Elaine Mendolia Longtemps

December 4, 2023

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Cavalry Hospital Hospice Care, or The American Cancer Society

For more information call Scotto Funeral Home at 718-875-2515

Obituary

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.

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Stephanie & Doyle Anderson
6 months ago

Dear Corinne and Family,

We would like to express our sympathies regarding the loss of your sister. Hold on to the wonderful memories and know this is temporary,because you shall see each other again.

Judy and Al Ar.nold
6 months ago

We will miss our maid of honor and god mother to our first born

Debie Morris
6 months ago

I was shocked to hear of Elaine’s illness and passing. I knew Elaine through her art and her work with the Textile Study Group of New York. She was a vital part of our organization as well as being a talented artist. I’ll miss our talks about our time at RISD and helping her to navigate software programs. I am so sorry for your loss.

Linda and Dean Anderson
6 months ago

Dear Corinne and Family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved sister. May her
memory be a source of strength and forever live on in the stories, laughter, and love you shared. Praying you’ll find comfort and peace through the love and support of family and friends during this difficult time and always.

Dean and Linda Anderson

Lori Mendygral
6 months ago

Although Elaine wasn’t really our aunt we always refer to her as Aunt Elaine she was an an exceptional person, and will always have a special place in my heart. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

Harriet Cherry Cheney
6 months ago

This came as a shock! Elaine had such a strong presence and influence at the Textile Study Group of New York. She had enormous patience for those of us who were slow to learn how to format our images for the website. It’s hard to imagine that such a source of creative energy has vanished. Except… she leaves an amazing body of work behind as her legacy.

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