'Preceptions' show opens at Longyear

Margaretville — Opening this week on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Longyear Gallery is “Perceptions,” an exhibit featuring the work of one of Longyear’s founding members, John Hopkins, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery artists. The artist’s reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 from 3-6 p.m.

John Hopkins’s new show, “Perceptions,” reflects this local landscape artist’s efforts to move beyond his “comfort zone,” a style and content that, he notes, “becomes easily understood and satisfying to produce yet eventually formulaic.”

According to Hopkins, “This does not say that we won’t return to that work, but when and if we do it will be with a new and greater understanding, a deeper sense of what we do that carries us beyond the comfort zone into the production of more exciting and richer work.”

In his new exhibition, Hopkins pushes back his own borders by “struggling with a series of pieces that are more about information than esthetics.” Calling them “history lessons,” Hopkins says, “they are meant to present ideas about social constants, such as the balance between the police power and individual rights, simple exposition of facts, and opinions as expressed by those who experience a given time and sequence of events. Although these may be perceived as political, that is not their intent.”

Along with this new work, John Hopkins continues to paint landscapes, working with “changes in scale and how they change the perception and understanding of a given space and how that alters solutions when the content is the same.” These new smaller landscapes, also included in his show “Perceptions,” reveal “a slightly richer, darker, more somber quality to them,” says the artist. When asked about what it’s like to do two such different types of work, Hopkins replies that much as he finds “the informational pieces difficult and demanding, the change of scale requires an equally demanding effort.”

John Hopkins graduated from the Swain School of Design with a diploma in painting, and received a BFA from Boston University School of Fine Arts.

John Hopkins’s show “Perceptions” and the Longyear Gallery artists’ group show is open from Thursday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 11. Longyear Gallery is located Upstairs at The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., holiday Mondays, and by appointment. For information, please call 586-3270 during gallery hours and 607 326-4402 for appointments.