Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse”

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) in partnership with Longyear Gallery presented Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse” Saturday, October 11 at 1 pm. Landscape painter Ellen Wong and friends talked about their artistic process as informed by nature. Participating artists included painter Helene Manzo, and photographers Frank Manzo and Elaine Mayes. Participating writers included Lynn Domina, Leslie T. Sharpe, Anique Taylor, Sharon Israel and Lillian Browne – all writers whose work had been informed by nature. The event took place at Longyear Gallery, 785 Main Street, Margaretville, NY.

Wong’s “Road Show” plein air exhibition was on display in the gallery’s larger space. Originally from Brooklyn, Wong studied art at Brooklyn College. She has been the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; in addition, she was a teacher / artist at Skidmore College. She is a founding member of Longyear Gallery. Over the years, she has had many exhibitions both in New York City and the Catskills.

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Nature as Muse Art Talk © Simona David
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Writer Lillian Browne talks about her work © Simona David
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Painter Ellen Wong and photographer Elaine Mayes in conversation © Simona David
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Painters Ellen Wong and Helene Manzo, and photographer Elaine Mayes converse about nature as muse in art © Simona David
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Painter Helene Manzo talks about her work © Simona David
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Poet Lynn Domina reads a few of her poems inspired by nature © Simona David
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Nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe discusses her work © Simona David
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Architect and photographer Frank Manzo talks about his work accompanied by photographer Elaine Mayes and painter Helene Manzo © Simona David
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Poet Sharon Israel reads a few of her poems © Simona David
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Poet Anique Taylor reads a few of her poems © Simona David
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Painter Helene Manzo shows her work © Simona David