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Lessons Learned
A Collaborative Exhibition of Works By Laura Stroh and Her Students

January 28, 2020 - March 4, 2020
Art Exhibition Medium: Pallete Knife

Laura Stroh

“Good Harvest”
8 x 10 inches

Artist Statement - Laura Stroh

I have been interested in the way things look for as long as I can remember. Certain colors next to other colors can take my breath away. There are shapes that arrest my attention, and make me reconsider who I am. So you could say that I was born to be an artist.  I always have turned to art to take me to my happy place, and the place where I feel empowered. 

The main thing I am aiming for in a painting is a kind of strength. A good Composition and compelling colors relate to this.  And the paintings I am most proud of are the ones that are strong in composition and color, that have a kind of strength of character. This is hard to put into words. I am no longer interested in a perfect art work, but a work where I am in my artist power.

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a BA in Art, and I have studied with a two of the best artists/teachers, and they are Helen Rundel and Keith Mantel. These teachers were both of the realistic tradition, which I followed until recently. At one point in my art life I became restless and just wanted to put down paint for the joy of the colors. For the feeling of the paint gliding on the canvas. Heaven!

So that’s where I am now, and it’s harder to do this I thought it would be! If you are putting down colors, do you start with an idea, a photo? Do you put in the lines accurately, or just scribble and see where it takes you? Should I be neat and orderly or wild and sloppy? I guess I will find out, but right now I am having a good time experimenting with my favorite past time, painting.


Participating Artists
Ann Carlile
Janet Fink
Patricia Kelly-Derenze
Dale Krongel
Stephen Ness
Mary O’Connor
Mary Roberts
Laura Stroh

Sea and Sky Palette Knife Painting Class
The Power of the Pallete Knife by Laura Stroh
When you are painting with a palette knife, you are using a less precise instrument than a brush. With a palette knife, the paint goes on the canvas in unexpected and sometimes surprising ways. When you are used to painting with a brush and then you switch to another painting technique it's challenging for the artists and produces unexpected results that spark creativity!  So, I am proud of the artist's/student's paintings. I may be biased but they look great hanging in the Town Hall. You may notice that the paintings are unique in their style and appearance and that is a good indication that the artists are interpreting and expressing their ideas in their own way. We are grateful that we are able to share our work with the community.

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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. The public is welcome; admission is free.

Always open to the public.

HOURS: Mondays - Fridays, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, on the corner of Howell and East Main Street, Riverhead, NY
PHONE: 631-727-3200

For more information and to purchase artwork, contact East End Arts: 631-727-0900 or


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