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‘In the Raw’ opening Friday

November 29, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Artists' Guild will host an exhibition of new pastel paintings by Diane E. Leifheit called "In the Raw,"which will open from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.

The exhibit will continue through Jan. 2.

This will be the artist's fifth solo exhibition at the Guild since 2003.

The body of work presented in the exhibit "In the Raw" will be shown "as is." The approach for the exhibit is to allow the viewer to really see the color and medium without the one layer that separates the viewer from the work - glass.

"My passion for the medium revolves around color," Leifheit said. "Pastel has an immediacy that is most striking when it is viewed without glass. The pure pigment glows on the paper, demanding to be seen."

The body of work includes some paintings of familiar Adirondack landscapes made outdoors plein air, most not far from the artist's studio in Gabriels.

"There is a cycle to the work." Leifheit said. "Working with pastel outdoors is wonderful when the weather cooperates but it is nearly impossible when the weather "goes south." Then my work comes into the studio where I work on other ideas: the figure, still life and other landscapes I have captured via sketch books and photographs. I don't like getting stuck or pigeonholed in what genres I explore."

The exhibit will give viewers a variety of subject matter to see. Most of the work is presented "as is," the way a visitor to the studio would first see a piece, rough edges and all. Without the glass, "In the Raw" makes for an unusual manner to view pastel works in a gallery setting.

Leifheit has been a member of the Guild since 2002. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally. In 2013 her work "An Incidence of Bridges," the art map of Saranac Lake's bridges, will be published by North Light Books in "Strokes of Genius 5."

The Adirondack Artists' Guild is located at 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.



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