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:  Diane Bouchier

“My work is within the natural history tradition in which the focus is on a realistic interpretation of an animal or plant subject. Sources of inspiration range from farm animals to animals in the wild to our domestic companions. Working primarily in pastels or colored pencil, I try to capture the intelligence and expressive quality of the animal. The starting point is usually a photograph I’ve taken during a visit to a farm or a zoo, although I also create pet portraits. The actual drawing is slowly built up through layers of color.  Each image represents an encounter between myself and the subject.  Whether the mood is playful or serious, the result invites the viewer to join in this encounter and to better appreciate the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom.

My training includes a course in scientific illustration at Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the certificate program in botanical illustration at The New York Botanical Garden. After completing the program, I founded the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), which has emerged as the leading international organization encouraging excellence in this art form. At present I am teaching both animal art and botanical art at Gallery North in East Setauket.”

~ Diane Bouchier

See a selection of Diane’s work in the Visitors Center through the month of October.