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The artists of 'Then and Now' keep the mood light at Albany Center Gallery

In addition to Leue, "Then and Now" features artists Channing Lefebvre and Terry Slade. Like Leue, Lefebvre's work in the show, "Associations," was shaped by whimsy. He'll exhibit about 20 large-format drawings that "aren't based on anything in particular."

Instead, Lefebvre simply sat down in front of a blank canvas and started to draw. It's a concept that he first tried when he needed to submit a print for a show and wasn't sure what to exhibit. His wife suggested that he just put pen to paper and see what happens.

"I've always been just sort of drawing and doodling," Lefebvre, of Latham, said. "She said, 'Why don't you just start drawing?'"

It might sound daunting, but Lefebvre said there's a "large intuitive element" that guides the pieces.

"The drawing will tell me which way to go," he said.

In the span of about a year, he created roughly 100 of the drawings. Some are in ballpoint pen; some are in gel pen.

They're open to interpretation, he said. It's not uncommon for people to look at one of his drawings and tell him "it looks like this or that."

That's fine with Lefebvre. "I'm not trying to tell people what they are," he said.

He typically doesn't frame his drawings. Those in the "Then and Now" show will simply hang from clips on the wall, which Lefebvre thinks creates a certain intimacy despite the drawings' size " some are as large as 38-by-50 inches.

"Then and Now" runs from Jan. 2 to Feb. 7 at the Albany Center Gallery, 39 Columbia St., Albany. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. Call 462-4775 for information.""

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