Margaretville — Margaret Leveson’s “Catskill Waterways” and Gary Mayer’s “Night’s Forgiving Light” exhibits opened at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery Saturday, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery member artists. The exhibitions will run through Monday, October 30.
“Catskill Waterways,” local artist Leveson’s twentieth solo exhibition, includes paintings that depict the waterways near her Catskill country home in the Pakatakan Art Colony in Arkville.
“I am primarily a landscape painter,” says Leveson. “I focus on light to give life to my paintings and to set a mood. Water, the subject of this exhibit, is an important theme in my work.” For the artist, rivers such as Dry Brook and the East Branch of the Delaware River, which appear in several of her new paintings, “create pathways that lead the viewer through the landscape. The water mirrors the light; their moods vary with the sky; the rivers invite contemplation.”
The majority of Leveson’s paintings are executed directly from life, focusing on spontaneity and directness of observation where the brushwork is loose and gestural with a variety of surface textures, an impressionistic technique suited to the subject.
Mayer’s “Night’s Forgiving Light” includes large paintings, a sculpture in front of the gallery, and a sculptural installation made specifically for the space. According to Mayer, “A number of the paintings in this show are inspired by the incredible night skies I’ve witnessed up here. My approach is painterly and abstract, emphasizing the dramatic while seeking an ecstatic feeling.”
Mayer moved to the Catskills because he was “moved by the beauty of the landscapes,” and says he likes working on a large scale because of the freedom it gives him to work in a rhythmic gestural way, and his work fluctuates between abstraction and representation.
The Longyear Gallery, among the region’s premier venues for artists, is an artist-run cooperative representing professional artists from the New York metro area as well as the Catskill region. Artists must be juried in, and since its inception in 2007, Longyear has presented high-quality group and individual shows, usually changing monthly.
Upcoming Longyear Gallery fall–winter shows include a retrospective of the paintings and artwork of founding member John Booth Hopkins, who passed away in March 2017, and the Longyear Gallery Holiday show. The John Booth Hopkins retrospective opens Friday, November 3 and runs through Monday, November 27, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. The Longyear Holiday Show, featuring the art of all Longyear artists, runs from Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 31, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, December 2 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Longyear Gallery is located Downstairs in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Hours are Fridays, Sundays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
For information visit longyeargallery.org or call 845.586.3270 during gallery hours, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.