July 23, 2013 > Longinotti exhibits at John O'Lague Galleria
Longinotti exhibits at John O'Lague Galleria
By Carol Markos
A mixture of realistic landscapes, abstract landscapes, and abstract impressions by noted artist Linda Longinotti will be featured at the John O'Lague Galleria in the Hayward City Hall from July 29 to September 26. The artist, who works in acrylics and oil, is not content with just one form of expression or one style and explores various avenues, from the "guilty pleasures of traditional landscapes that have been done a million times before" to the sometimes "dynamic struggles that happen when allowing pure color and form to determine a painting's direction." The three modes draw from each other. As Longinotti says, "traditional values needed for the more representative landscapes spill over into the abstract works, giving me more to work with to express my personal vision."
Her landscapes are usually drawn from local scenes - the Hayward hills, Alameda Creek Trail, Coyote Hills, and Livermore vineyards - but others are scenes from Turkey. She says that, "My realistic landscapes tend to teach and ground me, whereas my dreamscapes and abstracts allow me to reflect on impressions and personal history."
A long time resident of Hayward, Longinotti graduated from Cal State Hayward with a degree in Fine Art and has exhibited throughout the Bay Area for many years. Continuing her education in 1985, she entered the high tech world of Silicon Valley as a mechanical/manufacturing engineer, a profession that greatly influences her artwork and working techniques. When she retired, Longinotti started an online graphic arts business catering to cyclists, as she is an endurance cyclist herself and trains for non-competitive events.
She is also well known for her part in the Hayward Mural Project. Longinotti created the Bella Vista Murals for the city of Hayward at the corner of Mission and A Street, the El Taquito Restaurant Mural on Mission, and the Firestone Tire Shop on Walpert. Her work is also found on C Street utility boxes in Hayward.
Longinotti taught drawing at the San Ramon Community Center and Industrial Arts at Chabot College. She is a member of many art groups, including Hayward Arts Council, A.R.T. Inc., and Sun Gallery.
July 29 - September 6
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
Friday, Aug 2
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
John O'Lague Galleria
Hayward City Hall
777 B St., Hayward