The First Street Gallery played host last night to “Sunsets/Hillsides”, a colorful exhibit by artist and painter Mari Lyons. Based between Woodstock, New York and New York City, Mari, who has studied and worked with the likes of Max Beckmann and Ludwig Sander, has been painting for decades and her work can be found in private collections and exhibits across the country. A good crowd turned out in Manhatan’s Chelsea neighborhood to toast the artist, whose work spans landscapes, portraits and other commissioned works, and view her latest pieces of work.
“My inspiration has been and still comes from my own hillsides here in Woodstock that I have studied intensely for many years and try to know. Most of the natural world is composed of color and light, and it can be mysterious and even challenging to capture.
This group of paintings was painted in my Woodstock studio–looking out of my three back windows at an ever-changing hillside. For many years, when my children were small, I painted in a corner of our bedroom. But I have had a studio in New York City for more than thirty years. All of my painting in New York City has been done there.
New York City in all of its busy impossibility is an endlessly fascinating subject for a painter: it is alive, moving, tense. Woodstock is more tranquil, but I have tried to retain in my Woodstock paintings some of the energy in my cityscapes.”
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