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Painter Maureen Lemko loves local landmarks

Liverpool artist Maureen Lemko favors local landmarks for her paintings, such as the Liverpool Presbyterian Church on Oswego Street.

Liverpool artist Maureen Lemko favors local landmarks for her paintings, such as the Liverpool Presbyterian Church on Oswego Street.

— They may not be many, but the five oil paintings that comprise Maureen Lemko’s ongoing exhibit are certainly memorable. The artist colorfully depicts a quintet of familiar scenes in her work hanging through April at the Liverpool Public Library lobby.

All artists aspire to show us our world through a new pair of eyes, and Maureen succeeds as she brings a fresh perspective to Old First, the village’s iconic burnt umber brick edifice.

Other local landmarks Lemko rendered include Liverpool United Methodist’s famous purple door, an old willow basket barn, Liverpool Cemetery and Baldwinsville’s Abbott Farms.

Lemko lives in Liverpool and also has a home up in Sackets Harbor.

“I enjoy capturing the beauty of the places where I live and travel,” she said. “I specialize in landscapes and historic buildings.”

A member of the CNY Art Guild and the Arts Association of Northern New York, her artwork has been shown at the Everson Museum of Art down city as well as at the New York State Fair.

Lemko has a flair for chromatic contrasts. Her classic white willow-weaving barn is complemented by red roses growing from window planters. The cemetery is shown from Sixth Street looking east during autumn, with the monuments’ stark white in contrast to the yellowing leaves and green grass laden with shadows.

The artist recalls being drawn to the Methodist Church’s royal purple entryway during Easter season. “The doors were adorned with these beautiful palms with blue ribbons,” she said. “They were celebrating Palm Sunday.”

Her original paintings are custom-framed and reasonably priced, but she also sells prints and note cards; 451-8778.

Speaking of local landmarks, the Historical Association of Greater Liverpool looks forward to opening the Willow Museum again this summer. The association will host its annual general membership meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Gleason Mansion, 314 Second St. If you’re interested in local history, genealogy and architecture, attend Saturday’s meeting to get involved; 308-5641.

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