An exhibit of Leslie Peebles' artwork opens April 1 in the Gallery Café in the Blair Audubon Visitor Center. Relief prints are her primary medium, depicting the wildlife and landscapes of Florida. Her most recent work focuses on springs and rivers. The display will continue through June 30 and the public will have an opportunity to meet the artist on June 28 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.
April, May and June 2019: Leslie Peebles
Meet the Artist on June 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here's a biography and artist's statement::
Leslie Peebles was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, in 1959, lived in the suburbs of New York City until 1971 when she and her family moved to Suwannee County, Florida, where her father became a Broiler Chicken Producer for Gold Kist. Living on the 80-acre farm near the Suwannee River fostered a deep love, respect and fascination for nature.
Leslie attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and received her B.A. in Studio Art from Newcomb College in New Orleans in 1981. Leslie moved to Gainesville in 1985 and received an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Florida in 1994. She taught art for 17 years in Florida.
Leslie has won numerous awards, including First Place from Coconut Grove, Tallahassee, Mount Dora, and the Morse Museum Award from Winter Park. She is currently represented by McIntyre Studios in Gainesville, High Tides Gallery in St. Augustine, Clay and Paper Gallery in Dunedin, and Art Expo Gallery in St. Petersburg Beach.
Leslie describes her approach and art this way:
Inspiration comes by way of experience, dream, memory or idea. The works push beyond the boundary of surface description to a deeper, numinous or magical realism. They are rooted in reality but occupy a liminal space that is more real, more colorful, more alive.
I try to capture those moments that lift the veil of our limited perception of what is real, to a fuller, soulful and spiritual understanding of the beauty of creation. My goal is to honor the world for its true self.
I experience the landscape and all the life forms it nourishes and translate those experiences into drawings. The drawings are transferred to blocks, a Charles Brand Etching Press. Color is added with reduction or multi-block printing, or hand-colored with watercolor or encaustic of linoleum or wood. The slow, meditative process of carving distills and clarifies the images. I print their surfaces onto handmade paper using a Charles Brand Etching Press. Color is added with reduction or multi-block printing, or hand-colored with watercolor or encaustic paint.
uly 1-31, 2019: 2018 Audubon Photography Awards
A touring exhibit featuring 12 spectacular bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.