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:  Michael Kutzing (1949-2015)

Michael R. Kutzing always had an appreciation for fine art which he exhibited by collecting maritime art for many years. His inspiration and encouragement to paint came from Paul R. Hee, a maritime artist whom he admired.  Michael was a self-taught artist who began oil painting after retiring.

As a member of many art organizations, his skills continued to grow through the discussions, critiques, and recognition of the many talented artists with whom he became acquainted. He realized his dream of owning an art gallery, MRK Gallery in Port Jefferson, where he was able to bring the finest artists together to exhibit.  He curated his final exhibit called Captured: From Photographs to Paintings, a critically acclaimed collection of well-known artists who painted their impressions from the treasured photographs of A. S. Greene.

Michael’s representation style of painting required precision, attention to detail, and love of design; these were matched by his passion for his subject so that the emotion of the painting came shining through. He felt that oil painting “enriched his life and brought him peace, excitement and new friendships.”  Michael R. Kutzing , a most respected member of the artist community, always believed in giving back and sharing knowledge.

For further information or to purchase prints, please contact Denise Kutzing at dmkutz72@msn.com.  You can see some of Michael’s work on display in the Museum Gift Corner during the month of June.