Come join us at the Cheese Patch to view the work of Loretta Oberheim on November 3!

The Cheese Patch has been an incredible local business who has supported SBAA and the community over the years.

On Thursday, November 3, please come down and enjoy an INCREDILE charcuterie platter and artwork (on SBAA). If you like, be enthralled by the selection of wines and local beers on tap that The Cheese Patch has to offer. We all look forward to seeing you at 6 p.m.

Learn More About The Exhibit

Long Island, NY born award winning sculptor and abstract artist, Loretta Oberheim, has utilized art to express her emotions throughout her life. She followed her love of creativity and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Textile/Surface design in 2006. Loretta began working in the high-end floorcovering sector of the interior design industry upon graduation. Some of her designs graced the pages of such prominent publications as Vogue, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, and LUXE.

In August of 2013, a life altering event occurred. This moment left Loretta with permanent brain damage to her frontal and temporal lobes, along with other permanent neurological challenges. That split-second moment took art out of her life. Unfortunately nothing that was manifesting in her mind would translate onto the canvas or paper. All the love, the appreciation, the years of training; her hand was gone.

Finally, in December 2018, after multiple personal losses and challenges, Loretta drove herself back into her craft. In a moment of deep loss, she created the painting “11:04” – a strong composition of contemporary abstract expressionism. It is considered a far cry from her traditional, rigid textile training from college.

Loretta’s pieces have been on exhibit throughout the United States and have also been featured on TLC’s hit show “Unpolished”.

“Art is not just something beautiful for me to make, to place on a wall,” says Loretta. “It has become a healing form of communication between me and the viewer. My ‘disability’ has become my muse and my mentor. It has allowed for this ever-evolving style of contemporary abstract expressionism I never knew I could create.”

Where & When Can You View?

A selection of Loretta’s work will be on display at:

The Cheese Patch

20 E. Main Street

Patchogue, New York 11772

From October 2 until November 29.


Exhibition is organized by South Bay Art Association.

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