Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Small Stories

Artworks Gallery, Winston Salem

March 4-28, 2015

See a slideshow of my works, mixed media oil paintings, in this exhibition at: 

My Artist Statement:

With a desire to re-explore painting from observational study, this body of work began to take shape.  Matched with an intrigue to work further by allowing the works to evolve into a mixed media realm, a conceptual thread was conceived. Thus, Small Stories shares a body of conceptual still life, mixed media oil-based, paintings associating parallel experiences and the artist’s life as a muse, with a seduction of homage to other artists:  Contemporary artist, Jeff Barnum states it best, “Every artist is in dialogue”. I have a relationship with certain artists that have taught and influenced my own work, which I cannot explain.  Learning about them has opened up a new world for me.  Mentor artists, although they have died, are always in front of me.

Still life as a subject matter within this day and age seems somewhat out of place.  However, painting still life items for their symbolic meaning reveals a hidden story. Still life provides a platform for artists to explore their relationship to the objects that inhabit their world.  Working directly from observation embraces the concept of beauty in our everyday lives, through objects that have an important place in our heart.

With the conception of each still life, there is contemplation for understanding of what makes particular objects symbolic and important in a story and, more specifically, understanding the meaning of symbolic objects in the composition.  My own projections of overlapping personal symbolic objects as a votive to others- artists also connect from their biographical writing or document. Questioning further whether old traditions and new conceptions can reveal an untold mutation.  Conveying issues of creation, life, death, brokenness and loss are indeed potent issues for the subject of still life.

Finally, this body of work allows the practice of re-exploring the pleasure of observation and learning ‘how to see’ when creating directly from life… something that Cézanne taught me.  It saddens me to think it may be a dying practice.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sawtooth Faculty Exhibition, March 2015

Gabriele Münter
Charcoal Drawing, 22" x 28" 

Brunch with Gabriele
Stained Glass Assemblage, 20"x 40"

These two pieces are currently in the 2015 Sawtooth Faculty Exhibition through March 14, 2015.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blind Power, Tactile Wall, WS Industries for the Blind

IFB Tactile Wall/ Left-side
IFB Tactile Wall/ Center
IFB Tactile Wall/ Right-side

Excited to announce that the Tactile Wall, "Blind Power", 54' x 8' 8" for the Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind is finally complete! Design work for this installation began in September of 2013 and went through 3 revisions prior to its approval. The contract was settled in mid-December of 2013; materials were ordered in January 2014 and my residency at IFB to begin fabrication began in early March.

My Artist Team:

I was fortunate to have an outstanding intern through Salem College, Courtney DeBerry and she later served as a paid assistant. Courtney was then a senior and is now in grad school at New York University.

Another major assistant for this project was, Nancy David. Nancy had apprenticed with me years ago in stained glass, and I am pleased she was able to assist with this installation. It was great working with her again on a sustained and site specific project!

My daughter Katie Longinotti, and her fiancé, Jack Wooten assisted as well. Katie primarily with fabrication and cleaning the wall after installed, and Jack with installation. Jack's brother, Jesse, also assisted on several days through the installation of the right-side of the mural and the Pfefferkorn cloud.

My husband Bob, assists with every project, commission and installation I take on. He got us started with this installation, trained Jack, and came back in to help us to its completion.

Other major assistants that volunteered significant time with this project: Jane Webster, Calan Charlton and Barb Robless

The work through its fabrication was collaborative and many groups lent a hand along the way. It was a wonderful experience working with a special population in creating a project that I hope they will enjoy for many years to come!

