This artist brings Sicilian lifestyle to Long Island


Gabriella Picone in her studio on Long Island’s North Fork.

Joe Kramm

“Idda means ‘she’ in the Sicilian dialect,” says artist and designer Gabriella Picone.

She heard this word many times when she was growing up between New York City and Lipari, the Aeolian island off the coast of Sicily. Now it’s the name of her new studio, which she opened last year when she was hiding in another seaside location, the North Fork of Long Island. What began with paintings, unique ceramics and whimsical limited edition pareos (the sarong-like skirts worn by Sicilian women in hot summer months) is now being expanded to include Italian-made homeware.

Bedda tablecloth made of cotton.

Joe Kramm

Venere silk cushions.

Joe Kramm

A new pillow is decorated with female figures, while a tablecloth depicts a dreamy Garden of Eden. Everyone is inspired by the Sicilian lifestyle, especially the art of eating, which she researched during the pandemic and first started cooking. “Every meal is so thoughtful – the whole family sits down, you talk, you tell stories,” says Picone, who studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and worked for four years as communications director at the R & Company design gallery in Manhattan has Manhattan. “I wanted my work to address this ritual of coming together.”