Long Island, NY born award winning sculptor and abstract artist, Loretta Oberheim, graduated with a B.F.A. in Textile/Surface design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Loretta worked in the high-end floorcovering sector of the interior design industry upon graduation. Some of her work has 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 took art out of her life. Unfortunately nothing that was manifesting in her mind would translate onto the canvas or paper. 

Then in December 2018, 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 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.”

A selection of Loretta’s work will be on display at The Cheese Patch (20 E Main Street, Patchogue) from October 2 until November 29.

Exhibition is organized by South Bay Art Association.

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