Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An Adirondack Perspective On Plein Air In North Creek

PleinAiratNorthCreekThe Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek is presenting the exhibit Plein Air: An Adirondack Perspective.

The exhibition, which runs until July 30th, features acclaimed regional artists Frances Gaffney (graphite), Diane Leifheit (pastel), Janet Marie Yeates (oil) and Sarah Yeoman (watercolor) and all art work will be available for purchase.

This Thursday and Friday, July 17 and 18, artists will paint outdoors in and around the scenic town of North Creek. The public is especially invited to watch them demonstrate their techniques July 17 during Art Walk from 5 to 7 pm.

Artist Frances Gaffney winters in Manhattan and spends her summers in Wevertown. She loves the expressive nature of drawing and feels that the spontaneous impression in a drawing is often lost under layers of paint. This summer Frances is the Artist-in-Residence at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb.

Saranac Lake pastel artist Diane Leifheit is a strong colorist. She loves working with the interaction of color whether creating an image of the landscape or of people. Her years of experience with figure drawing easily translate to finding form and intimacy in the land. Diane is a long-time member of the Adirondack Artists Guild.

Janet Marie Yeates paints outdoors during warmer months and exhibits extensively throughout the region. She is an artist member of Micropolis Cooperative Gallery in Gloversville, NY, and has been a freelance graphic designer for twenty-three years, specializing in book design and publications for artists, musicians, and cultural organizations. Janet is the Executive Director of Schoharie County Arts Council.

Award-wining American watercolor artist and signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society, Sarah Yeoman describes her artistic process as “sculpting and pulling the form out of the paper”. In the summer, Sarah follows in Winslow Homer’s footsteps in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, hiking and paddling in remote locations where she paints and collects references.

Tannery Pond Community Center is located at 228 Main Street in North Creek. Gallery hours are Monday and Friday, 12 to 4; Thursdays from 10 to 4, and from 12:30 to 3:30 on weekends. Visit for more details.

Illustration: A watercolor by Sarah Yeoman.

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