NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The works of eight local Mahopac artists will be featured in “Inspired,” the premiere opening of The Art the Yard Gallery at Railyard Arts Studio in North Salem.

The exhibition showcases the works of 19 artists, including paintings, drawings, photography, pottery and clay sculpture.

“The fact that over half of the artists are local Mahopac artists really shows how much talent we have in our town,” said local artist Elizabeth Barksdale who manages the gallery at Railyard Arts Studio. “I have always felt really fortunate to live here. Mahopac is a very beautiful community with our lake and lots of trees I find it inspiring living here. We are very fortunate to have so much local talent as well.”

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Railyard Arts studio was designed and is run by Mahopac artists. Jill Leary, owner/founder, and partnered Michael Cole and Barksdale.

“I have always found it inspiring to have so many artists in Mahopac,” Barksdale said. “When we decided to have our premier show, we did not have to look far for talent.”

Local Mahopac watercolor artist, Kelly Edwards, draws inspiration from botanicals and local sections of the Adirondack Trail which she hikes with her family. Of watercolor, she said, “I like the translucency of it watercolor. I also like the way watercolor moves on its own. I tend to want to control everything. With watercolor, I can relinquish some of the control to itself letting it flow where it wants.”

Kaitlin Duffy, a Fulmar School Elementary School teacher, will have her oil painting “Afternoon at the Marsh,” on display at the “Inspired” show.

“I enjoy plein air painting” Duffy said. “I like capturing the light. You only have so much time to capture it and you have to be there to catch it.”

Duffy enjoys sharing art with youth and teaches children’s classes at Railyard Art Studios.

Scott Garrette’s work starts with an initial drawing on a board or piece of plexiglass. He then takes a picture of it and loads the image into the computer.

“I like working out my composition in the computer, because it lets me change colors easily.” he said. “Each time I change a color, it changes the entire work.”

Once he works it all out in the computer, he starts painting again. What started as a spark of inspiration in a drawing becomes a finished painting. Garrette’s newest acrylic painting “Bloom” will be on display in the“Inspired” show.

Maria Kaprielian has been drawing animals “since I was old enough to hold a pencil in my chubby little hand.” she said. “For me, drawing and painting allows me to understand subject matter in a way no other medium can.”

Kaprielian, who was a veterinarian for 25 years before retiring two years ago, enjoys being outside and putting her observations of the world around her on canvas and paper. Her sensitivity to animals and the media of watercolor can be seen in her work “Ring-tailed Lemur” which is included the show.

Cole manages the pottery studio and serves as one of the wheel-throwing  teachers.

“There is always something to learn, something to try, something to share,” he said. “The process of developing one’s own artistic voice in ceramics is a fascinating, ever-evolving journey. I’m particularly drawn to the idea of altering the basic wheel-thrown form, the sculptural aspects of pottery and juxtaposing finer elements with the more “earthy” bisque-ware.

Railyard Arts Studio is located at 621 Route 22 in North Salem. The “Inspired” opening reception will be held Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. Galley hours noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Call 914-413-1226 for more info.

Article provided by Elizabeth Barskdale/Railyard Arts