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The Pleasurists and 'Mash-Up Society'

A portrait of actor Ethan Hawke by William

A portrait of actor Ethan Hawke by William Quigley. He and fellow artist Ben Moon will be hosting the opening of their “Mash-Up Society” showcase on Friday, July 11, at Skrapper Studios in East Hampton. Credit: William Quigley

If heading out to the East End this weekend in order to investigate the seventh annual ArtHamptons fine art fair, rest assured the fest will offer its usual loaded program of seminars, notable appearances, presentations and creative pieces (visit for full details) -- but if you were thinking you'd like to check out something artsy on the South Fork yet off the ArtHamptons slate, consider spending Friday night with The Pleasurists.

Such a name could inspire the assumption that this doing could be a potentially lascivious undertaking, but in fact The Pleasurists are actually artists Ben Moon and William Quigley -- a duo whose work is often inspired by famous figures and icons -- with Moon ( mixing video imagery and music to demonstrate his take on cultural behavior and values, while Quigley’s efforts in portrait painting range anywhere in subject from rapper/actor Ice Cube to former President George W. Bush (

On Friday, July 11, from 7 to 11 p.m., the two will be hosting the opening affair for their new “Mash-Up Society” showcase, located at Skrapper Studios in East Hampton. The occasion is free to attend, but there will be merchandise and cocktails for sale -- and the artists have stated that they will contribute a portion of the proceedings to the Wounded Warriors, a 501(c)(3) charity for injured veterans, with the donation to be applied to the organization’s “Soldier Ride” cycling event.

The evening will also feature music from EDM DJ Monikkr and band Bella & The Beast, as well as pieces by Springs-based artist Alex George McCue; RSVP for Mash-Up Society via

*Skrapper Studios is at 62 Newtown Lane in East Hampton.

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