MARGARETVILLE — Longyear Gallery of Margaretville is pleased to announce its new exhibition “Of Paper / On Paper,” featuring 20 Longyear artists. Opening on Saturday, April 17 and continuing through Sunday, May 9, this special exhibition will accompanied by a group show of the artwork of all other Longyear Gallery members.
A first Longyear Gallery exhibition of its kind, “Of Paper/ On Paper” features works by Robert Axelrod, Marcia Clark, Gail Freund, Elaine Grandy, Louise Kalin, Hedi Kyle, Meg Leveson, Helane Levine-Keating, Patrice Lorenz, Alethea Maguire, Frank Manzo, Helene Manzo, Gary Mayer, Elaine Mayes, Richard Kirk Mills, Wayne Morris, Victoria Scott, Amy Silberkleit, Gerda van Leeuwen, and Corneel Verlaan. Paper variety Each artist has chosen work to display that features the variety of ways paper can be crucial to the final product. In drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media or in pure paper pulp artwork, Longyear artists show how paper shapes expression.
These works display luminosity, absorbency, texture, weight, color, and tactility. From Gail Freud’s surprising works on sandpaper to Hedi Kyle’s fascinating paper constructions to Wayne Morris’s evocative charcoal drawings and Elaine Grandy’s innovative collages, for example, visitors to the gallery can witness how each artist comes to this exhibition with a very different and sometimes unrecognizable concept of how paper can be a driving force.
As Richard Kirk Mills states, “Paper, being plant fibers birthed in a water slurry, carries diverse signifiers: it can be rich and tactile or cheap as newspaper, heavier than canvas or as fragile as tissue. It can provide luminosity to transparent color or darkness from which light emerges. It is easily cut and folded or shaped, even sprayed.”
Each artist has their own technique, and, as Patrice Lorenz straightforwardly says, “I love drawing on paper!” “Of Paper / On Paper” will be on view during limited hours on Saturdays and Sundays each weekend from 12-4 p.m. Upcoming shows Future Longyear Gallery exhibits include two solo exhibitions featuring Longyear artists Deborah Ruggiero and Gary Mayer, running from May 14-June 7, followed by two solo exhibitions featuring Marilyn Silver and Gerda van Leeuwen, running from June 12 -July 5.
All exhibitions also include a members’ group show. Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Special attention will be paid to keep all visitors to the gallery as well as members safe. In view of health precautions at this time, entry to the gallery will be restricted to the parking lot entrance only, all visitors will be expected to wear masks and socially distance, and there will not be a traditional Artist’s Reception.
For more information, please see Longyear Gallery’s website, www.longyeargallery.org,, email the gallery at email@example.com, or call 845 586-3270 during gallery hours.