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Sunday, September 1, 1996
The New York Times

Nature and Art United by the Locomotive


When Thorpe Intermedia at the Dominican Convent in Sparkill closed its doors about seven years ago, a gallery was lost and an artist was gained in Adele Myers, who, having been co‑director with the sculptor David Weinrib, resumed her own work. A resident of the convent, Sister Adele produced her first fresco while completing graduate studies in Florence. At that time, she was, she said, "more interested in looking at frescoes, than painting them." Now, she does little else.

Sister Adele, however, is a nonobjective painter and her foundations are not walls but slabs of cement, some textured, others left smooth. Her show, previewed in her studio, consists of reliefs. small free‑standing works and a handful of drawings.

     "Point of Sunrise" involves strips that graduate in color from pink to white and and lie at an angle on a field of unpainted cement. "Voices in the Temple" centers on a circular depression, painted blue and embossed with a pair of white horizontals and a trinity of yellow cubes. Standing before the opening is a crowd of gray verticals, touched here and there with white and green.

The show has its decorative, almost childlike moments, but is on the whole a remarkable combination of power and freshness.  It remains on view in Piermont through next Sunday.