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New Art Exhibition Featuring Classical Painter ANN LOMBARDO (posted November 23, 2015)

New Art Exhibition Featuring Classical Painter ANN LOMBARDO (posted November 23, 2015)

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New Art Exhibition Featuring Classical Painter
At Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Exhibition starting December 3, 2015
Presented by East End Arts

(RIVERHEAD, NY, November 23, 2015) –– East End Arts is pleased to announce a new art exhibit at the Riverhead Town Hall Gallery featuring painter Ann Lombardo of Water Mill, NY. The exhibition will open on Thursday, December 3, 2015 and will run through March 4, 2016, and can be visited during Town Hall open office hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Riverhead Town Hall is located at 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, NY (corner of Howell and East Main Street; 631-727-3200). The public is welcome; admission is free. All exhibited work is for sale. To purchase, contact East End Arts at 631-727-0900.

Lifelong artist Ann (Seraphine) Lombardo was first inspired by fashion illustrators of mid-century America. She has gone on to study works by Jean-Leon Gerome and Charles Bargue, artists and teachers of classical drawing in French academies in the late 19th century. Ann is also influenced by artists John Singer Sargent, Dutch masters such as Vermeer and European representational painters of the 19th century. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from FIT, majoring in Fashion Illustration & Advertising Design, and from NYIT, Communication Arts, AAS, BFA, respectively. As a fashion illustrator, designer and product specialist over her career in the apparel field, she applied drawing, illustration, design, color, textile and aesthetic ability in many aspects of the business. Subsequently, Ann studied classical drawing and painting with teachers such as Caleb Nelson Carter, Robert Armetta, and Cornelia Hernes of the Florence Academy of Art. Ann likes to say, “Artists are born. Not made. Once an artist, a forever unshakeable mission remains: Get and have an artistic life. It requires time, space, materials, inspiration, resolve, motivation, feedback, energy, discipline, all kinds of support… and, hopefully, some ability. That’s your life sentence without parole. To be an artist is to surrender to the path.” Ann employs classical processes when creating an oil painting, commencing with time spent on creating and lighting the set-up itself. Then comes attention to the drawing, observing the design and forms on the canvas. She applies the next layer a tonal underpainting, then finally paints with the colorful palette. She is drawn to domestic themes, such as floral and still life. Favorites are also iconic subjects of today, such as the tote bag/satchel in various situations, culinary objects, fishing lures and gear, and portraits. Her techniques stem from her obsession to observe, observe, observe. She hopes to paint with an authentic style that is studied, true, but with additional air and life evident to the viewer; including a bit of artistry and drama. Her goal is to grow with every work, adopt new subject matter and advance in skill and technique. She hopes viewers will relate personally somehow to her art. Past exhibitions include East End Arts member and juried shows (2008 Honorable Mention), Southampton Artists Association, Guild Hall Members Show, Water Mill Museum Members Show, Best of Thirty Squared Daily Painters Invitational, Ashawagh Hall artists group invitational. Current and future exhibitions include Quogue Library's Small Works Show taking place in December 2015 and Thirty Squared Daily Painters taking place in summer 2016.

The Riverhead Town Hall art exhibits are a collaborative effort on the part of East End Arts and the Township of Riverhead to support local artists and introduce their works to the community.

For more information contact Jane Kirkwood, East End Arts Gallery Director: 631-727-0900 or

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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.