An exhibit of Leigh Herndon's works is on display in the Gallery Café in the Blair Audubon Visitor Center. Herndon, who studied Japanese rozome painting, utilizes brushed dyeing and hot-wax resist. Recent paintings were inspired by kayaking trips in the Everglades. The display will continue through March 31, and the public will have an opportunity to meet the artist on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The exhibit is located in the Gallery Cafe inside the Blair Audubon Visitor Center. Proceeds from sales at the art exhibits go to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the participating artist.
February and March 2019: Leigh Herndon - Direct Dye Painting, Rozome and Hot-Wax Resist
Meet the Artist: March 1, 2019
Here's a "Biography - Artist's Statement" from the artist's website:
"Wrapping the body with my painting imagery, fine wearable silk becomes my canvas. The fluidity of applying color with dyes continues to captivate me as I continue to push the limits of dyeing. This medium provides a perfect process for interpreting the beauty and mystery of nature, and the body allows the colors and imagery to flow.
For me the design process is a blend of planning, spontaneity, and experimentation with a great interest in inter-relationship of edges of shapes within the designs. Frequently the process begins with drawing on the silk, and progresses and changes with ideas that occur while working. During the dyeing process, the colors are constantly evolving and changing as layering of transparent color over other colors creates new shades making this a dynamic and exciting way to work.
Leigh started dyeing fabrics while working o her BFA at the University of Montana. Her training included printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics etc.. There were no courses offered in fibers so a professor let her do an independent study. She ordered dyes from a catalog and taught herself the ancient art of batik. Later she taught what she had learned to many students of all ages at art centers and special workshops.
She pursued her MFA in Fibers at Southern Illinois University. During that time her work included large dye-painted quilts which were exhibited in several national juried shows. Much later she had a chance meeting with a rozome artist who had just returned from Japan where she studied with the kimono artists for many years. Leigh then studied the art of rozome from her at the New Hampshire Institute of Art which changed the way she worked."
pril, Mary and June 2019: Leslie Peebles - Wood Block Prints
Meet the Artist: June 28, 2019
July 1-31, 2019: 2018 Audubon Photography Awards
A touring exhibit featuring 12 spectacular bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.