Leon Nesis show at Millbrook Library

Celebrating art in the community, the Millbrook Library held an opening on Thursday, April 11, of a new exhibit featuring the paintings of Dr. Leon Nesis, left, a resident at The Fountains. A bouquet was presented by Ellen O’Shea, Arts Coordinator at The Fountains. The exhibit will continue until May 20.

Leila Hawken

Leon Nesis show at Millbrook Library

MILLBROOK — Art was in the air as the Millbrook Library opened a new exhibit of the paintings of Dr. Leon Nesis of Millbrook, on Thursday, April 11, showcasing a selection of the artist’s works while celebrating the public role of arts in the community. This is the second exhibit of works by Nesis at the library.

Nesis signs each of his works “Loncho,” a childhood nickname in Argentina, where he was born. A significant part of his career was spent in the General Surgery Department at New York University Hospital. He and his wife, Bobbie, now reside in a cottage at The Fountains in Millbrook.

“Everyone who comes through the library has commented on how beautiful these paintings are and the variety of the subject matter,” said Gabrielle Esposito, adult programming director at the library. For the viewer, each painting has a story to tell.

“We are super lucky in our association with The Fountains,” Esposito added.

Nesis has pursued painting as a hobby for decades. The subject matter of this exhibit depicts scenes inspired by his travels throughout Mexico and Argentina, a few grazing cows and a group of abstracts, using a variety of mediums including water-based and oil-based oils and watercolors.

“When Leon retired, he started painting and had a successful studio in the Berkshires,” said Ellen O’Shea, Arts Coordinator at The Fountains.

“I just think he’s a natural, excellent with color,” said O’Shea, adding that Nesis likes the cadmiums, red and yellow.

“It’s a hobby I’ve always enjoyed,” Nesis said. “The colors make you feel warm,” he added.

“The exhibit is intended to celebrate Leon’s talent,” said Lisa Rieckermann, Community Life Director at The Fountains, “and to have it be exposed for the community’s benefit.”

It’s good to get it out into the community,” Rieckermann added.

The exhibit at The Millbrook Library will continue until May 20.

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