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