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 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 member, e-mail Alexandria D’Auria.

Artist of the Month

Artist working on a painting in a studio

Photo by Jen Romonoyske.

Gráinne de Buitléar

The Long Island Museum and LIMarts are pleased to announce the July 2024 Artist of the Month: Gráinne de Buitléar.

As a graduate of Ireland’s National College of Art and Design, my work is inspired by the natural environment. I now live on Long Island and find inspiration in the understated beauty of the area’s coastal and lakeland settings. With the influence of the poetry & imagery of my Irish heritage always present, I seek to evoke the energy of the moment through the use of texture & mark-making with pastel and paint.

My process begins with rough, plein-air sketches in pencil or charcoal. Back at my studio, I develop each piece in pastel, paint or inks, choosing the medium I think will best convey my feelings. It is important that I allow myself the freedom to be experimental in these choices. While I strive to create works that express emotion, and make a connection, I am careful to leave space for each viewer to interpret the work in the context of their own story.
I was raised in a home alive with art and creative projects. My mother was a classically-trained painter and never travelled without a pen and sketchpad to record moments that caught her eye. Now, when I make my own initial sketches, I feel a visceral connection with my mother’s artistic soul.

My work has been commissioned by leading organizations and state agencies in the USA and Ireland, and pieces are held in private and corporate collections. I have exhibited in the USA and Europe, including at a number of prestigious galleries in New York, Long Island and the Hamptons.

Instagram: @artgrainnenyc

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Works on view at the LIM

Pastel painting of a beach

Midsummer Night’s Dream
Pastel on Paper
33” x 27”

The sketch for this painting was made quickly after a dreamy evening picnic on a tranquil beach. As the sun sets, soft hues of pink and purple blend and merge dramatically, and reflect in the water pools on sand bars. I wanted to capture the expanse of that sky and resonant light in this painting.

Pastel painting of a waterway

Pastel on Paper
24″ x 27.75″

This piece began with a sketch on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Frank Melville Park, Setauket. Back in the studio I continued to work on this piece, hoping to capture the serenity of the moment. An expressive sky reflected in the water. A rich array of golden hues in the surrounding area.


Impressionist pastel painting of beach and bluffs.

Surf by the Bluffs
Pastel on Paper
14.25″ x 15″