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Pound Ridge's Lionheart Gallery Showcases Local Artist

"Happy Goat," one of Condrad's pieces.
"Happy Goat," one of Condrad's pieces. Photo Credit: Contributed
"Pink Lady," one of Conrad's pieces.
"Pink Lady," one of Conrad's pieces. Photo Credit: Contributed

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- The Lionheart Gallery is debuting its newest exhibition, "Art by Whit," featuring a breakout collection by Bedford-based artist and former lawyer Whit Conrad.

"Art by Whit," is debuting Saturday, March 7 and running through Sunday, April 26 with a breakout collection of satirical painted commentaries by the Bedford-- and Manhattan-- based artist, Whit Conrad. Susan Grissom, director of the gallery at 27 Westchester Ave., is renowned for scouting out and signing some of the most exciting contemporary artists of our time. Her bi-monthly exhibitions regularly draw art aficionados from across the country eager to see what works she is showcasing next in her Chelsea-like gallery.

Conrad, a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, didn’t start painting until after he retired from a successful 36-year career at one of the leading law firms in New York City. Acting on a long-held suggestion by his mother, a passionate and prolific painter, he dabbled in art classes at first, tentatively putting pencil to paper in a drawing class at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.

Conrad’s master of color and image was impressive right out of the gate. His figurative style is always a constant surprise and delight. His ability to create smile-inducing, thought-provoking scenes of everyday pastimes pays well-earned tribute to his unique take on his life experiences. “I try to capture the poetry and mystery in what I see,” Conrad said. “My paintings are all conceived by an image that strikes me as powerful or interesting in one sense or another. The image triggers an inquiry—often emotional, often playful—into elements of form, color and narrative."

Conrad’s exhibition is at The Lionheart Gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday, March 7 through Sunday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and by chance. Meet the artist in person at the exhibition’s opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday March 7. For more information, visit www.thelionheartgallery.com or call (914) 764-8689.

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