March Featured Artist: Virginia Cantarella

From the artist: Virginia Cantarella studied fine arts at the Boston Museum School graduating with honors in 1958 after spending 6 months living in Italy. First, she spent a month in Florence and then four months with a family in Liguria. Another month was spent traveling from Rome to Siena to Venice where she visited the Biennale of 1958. 

In the late 1950’s, she lived for two years in Paris where she visited all of the museums and major galleries, and interviewed artists and curators for a television documentary called “Is Paris Masse”.  

Back in the United States she exhibited on a regular basis, became a governor of the Brooklyn Museum with responsibility for their art school, taught at LIU as an adjunct professor and began medical illustrating, working for some of the nation’s most prominent doctors in the fields of  ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and dermatological surgery. 

She moved to South Westerlo in the early 1980’s and after retiring from medical illustrating and began painting again, including landscapes, portraits, still life, horses, flowers and plants, abstractions and whatever interested her. 

She has exhibited locally many times—at the Greenville Library, the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Acra, Broderick Gallery in Freehold, at the Big Eye Gallery in South Westerlo, at the Rensselaer Institute, and now the Carey Institute. She has illustrated books, as well as their covers, helped design the brochure for Greenville businesses, painted the big eye for the Big Eye Gallery and many other art projects in the area. 

This exhibit reprises an ongoing interest Cantarella has with ‘Ordinary Objects’ as well as some still life paintings. 

Virginia’s work will be on display at the Guggenheim Gallery March 1-31. Her opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 4. Click here for more details.

The Guggenheim Gallery is open to the public Monday–Friday from 9–4. Call ahead for weekend hours. 518-797-5100.

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