Last Saturday evening, Southampton Arts Center (SAC) celebrated three beloved local artists – Deborah Buck, Hal Buckner, and Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas – with the opening of their latest exhibition, Figures Transformed.
SAC Founding Co-Chair, Simone Levinson, told the crowded room, “Our mission has always been to build a community for the talented artists and art enthusiasts of New York’s East End. As I look around and see all of you here, it is a testament to what we do year-round. Thank you to our artists for inspiring us and to all of you for being part of our community. We’re very excited to have this exhibition as the perfect backdrop for our upcoming 2022 SummerFest! Before we’ve even sent out the invitations, we’ve raised over $500,000 and sold over 400 tickets! THAT is community.”
On view until September 24, the multimedia exhibition displays works that use the figure as central imagery. Deborah Buck uses anthropomorphic and imaginary figures to create an other-worldly environment that beckons us to partake in a world beyond ours.
Hal Buckner utilizes the female figure to empower, celebrate, and alter the art historical canon. Strong-Cuevas focuses on the figure’s head as a representation of the whole, exploring inner consciousness, outer space and communication through space and time. The show is curated by Christina Mossaides Strassfield and sponsored by Sylvia Hemingway and Lana Jokel.
Guests at the exhibition included SummerFest honorees Helena and Rob Vahradian, as well as Dr. Paula Angelone, Veronica Atkins, Eric Bregman, Maria Elena Christiansen, Dorothy Frankel, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Carolina von Humbold, Elyn Kronemeyer, Claudia Marmolejo, Mar and William Morosse, Henry Munoz III, Michael Perleoni, Lauren Day Roberts, Jean Shafiroff, J. Whitney Stevens, and Melanie Wambold.
To join Southampton Arts Center for SummerFest on September 1st, honoring Helena and Rob Vahradian, visit www.southamptonartscenter.org.