tossed Tempest” by Sag Harbor artist Michael Butler.
“Tossed Tempest” by Sag Harbor artist Michael Butler.

Michael Butler & Barbara Hadden: Our Town will open at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum on Saturday, September 12 – the second exhibit in a two part series that is a part of the celebration of the 375th anniversary of Southampton Town. The opening will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and the exhibit will remain on view through October 15.

Ms. Hadden is a self-taught artist whose works can be found in many collections. Settled in Sag Harbor, she is a long-time resident of the South Fork who finds the architecture and landscapes of Eastern Long Island a continuous source of inspiration. Beginning to paint in the late seventies in a primitive style using acrylic and ink, she made a departure to watercolor and now enjoys working in oils.

Mr. Butler is a self-taught, regional artist whose preferred medium is acrylic on canvas. The deep jewel tones in his paintings are reminiscent of Henri Rousseau or the early works of Romare Bearden. His works do tell stories with source material derived from mythology, either current or ancient, religious or spiritual references, stories overheard or purely from his imagination. Often there is a dream-like quality to the paintings. Another important component of his work is that of historian or documentarian.

The exhibit has been partially funded by the Town of Southampton. For more information, visit