ART & SOUL: Hamptons Returns with a Bang!

A soulful event was held in the Hamptons on May 27, 2023, which included four events attended by artists, art curators, collectors, business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, and the cultural elite of the Hamptons. BIPOC artists living in the Hamptons and beyond were celebrated through the creation of ART & SOUL: Hamptons. Art curators, collectors, and supporters are supported and connected through the series of events.

In honor of the first weekend of summer, the Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) kicked off the Art Walk with the first stop. Demarcus McGaughey, an international contemporary artist, has a residency at SAAM until July 22, 2023. On the second stop of the art walk, we visited the Southampton Arts Center (SAC), where A MOMENT IN TIME: ICONIC IMAGES BY HARRY BENSON is on display through July 15, 2023. Last but not least, the art walk ended at Hidden Gem NY, a home decor and lifestyle boutique owned by two amazing sisters Tanya Willock and Temidra Willock-Morsch.

The Hamptons hosted a SOLD-OUT brunch at 75 MAIN’s private outdoor patio in celebration of ART & SOUL. A special presentation by Demarcus McGaughy, who gave guests his limited edition print of ‘Cool Cat’, a mix media collage print of his uncle John Crenshaw (brother of his grandmother), was held for some of the Hamptons’ and New York’s most socially connected Black and Brown women. The original painting was created by Demarcus during his residency at Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio on the Shinnecock Reservation in Fall 2022.

THE ART EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE AT RAINDROP’S CAFE, A cozy event venue run by Shinnecock Indian Nation members. Among the featured artists were Alvin Clayton-Fernandes, Errin Whitaker, Tohanash Tarrant, and Kim Wright. Visitors met all of the artists in a space filled with a rich history of the Native American Shinnecock Tribe’s contribution to the Hamptons.

A sipping experience was held at Raindrop’s Café at the end of the day, featuring a wine bar sponsored by Ettore Wine (from California), flavored sparkling water sponsored by SOVANY, and delicious Native American bites catered by Poppin Patties, owned by Deana Smith. Guests enjoyed the 360 camera and LED light photo booth sponsored by VBA the Media Group.

In addition, guests received a variety of luxury swag bags. Sponsors of the luxury gift bags include Borghese, StriVection, EVE LOM, CAUDALIE, BIONOVA, Imperial DAX Company, Andrew Fitzsimons, NatureLab Tokyo, Daily Dose, SELECT by Curaleaf, Wendy Williams Med Spa & IV Drip Bar, and SOVANY.


HAMPTONS HIATUS is a private membership association designed for artisan entrepreneurs and those who support them; creating, socializing, and experiencing brand awareness in a community space is the vision.

POPPIN PATTIES was created during the summer of 2010 by 3 friends with tons of creative energy. During one of our brainstorming sessions, we were vibing on a food product that was quick and easy to eat on the go. We tossed around several ideas and decided to go with a unique spin on an everyday favorite.

VBA THE MEDIA GROUP is an award-winning event service brand based in Uniondale, NY. Customized photo booths are available for all types of celebrations, including birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, galas, festivals, social events, and more.

SOUTHAMPTON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM was founded and created by Brenda Simmons to promote an understanding and appreciation of African American culture by creating programs that will preserve the past, encourage learning, and enhance the life of the community.  

SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER provides a dynamic venue to present the highest quality programming to the entire community through partnerships with a diverse slate of world-class artists, performers, educators, and cultural institutions.

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN, INC. (Long Island Cross County Section) is leading, advocating, and empowering women of African descent, their families, and communities.

URBAN LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights and urban advocacy group. The Long Island affiliate of the National Urban League was founded in 1972 by a group of Grumman workers who couldn’t find working opportunities.

BLACK WOMEN OF LONG ISLAND is an established community within the Black Women of Long Island.  Our purpose is to network, partner, and build with one another.

WOMEN’S DIVERSITY NETWORK connects and mobilizes women and gender-expansive people of different backgrounds to create positive change through unity and collective work.

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