this signet print from Alice Virginia Kettelhack, prominent Amityville artistk Most people who knew Alice Virginia Kettelhack, a prominent Amityville artist, felt the same sense of calm and serenity in her presence that they saw in her paintings, She spent much of her life painting Long Island seascapes,Born in Brooklyn Heights on Christmas Eve, 1917, died July 7, 2003.
Mrs. Kettelhack enrolled in the Art Students League school in Manhattan at the age of 17, where she studied with acclaimed water colorists Frank Dumond and George Bridgeman.
While experimenting with oil paints and pen and ink for many years, Mrs. Kettelhack did not discover her favorite and defining medium, watercolors, until her mid-50s. Using them, she was able to capture the majesty of what she found most beautiful—skies.
Also having worked as a commercial artist, Mrs. Kettelhack designed covers for a music publisher, created patterns for a fashion artist and worked at a greeting card company. She designed note pads, using pen and ink, which depicted Amityville scenes and were sold in gift shops around Long Island. Each Easter and Christmas, Mrs. Kettelhack also placed ads in the Amityville Record to paint and sell portraits.
While she exhibited her work in shows in New England, Mrs. Kettelhack also remained active in her own community, displaying her paintings in art shows all over Long Island.
Mrs. Kettelhack was also a member of Penwomen, a national organization that invites women of accomplishment; the Salma Gundhi Club, an art club in New York that she was invited into and to which she contributed paintings every year; and she was a lifetime member of the Art Students League. She was also honored in the "Who’s Who of American Women" and "Who’s Who in the East."