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Exhibition: What Lies Before Us: New Paintings by Dan Lukens

Saturday Sep 1, 2018 Sunday Sep 30, 2018

Artist's Reception: Sunday, September 16th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

For the month of September, the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library presents What Lies Before Us: New Paintings by Dan Lukens.

An artist's reception will take place on Sunday, September 16th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. The reception will coincide with Piermont's Art in the Park festival. All are welcome.

What lies before us…
As Emerson wrote:

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." What lies before us is what is yet undiscovered. It is what we have looked past in the places and the lives around us. Seeing what we have not seen of the good in the world is, I believe, a path to knowing what is best within us.

The best art is the kind that people own with their hearts, not for the name at the bottom of the canvas, but for what it evokes. It’s personal and so it doesn’t need an explanation. The good is in how it makes you feel.

For me, the passion is for the creation. I don’t paint to be an artist. I paint because I love the experience. In that sense, I do it for myself, but it is in the sharing that I think a piece finds its value. The hope is that the marks I make on a canvas will come together as something worthy of being another person’s cherished possession. The hope is that I can touch something personal.

The beauty in the world is the beauty that we choose to see, reflect upon and come to appreciate. It’s a process. My purpose is not to make things of intrinsic beauty per se, but to help people see what is worth noting in their own daily experience. The local places and themes in my work are the things I know, love and come to understand better as I try to develop them as an artwork.

Though my passion for painting is life-long, my career life has mostly been in human service working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Having spent much of my life with differently-abled people I think has helped me to hear the sound of a different voice and develop an appreciation for the diversity of the human experience.


A 1979 graduate of Purchase College, Dan Lukens has exhibited his work at the Purchase College Visual Arts Gallery and the Neuberger Museum. More recently, Lukens was a regular at the Volunteer Counseling Service’s Pride Show at the Rockland Center for the Arts and in 2016, he was the featured artist. Also in 2016, he was included in the Transitions 4 exhibit at the Renaissance Gallery and had one-man shows at Ned Kelly and Company and the Piermont Library in 2017. In 2018 he was a participant in the “Uprising” Show at the Volition Gallery.

Lukens also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration in Health Care Administration.

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