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Shifting Light: Fresh Landscapes of the Hudson Valley


  • Art at Leeds 1079 Route 23b Main ST Leeds United States (map)
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Art at Leeds announces Shifting Light: Fresh Landscapes of the Hudson Valley

June 1st through June 30th, 2019—a group exhibition of impressionistic oil paintings by local master artists, centered on the Hudson Valley.

Reception: Saturday, from 5–8pm at Art at Leeds

Gallery hours are Thursday–Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment

1079 Route 23B, Leeds, NY 12451

Featuring the work of:

James Coe http://jamescoe.com/

James Cramer http://www.jimcramerart.com/

Keith Gunderson http://keithgunderson.com/

and Leigh Ann Smith https://www.leighsmithart.com/

The beauty of the Hudson River Valley conjures up lasting and deeply rooted images, often spiritual to the individual, with majestic and epic landscapes of calming proportions. Living in the Mid-Hudson River valley, where the Hudson River School was born, these artists literally walk in the footsteps of Cole and the other fine artists of that movement. Their styles reflect a wide variety, from retro Hudson Valley Luminism to wild semi-abstract plein air.

 The art presented in this show offers unique interpretations of natural and human structures of the region and allows the viewer a glimpse of the ineffable power it holds.

 Free workshops will be held by each artist from 10 am–2 pm at Art at Leeds

June 1st drawing with Leigh Ann Smith (to register, go to https://www.leighsmithart.com/book-6-1-19-drawing-workshop)

June 15th painting with James Cramer (no registration required)

June 20th painting with James Coe (no registration required)

June 27th painting with Keith Gunderson (no registration required)

June 8th all of the artists demo painting on the gallery property

 James Cramer has worked in the tradition of the Impressionists of Europe and America, painting outdoors, on the spot (Plein-Air), for forty years. He is widely collected and is represented by the Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck, and the Ginofor Gallery in Cambridge.

“I was born in Albany, N.Y. in 1948. Currently, I live in Coxsackie area, Greene Co., N.Y. Art has been in my life since I can remember. Painting outdoors is what I do. It’s what I love, think about, work at, and struggle with.

 Painting on location strives for a synthesis of observation (seeing), internalization (contemplation), and application (brushes, paint, canvas). Painting in all the different kinds of weather that the seasons bring is not an easy task. You only get a short period of time to get your ideas down on the canvas because nature is always changing. It’s going to be different each time. Each day, I’ve learned, is a world of new challenges and possibilities. I ‘paint the day’ as I see it, and suggest to the viewer a sense of place via painterly brush strokes.”

 James Cramer will hold a free painting demo and workshop on June 15th from 10 am–2 pm at the Art at Leeds Gallery, no registration necessary.

 James Coe is an artist with a passion for birds, nature, old barns, and relics of our rural heritage. With an interest in ornithology, he earned a degree in biology from Harvard.  His training in art came later, as a graduate student at the Parson's School of Design. There he studied in a traditional atelier setting, working primarily from the figure and still life, under the guidance of painters Paul Resika, Leland Bell, and John Heliker.

 Represented in the permanent collections of the New York State Museum, Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, the Hiram Blauvelt and Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museums, and the Bell Museum of Natural History, Jim was most recently the subject of a feature article in the September 2017 issue of Harvard Magazine.  His work has been featured in Wildlife Art, American Art Collector, and Plein Air magazine. His paintings have appeared on the covers of Sanctuary, Bird Watcher's Digest, Birding World, and The Auk, professional journal of the American Ornithologists Union.

 James began his art career in illustration and is best known as the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Golden Field Guide Eastern Birds.  Jim’s works combine his passion for landscape with a finely detailed knowledge of natural history. Jim’s goal is to introduce an element of movement, color, or interest to the landscape. He found that many of the skills needed to capture the fleeting light and dynamic conditions of the landscape are analogous to those he had previously developed for sketching an active bird as it foraged or preened. Both rely on careful observation, practiced visual memory, speed, and instinct.  But the vigor and physical energy that it takes to dash a quick field study in oil paints were new to Jim's work at that time, and they clearly helped shape his approach to painting.

 James Coe will hold a free painting demo and workshop on June 20th from 10 am–2 pm at the Art at Leeds Gallery, no registration necessary.

 Keith Gunderson has won numerous prestigious awards, including Best In Show at the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival in both 2018 and 2017, Reginald Marsh Merit Scholarship Award at the Art Students League in New York City, Best in Show in the Frank Mason and his Legacy Exhibition at the Bryan Gallery in Cambridge, Vermont, Best In Show at the Hudson Valley Art Association’s Exhibition at the Jasper Cropsey Museum, and was one of 22 artists selected to exhibit at the Art Students League Centennial Exhibition.

 “Art is a conversation between the artist and the viewer”, Keith said. “Each brushstroke and palette knife cut is imbued with intention. An inanimate object conveys the artist’s energy and humanity, his life force.” His aim is to instill the concepts of volume and light, providing a way to expression beyond mere imitation.

 Keith Gunderson is on the faculty of the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, NY, the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL, the Artists Collective of Hyde Park in Hyde Park, NY and at the Jacaruso Studio & Gallery in Rhinebeck, NY.

Keith Gunderson is a current and past member of the Salmagundi Club, Hudson Valley Art Association, Audubon Artists and the Oil Painters of America. Exhibited widely, his drawings and paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections. Keith Gunderson studied under the renowned painters Frank Mason, Harvey Dinnerstein, David Leffel and Richard Schmid.

Keith Gunderson will hold a free painting demo and workshop on June 27th from 10 am–2 pm at the Art at Leeds Gallery, no registration necessary.

Leigh Ann Smith received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University at Brockport in 1979. She spent her professional career as a graphic designer, retiring from the New York State Museum as Supervisor of Graphic Design in 2017. Her art has been shown throughout the years in numerous group exhibits.

 Working in a museum has given Leigh Ann an awareness of the history, geology, and historic culture of the Hudson Valley. Its rolling hills, mountains, waterways, and historic buildings provide endless inspiration. She strives to convey her individual experiences of intimate connection to the landscape in her paintings and drawings through the process of keen observation and interpretation.

Her sense of design and color is informed by her graphic design experience and the study of art of varying styles, including the Canadian Group of Seven and the design of Japanese kimonos. She has studied with master artists Sherrie McGraw, Kathleen Dunphy, Kevin McPherson, and artists from the Plein Air Painters of America.

 Leigh Ann Smith will hold a free drawing workshop for beginners to intermediate on June 1st from 10 am–2 pm at the Art at Leeds gallery, limited to the 15 participants. For more information and to register, go to  https://www.leighsmithart.com/book-6-1-19-drawing-workshop)

Art at Leeds is located at 1079 Route 23 B Leeds, NY 12451, just 1 mile from Thruway exit 21.

Gallery Hours Thursday - Sunday 12 - 6