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Local artist to be featured in Widlund Gallery this summer

NORTHCREEK-From large and expansive to small and intimate, an exhibit of artwork by Laura Neadle of Hudson Falls will be on display at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek to usher in the summer season.

With mixed media pieces ranging from Adirondack landscapes to urban images of graffiti, Neadle will display artwork at the Widlund Gallery that explores her varied styles and interpretations of the world she knows.

Neadle enjoys using granulating colors and pigments which have a wide value range in and of themselves. Pattern is predominant, whether it is repeated color, shape or actual patterns incorporated into the piece. Neadle admits that she likes to explore themes such as man and his environment, the smallness of man versus the grandeur of nature, her family and their influence on her as a person, and emotions like grief, bitterness, despair, happiness, and ardor.

"Many pieces are landscapes of Adirondack places the artist frequents, people she knows, or items considered uniquely different for still life," said Elise Widlund of the Widlund Gallery. "While not necessarily exact replications, the pieces are interpretations and impressions of how these places, people and items affect the artist."

Neadle is a graduate of Messiah College in Pennsylvania where she earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Art and English Literature. She went on to complete graduate work through Plattsburgh State University for teaching, and has studied with many masters in water media, such as Cheng Khee Chee, Judi Betts, and Don Getz. She has an extensive exhibition portfolio that includes various venues across the Glens Falls region.

Concerning her awards, Neadle has been selected for many juried exhibitions, including the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors at the Arts Center in Old Forge. She is also a signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society, the Upper Hudson Watercolor Society and the Guild of Adirondack Artists.

An artist reception, will be hosted Saturday, June 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A concert by the Saratoga Chamber Players, sponsored by the Upper Hudson Musical Arts organization will follow the reception.

For further information, contact Sally Heidrich at 251-2733, 681-1715 or visit www.tpcca.org, and www.lauraneadle.com.

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