Saranac Lake “Shorelines,” a solo exhibit of new drawings by Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda, will open on Friday, May 31 at the Adirondack Artists Guild, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The images, inspired by Adirondack streams and riverbanks, are drawings of places that hold particular significance for the artist. The exhibit will run through July 1.
“Expressing the limitless metaphors of promise in nature is my work.” Suzanne writes. “ How to look for and recognize the message, how to absorb it, how to let it become its own line and form is the focus of my work. The photographs I take are the frameworks that isolate what captures my attention in natural formations, like the complexity of entangled roots and rocks along the banks, brooks, narrow streams and rivers in the Adirondacks.
“The drawings define the composition within those frameworks that hold the essence of each message,” she added. “It’s a reductive process to tease out clarity from complexity and away from distracting, extraneous elements. I use natural tools: graphite, carbon and wood—pencils on paper. Graphite, the grey shades of hard light to soft dark; the muted palette of tinted graphite and the black, bold lines of carbon best define the energy of the image. What I enjoy most is the thought-to-hand-to-paper connection between the paper and me, using a natural medium.”
The title of each image has been expanded and crafted into haiku. The succinct 17 syllable three line words add an immediacy and engages the senses to provide the viewer with another way to experience the subjects.
Suzanne lives on the Racquette River at the edge of Adirondack Park. As a freelance illustrator (SnowLine Design) she has completed a book cover and a 52 page book with CD that introduces young children to classical music, both being released this year. Her website, suzannelebeda.com is in the process of being updated. She has been a member of The Adirondack Artists’ Guild since 2004.
The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of regional artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes area of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main St, Saranac Lake, 891-2615. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays until June 24, when summer hours begin and the gallery is open every day.
The Guild is on the web at www.adirondackartistsguild.com, and on Facebook at Adirondack Artists Guild.