If you are on Facebook, check out the photo album which depicts the project through phases, start to finish:

Meet my Art and Installation Team:

An article written on the tactile wall by Margaret Seay, Arts Council of WSFC:

An article written on the tactile wall by Martha Murphy for the Forsyth Tech Magazine at (see pg. 5):

A feature on the tactile wall on WXII:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mediating Relevance: The Politics of Gender

Honored to be invited to show in this exhibition-

Mediating Relevance: The Politics of Gender

August 22-October 18, 2014
The Ellington-White Contemporary
Cumberland County Arts Council
Fayetteville, NC

Showing my

Uomini Famosi: Archive of Women Artists

Installation of 60 vitreous paintings on glass, each 8" x 10"

Sunday, February 16, 2014

An introduction as an artist and art educator

So now that I am retired from teaching full time in the public schools, and out of seclusion for the 6 month period, from interaction with state organizations, I am taking a course to teach online for the NC Virtual Public Schools.  As an introductory assignment I made my first Animoto video:

It was fun to make.

Passage exhibition: January 2014

At Artworks Gallery in January 2014, I had a solo exhibition, entitled Passage.

Passage detail from a Mixed media painting

Here is a link to the images:

Here is a link to an article written in the Winston Salem Journal:

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Twenty eight Prayers for Twenty six Victims: A Requiem for Sandy Hook

Twenty eight Prayers: #9
See Slideshow of 28 paintings
Exhibit card for exhibition at Artworks Gallery
June 2013

Today is the last day of this exhibition at Artworks Gallery.  At its inception I was having difficulties with Blogger.  I think there is something poetic about blogging about it with the closure of the exhibition.

My artist statement as accompanied with the work:

28 Prayers for 26 Victims

Betti Pettinati-Longinotti, SFO

Mixed media paintings/ Visual prayer

Likewise, the Spirit also helps us in our infirmity: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit prays for us with unspeakable groanings. ~ Romans 8:26

This body of work is a requiem for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., and the massacre that took place there on December 14, 2012.

At the crossroads at a controversial intersection of prayer and the political, makes a statement about the horrific culture of death our nation and world encounter in this generation.  It confronts me, as to many, with profound grieving. My grieving asks questions of our society, that allows this kind of unspeakable horror a reality, and my questions unanswered become visual prayers.

It seems every week now, we hear of another mass shooting, or act of mass terrorism within a public venue.  Where is our safe place anymore?  As a believer in the culture of life and light, I shudder at the darkness that prevails and surrounds.

I state 28 prayers because I believe the young killer and his mother were also victims.  A young victim largely marginalized by his mental, behavioral and emotional disabilities.  His mother a victim to caring for her child with these disabilities kept marginalized by society, with a lack of any significant support.  These young people with these kinds of disabilities keep themselves marginalized by nature of their disability, so it all becomes a vicious cycle of tragedy.

This was a tragedy all the way around, including no resolution over the gun control issue in our nation since the date of this massacre.  Where do we place the importance of our young, our children, when the rights of the privacy of gun owners leave these babies as martyrs to a failing system?

The aesthetic and conceptual content of my work connects to inspiration by the abstract expressionist paintings of Richard Pousette-Dart. In a 2010 exhibition of Pousette-Dart, Predominantly White Paintings, at the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., remarks that his paintings are visual prayers. As a contemplative artist, I appreciate the connection of prayer to the creative process, and a vehicle for both to co-exist, as well as an instrument for the Spirit to groan through my visual expression.

Pace, שלום, peace~

Monday, June 24, 2013


Okay, so my images never re-appeared, but I finally figured out that I can rebuild.  I won't go back into my archives, but have replaced a few images, and will continue to blog on.

My fairly new website, has a blog mechanism, but it does not function for my needs, in the way I would like it to.  So I am back to Blogger.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Less Is More: Juried exhibition

Geez Louise (Portrait of Louise Joséphine Bourgeois)
Vitreous painting on glass, 8 x 10"

Pleased to be juried into this exhibition, Less Is More, at the Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, May 29- June 19, 2013.

This exhibition of small works, no larger than 8 x 10 x 4”, includes 315 pieces of art by 197 artists from across the nation. Distinguished jurors Joann Moser (senior curator of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum) and JackRasmussen (director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center) selected paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, collages, mixed media, photographs, jewelry and small sculpture.

Wish I were able to get up to the opening on the 29th!

More on the exhibition:

About Louise Joséphine Bourgeois: