401 Gallery - Current & Scheduled Shows

Creative Journey in Pastels with Deborah Florentino-Dlugolecki
Opening Reception Saturday, April 11 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Show continues from April 11 - May 16. (Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sat. 12 - 4 PM)

left - "Sisters" by Deborah Florentino-Dlugolecki

An artist new to the scene, Deborah’s exhibition will exhibit a collection of landscape paintings in pastels. Journey with her as she explores textures, vibrant colors, and playful scenes found in her travels.

A native of Utica, Deborah now lives in Syracuse with her family. Her artistic process began as an adult when she started taking private art lessons and participating in pastel workshops with well-known artists. Almost exclusively, Deborah works from photographs she has taken either in her everyday activities or during her travels across the country. She finds inspiration from the dramatic beauty of light and shadows in the landscape. She has been juried twice into the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition 2012 & 2014, with Outstanding Small Format Award in 2014.

 


Artwork by Yulia Levkovich
Opening Reception Saturday, May 23 from 2 - 4 PM

Show continues from May 23 to July 4. (Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sat. 12 - 4 PM)

left - "Vacuum" by Yulia Levkovich

Living in New York City for the past decade, has deepened my appreciation of the intricacies of city structures and how akin they are to our biology. A rusty water hydrant protruding from a wall, containing liquids, echoes female anatomy, arousing a familiar response. Intertwined functioning electrical wires, abandoned and unsafe on a rooftop, mirror our relationship with our bodies. We take for granted the complexity of our anatomy and trust our bodies to keep functioning throughout various abuse. However, like the tucked away wires, the body deteriorates until it needs repair or stops functioning all together. Such analogous insights can be found anywhere in urban environments and these are precisely the type of experiences I preferred to document.

As my appreciation for the city has grown increasingly complex, and the stress and anxiety more apparent, I embraced the idea of simplifying my life and moved to Little Falls, New York. The dynamic angles of this small city and surprising beauty overwhelm and surprise me daily. Every day when I go jogging I come across a new sublime landscape, and when I meet new people, I constantly come across gems. It is human nature to adapt to the environment and start taking it for granted, and so many find dissatisfaction in Little Falls. Yet, I keep coming across people that have taken similar steps in choosing to come here and settle here; people that have abandoned their previous lives and found satisfaction here.

In my recent paintings I explore the area and the objects that give Little Falls its unique identity. These are also narrative pieces synthesizing past and present, and the psychological shifts that have occurred. The objective is to encourage a collective esteem and appreciation for local beauty, life and values and to celebrate this existence through those that have come to find their happiness here.

Yulia Levkovich is a Representational Painter. She was born in Ukraine and moved to Canada where she was exposed to the Russian School of Painting. She received her BFA from OCAD University in Toronto. In 2006 Yulia moved to Manhattan to pursue her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. Yulia has taught privately, as well as in several institutions, including The New York Academy of Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yulia has exhibited extensively in New York and abroad. More at yulialevkovich.com.
Email: levkovich.yulia@gmail.com.