Visiting on Monday, December 11, 2023 from 4 pm – 6 pm at Sacred Hearts – St. Stephen Church, 125 Summit Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 10 am at Sacred Hearts – St. Stephen Church, 125 Summit Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Entombment to follow at Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery, 219 New Haven Avenue, Derby CT
If you would like to send flowers, please contact: Floral Fantasy of Bay Ridge (718) 238-6978
For more information call Scotto Funeral Home at 718-875-2515
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Elaine Longtemps, on December 2, 2023 at the age of 81. She left us peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones.
Elaine Longtemps was born on December 7, 1941 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Salvatore and Theresa Mendolia. She grew up in New Haven, CT along with her sister Corinne. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Longtemps Jr., son Sean Longtemps, his wife Jennifer and grandchildren Kate and Chris.
Her remarkable life journey was shaped by a deep passion for the arts and an unwavering commitment to creative expression.
Elaine’s artistic inclination surfaced early in life. Despite starting piano lessons at seven, her innate urge for creation led her to write, illustrate, and construct her own children’s book, “Auntie Bakes A Cake,” at the tender age of eight. Her childhood endeavors included organizing musical reviews in the family basement, showcasing her creative prowess.
Choosing a path toward visual arts, Elaine pursued her studies at The Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in illustration and minoring in graphic design. She thrived, earning the Sidney Richmond-Burleigh Scholarship and participating in RISD’s European Honors Program, where she reconnected with her Italian and Sicilian roots. Her journey took her to Rome and Venice, providing rich experiences and lasting memories.
Returning to the United States, Elaine ventured into the bustling artistic scene of New York City. She worked for Chanticleer Press and Doubleday Publishing before settling in Brooklyn. Her educational journey continued with work scholarships at Pratt Institute and The Brooklyn Museum School, where she honed her skills in printmaking and painting under esteemed mentors.
Elaine’s artistic evolution took intriguing turns. She experimented with deconstructing canvas in the late 1960s, later incorporating ropes into her paintings, a technique that drew attention and acclaim. Despite challenges, her dedication to merging music, paint, and rope persisted, culminating in the collaborative project “The Song of the Gopis” with composer Mona Hector.
In 1993, Elaine showcased her groundbreaking work, including the Inversions series, at a SoHo gallery. This marked a turning point in her career, leading to various awards, honorariums, and exhibitions across the United States and Canada. Her unique perspective and use of twisted elements, initiated in 2007, added a new dimension to her body of work. Around this time Elaine joined the Textile Study Group of New York where she spent over 10 years developing their website and curating the artwork published.
Elaine Longtemps, a trailblazing artist and spirited creator, will be dearly missed by friends, family, and the artistic community she enriched throughout her remarkable life. Her legacy lives on through the timeless impact of her art.
The family would like to send special thanks to Cavalry Hospital Hospice Care, nurse Magdalena Schmidt and healthcare aid Dee Powell for their loving care.