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Upcoming Show!

04 August 2016

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I have openings the first and second Friday in September . I hope you will come because YOU are invited!

First Friday in Scranton, PA at Artworks Gallery with Sharon Cosgrove.  Second Friday - Kingston, PA  at Wyoming Seminary's new Rusty Flack Art Gallery.

 

 
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The Rusty Flack Art Gallery at Wyoming Seminary is pleased to announce that area artist and muralist Leigh Pawling will be featured in the Gallery’s inaugural professional exhibit, running September 1-30. The solo exhibit, titled “Layers of Light: An Exhibit by Leigh Pawling,” will be on display in the Gallery, located in Sem’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. 

The public is invited to meet the artist and view her exhibit during a reception on Friday, Sept. 9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibit also will be open to the public on September 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment. 

Pawling, of Dallas, has been a painter, muralist and teacher for nearly 25 years and her exuberant, large-scale murals in Wilkes-Barre, Kingston, Tunkhannock, Pittston and other areas are well-known. She also has exhibited widely in area galleries in both solo and group shows. A Pennsylvania Rostered Artist, she is a painting instructor for the award-winning prestigious Arts Alive program at Marywood University, held every year in July. 

This exhibit will feature 15-20 vibrantly-colored acrylic and mixed media works of various sizes, created since 2008. One highlight of the show will be Pawling’s Life Series, a collection of four large works that shows the evolution of a human being from a single entity in childhood, to “couple hood” and parenthood, and finally at the end of life, alone once again. Other works will depict the human figure, common everyday objects and area landscapes.

The opportunity to feature work of this high caliber as the Flack Gallery’s first professional exhibit is very exciting, says Dan Krueger, Flack Gallery director and director of Sem’s Visual Arts program.

“It is so important for our school to exhibit local professional artists on campus, and very beneficial for our students to see this level of work in person,” he said. “Colleen Ayers, Sem visual arts teacher, and I are both excited about this upcoming exhibition. To offer a show of this quality is a natural extension of our long-standing arts program, which has already seen a number of Sem graduates going on to successful careers in a variety of arts-related fields.” 

For more information, or to make an appointment to view the exhibit, contact Sem Director of Alumni Programs Julie McCarthy Strzeletz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Recent Commission

01 August 2016

Spending time in the woods renews and grounds me.  Here is a commission I recently did of three things I love  trees, birds and stone walls. 

 

Geisinger Does Paint and Sip !

26 June 2016

The last two Fridays I have done a 'Paint and Sip' for Geisinger's fifty-five and olders.  It's open to the public, and very well received.  These ladies didn't 'sip' much as they were painting away replicating Gustav Klimpt's  Apple Tree and the following week Van Gogh's Cypress Tree with Wheat Field.  It takes a lot of couraget to do something new.   Hats off the the participants!! 

 

 

 

 

 

A Visual "bite"

12 June 2016

Some recent works inspired by nature. 

                          'Whoosh'  Mixed Medium tripych each "36 x 18" 

 

   "LL Birch" mixed medium 36" x 18"

 

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             "Columbine 2016" mixed medium 40" x 30"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forty Seven

04 June 2016

 

Forty Seven.  You Are Loved.  Rest in Peace L.M. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SummArt International Exhibition at Linde Corporation

26 May 2016

 

In 2005 I was asked by Sharon Cosgrove artist and professor at Wilkes University to participate in an extraordinary 'paint along' with Turkish artists who were coming to Wilkes-Barre to paint for the week.   We were sponsored by Linde Corporation who is business partners with Mete Bora who sponsors artist 'residencies' throughout the world.  He is a huge patron of the arts hence creating SummArt - a huge platform in Istanbul for performing and visual art.  Three years ago Scott flew Sharon and me to Moldova where we were hosted by Mete.  We painted along Turkish and Romanian artists for a week and treated like royalty.  

 

 

 

 

Recently Scott asked Mete for a smattering of Turkish art to display at his office in Pittston, Pa.  The work is hanging there as well as some works from the artists who participated in the 2005 paint-extravaganza.  As a tribute to Mete whose birthday is June 5 there will be an open house and viewing of the artwork from 2-pm. 

A Birch Tree Wonder

17 May 2016

 

A beautifully renovated home in Kingston,Pa had this spot  'framed out' begging for a piece of artwork.  The square shape (I love squares!) on a panel 36" x 36" fits perfectly.   

 

Three Orange Circles

25 April 2016

There are reoccurring themes in my works - and the circle - oh my ! The almighty circle .... always charges me with tingling happiness.  So - I paint them - and as of late, I'm really attracted to orange.  

 

 

Wilkes-Barre Area Practical Nursing School Mural

13 March 2016

 

 

 

I have been working away on this mural for the Wilkes Barre Area Practical Nursing school.  The director of the school,  Mary Beth Pacuska, saw me working on the mural I did for Steve Taren's building Wet Paint in Wilkes Barre.  The school being newly spiffed up, had a long hallway which Mary Beth felt needed something.... a mural, perhaps?    We worked together coming up with the idea to depict the history of nursing visually.   Working in sections on cloth all winter in my studio, it was  adhered it to the wall on Thursday.  The students came out of class to a transformed hallway which they really apprecatied!  I really enjoyed learning about nursing - some strong woman - Florence  Nightingale and Clara Barton.... and meeting another one -  Mary Beth : ) 

 

 

 

 

 

New Mural for Practical Nursing School in Wilkes-Barre

13 March 2016

I have been working away on this mural for the Wilkes Barre Area Practical Nursing school.  The director of the school,  Mary Beth Pacuska, saw me working on the mural I did last summer for Steve Tarens building Wet Paint in Wilkes Barre.  The school being newly spiffed up, had a long hallway which Mary Beth felt needed something.... a mural, perhaps?    We worked together coming up with the idea to depict the history of nursing visually.   I worked on it on cloth in my studio and we adhered it to the wall on Thursday.  The students came out of class astonished!  I really enjoyed learning about nursing - some stong woman - Florence  Nightengale and Clara Barton.... and meeting Mary Beth, the staff and great students.  

