Painter chronicling BP oil spill to meet, greet

The Third of May by  Leigh Yardley.SUNY Oswego alumna Leigh Yardley, a painter whose latest work chronicles the oil spill off the Louisiana coast, will appear Friday, Sept. 24, at her upcoming exhibit, “Consumed,” at Oswego State Downtown.

Yardley, a Central New York teaching artist and painter working mostly in acrylics, will appear at a reception 5 to 7 p.m. at Oswego State Downtown, corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego.

“Consumed” will run Sept. 24 through Oct. 23 at the gallery and store, which is an extension of SUNY Oswego’s College Book Store. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Yardley, of Hubbardsville in Madison County, lives close to the land. She long has studied what she calls “the endangered landscape”—how people change and shape the land and its resources.

“Each of my paintings chronicles my reaction to a moment of change recently observed,” Yardley said. “We shape it and change the plants, creating great swaths of a single color; we abandon it, reclaim it; we change its purpose to fit our desires.”

Yardley, a 1977 graduate of SUNY Oswego in early education, also has a degree in fine arts from Skidmore College. She is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Morrisville, active in community arts organizations and has exhibited at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn; Wilber Mansion Galleries, Oneonta; and the Mad Art Gallery, Hamilton.

In addition to gallery space, Oswego State Downtown offers SUNY Oswego apparel, memorabilia and event information. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 216-4985.

PHOTO CAPTION: “The Third of May,” an acrylic in three panels, depicts painter Leigh Yardley’s reaction to the then-growing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico following the spill from BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. The SUNY Oswego alumna will appear Sept. 24 at “Consumed,” an exhibit of her work at Oswego State Downtown.

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(Posted: Sep 08, 2010)