Opening is Saturday at Longyear Gallery

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring a solo exhibition by Ellen Wong. The artists’ reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ellen Wong paints the landscape of the Catskills, and has been doing so for the past 20 years.  Keenly observing the natural elements of the area, she captures specific moments in nature — a kind of meditation on the serene and subtle beauty within the grandeur of the landscape.  Most of Wong’s work is painted en plein air, although some fleeting impressions are painted from memory and photographs.
Included in her current show are watercolors from travels. Wong is always responding to a sense of ‘place.’  “I am searching for a particular truth of a moment, while everything is constantly changing,” she explains.
Wong’s work in various media has been shown locally for over 10 years in both solo and group shows. She lives and works in Roxbury and New York City and has studied with Philip Pearlstein, Robert Henry and Walter Rosenblum at Brooklyn College; Mohammad O’Khalil at Parsons; as well as Jack Faragasso and Daniel Dickerson at the Art Students League.   
The Longyear Gallery’s Ellen Wong exhibit will be on display through September 21, accompanied by works of Robert Axelrod, Leslie Brill, Gayle Burbank, Marcia Clark, Janice DeMarino, Ann Lee Fuller, John Hopkins, Phyllis Horowitz, Helane Levine-Keating, David Leveson, Margaret Leveson, Patrice Lorenz, Frank Manzo, Helane K. Manzo, Christopher Moore, Lucy Nurkse, Tom Rapin, Marilyn Silver, Sharon Suess, Nat Thomas, Alix H. Travis, Gerda van Leeuwen, Ros Welchman and Susan Whittenburg.
Longyear Gallery, Upstairs at The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville, 845 586-3270, www.longyeargallery.org. Summer gallery hours: Thursday-Monday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment.