Award-winning colorist featured at Longyear
Award-winning watercolorist Alix Hallman Travis of Halcottsville is well-known locally for her vivid, high contrast landscape, still life and figurative work in that medium. However, currently at Longyear Gallery is her first solo show featuring work on canvas in oil. This breakthrough exhibit joins a new collective show by the Longyear member artists.
Inspired by human activity observed and sketched extensively wherever her life and travels lead, the paintings in this exhibition concentrate on figure and gesture and are rendered in vibrant, pulsating oil color deeply textured with the palate knife.
Last year during her winter studies at The Art Students League in New York City, Travis began experimenting with oil paints and developing her own distinctive style. This pursuit was quickly encouraged and developed when she was one of two students awarded a Fantasy Fountain Fund Scholarship to study in Paris for the month of July. Two of the works in her current Longyear collection recall her observations while studying visitors to The Louvre. Also included are her Central Park Bench Series and two pieces inspired by observations from a train.
Travis has exhibited in an ever-growing list of galleries and has been juried into national and international exhibitions.
Another new development at Longyear Gallery is the admission of two new members — painter and handmade paper collage artist Janice DeMarino and photographer Christopher Moore. Both are second homeowners in the area.
Moore has been a photographer since the early 1960s, when his grandmother presented him with a Kodak Fiesta camera for Christmas. He graduated with Pratt Institute’s first ever class of photography majors (1974) and has been working at it ever since. His current large format prints focus on the close up details of trash and forgotten objects.
DeMarino teaches art at the Birch Wathen Lenox School in New York. Her interest in papermaking began in 1997, when she was given a grant to create a body of paper art at Dieu Donne Papermill. Regrettably DeMarino will be absent from her first Longyear opening, as she is currently studying as a resident artist in Anversa Italy, where she is producing an encaustic project.
Recent Works by Alix Hallman Travis will be on display at the Longyear through July 20,
Longyear Gallery, 785 Main Street, Margaretville, 845 586-3270. Summer gallery hours: Thursday thru Monday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. or by appointment.