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Ceramics by Regis Brodie and Paintings by Leslie Yolen
January 13, 2018 - February 15, 2018
January 13 – February 15, 2018
Artists Reception: Saturday, February 3rd, 4 – 6 pm.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 12 – 5 pm, Sat 12 – 4 pm
Regis Brodie works in porcelain and stoneware. His colorful, surface-layered ceramics are the culmination of his training as a painter and sculptor. Both painting and sculpture are parallel and overlapping experiences in his works. He says “My methodology of making art is exploratory in nature. It deals with the direct manipulation of materials and processes. My vessel or sculptural forms are elegant and classical. The surface painting, drawing, and textural treatment on the other hand, is out of the Abstract Expressionist and Post-Modernist Schools. I love the interplay that is created between the refinements of the form and the spontaneously decorated surface. It contrasts the elegant with the organic. I am tight and at the same time loose… I do not establish a hierarchy or dominance of the form (mass) verses the surface (decoration). As I consider the form, the surface reveals itself as it becomes intrinsic and essential to the whole.”
Regis Brodie is an Emeritus Professor of Art at Skidmore College. He earned his B.S. and Masters in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Regis taught for 41 years in the Studio Art department at Skidmore College until his retirement in 2011. In addition to his regular teaching duties he directed Skidmore’s prestigious “Summer SIX Art Program” for 35 years, as well taught in the Summer SIX Art Program for 39 of those years. His work was recently shown at Laffer Gallery and the Saratoga Clay Studio, both in Schuylerville, NY. Regis continues his ongoing body of work with lectures and exhibits worldwide.
Leslie Yolen has worked predominantly in clay until recently, when encaustics became her favored medium. She finds her process of encaustic painting, (beeswax and tree resin mixed with pigments) similar to the additive and subtractive processes of working with clay. Her paintings on wood panels are created using brushes, torches, knives, and scraping tools. Her series of work for this exhibit is titled “Treescapes”. She says “These paintings were inspired by my lifelong fascination with trees and the way they frame our world in different light and through different seasons. The genesis for these paintings was the clearing of brush at the edge of the woods around my home, opening new and inviting views into and through the woods.”
Leslie Yolen earned her B.F.A. from Bennington College and an M.S. in Visual Arts Education from the College of Saint Rose. She is the Arts Education Associate for the New York State Education Department’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction, where she provides statewide leadership in relation to the implementation of the NYS Learning Standards for the Arts, supporting arts teachers, administrators and students across the state. Prior to working with NYSED, Leslie taught Visual Art in the public schools, focusing on curriculum development, instructional planning, and professional development for arts teachers. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, NY, and “Great Places and Spaces”, Albany Center Gallery’s satellite exhibit at the New York State Museum, Albany NY. She lives and works in rural Albany County, NY.
This exhibition is funded in part by Adirondack Studios, Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid, The Community Exchange Foundation, and the New York State Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY.