|Here are some of what visitorís
to Visions of New York State: The Historical Paintings of L. F. Tantillo
had to say:
John F. O'Neill Albany, N. Y.
"A wonderful experience of seeing the past recreated in such detail."
Sara S. Kaufman & Eli Backer Albany, N. Y.
Jim Rubino Student
"Excellent history lesson. Great light effects for acrylic."
Ray & Connie Baker Newark, N. Y.
"Fascinating. I enjoy reading the historical backgrounds."
Joan Hahn Nassau, N. Y.
"An extraordinary exhibit. We are in the presence of a great new American
artist. Congratulations, Leonard!"
John Kirwin Albany, N. Y. Continuing Education Student
"Intriguing works and a great view of our past- many thanks for undertaking
J. Michael Queen Richmondville, N. Y. Researcher
"Some brilliant work- could have benefited by a displayed bio of the
artist, his history, etc. as well as by a chronological order."
Jean Egan Bennington, VT. Friend
"Beautiful- all- Oils so real- will speak of it to our artists at
Mr. & Mrs. George Templeton Garrisonís Landing, N. Y.
"This is a real treat for another artist."
Peggy & Earl Denton Bergen, N. Y.
"Your art is alive with emotion and realism."
Elsa de Beer Glenmont, N. Y.
"I am impressed with your scholarship, craftsmanship, and skill. The
installation is also excellent. Thank you!"
M. Gibson East Greenbush, N. Y.
Your knowledge of history, [and] architecture of the era is amazing. Also
your painting skill (and patience) is very impressive."
Mary E. Hannon Scotia, N. Y.
"As a native of the area- the collection has meaning for me- I enjoyed
the connection of history- and art."
Catherine DíAmato Schenectady, N. Y.
"Mr. Tantillo has combined history and art to produce an impressive
David D. Austin Mendon, N. Y.
"Showing excellence in painting as well as historical reference; outstanding."
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas De Lorenzo Schenectady, N. Y.
"Read about your show here in the Schenectady Gazette and Times
Union- very beautiful exhibit."
Henry Pellerin East Greenbush, N. Y.
"The Times Union article said about your work, "But is
it Art?" They said the same thing about Norman Rockwell, rejoice,
youíre in good company."
Peter & Helen Sheridan
"Breathtaking! Loved the glow of the fires, moonlight, historical
perspective, exhausting research! Bravo!""
B. Catz Slingerlands, N. Y.
"We have a home full of Tantillo prints, which Iíll now view
with a fresh eye. I now appreciate the time, effort, and skill that the
artist puts into each work- what commitment!"
Robert & Amelia Andersen Westerlo, N. Y.
"Whoever said this is not art is blind. We are very pleased with the
Frank Rogler Delmar, N. Y. Staff
"Outstanding, nice job, the best I [have] seen about New York in a
Jay Holcomb Greenfield Center, N. Y.
"Thoroughly enjoying your work- your research deserves great respect
and your artistry is delightful- very informativeÖ"
Keith & Glenis Ratcliff Albany, N. Y. Faculty
"Arouses your interest in the history of your home. We enjoyed it
Alice Hotchkiss Loudonville
"Wonderful pictures, great research- I feel [like] Iíve been
walking the streets of Old Albany. Thanks."
M. E. Grenander E. Berne, N. Y. Professor Emeritus, UAlbany
"A fascinating retrospective of Albanyís history. Thanks for
a great show."
Theodore P. Wright, Jr. Latham, N. Y. Professor Emeritus, Political
"As vice president of the Dutch Settlerís Society of Albany,
it is extremely interesting to see the reconstruction of the Dutch period
(Beverwyck) of Albany."
Paul Gecewicz Albany, N. Y.
"My lifelong interest in history, especially local and art, made...me
feel right at home. It is not only beautiful but so familiar."
John I. Mesick Schodack Landing, N. Y.
"The work is a testament to what can be achieved when you follow your
Ingrid Peters Robinson Albany, N. Y. Faculty
"This is one of the most beautiful exhibits I have ever seen. Thank
Allan H. Butler Cobleskill, N. Y. Staff
"I have never enjoyed an exhibit here at the University as much as
this- great theme- great job!"
Bruce Lorence Albany, N. Y. Alumnus, ë70
"Big, big improvement over exhibits at University...[in] the last
[two to three] years."
Karen Markoe SUNY Maritime College Professor of History
"We hope to be the winter home of the re-created Experiment!"
Jeff Lash N. Y.
"What a show! It should travel to other museums in the state."
Eric Schnitzer Rotterdam Junction, N. Y. Student
"Extraordinary artwork done using fine themes of local history- a
Jan Coles Slingerlands, N. Y.
"What an exciting walk through [New Yorkís] early history."
Bari Falese Roselle Park, NJ. Alumnus
"Excellent presentation as well as an opportunity to see work which
inspires so much controversy- a topic for all museums to consider!"
Tiffany Anderson Albany, N. Y. Student
"Very interesting use of light and dark. Engine 999 from Batavia
looks like many (donít take this [negatively]) cliché "Western"
paintings Iíve seen from a distance, but on closer inspection it
does not appear so. The boxes and the men talking provide the difference."
David M. Medlar Goshen, N. Y. Student
"Well to begin with, youíre a genius; itís simply surreal
how you make certain elements jump out [with] the contrast of light and
darkÖIím floored. You are a non-conforming artist, you are
creating the future. Thanks."
There will be more to come.