Artist Statement & Biography

  

Artist Statement

Art is entirety. For me, fulfillment lies in expressing myself  through diverse mediums and creative approaches. Thus, I do not feel any  strong commitment to one particular method of expression over another.  Although my art education focused on sculpture and design, currently my  work varies between painting, making sculpture and designing glassware  and/or molded pieces.


Painting in the abstract allows me to have  spontaneous moments of escape to a place where there are seemingly no  rules. I use bright colors. I experiment -  mixing paint until it is a  thick paste, working with layers of color and paint, mixing it with wax,  and then applying it to canvas, wood, or sculptures. When making  paintings, I look for questions, I reflect upon my current emotion or I  simply become lost in the comfort of the colors I am painting.


With clay, I assign a tangible form to motifs that exist outside my everyday surroundings.


Built  from layers of clay coils, sculpted pieces begin as layers, from the  bottom to the top until a finished form emerges. Although unintentional,  my sculptures are decidedly feminine in form. Recently, I have begun to  experiment with acrylic paint as a top coat instead of glazing or  leaving the surface plain. After all, I do enjoy color!


My work  reflects the immediacy of the present – neither reminiscing in the past  nor moving towards the future. It is entirely me. Here. Now.


Artist Biography

A native of Poland, Longina Smolinski has an MFA from the Academy of  Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. For over twenty years, she has lived in  Vermont, with her family. There, she has maintained a studio where she  actively pursues painting, manages a small design business, and  continues to sculpt.  


Her work has been displayed in exhibits in Poland, Vermont and Colorado among others.

artist resume

  

EXHIBITIONS

September January 2015 , One Person Show, Westford Public Library, Westford, Vermont

November December2014 , Gems, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

September 2014 The Art Hop, SEABA, Burlington Vermont

July 2014 NVAA Show, The Village Frame Shoppe and Gallery, St. Albans, Vermont

June 2014 NVAA Juried Show, Jeffersonville, Visions of Vermont, Vermont

April 2012, 2013, Artist in Residence Gallery, Enosburg, Vermont

June-July 2011 Winooski, PopUp Gallery District, Winooski, Vermont

May-June 2011 Land and Light and Water and Air, Juried Show, Bryan Memorial Gallery,

Jeffersonville, Vermont

February 2011 Published in the catalog “Hello from Vermont”, Galerie Maison Kasini, Montreal, Canada

February 2011 Hearts Aflame, Rose Street Gallery, Burlington, Vermont

December 2010 Small Painting Show, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

May-Aug 2010 – Capturing the Spirit. A Juried Sculpture Exhibit, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, Colorado

January 2010 – Antony Grant Gallery, three-person show, Louisville, Colorado

November-January 2009/2010 Janan Gallery, Denver, Colorado

June – September 2009 Celebrate Her Story, Juried competition, Manhattan Arts International, Best in Sculpture, http://www.manhattanarts.com/Gallery/HerStory2009/Sculpture.htm

May-August 2009 – Abstracting the Figure, Juried Sculpture Exhibit, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, Colorado

July – October 2008 – Group Show, Staart Gallery, St. Albans, Vermont

July 2008 – A Salute To The Sun, Juried Theme Exhibition, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

June 2008 Northern Vermont Artist Association Juried Show, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

NVAA Merit Award, May 2008 St. Albans Artist’s Guild Gala Exhibition, St. Albans Historical Museum, St. Albans, Vermont

February 2008 Hearts Aflame, Themed, Group Exhibition, Rose Street Gallery, Burlington, Vermont

May 2007 St. Albans Artist’s Guild Gala Exhibition, St. Albans Historical Museum, St. Albans, Vermont

October 2006 – Annual Fine Art Exhibition, Group, Juried Show, St. Albans Historical Museum, St. Albans, Vermont

June 2006 Northern Vermont Artist Association, Juried Show, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont, Awarded the Kay Petrie Artist’s Choice

May 2006 St. Albans Artists Guild Gala Exhibition, St. Albans Historical Museum, St. Albans, Vermont

June/July 2005 Northern Vermont Artist Association Juried Show, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

May 2005 Art in Bloom, Juried Show, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

September/October 2004 Annual Fine Art Exhibition, Group, Juried Show, St. Albans Historical Museum, St. Albans, Vermont

2001/2002 Art’s Alive Festival of Fine Art, Burlington, Vermont


EDUCATION

1975 – 1980, High School of Fine Arts, Nowy Wisnicz, Poland

Concentration in Ceramics, graduated June, 1980

1981 – 1986, Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, Poland

Master of Fine Arts, with Honors. Specialization in Design of Industrial Ceramics, June 1986.


RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1980 – 1988

Ceramic Designer, Mirostowice Ceramic Factory, Poland

Participated in the International Poznan Show and other ceramic exhibitions for designers.

1991 – 2000

Intaglio Ltd. (Questech Metals), Middlebury, Vermont

Freelance designer

2000-Present, Longina’s Design, Owner and designer.

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