NEW KDHamptons Party Pix: Southampton Arts Center Hosts 5th Annual SummerFest Benefit

Simone Levinson and David Levinson attend the Southampton Arts Center’s Summerfest 2019 honoring Diane Tuft on Aug. 29 in Southampton. (Photos by Rob Rich/

Southampton Arts Center hosted its 5th annual SummerFest benefit on Thursday, August 30. This year SAC honored Peter Marino, with the Champion of the Arts Award and over the court of the evening, contemporary American-Spanish artist Domingo Zapata created an interactive painting to be auctioned off in support of SAC’s programming.

Jean Shafiroff

Peter Marino

In addition to Zapata’s live, interactive painting during cocktail hour, guests strolled through the galleries to enjoy Counterpoint: Selections from the Peter Marino Collection – one of the largest assemblages of world-class contemporary art displayed on the East End. Additionally, the Studio @SAC will be activated with a workshop by North Fork chalk artist Kara Hoblin.

Steve McKenna, Elizabeth Haliday, Diana Aceti, and Frank Quevedo
Southampton Mayor Jesse Warrren and Martyna Sokol

SummerFest is SAC’s premiere annual event, raising nearly a half-million dollars, to support world-class exhibitions and 200-plus programs annually, many of which are free of charge. Attendees savor signature dishes from the most celebrated chefs on the East End plus DJ and dancing under the stars on the historic grounds of 25 Jobs Lane.

The honorees along with event chairs Simone and David Levinson, Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein, and Alex Roepers will be joined by distinguished guests Jill Braufman and Dan Nir, Bob Colacello, Lisa Dennison, Diana and Joe DiMenna, Jane Holzer, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Hal Bruckner, Isabelle Marino and Ryan Hoffman, Tiffany and Claus Moller, Susan and David Rockefeller,J. Whitney Stevens, and Edwina von Gal.

Tatiana Waldman and Mark Briggs
Honoree Diane Tuft and Simone Levinson

Culinary partners include Boa Thai, Catena’s Market, Citarella, Clamman Seafood Market, EMP Summer House, Golden Pear Café, Hampton Coffee Company, Hamptons Farms Social Eatery, Janet O’Brien Caterers, Juice Press, Kalamazoo/Plessers, Le Charlot, Little Red, Maison Vivienne, Red Bar, Saaz, Sant Ambroeus, Sip ‘n Soda, The Fudge Company, Topping Rose House, Union Cantina, and a special wine bar hosted by Bottle Hampton. Event décor by Frank Alexander will be enhanced by staffing and additional catering from Tastings.