Embracing the goal to enhance and support the rich artistic talent on Long Island, LIM has created a special membership opportunity for visual artists, LIMarts: a collaborative arts group.  Designed for artists dedicated to creating a new forum within our cultural community, LIMarts offers space for the exhibition and sale of artwork, varied programming events, lectures and opportunities for social gathering with other artists and the public.  For information about becoming an LIMarts members, e-mail Alexandria D’Auria.

Artist of the Month:  Arline Goldstein

I exhibited my first watercolor painting of a horse on Madison Avenue. I was eight and it was in my Grandfather’s tailor shop window.  He loved my painting and it motivated me to paint more.  He became my muse, and drawing and painting became my passion; in my life, in my family and in my classrooms.  My art education continued in Saturday classes at Pratt Institute, Washington Irving H.S. and Stony Brook University, where I earned an M.F.A., Bachelor’s Degree, and M.A.  I retired from Longwood Central Schools and have accomplished things that I only dreamed of.

After retiring, I served as President of the Smithtown Arts Council, created the “Backyard Painters”, organized “The Art Market” at the Smithtown Historical Society, gave lessons privately to adults and youngsters in my home studio, and attended “The Art Student League” in N.Y.C., where I studied under Michael Burban and Letitia Rose. I went on painting trips to Provence, France with Janet Fish and Don Nice, and to Ireland with Master teacher Laura Bealy. 

My work has appeared on the cover of Dan’s Papers, Artist Magazine, and numerous other publications.  I was commissioned to paint the restaurant, Bobby Van’s, that appears in their advertisements,  have  exhibited from N.Y.C. to the Hamptons and my  work hangs alongside Warhol’s and Lichtenstein’s in collections of Art collectors, in Germany, Canada and throughout the world.  “Keeping Time With Jou-Jou”, a children’s book illustrated by me, was selected to be at the Los Angeles Book Fair at U.C.L.A.  Studio 455, my Gallery, is where I exhibit my work and teach Drawing and Painting.  My work is also exhibited in the Calderone Gallery on 1st Street in St. James.  Eight years ago I started teaching at Stony Brook University, in OLLI.  I call my program “So, You Think You Can’t Draw? Yes, You Can.”

My paintings are colorful and playful and I want them to bring joy to my viewers. Through the years, critics have said there is a lot of Matisse in my work, so I decided to put me in Matisse’s’ work.  I call this series “Matisse Unleashed”.

Every day, I get to do what I love. Thanks Grandpa Max!

~ Arline Goldstein

Arline’s work will be on display in the Long Island Museum Visitors Center through the month of December.