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September ’23 Gallery Night

Join us from 4-7pm on Friday, 9/1/23 in celebrating and viewing new work by local art legend, Loretta Louviere (formerly Loretta Pompilio) of Viva Loretta! Loretta’s iconic 1979 book, Soft People was a hit in the textile arts world and even today you can still find replica works of her patterns here and there. From her Soft People to her whimsical paintings and other wildly creative endeavors, Loretta’s work continues to spark joy and wonder in folks of all ages. Don’t miss this show!

Exhibited in Grayhaven Motel’s guest lounge through the month of September.

Hello…I’m Loretta Louviere, artist, dollmaker, greeting card designer and owner of Viva Loretta Art Studio. I’ve been making art in the Finger Lakes area since 1974. Currently I live in Lansing, New York. I’ve exhibited in many one woman and group shows in various venues in Ithaca, Auburn at The Schweinfurth Art Center, craft shows from Syracuse to Buffalo. I’m the author of Soft People The Art Of Dollcrafting Crossing Press,Trumansburg; 1979 published under my former name, Loretta Pompilio. I am the originator aka “godmother” of The Ithaca Festival, first called, “Celebration Ithaca” in 1978. I performed in many of the following Ithaca Festivals with my puppet troupe No Strings Attached Puppet Theater. I’ve also worked with a little theater called First Street Playhouse in Ithaca as sculptor in residence as well as actor and props designer in a small community group called Up Your Alley Street Theater. I created a rubber stamp company called “The Sizzzlin’ Ostrich” – a very fun micro business that I’vebeen considering reviving. And there’s more. I’m so happy to be exhibiting my art and dolls, new and retro at The Grayhaven Motel. I’ve referred many of my family and friends to The Grayhaven Motel over the decades I’ve lived here.

I hope you enjoy my work.

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