This past year I decided to take the time to do some experimenting. One of the more exhilarating things to do in the studio is to test and learn new things about materials, mediums, paints, paper, and canvas. In so doing, I push myself out of my comfort zone. I started the process by working in all different kinds of acrylics and then I went to oils trying new mediums, colors and tools to make marks and gestures. I ended up with images that surprised me and many I would never have done unless I had given myself the freedom and time to play in the paint.
Many of the pieces in the exhibition were done in stages that were months apart. I worked on them and then put them away for four or five months. It is like life: everything looks different with time. I was able to go through the process of releasing preconceived notions of what I wanted and let the paintings reveal themselves. Having “fresh eyes” has been the greatest gift of all.
This show is about pushing myself out of a box and learning new ways of doing and seeing.
With a BFA from Syracuse University, she later attended The Art Students League of New York to further her studies. Leah spent the last 13 years working between her home in Salem, NY and NYC as the Director of the Exhibition Outreach Program of the Art Students League where she worked with hundreds of artists curating well over 150 exhibitions in both private and public spaces. In May 2017 she made the transition to living full-time in upstate NY.
Leah has exhibited at Interchurch Gallery, NYC, The Good Gallery Kent, CT, 3 Pears Gallery Dorset, VT, McCartees Barn in Salem, NY, Heather Blue Home Reading, PA, Flores Fine Art Saratoga Springs, NY and Gallery 100 Saratoga Springs, NY. She has had solo- exhibitions at the Grace Gallery, NYC, Mimosa Gallery Saratoga Springs, NY, and Valley Artisans in Cambridge NY. And was a featured artist in 2-person shows at the Riverfront Studios in Schuylerville, NY. . She has participated in group shows with many local venues and her work is in numerous private collections and public venues including Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs.
Reception: Friday, May 11, 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Valley Artisans Market, 25 East Main Street, Cambridge, NY12816
Contact: Leah McCloskey Phone: 917 359 8884