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: Robert Roehrig
From the time I was a child growing up in Queens and then Hicksville, I always loved to draw. I would sketch airplanes, cars, people – pretty much anything that caught my fancy. I took some art courses in high school and then at Hofstra University, but I decided on social studies education as a career path. After college I married my lovely wife, Joan, and we raised our children, Kimberly and Brian. Throughout those busy years I occasionally did some drawing and water color painting as a hobby. When I retired from teaching and then counseling at Commack High School in 2002, I decided to try something I hadn’t done since high school – oil painting. I soon found the versatility and rich colors of the oil medium to my liking.
I enjoy painting Long Island landscapes and seascapes, as well as scenes from countries we visit while on vacation. I tend toward realism in my paintings and I often choose subjects that highlight the contrast between sunlight and shadow. I’m always on the lookout for an interesting or beautiful scene so I usually have my camera handy.
I exhibit paintings every autumn at the annual Setauket Artists’ Exhibition at the Neighborhood House. I’m also a member of the Smithtown Township Arts Council and the North Shore Art Guild and show paintings at their exhibitions. As a member of LIMarts, I enjoy interacting with many wonderful artists and the challenge of creating paintings for the various exhibition themes.
See samples of Robert’s work on display in the Visitors Center for the month of March.