Pictured Above: Stony Brook ELIH board member Terrance McLaughlin, Stony Brook ELIH CAO Paul Connor and Jacqueline Penney’s daughter Deborah Penney with the paintings that have been donated to the hospital.

Jacqueline Penney, a renowned artist and teacher who passed away last year, long had a studio in the heart of Cutchogue and was well known for her realistic pastoral scenes capturing the beauty and tranquility of the North Fork. 

Three of her emotional and serene paintings were recently donated to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital by her daughter, Debbie Penney. 

Jacqueline Penney had an adventurous spirit. From an early age, she was always fascinated by color and beauty, and was eager to create. Her determined spirit won her scholarship to the Phoenix School of Design in New York City, where she received an excellent background in drawing and anatomy. After attending Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina and the Institute of Design in Chicago, Illinois, she settled down to raise a family.

Jacqueline continued her art education by studying with well-known artists around the country. She was a member of many art organizations, is listed in the Who’s Who of American Woman/Teachers, and is widely published.

She received many award for her work; exhibited in places like the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton and Forbes Galleries in Manhattan. Locally, she was featured on the cover of Dan’s Papers twice.

Jacqueline lived in her distinctive Cutchogue studio, a renovated 1840s red barn, for over 50 years. It is there that she shared doing what she loved by teaching art for over 30 years. She was proud to have inspired many others while teaching.

Jaqueline passed away at home in her favorite place on June 18, 2020. She was and still is a renowned pillar of the North Fork art community. 

“We will remember her for her amazing talent as both an artist and teacher, shared with so many, and now shared with us at Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital,” said the hospital in a statement. “We are honored to display Jaqueline’s artwork that so beautifully represents this community in which we work and live.”

For more of Jacqueline Penney’s work, you can visit her website: Jacquelinepenney.net. or contact her daughter at dpenney@optonline.net.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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