 

LaLa's Eiffel's Tower

26 February 2016

A couple of years ago I did five very large Eiffel Towers for a new French restaurant called the Manhattan Bistro that is in Wilkes-Barre.  A student of mine saw them and asked me to do one for her mom affectionately called LaLa.  She gave me a list of LaLa 'isms' - like "We are sisters by birth and friends thanks to Prozac'.   Lanie asked me to make it colorful, like her mom who being from Alabama is I'm sure just like her Mom... a beautiful, warm, colorful bundle of good energy and love.  

 

 

 

La La's Eiffel Tower

26 February 2016

A couple of years ago I did five very large Eiffel Towers for a new French restaurant called the Manhattan Bistro that is in Wilkes-Barre.  A student of mine saw them and asked me to do one for her mom affectionately called LaLa.  She gave me a list of LaLa 'isms' - like "We are sisters by birth and friends thanks to Prozac'.   Lanie asked me to make it colorful, like her mom who being from Alabama is I'm sure just like her Mom... a beautiful, warm, colorful bundle of good energy and love.  

 

Take yourself on a date

15 January 2016

 

                                              From my molskine sketchbook - one a day ....!!!

Julia Cameron suggests going on artists date once a week by yourself.  Take yourself on a date!  It could be going to a movie, a museum or as simple as going to a rug store to look at colors and textures from another country, and art store or a coffee shop in one town over.

Matt Kahn says creativity is what we are all striving for - all spirituality is aimed towards one thing - and that is, creativity.

How do you manifest creativity?  By doing something different.  Go a different way to work, brush your teeth with your opposite hand, eat something you don't usually eat, pay more compliments, ask someone you don't really know to lunch, take a different class.  And then, congratulate yourself and get ready to create.  Create your own reality.  Create the life you want.  

2016 MORE

02 January 2016

MORE  has OM in it (backwards)!

 

 2016 - More consciousness, more connection, more clarity, more creating, more calm.

 

 

AHHHHHHHHMEN.

May You Be Blessed

17 December 2015

It's hard to believe 2015 is coming to an end.  So appreciate of clean air to breathe, woods to walk in, family and friends who care for me,  being able to do what I love to do everyday, for the teachers I have had and for the students who come to me, for Eloise who breathes life into my days just by being who she is, for the abiltiy to walk and run and skip and swim and bike through this thing called life.  Yes, I am blessed.  And so are you.  

 

 

Group Show Opening Tomorrow Night- Marquis Art And Frame WB

19 November 2015

Tomorrow there is a group show I am part of at Marquis art and Frame in WB.  It is artists response to the Back Mountain Bloomers event in the summer.  It will be a good night to be out and about - so please come and enjoy - colors, shapes, textures and or course there will be some gooooood foooood~!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Like a Tree you have Deep Roots

22 October 2015

 

Today I finished my first mural in Pittston - making it their SIXTH!  The amount of ART in a few blocks in this fast growing city is astonishing and refreshing.  Mike Lombardo and Rose Randazza have made a once depressed town into a destination point! 

The tree and figure were decided as a calming spot as the building is located in a grotto.

The eagle which symbolizing freedom, healing and wisdom flew about me last week.... asking to be included - of course.   

Life is Easy Simple and...... Fun

01 October 2015

 

 

 

 

My friend Sean says this a lot ... Life is Easy Simple and Fun - it really kicks the 'Life is Good' out of the water!  So, I decided to do some fun pillows.  My student, Lola's grandma who brings her to art lessons saw them and thought to get one.  She couldn't make up her mind... and ended up with.... well, let's just say... more then one!  And after show and tell, Ms. Eloise was quite happy to have her couch back - and 'her' pillow given to her by Auntie Rame. 

Third Mural at Wet Paint Wilkes-Barre, Pa

22 September 2015

 

 

 

Steve Taren came with an idea to have a peloton speeding down, along and up the wall constrasted with a woman on an everyday bike slowly going on her merry way with baguette, wine and flowers.  We worked to fine tune the design spanning over the 8' x 40' wall resulting to the final image. 

In his words: 'I painted a picture with words (that's all I got) and Leigh Pawling did the rest. Thank you, thank you, thank you...you listened to every word.

The appreciation from the passerbys on foot, car, bike, motorcycle was so positive.  Everyone was so glad to have some attention focused on ART! Thanks to Steve and all the employees at Wet Paint - it really was a group effort! 

 

Second Mural at the New Wet Paint Building

22 August 2015

 

The sun was off the building at around 12 last week which made painting the second mural at Wet Paint bearable with perhaps the last 'heat wave' of the summer.  Passersby seem delighted with the changes Steve Taren is making with the building which hereto before was run down, abandoned, and pilfered.  Now it is breathing life and vibrancy.  Here is what one described as "whimsical" - dog, cat, dove... doing what I like to do - PAINT!   And next week I start an 8' x 40' mural on the same building.  Stay tuned!