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From Santorini to Riverside Park

Opening reception: Saturday, October 21, 3-5pm
Artist's talk: Saturday, November 11 at 3pm

Longyear Gallery, 785 Main St, Margaretville,NY

Michael's postcard
Marcia Clark’s exhibition at Longyear Gallery features work inspired by her travels from Greece back to New York. An array of oil sketches from Greece along with later paintings from her studio are installed in the North Gallery.
The artist notes: “My last paintings from Santorini were inspired from the cliffs looking down to the Aegean. When I got back to New York, I often found myself along the edge of Riverside Park, looking down through the trees to the river. The new work that emerged was of a different tempo, and in a different climate, light and atmosphere, yet the two themes related for me, similarly to different movements of the same music.”
Works in the show include a large folding screen of Santorini Cliffs and the Aegean in charcoal, gesso and acrylic, a large painting from the cliffs in oil and one on treated paper with a  view across the park to the Hudson River.  In addition there are a number of smaller paintings from Santorini, Crete and New York on varied formats.
Ano-Asites-Village, Crete     2023, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 60 in
Marcia Clark has exhibited at venues that include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Museum of the City of New York, the Hudson River Museum, and Albany Institute of History and Art as well as venues in Canada, Greenland and Iceland. She was a recipient of the Childe Hassam Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Artist in Residence grant, and has written for Smithsonian Magazine, retracing travels of Thomas Cole, first of the Hudson River School painters. Clark has a BFA degree in painting from Yale University and a MFA degree from SUNY New Paltz. This is her second solo exhibition at Longyear Gallery. She is also affiliated with Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City.

Palimpsests of Place and Process

Opening reception and talk: Thursday, February 2, 7-8pm
The Master Gallery, 310 Riverside Drive, New York, NY

Michael's postcard
Painting for me is a layered process that sometimes goes very quickly but often progresses at a glacial pace....I don't simply observe the places where I choose to paint, but I am a participant. Whether in the natural or architectural world, I use all my senses, and an affinity for these places with their varied palimpsests of events shaping them, guides my choices. 
...The work in this show was inspired by visits to the Greek islands of Santorini and Crete, made possible by three artists’ residencies beginning in 2018. Both islands are rich in Minoan history and have a geologic past that still echoes with frequent earthquakes, reflected and etched into the rock faces. It’s the sense of the stratification of natural elements over time that draws me to these places. The primary subject in this show is Santorini, with its rocky cliffs and islands surrounding a caldera, submerged under the sea. Studies from Crete form a kind of subtext, several showing meandering architectural passages in the landscape.
Santorini Folding Screen     2023, 71”x 186” (12 panels), charcoal, gesso and acrylic on canvas
The idea for a folding screen grew from a series of panoramic drawings. When the drawings seemed too contained, I went to a larger size but found I had to keep lengthening the format. I was visualizing what I had seen sitting for hours up on the cliffs...      See complete statement and photos of talk

Catalog for "From the Aegean to the Arctic: Recent Paintings"

Video interviews with the artist:
Oct 30, 2021:  closing talk, From the Aegean to the Arctic
Oct 7, 2021:  reception and talk, From the Aegean to the Arctic
March 29, 2018:  reception and talk, Unfolding Arctic Memories

Marcia Clark
From the Aegean to the Arctic: Recent Paintings

OCTOBER 5-20, 2021
Reception: Thursday, October 7, 6-8pm
Artist's talk: Saturday October 30, 2:30pm

Blue Mountain Gallery

547 West 27th Street, New York NY 10001
(646)486-4730   Tues-Sat 12-6pm

Paintings inspired by travels from the Aegean to the Arctic will be on view in Blue Mountain Gallery's new West 27 Street location. Marcia Clark notes:

“The places I have been visiting are rocky and arid, coastal communities that emerge at the edge of vibrant seas with topographies that offer uninterrupted panoramic vistas. They are very different in climate and culture though I believe a relationship can be seen in the views and layered textures in the paintings, whether they are about cliffs in the Aegean or the Arctic ice.

"The Island of Santorini takes a prominent place in this exhibition. I’ve focused on cliffs at the edge of a caldera that, millennia ago, sank under the sea along with half the island, the result of a catastrophic volcanic eruption. The way the architecture belongs to its natural setting is also significant to me. The buildings seem ageless as they tend to be freshly whitewashed whether ancient or newly built, and they both define and meld into the rocky landscape. Some pieces done after I returned were painted over map transfers on canvas. In these, remnants of the maps show through, adding their own texture and a footnote to the layering of time that I witnessed.”

Two artist residencies facilitated travel to the Mediterranean while recent reports about subjects painted earlier, in Alaska and Greenland have compelled Clark to consider these subjects again, noting differences wrought by a changing climate. The residencies were at Lakkos, in Heraklion, Crete and ACI, in Corciano, Umbria.

Images of works from the Aegean
Images of Arctic works

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Marcia Clark: Travels in the Mediterranean

AUGUST 6-29, 2021
Meet & greet: Saturday August 7, 2-4pm
Artist's talk: Sunday August 29, 2-3pm

Longyear Gallery

785 Main Street, Margaretville, NY 12455
(845)586-3270   Fri-Sun 12-4pm

Pyrgos    2020, mixed media, 24" x 26"

Marcia Clark’s exhibition at Longyear Gallery features work inspired by her travels to Greece and Italy before the pandemic. An array of oil sketches produced while she was abroad along with paintings done later in her studio are installed in the South Gallery.

In Santorini, Clark drew inspiration from the cliffs of the caldera as well as the architecture that seems to meld with the rocky landscape. Some pieces executed after her return were painted over map transfers on canvas. In these, remnants of the maps show through, adding their own texture and contributing a footnote to the layering of time she witnessed. The light-filled paintings inspired by Siena give the sensation of being in a medieval town; those from Heraklion seem to map the ins and outs of ancient streets.

Two artist residencies facilitated travel, and made this exhibition possible: Lakkos, in Heraklion, Crete, October 2018 and ACI, in Corciano, Umbria, June 2019.

View works in exhibition

Hudson River Museum
“Landscape Art and Virtual Travel: Highlights from the Collections of the Hudson River Museum and Art Bridges”

On view from 2020 through February 6, 2022
Gallery Talk, October 2020: Landscape Art and Virtual Travel with Laura Vookles,
Curator, Hudson River Museum

Other Recent News:

Hudson River Museum “Object of the Month”

Butterville Road Intersection   2011, mixed media
In this series, the Hudson River Museum presents original research and insights on a new object each month selected from its robust permanent collection.

Marcia Clark has been painting landscapes since the 1960s when she was inspired by the paintings of Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole, whose work inspired her to look deeper. Clark credits the development of her unique, multi-dimensional style, arranging panels to defy traditional one-point perspective, to her daily experience of the Butterville Road intersection in New Paltz, New York, where she lived from 1969 to 1976. She states that “living with this view was pivotal in turning my attention as a painter to the challenges of getting a panoramicsweep onto a two-dimensional format.” The work is part of a series, including two paintings of intersections in Reykjavik, Iceland, begun during an artist residency there in 2011.

Children's Home Mural, Uummannaq, Greenland

Completed on September 6, 2015, the mural wraps around two sides of a large shipping container. It can be viewed most directly as one approaches the Children's Home, but is visible from quite a distance.

At the end of my visit to Uummannaq last year, the director of the Children’s Home had asked if I had any interest in painting a mural on a rather disreputable-looking shipping container they passed every day. It proved to be an engrossinging project. At first I considered masking all four sides, but it turned out to be much simpler just to paint directly on the metal. Besides, its grooved metal surface presented a unique challenge. There was only a short time to complete the project, given our schedules and the expected arrival of cold weather in September. I was in Uummannaq exactly four weeks.

I planned to paint the landscape that could be seen from the container, or that the container could see if it had eyes. The scale, the grooves, and the fact that it was something you walked past, made a strict perspective impossible, since it changed whenever I moved. A truck in the foreground either elongated or drastically shortened depending on where I stood. Many elements demanded constant adjustments until they finally seemed plausible. "Just about plausible" was, in fact, the key. The entire process was thrilling – all those almost plausible elements functioning together in a sequence that reflected my own experience of a remarkable place.

Recent exhibitions:

Solo exhibitions:

Marcia Clark: Unfolding Arctic Memories

MARCH 27-APRIL 21, 2018
Reception: Thursday, March 29, 5-8pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 21, 4pm

Blue Mountain Gallery

530 W 25th ST, NEW YORK, NY
646-486-4730  Tues-Sat 11-6

Spring Thaw   2018, oil/aluminum, 34 x 44 in.

Marcia Clark's new paintings were inspired by a recent visit to Greenland during the annual spring thaw. In paintings of various formats, the artist conveys the natural metamorphosis through active brushwork and shifting forms and rhythms. The exhibition includes three small folding screens that occupy physical space, mimicking the painted bends and turns of the landscape.

Marcia Clark has exhibited at venues that include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Museum of the City of New York, the Hudson River Museum, and Albany Institute of History and Art as well as venues in Canada, Greenland and Iceland. She was a recipient of the Childe Hassam Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Artist in Residence grant, and has written for
Smithsonian Magazine, retracing the travels of Thomas Cole, first of the Hudson River School painters. Clark has a BFA degree in painting from Yale University and a MFA degree from SUNY New Paltz.

