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Two new art exhibits open at DVAA

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Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer, “Laddermadder”, 24” x 42”, Gouache and polymer brush work on paper with constructed canvas support, 2010.
NARROWSBURG - “Paper Trail,” paper montage by Paul Plumadore, and “Inside/ Out,” constructed canvasses by Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer open at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg on Saturday, April 3, 2021. The shows will be on view through May 8, 2021 and are free and open to the public.
Paul Plumadore “Paper Trail” in Alliance Gallery
“My paper art is created with scalpels, acid-free glues, and antique and vintage printed matter,” says Paul Plumadore. “I have no artistic philosophy other than to follow where my eye leads me and to create images that may shock or disorient the complacent mind.”
Paul Plumadore's long and varied creative life includes performing with The Paul Taylor Dance Company and teaching at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (where he received a BFA in Dance) and Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where he was head of the Dance Department. Other than his extensive experience in modern dance and two years of study at NYU's Film School, he has had no formal training in art.
But he calls on his dance background when creating paper art.
“Personally, I think of it as a choreographic process,” he says of the creative process behind his collage illustration work, which has been featured in The New York Times, RCA Records, Dell and Avon Books, and Psychology Today.
Plumadore is the author and illustrator of several books including the fairy tale Unthinkable, the off-beat alphabet Anomalies, and Archive 1957-1974, a memoir of his dancing years, as well as collaborating on books with fellow artists Brandi Merolla and Eva Drizhal. Paul is currently a curator of The Great Wall of Honesdale - a public art project of epic proportions - with partner Jim Tindell. They live and garden in Milanville, PA.
Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer “Inside/Out” in the Loft Gallery
“A mark is the ultimate analog gesture. The stroke of the hand and its impact on the surface it connects with is a constant I embrace regardless of the medium with which I create my art,” says artist Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer.
“Inside/Out” is a Lehrer's installation of art pieces inspired by the environment of Sullivan County. They consist of 2D three screen and constructed shaped canvasses with adhered paper works. Site specific renderings (environmental portraits) are inserted into abstract configurations. The resulting images combine the imagined with the observed, producing a right/left brain mesh or a mind/body sense of place.
“Art has the potential to take the observer away from their usual self-conscious frame of reference and illuminate the perspective so that they see themselves in relationship to the world around them from a more holistic and universally inclusive point of view. If I can in a small way seek to foster this potential, then as an artist I have done my job,” Lehrer says.
Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer is a New York City painter/animator/media artist who produces still and moving images that encompass a myriad of methods. Her body of work in painting and performance art inform her practice. Her moving and still art works have been represented in international galleries, venues and festivals.
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg. Walk-ins are welcome (no advance registration is required for these shows). Building capacity is currently limited to 15 guests. Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment.
For more information, visit delawarevalleyartsalliance.org or call (845) 252-7576.









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