, located at 20 Terry Street, held its last summer with the goal of attracting artists to Patchogue Village. This series introduces you to some of the talented faces behind its doors.
Patch: What is your art, and how long have you been doing it?
Mannino: I have been making my art for about 47 years now. Most of my work is abstract design but I also like to do naturescapes. I am self taught, the art I make is an expression of myself and what’s inside. Art is my career and I am very dedicated to it.
Patch: What drew you to Artspace?
Mannino: I wanted a new life. I wanted to be able to share my art with other people, the community and the world really. I thought it might be a great opportunity for me to finally be able to share my passion for art with others and meet other artists who feel the same way.
Patch: What benefits have you found by living in an artist community?
Mannino: I found the new life I wanted, sharing my love with other artists, comparing ideas with other talented people. I am getting exposure that I wouldn’t have had before I move here. I moved in on April 1, 2011 and haven’t stopped painting since that day! I am so inspired I just can’t stop working. I waited so many years to make a move like this in the right direction and I am glad I did.
Patch: What is your favorite aspect of living in the Patchogue area?
Mannino: Patchogue is central to a lot of opportunities and is beginning to thrive with music, art and ideas. I’ve been here for about ten years and it really is a great place to live.
Patch: What are your future goals?
Mannino: Right now I am beginning to work on some really large pieces, 4’X8’ paintings which is something I always wanted to do but never had the space to do it in. I play music too and would like to try expanding on that at some point maybe. Really I want to be a respected artist and designer and share my passion with everyone I meet.
Patch: Where can people see more of your work?
Mannino: Recently I had my paintings on display at the Gallery at PAC, , and . Currently there is a painting up at on South Ocean Avenue. Hopefully you will see more of my work in Patchogue Village soon!