Lucid Dreams unveiled at Longyear

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Margaretville — Opening this week on Friday, Sept. 20 at The Longyear Gallery is “Lucid Dreams,” featuring the photographs of gallery member Helane Levine-Keating, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery artists. The artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Helane Levine-Keating’s exhibit “Lucid Dreams” is comprised of a body of photographs taken in the last two years in New Kingston and Platte Clove in the Catskills; North Bennington, VT; and in New York City’s Central Park. The images are a continuation of Levine-Keating’s desire to “blur the line between photography and painting” as she explores the effects of natural light on landscapes and flowers and then makes her own prints on different types of archival paper. Levine-Keating cites the Czech photographer Josef Sudek as a recent influence on her work, as his photographs of Prague and its surrounding woods and those taken of his studio window reflect the “mystery of light” from both a romantic and modern perspective.

Dreams explained
According to Levine-Keating, “Lucid Dreams,” a name for dreams in which one is aware one is dreaming and can even manage to navigate the dream, “are what I am seeking to portray in the images in this exhibit, as they suggest dream states lit by awareness of location and emotional experience. When I am photographing, I am both dreaming and awake, and I hope to convey the liminal state or threshold between the two.”
Helane Levine-Keating has been taking photographs since she did her B.A. in literature and creative writing at the University of Rochester and began visiting the Eastman Photography Collection at the George Eastman House in Rochester, where she was especially struck by the work of Edward Steichen. Once she began making her own archival prints in the late 1990s, she started exhibiting her fine art photography.
Since then she has had solo shows at the Longyear Gallery and the Roxbury Arts Group, and her work has appeared in group shows at the Roxbury Art Group and at the Margaret Memorial Hospital. She is currently a participant in a Longyear Gallery show at the West Kortright Center and in the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery “Platte Clove Artist-in-Residency” exhibit.
The show will be open from Friday, Sept. 20 through Monday, Oct. 14, Columbus Day.
Longyear Gallery is located Upstairs at The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Friday through Monday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment. For information, please call 586-3270 during gallery hours and 607 326-4402 for appointments.