Marcia Clark: Tundra and Ice Uummannaq Folding Screen   2014,  oil on panel,  16" x 72 "
FEBRUARY 4 - APRIL 30, 2016
The Master Gallery
310 Riverside Drive (corner W.103rd St)
New York, NY 10025
Opening Reception 7 - 8:30 on Thursday. February. 4.
Gallery talk at 7:30, Riverside Lobby

Marcia Clark: Arctic Paintings
February 24-March 21, 2015
Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 W 25th St, NYC

Panel Discussion, March 14 at 5 PM:
“Artists Confronting Climate Change,” Martica Sawin, Moderator

Gallery Talk, March 21 at 2:30 PM

Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to present paintings inspired by Marcia Clark's recent visits to Greenland and Iceland. With loose strokes and a new intensity, the artist captures scenes of icebergs clogging Disko Bay. She approaches her subjects from fishing boats as well as from the tundra above. "I keep returning to the Arctic and am captivated by the beauty of what I see" states the artist. "But what was once excitement, as I witnessed the extraordinary and new, holds the poignancy of a moment captured that’s passing away."


oil/canvas, 30" x 40"'

Marcia Clark: Arctic Paintings: Greenland
June 7-August 31, 2013
Ilulissat Kunstmuseum, Greenland

An exhibition of icescapes painted in the environs of Ilulissat, Oqaatsut and Saqqaq. Clark has been painting the Greenland landscape with a focus on the ice since 2007. Her project complements that of the Danish artist, Emanuel Petersen (1894-1948), whose depictions of Greenlandic light and atmosphere comprise the permanent collection of the museum.


2011 oil over map transfer/canvas 36" x 60 "'
Marcia Clark's repeated visits to the Arctic over a fourteen year period made it increasingly apparent to her that irreversible changes were taking place. Most of us can only know what is happening to our planet by means of statistical reports that are often conflicting. Through the artist's willingness to submerge herself in a harsh and challenging environment and thanks to her consummate but unostentatious artistic powers, we are made to feel not only the thrill of the Arctic experience, but the momentum of change as solid ice dissolves—the glories of the frozen north and the inexorable process of ecological transformation.

A catalogue with an introduction by Martica Sawin accompanies the exhibition:

Marcia Clark: Arctic Paintings: Greenland

SBN-13: 978-1484015773
ISBN-10: 1484015770
BISAC: Art / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes
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Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Higgins Center for the Arts
Blairstown, NJ 07825

The Arctic: Day into Night

October 23-November 17, 2012

Press release


2011 / oil on Mylar / 43" x 80"'

Marcia Clark's paintings feature Arctic landscapes, visited on journeys to Greenland, Iceland and Arctic Norway. The glaciers, icebergs, and ensuing, detritus convey the very omens that currently haunt us, as she witnesses ice, appearing solid as a mountain, deconstruct, melt, or suddenly vanish. Ice in its fragility and beauty, and the Arctic winter, with its vibrant electrically charged night skies, are the focus of this show, in small studies on aluminum, Mylar and canvas, and larger works incorporating multiple panels and mixed media.

Group exhibitions:

Points of View at Blue Mountain Gallery, December 1 to 22
Points of View II at Fairleigh Dickinson University, November 19 to December 21

Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25 St, New York

October 4-29, 2011

Press release
Installation shots
Digital installation


2011 / oil on aluminum / 5" x 8'


Group exhibition:
The Reshaped World

Washington Art Assocation
Washington Depot, CT

September 19-October 18, 2009
Reshaped World


Installation in
Polar Weekend

American Museum
of Natural History

February 7 & 8, 2009
AMNH Installation


Solo exhibition originating at Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC (February 26 - March 22, 2008)and traveling to The Albany Institute of History and Art (November 15, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
In Search of Ice
Recent Paintings from Travels in the Arctic
Press release
Installation shots
Digitial installation

Marcia Clark’s paintings in this traveling exhibition reflect her recent travels to the Arctic. In 2006 she visited Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago and in 2007 she was in northwest Greenland as artist in residence at the Upernavik Museum. Her focus in this exhibition is on the forever fluctuating, mutating, and transforming nature of the polar ice.

Ice, Iceberg, Baffin Bay, shown above, was painted last spring in Upernavik. “The large iceberg in the distance was there when I arrived,” said Clark, “and seemed as permanent and solid as a mountain until it suddenly disappeared a couple of weeks later.” Another image that remained vivid from her travels was an ice tower which a French visitor referred to as “Notre Dame.” It sat at the entrance to the Jacobshaven Fiord for over a month until it sailed off and was seen in the distance a few hours later, disappearing behind a spit of land.

“For Clark, a world without terrafirma has led her to seek a new language evoking mutable form and shifting spaces.” —Wendy Gittler

A catalog accompanies the exhibition: "Marcia Clark: In Search of Ice—Paintings from Travels in the Arctic"   (ISBN 978-1-60585-285-0).

Clark is a widely exhibited artist and the recipient of numerous awards. She has a BFA degree in painting from Yale University and a MFA degree from SUNY New Paltz.

Panorama review

Article in Panorama Magazine,
Albany Institute of History and Art, Fall 2008


Reviews of past exhibitions

Gallery & Studio, September-October, 2011
Times Union, January 1, 2009
Gallery & Studio, April, 2008
Gallery & Studio, September-October, 2003
New York Times, April 19, 2002
Times Union, September 2002
New York Times, August 11, 1995
Art & Antiques, November 1989
Art in America, 1985

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