The Glen Cove Senior Center announced an art exhibit by the renowned painter Elizabeth Kolligs in the center’s Golden Gallery. The exhibit opens March 3 and runs through the end of April.
A native New Yorker, Kolligs grew up on Long Island with an abundance of horses and riding trails. In high school, after years of riding lessons, she longed for a horse of her own. Her first was a Quarter Horse gelding named Riscos Rascal. Her other love was to spend hours drawing with the art supplies borrowed from her father’s studio. Riding trails, crossing streams lined with ferns opening up to grassy fields instilled a deep love for horses that is reflected today in her painting.
“I believe that much more than visual observation is required in capturing the horse in art: time must be spent listening, studying, and sketching their movements because of their intensely generous yet self-absorbed nature,” said Kolligs. “The subtle nuances that reflect a single moment in time are what I want to capture in my art.”
Kolligs studied painting at the Art Students League, equine anatomy at the New York Academy of Art, and sculpture of horses in motion at the Fechin Institute in New Mexico. She lectures and demonstrates equine painting techniques and anatomy throughout Long Island. She recently taught a workshop on equine painting in Huntington and has exhibited at the American Academy of Equine Art. She works and gives private painting lessons at Rare Horse Studio located in Glen Cove. Kolligs also specializes in the restoration and conservation of historic art murals and easel paintings. She is the artist-in-residence at Old Field Farms in Old Field. In addition to exhibiting her work at Old Field Farms, she does painting demonstrations and offers lectures, promoting equine art. She is an associate member of the American Academy of Equine Art.
Kolligs has participated in numerous group art shows from New York to Kentucky at prestigious galleries, including Elaine Benson, Discovery Gallery, Islip Art Museum, The Steinberg Museum of Art and Gallery North. Her art is the centerpiece of several notable collections.
To coincide with this exhibit, Kolligs will present a lecture-demonstration on Wednesday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the Glen Cove Senior Center. That presentation is part of the Lifelong Learning series, which is free and open to all ages. Plans for the artist’s reception are pending. The Golden Gallery, open to the public, is located on the second floor of the Glen Cove Senior Center, 130 Glen St. For further information about Kolligs’ exhibit and/or lecture-demonstration, call 516-759-9610.