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:  Patricia Solan

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland but have been a resident of Long Island since 1963. I graduated from Stony Brook University with a major in Studio Art and a Minor in Art History.  I also attended the Maryland Institute of Art, Long Island University at Southampton, and the New York Academy of Art.  I have taken many workshops in painting, printmaking, sculpting and fiber arts.

For more than 20 years, I worked as both a staff member, but mostly as a free-lance artist, specializing in textile designs for the home furnishing industry. Prior to this, I was the assistant to the Fine Arts Chairman at the School for Visual Arts.  All the while I continued my own personal artistic endeavors.

I belonged to the Ceres Art Gallery in NYC for 12 years. I have had eight one-person painting shows plus many invitational and juried exhibitions.  I have also exhibited my fiber figures in three one-person shows and juried and invitational exhibitions; most recently in Gallery North’s “Fiber Arts Show.”

I have paintings, prints, and fiber figures in both private and public collections. Recently, two of my fiber figures went to England – one to the British Wool Council and the other to the Textile Museum of Excellence.

I have been primarily a landscape painter from the very beginning (I was drawing trees at three years old and melting my crayons to see what colors and shapes I could create). I am influenced by the special qualities that light presents at particular times of day and the mood it creates.  My paintings are also about space and the evocative qualities of stillness and serenity.  I am very fortunate to be living in an area where there is such a variety of subject matter available for the landscape painter.