Lecture by an artist at the Fleischmanns gallery | Entertainment News

FLEISCHMANNS – 1053 Main Street Gallery in Fleischmanns will present an artist talk with upstate New York artist Lisbeth Firmin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. A reception will follow.

According to a press release, the conference is a companion to “Alone,” a solo exhibition of the artist’s paintings, on display at the gallery through December 19.

Firmin will be joined by her friend, poet Margot Farrington, whose insight and inspiration have helped the new series come to life. Farrington will read poems from his latest collection “The Blue Canoe of Longing” (Dos Madres Press, 2019) and perform two stories, one original, “Witnessed in Transit”, the other his version of an Irish tale.

Firmin’s works explore the relationship between people and their urban environment. His cityscapes follow in the tradition of early American realists such as John Sloan and Edward Hopper, depicting life on the streets today while reflecting modern themes of isolation and disconnection.

In recent years she has focused more on the figure, painting light on the figure in an urban environment. She almost exclusively uses the solitary figure in an urban setting in her paintings and prints. Monotypes are all examples of this direction. The numbers all go somewhere, no one knows where. They are alone, but maybe not alone.

During the 2020 lockdown, Firmin was driving a lot and on a late summer day she found herself in Birch Creek, a small park that was once a farm near Fleischmanns. There is an old barricaded farm there, abandoned and described as beautiful. It occurred to her that she could paint this and portray a bygone human history from the ruins.

She painted the first painting, Birch Creek, and quickly found many other ancient places that spoke to her that way, places that were once loved and then, for some reason, abandoned. The series of abandoned places marks a break with its figurative urban theme, substituting houses for people and the countryside for the city.

The “Alone” exhibition represents a combination of Firmin’s urban figurative work, as well as the series of abandoned places, produced during the pandemic.

Visit lisbethfirmin.com for more information on the artist.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Call 646-883-9119 for more information.

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