The Village Artist - Fine Arts Center | Huntington, NY splatter

630 New York Ave

Huntington,  NY 11743

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Bringing creativity to Huntington Village since 1995

About our art center

In 1992, we began as an art studio in the basement of Mom and Dad's house, known as Cold Spring Hills Art School. The main focus of the school was to create an artistic, inspiring atmosphere, friendly to all ages (3-99) with an interest in the fine arts.


In 1995 we moved the studio to Huntington Village and The Village Artist Fine Arts Center was born! We offer year-round classes/workshops in drawing, painting (watercolor, acrylic, oils, pastel) sculpture, cartooning, fashion design, life drawing, portfolio preparation and more. We have an exciting summer program offering daily workshops in a variety of mediums for both children (6-12) and teens (13-18).


In addition we also offer kids night out, birthday parties and paint-n-sip events.


The Village Artist is also known for its custom frame shop. We have a wide array of frames, so you are sure to find something that suits your taste and budget. Whether its a ready-made for a poster or a high-end hand crafted moulding for a collectible, we have it. Whatever needs to be framed we can professionally frame it.

Lori Hochberg - Founder/ Director - BFA, MS Arts Education

Anne B. Gunthner

Our instructors

Lori earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University and a Master of Science in Art Education from Long Island University, She is a certified K-12 art teacher. Additionally, she has continued her art education with post-graduate work in N.Y.C and on Long Island.


Lori has been teaching Fine Arts classes on Long Island for over twenty five years both in private and public school settings. The Academy of Fine Arts (Roslyn), North Shore Hebrew Academy (Great Neck), Town of Huntington Creative Arts Program, Half Hallow Hills SD#5, Love of Learning Montessori and West Hills Montessori are some of the institutions where she has taught. In addition to teaching in a school setting, Lori has instructed many private students children, teens, and adults - in drawing, painting and sculpture.


In 1995, Lori founded The Village Artist Fine Art School in Huntington Village.

After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Fashion Design and Art minor, Anne Gunthner continued her education as New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology, school of Visual Arts. With years of advertising experience, both as a layout artist and art director, Ms. Gunthner retired and returned to her love of the fine arts. She started studying pastel work with award-winning pastel artist and fellow instructor, Dianna De Santis.


Ms. Gunthner's art is from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It consists of American and European impressionists. Her paintings focus on vibrant color, texture, and the use of light. She teaches summer workshops and fall classes at The Village Artist. She lives with her husband and two sons in Huntington, New York.


Ann is an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as a member of the following organizations.

  • Portrait Society of America

  • Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club

  • Allied Artist of America

  • Southwest Pastel Society

  • Connecticut Pastel Society

  • Huntington Arts Council

Diana De Santis

Diana De Santis gained her art education from Parsons School of Design and the Traphagen School of Design. In 1989, she received a one-year scholarship to study with artists, David Leffel and Harvey Dinnerstein at the Arts Student League. Her love of art continued overseas to Italy, Russia, and France, where her work and articles was featured among those in pastels exhibits, museums, and international publications.


Her landscape artwork, done specifically in the plein air technique, is a part of many private collections. Diana is affiliated with the Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery. Portraits North, the Louisa Melrose Gallery in Frenchtown, NJ, and the Harborcrest Gallery in Huntington, NY. She is also an official Coast Guard artist. With over 200 awards and 15 gold medals for her art, Diana De Santis brings international experience to The Village Artist.


  • Keep It Simple (2006)

  • Find a Great Subject Anywhere (2000)

  • Cast Colorful Shadow (2000)

  • Create Stronger Hands (1997)


  • Ainant (1997) - Top 10 National Competition

  • 3 paintings included Best of Pastels editions

  • Augusta Guiden Memorial Pavilion

          -Southside Hospital Bay Shore, NY

Kate Smith

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Kate Smith, born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised predominately in Jacksonville, Florida moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Florida in Economics. She is married with three children and lives in Huntington, New York.


Although exposed to the arts as a child visiting museums in Washington, D.C. and across the county, Kate truly fell in love with art on her first trip to Italy in 1987. Upon commissioning portraits of her children and watching the image develop, she became interested in learning the art of painting.


She began to study with a friend and portrait artist, Victoria Carlin at The Village Artist in Huntington. Ms Carlin tutored Kate in oils and inspired her to look at the world from the perspective of an artist. She soon joined Ms Carlin and other artists on Plein Aire trips to Italy, Canada, France, Ireland and South Africa.


As her love and passion for painting grew she explored additional mediums of art. Kate has spent the last 12 years studying with high acclaimed pastel artist Diana DeSantis. In addition she has extended her studies in watercolor, oil and the fundamentals of drawing and painting with world-renowned highly acclaimed artists and teachers.


She is now a teacher of children and teens at The Village Artist.

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