Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Possessed by Intense Life"

“…possessed by intense life:”  It is an immortal line by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel, The Great Gatsby, and while it describes the enchanted universe of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, it just as easily could have been written about the artistic vision of Lucila Linik.  When this kind of vitality in a writer is moored by “innate genius augmented by control, technique, craft,”[1] as was said of Fitzgerald, you get “the great American novel.”  The same qualities given rise in an artist such as Lucila Linik bring into being a body of work worthy of any superlative in any lexicon.
                Argentina-born, Manhattan-reared, Lucila won her first award in an art competition at the age of thirteen when she took the top prize for a piece she executed for New York’s Metropolitan Opera.  Educated at New York’s High School of Music and Art, a school for gifted children, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Temple University and her Masters Degree in Education at Penn.  It was back to Buenos Aires following college, however, and there she met her physician husband, and there she remained for forty years.  As head of the art department of a prestigious, English school there, Lucila was provided the opportunity to be what she calls a “world traveler.”  Upon the death of her husband seven years ago, Lucila relocated to Central Ohio to be near her son.  A member of the Grove City (Ohio) Arts Council, it is in that capacity that I am acquainted with her.
                Lucila’s resumé is extensive, among the highlights are artworks shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art.  Since residing in Central Ohio where Columbus is the anchor, Lucila’s work is highly sought in exhibitions at galleries, festivals, and other art-related venues.  A diversified artist, Lucila describes herself as an “expressionist working from observation, and recording not only what I see, but also what I feel about a subject.”
                Dreaming Tree Galleries at 3968 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio is proud to host “All That Jazz - Twigs, strings, birds and things,” a wide-ranging show of artwork by Lucila Linik, to be on display from November 5 to December 1, 2012.  The general public is invited to the opening reception scheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 5 – 8 pm.  There you will see Lucila’s oil and watercolor paintings; sculptures; collages; tapestries; embroideries on canvas and other grounds—indeed it is a magical world of mixed-media upon which to feast your eyes and to feed your soul.   
Linda Lee Greene’s latest novel, GUARDIANS AND OTHER ANGELS is available at

[1] The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner Paperback Edition, Published by Simon & Schuster, original date: 1920, p. xvi (Preface) by Matthew J. Bruccoli, 1996.

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