Patagonia, 2008 Librado RomeroSome libraries are fortunate to have a space designed specifically for cultural events and art exhibitions and some are not. My neighborhood library created a makeshift art gallery on the walls of the stairwell between floors. The Riverfront Library in Yonkers at 1 Larkin Center, boasts a beautifully designed and spacious art gallery on it's fourth floor. On a recent family trip to the area we visited the library to see the art work of Lee Romero in a one man exhibit curated by Adam Shultz entitled, "Journey." The former New York Times staff photographer with an artists eye and education, has put together a collection of pieces that give you a firm grasp of the breadth of his work up to this point in time. Many of his paintings depict magical landscapes that are inspired by his home town of Calexico, California. The viewer often finds him/herself surveying the landscape from a high vantage point. You feel as if you are in the air and flying over color infused dreamlike scenes. The feeling is liberating and breathtaking as you soar and stretch your wings. He tells you stories of his journeys along the way. Mr. Romero is a master storyteller whose creative medium also includes assemblages from found objects. This exhibits includes a monumental assemblage sculpture that has been evolving for many years. It looks like a totem pole/altar and serves as a tribute to loved ones that he has shared his life journey with. The show is up until October 15th and perfect for all ages.
The Yonkers Art Gallery at the Riverfront Library in Yonkers
1 Larkin Center
Yonkers New York