Earlville Opera House will present gallery openings for three new exhibits from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21. The shows run through July 2.

They will feature "Palette and Pattern Variations: Recent Work with Pastel," by alumna artist Mary Padgett; "Light and Color Plus," by Brooklyn painter Jisoo Lee; and "Expressway," by Liverpool painter Deborah Walsh.

Her pieces were the topic of an essay by writer and critic Lilly Wei, which said, "As they waver between illusion and reality, they radiate a hothouse aura, an enigmatic charm."

Pastel artist Mary Padgett returns to the EOH in the West Gallery as part of the facilities 40th anniversary celebration. She last showed in the galleries in 1998, with her hay bales series.

According to Padgett's artist statement, her "intent is to use this language of line and color to communicate qualities of my subject while maintaining the unique integrity of the medium."

In the Arts Cafe Gallery are the paintings of Deborah Walsh, an art educator at Liverpool Elementary. According to a media release, her realist paintings in "Expressway" celebrate America's car culture. "It's not hard to understand our nation's love affair with classic cars and motorcycles of the 50s and 60s with their alluring shiny chrome and the intense color depicted in these paintings," the release said.

For more information, visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call (315) 691-3550.

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