Friday Feb 28, 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Check out the fine art of this local artist along with a raffle and light refreshments.
he OT Circus loves a good Animal Party! We are thrilled to showcase the fun, fine art of local artist Lesley Long! Join us Friday, February 28th from 5-9pm for art, a fun raffle, and light refreshments! This show is up just for the night!
About the artist:
Growing up in the Midwest was when Lesley first started to explore painting. Although she attended college and then the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she also moved around over the years and finally embraced the West Coast as home. Before settling there she also lived in Italy for three years. Upon returning she made her home in Bellingham, Washington. She now lives in Albuquerque, NM.
Lesley is a versatile artist who has explored many mediums. She has also worked in various forms of printmaking. She has explored three-dimensional art by creating various ceramic and paper mache masks and has produced a collection of ceramic cat faces. She enjoys and admires the work of many other artists, especially the wonderful, dreamlike visions of Marc Chagall’s work and the vibrant and primitive images of Paul Gaugin. She also greatly enjoys the unrestrained artwork of children.
With her paintings she has a language that is analogous to her imagination. The way she approaches her work is intuitive and spontaneous. The painting experience itself is enjoyable and a time of discovery. “I’m not really painting what I see, I’m painting what I imagine. One particular line or shape leads into another and the animals and other components begin to take shape. As this is going on I can begin to finalize composition along with the personalities of the inhabitants of the work.”
A love of the natural world coupled with a sense of humor and fertile imagination, has certainly helped shape the content of her imagery. Lesley’s work continues to evolve and to provide viewers with wonder and surprise. She is also currently working on a series of spontaneous drawings using oil pastel, pencil, markers, colored pencils and gold leaf along with some collage elements. These are mounted on various wood supports and then coated with epoxy resin. The variety of the final shapes is one element of these that appeals to her.
Lesley’s show will include some older paintings and original drawings along with a selection of her latest mounted drawings finished with a clear resin coat. Also a couple of her wood animal cut outs, ceramic faces and some ceramic tiles! A good variety to choose from.
We look forward to your attendance! The OT Circus is located between the Hotel Blue and Firestone Tires at 709 Central Ave NW in downtown ABQ!