Southampton Arts Center’s Second Annual Summer Cocktail Party


Photos courtesy of Society Allure

On Saturday, June 25, Southampton Arts Center [SAC –] hosted its second annual summer cocktail party, Whimsy: A Garden Soirée, against the backdrop of its new sculpture garden exhibition. More than 300 of Southampton’s prominent philanthropists, artists, and residents gathered to make this fundraising effort a great success. Guests enjoyed gourmet fare from Acquolina and cocktails from Highclere Castle gin, while listening to swing jazz by the Frank Vignola Trio. The event, which supports SAC’s mission of community building through the arts, was generously supported by Frances Valentine, Gardeneering, Hamptons Fashion Week, Highclere Castle Gin, Libéllule/Textures Atelier, and Purist.

“What a magical evening in our sculpture garden,” shared Southampton Arts Center trustee and event chair Elyn Kronemeyer. “The music, food, and gorgeous flowers transported us all to the south of France for the night! We are grateful for the generous support of our hosts, sponsors, and all who turned out to celebrate the beginning of our summer season. Everyone is invited to join us as we embark upon an exciting summer of music, art, film, and dance.”

Located on historic Jobs Lane in the heart of Southampton Village, Southampton Arts Center provides rich and diverse art, music, film, and educational programming year-round.

Whimsy: A Garden Soirée guests included Elyce Arons, Veronica Atkins, Kristi Avram, Sissi Bohlen, Doris Castells Valle, Mark Fichandler, Yubal Márquez Fleites, Geraldine Gottesman, James and Peter Gregory, Melinda Hackett, Katharine and Michael Haggiag, George Hallahan, Peter Hallock, Maryanne Horwath and Michael Shaheen, Kim and Jason Isaly, Victoria Kahn, Daniela Kronemeyer, Denise Lefrak, Cristina Matos, Carol and John Mehas, Jessica Mezzacappa and John Zieman, Mar Morosse, Robert Nelson, Dee Rivera, Jill and David Robbins, Sofia and Fernando Sanchez, Monique Savarese, Marybeth Schmidt, Kristen Segal, Jean Shafiroff, Mary Slattery, Steven Stolman and Rich Wilkie, Christina Strassfield, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Alexandra Talty, Linda Talty, Juana and Conrado Tenaglia, Mary Beth and Ellen Welsh, Nancy Zink O’Connor, and more.

Southampton Village trustees included Mayor Jesse Warren, Gina Aresta, Robin Brown, and Joe McLaughlin.

Southampton Arts Center trustees included founding co-chair J. Whitney Stevens, Roberta Amon, Jennifer Arcure, Sylvia Hemingway, Elyn Kronemeyer, Aima Raza, Siamak Samii, Nicole Salmasi, Paul Travis, and Rob Vahradian.

SAC’s galleries are open Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 5 PM. Learn more and register for events at