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Two local artists, Megan Lipke and Ruby Palmer, will have their works on display at the Karen A. Garafalo Cultural Center at the Philmont Public Library until July 5. This unique combination of work is one that everyone will want to see. The library is open on Monday from noon to 5 and 6 to 8, Tuesday, Closed; Wednesday, noon to 5 and 6 to 8; Thursday, 10-2; Friday, noon to 5; and Saturday from 10 to 2.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 22, from 1 to 3 PM. Come and meet the artist, have some refreshment and stimulating conversation about these lively works.

Exhibition Megan Lipke makes paintings and works on paper that have been described as "tough, surreal and narrative" and which proliferate with abstract images of the topography of the body and the environment. The shapes that emerge within the free floating worlds of her paintings are suggestive without being literal; linear events and atmospheric color washes create spatial depths that are at once mysterious and compelling.

Megan was born in 1969 in Portland Oregon. She received a BA in Art from the University of Vermont and an MFA in Painting from Cornell. She has taught at the University of Northern Iowa, Cornell and Pratt Institute in NY. Her solo shows in New York have been reviewed in Art in America, the New York Times and Village Voice.

Megan has been granted residences and fellowships from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Saint Michael's College and the Vermont Studio Center, and has worked as grant writer for sculptor Tom Otterness and studio manager for painter Pat Steir.

She resides with her husband and two sons and a daughter in Philmont, NY and is co-owner with her husband Paris Smeraldo of the restaurant “Northeast Kingdom” in Brooklyn, NY.

Exhibition Ruby Palmer’s constructions began as models for floor plans for large installations and then took on a life of their own. They are improvisational abstract compositions that play with architecture and our relationship to interior spaces. A shared, common dream many people have is of discovering an extra room in one’s house, or a house you know well. There is a thrill and mystery in discovering a whole new space. Palmer’s works speak to this feeling of the alteration of spaces familiar to us.

Ruby Palmer was born in Boston in 1969 and spent the majority of her childhood in rural Pennsylvania. She attended Hampshire College and received a BA in Painting and Drawing in 1992. She met fellow painter Megan Lipke at the Vermont Studio Center in 1993 while they were both in residency. After a few years roaming the western states, she landed in Brooklyn in 1995. In 2000 she received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she was awarded a Silas Rhodes Merit Scholarship as well as a Paula Rhodes Memorial Scholarship. In 1999 she received a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. Her work has been shown most recently at the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond VA, as well as various spaces in NY, including Smack Mellon, Exit Art, KS Art, and LMAK projects. She has worked as artist assistant to Elizabeth Murray and as office manager for the Andy Warhol Foundation in NYC. Ruby now lives and works in Rhinecliff.

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