Floral Still Life Paintings by Virginia Cantarella:   One might say Virginia Cantarella has led a colorful life.  She studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, after spending six months in Italy.  She had a twenty-five-year career as a medical illustrator, working with some of the nation’s most prominent doctors illustrating about 20 major texts.  She also taught medical illustration at Long Island University and was a governor of the Brooklyn Museum.

When she retired she devoted her time to her original love, painting in acrylics and water soluble oils.  She moved full time to South Westerlo, built a medical art studio in the house and a painting and drawing studio in the barn.

Virginia Cantarella is an accomplished landscape, still life, portrait (of animals as well as people) and abstract painter.  She also wrote and illustrated several books – two illustrating and describing anatomy and two children’s books.  She designed the Greenville brochure and painted some of their ducks. 

Her works can be found in private collections in Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy; Florida, Brooklyn, Connecticut, Manhattan and throughout the Hudson Valley.  She has exhibited locally at Ruby’s Hotel’s Broderick Gallery, The Carey Institute, The Cornell Cooperative Extension, Greene County Community College, the Greenville Public Library, the Brassarie, Vince Annas and the Big Eye Gallery. 

Virginia’s personal assistant, Cathy – who did most of the work hanging this show – asked her why she did more paintings for this exhibit when she already had so many.  Virginia answered, “That’s what I do, Cathy.  That’s what I do.”

Fourteen of Virginia Cantarella’s floral still life paintings are on display in the Hannay Room during the months of May and June and can be seen during regular library hours.  

Our thanks to Peter Keitel, former President of the Bethlehem Art Association, for curating these exhibits.

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