Abstract artist Deborah Katz comes to Roslyn Village Gallery

Deborah Katz grew up in one of two families that got to live on the grounds of Bayard Cutting Arboretum, a lush, 691-acre Great River estate that is now a state park.
The plant life Katz encountered there and elsewhere on Long Island has inspired her abstract paintings, which will be on display at the Roslyn Village Gallery starting Sept. 9 in an exhibit titled “Nature Unbound.” The selection of Katz’s oil-on-canvas paintings from the last year and a half will hang until Sept. 30.
Katz’s work, which she describes as “lyrical” and “gestural,” marks a rare appearance of abstract paintings in the Old Northern Boulevard space, Marsha Tarlow, the gallery’s owner, said.
Katz, a Glen Cove resident, decided to pursue painting professionally after a brief stint in theater, which she studied at Stony Brook University before graduating in 1978. She studied with the artists Stan Brodsky and Betty Holliday, who died in 2011.
She dabbled in different styles, but landed on abstract work after becoming “more interested in more gestural and free compositions,” she said.

The “Nature Unbound” exhibit will open with a gallery reception at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Roslyn Village Gallery, located at 1374 Old Northern Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.