Elaine Benson Art Gallery

The Elaine Benson Gallery opened in 1965 and closed in 2006. It was located across from the post office in Bridgehampton, New York and is currently located inside the Children’s Museum of the East End.



Last summer, The Children’s Museum of the East End hosted “Mostly Fish” exhibition featuring a collection of work from 16 East End artists. The exhibition was curated by Kimberly Goff of the Elaine Benson Gallery and it celebrated the aquatic life found in the homes, bays, and oceans throughout the East End and beyond. It featured artists Scott Scott Bluedorn, Rossa Cole, Kimberly Goff, Edward Joseph, Ann Lombardo, Dave Nadal, Stephen Mannino, Lynn Matsuoka, Connie Oshrin, Leo Revi, John Rist, Cindy Pease Roe, Gary Schatmeyer, Barbara Thomas, Pamela Thomson and Maureen Travers.

In an interview with CMEE, Kimberly discussed being a pivotal member of the community much like her mother was before her passing. “Being active in the community has always been high on my list as well as my mother’s. In fact, people used to say that my mother was the “unofficial mayor of Bridgehampton.”

In June, the next exhibit to be featured in the Elaine Benson Art Gallery is “Thirty Squared.” It will feature artwork by artists such as Susan D’Alessio, Gail Gallagher, Kimberly Goff, Aubrey Grainger, Pat Hadley, Barbara Jones, Dana Little Brown, Keith Mantell, Lucille Berrill Paulsen, Eileen Dawn Stretch, Pamela Thomson and Maureen Travers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the Children’s Museum to an audience who might otherwise be unaware of its commitment to the East End community,” said Kimberly Goff, the show’s organizer. “As a former member of CMEE’s board and current member of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Board, I view any chance to raise the profile of the area’s cultural institutions as a no-brainer.”

This summer, the latest must-see exhibition is “Whimsy @ The Children’s Musem” featuring the work of seven local East End artists. The artists’ reception will take place on Saturday, May 19 and will be open for viewings until July 3rd from 9am-5pm daily.