'Shifting Gears' opens at Longyear

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Margaretville — Opening this Thursday, August 23 at The Longyear Gallery is “Shifting Gears,” an exhibit featuring the work of artist Leslie Brill, accompanied by a group show of Longyear Gallery artists. The artist’s reception will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Leslie Brill’s work, while representational in nature, varies in subject matter, size and medium. This exhibit includes a number of oil paintings; one large tempera piece; and a large charcoal drawing. Regardless of subject matter or format, what unifies the various pieces is their energy, achieved in part through the use of her signature enmeshed strokes. As the artist describes this exhibit, “I have varied the subject matter from my previous focus on trees. I’ve also varied the way in which I approach it. Some works were executed in a burst of energy, in an hour or less. Others developed over a period of time.”

Brill divides her time between Brooklyn and Ithaca. She also makes fairly frequent visits to Italy, where she executed two sketches included in this show, one of hands and one of a torso. With deftness of line and exaggerated scale, these drawings celebrate the human anatomy. No less dramatic are her paintings of imagined landscapes; an imagined seascape; and a drawing of a group of people sharing in celebration. In addition to Longyear Gallery, Brill is also affiliated with State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca and Blue Mountain Gallery in Manhattan.

Leslie Brill’s exhibit, “Shifting Gears, and the Longyear Gallery artists’ group show will be open from Thursday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Upcoming Longyear shows include Margaret Leveson’s solo show from September 20-October 16 and John Hopkins’s solo show from October 18-November 11.

Longyear Gallery is located upstairs in the Commons Building, 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, call 586-3270 and 607 326-4402 for appointments.