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West Chelsea Galleries Warm Up for Spring Season

By Mathew Katz | February 21, 2012 6:04pm | Updated on February 21, 2012 6:24pm

CHELSEA — Spring might not be here yet, but galleries in West Chelsea are gearing up for a round of new exhibitions that will run through March.

Artist Liz Markus is bringing her unique take on watercolor landscapes at The Look of Love, her fourth solo exhibition. The artist uses sweeping outdoor scenes from the New York area and beyond to serve as stand-ins for the drama of romantic relationships. 

The new exhibit runs until March 17 at the ZieherSmith Gallery at 516 W. 20th St.

If quilts are more your bag, the ArtQuilt Gallery at 133 W. 25th St. is featuring the work of Paul Chung, who has focused entirely on flowered quilts. Painting with Fiber: Florals is a collection that tries to capture the beauty of a blossoming flower in blanket form.

At the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery at 535 W. 25th St., the art has gotten a little more dour with an exhibition of work by Joseph Adolphe. Adophe's dripping paintings attempt to echo a post-financial crisis age of austerity and uncertainty, including a images of a beaten-down fighter and a vulnerable child. 

Reflections of 14th Street features the art of 79-year-old artist Sheila Schwid, inspired by her trips along the street between Chelsea and the West Village. It will showcase six new paintings created for the exhibit, all inspired by photos Schwid took on West 14th Street itself.

The exhibit is at The Carter Burden Center for the Aging's Gallery 307 at 307 7th Ave. which shows off the work of elderly artists and artists with special needs.

Finally, Adia Millett's Portrait of An Escape creates a village in the Mixed Greens Gallery at 531 W. 26th St. The exhibition, opening Feb. 23 and running until March 24, features pictures of Millett's miniature, house-like structures, which are literally floating in the air to create what looks like a small community of house-boat structures.