Love is in the air at the Long Island Museum (LIM) this Valentine’s Day as we invite art enthusiasts, couples, and the community to join us for a special day filled with creativity and romance. On February 14th the museum will open its doors to showcase captivating exhibitions: The Power of Two: Artists Couples of Long Island and Painting Partnership: Reynold and Joan Ruffins.
The Power of Two: Artists Couples of Long Island is a unique and enchanting showcase that delves into the extraordinary world of artistic collaboration and perfectly aligns with the spirit of Valentine’s Day. This exhibition explores the dynamics and synergy that arise when love and creativity intertwine. Featuring the works of renowned artist couples, this celebration of love, passion, and creative collaboration promises to be a visually stunning and emotionally resonant experience.
From shared studios that tell stories of intimate connection to inspired objects that reflect the harmony between two minds, The Power of Two, curated by LIM’s Curator, Nina Sangimino, invites visitors to explore the incredible art that emerges when two creative forces come together. This exhibition features over 50 artworks comparing and contrasting the work produced by 14 artist couples of Long Island, from the 1880s through contemporary couples working today.
Organized in conjunction with The Power of Two, is the unique story of love, creativity, and art with the exhibition, Painting Partnership: Reynold and Joan Ruffins. Reynold Dash Ruffins (1930–2021) and Joan B. Young Ruffins (1932–2013) shared 60 years of marriage, living in St. Albans (Queens) and eventually settling year-round in Sag Harbor in 1992, some 30 years after they began summering in the historically-important Black community of Nineveh Beach. Painting Partnership features close to 25 paintings and sculptures from this outstanding artistic duo and is on view until June 30, 2024.
“We are delighted to open our doors this Valentine’s Day, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a romantic stroll through our galleries,” said Nina Sangimino, Curator at the Long Island Museum. “It’s the perfect setting for couples to share a special moment surrounded by the beauty of art.”
Visitors will be offered 2 for 1 admission on Valentine’s Day and can find a full list of available Museum experiences and learn more about what to expect during a visit online at: longislandmuseum.org
To become a member of the LIM and to enjoy membership benefits that include free general admission, visit: longislandmuseum.org/support/membership/
Joan and Reynold Ruffins, c. 1982 Courtesy of the Children of Joan & Reynold Ruffins.
Edith Mitchill Prellwitz, Elegy (or Fate), 1908, oil on canvas, framed 35”H x 52”W
Collection of Henry & Wendy Prellwitz