Painter Carol Fortunato Exhibits at Dorset Library
The Dorset Village Library will present artist Carol Fortunato at a public reception, 11 to 1, on Saturday, October 5. All works will be for sale, with proceeds benefitting the library.
After graduating with a degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York and starting life as a freelance illustrator, Carol Fortunato discovered a love of still life painting while attending night classes at the Art Student’s League with David Leffel. Leffel’s rich and radiant chiaroscuro paintings were a revelation to her. Trained by her father, a commercial artist, Fortunato basically inherited the family business and had not considered painting for painting’s sake, but has since divided her time between both worlds. In recent years she has finally made the long-desired leap into plein air painting by attending Ridgewood Art Institute and studying with the renowned painter John Osborne.
Fortunato has had strong ties to Vermont since childhood. As much as she loves trying to capture the beauty of the area, she cherishes and is inspired by the life-long Vermonters. “Each spot becomes more dear to me when I learn about the people who have worked it and lived on it.” Fortunato’s still lifes are in collections across the country and abroad. She is represented exclusively in southern Vermont by Beckwith Gallery in Jamaica, and by other galleries in New England. The show will extend through October. For details, call the library at 802-867-5774 or visit dorsetlibaryinfo.org.