Gallery/Studio at 6240 Shirley Street #103, Michaela & Leigh Art, LLC, Naples, FL M-F 10:00 to 4:00 and by appt.
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“A man who works with his hands is a laborer, a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman, but a man who works with his hands, his mind and his heart is an artist.”
Quote by noted trial lawyer Louis Nizer (1902-1994)
Leigh Herndon works daily in her Naples studio dyeing silk using rozome (Japanese kimono design techniques), direct dye applications and batik. Silk accepts dyes more brilliantly than any other fiber fueling Leigh’s experimentation with color and nature-inspired paintings.
After learning traditional batik at the University of Montana, and obtaining a Master’s Degree in Fibers at Southern Illinois University, Leigh studied rozome with Kiranada (Betsy) Sterling Benjamin who learned from the Japanese kimono masters, while spending sixteen years in Japan. Rozome, or Japanese wax-resist dye painting, is infinitely more intriguing, much more flexible and painterly, and presents a new fluidity to the dye process which is more captivating to Leigh and changed her creative process.
Mixing her own dye colors from the primaries results in custom colors that can’t easily be found elsewhere. Overlaying one transparent dye color over another creates an entirely new color, which she finds exciting. The versatility of hot wax used in creating the designs lends unique textures to the creations.
For Leigh the design process is a blend of planning, spontaneity, and experimentation with a great interest in the inter-relationship of edges of shapes within the designs. Frequently the process begins with a drawing on the silk, and progresses and changes with ideas that occur while working. This unforgiving medium doesn’t allow for covering up one’s mistakes, so some of the works are scrapped.
The works are intended to tell a story, evoke an emotion, or give an impression and lend themselves to metaphor, mystery, and sometimes ambiguity. By being atmospheric and not being too literal, the viewer is left to complete the story as desired or needed, based on personal experiences. Leigh does not try to be too representational, and although she likes imagry, it is just a starting place.
Creating art is an exercise in problem solving and it carries into daily life with novel approaches to solving problems. She believes that art experiences are vital to children, not only for personal expression, but for the lesson that there are many creative ways to solve a problem.
Leigh’s award winning works have been exhibited in numerous juried national and international shows and solo shows in more than 12 states as well as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and her work is in several private collections.
To see the art on display in a private Naples, Florida gallery call for appt., 239-262-7932 or email: email@example.com. To see Leigh's original wearable art see Leigh Designs Naples
Show of Shows, Naples Art Association, Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL 2012
Small WorksJuried Show, Von Liebig Art Center, Oct. 20 through Nov. 24, 585 Park Street, Naples, FL
Rookery Bay Juried Painting Exhibition, November 15, 2012 through January 31, 2013, Naples, FL
All-Media Exhibit, Naples Art Association, Von Liebig Art Center, Naples 2012-2013
Scene in Naples, Naples Art Association, Von Liebig Center, Naples 2013, juried exhibition
2D/3D Show, Naples Art Association, Von Liebig Center, Naples, 2013 juried exhibition, Cash award for Technical Accomplishment
Art Walk on Fifth, demonstration of Japanese rozome painting April 11, 2013, at 407 Fifth in front of Peach Tree Designs 7-9pm
In the Eyes of the Beholder, Arts Center of Bonita Springs, FL, juried exhibition–3 paintings
June 1-27, 2013
2013 International Juried Fine Art Painting Competition, Artists Haven Gallery, 2757 Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL July 15-31, 2013.
The Message is Abstract, Arts Center Bonita Springs, juried exhibition August 2-29, 2013
Sunrise, Sunset, Marco Island Center for the Arts, Oct. 7-29, 2013, "Flight" was an award winner, http://marcoislandart.org
Dinner with the Artist, Naples Art Association at the Von Liebig, Naples, FL, October 10, 2013. Leigh collaborated with Chef Brian Gorman of Artichoke and Company to create an Asian dinner with art. Von Liebig Art Center.
"Tropical Textiles," Oct. 31, 2013 – Feb. 10, 2014, Physicians Regional Healthcare Pine Ridge, Naples, FL, 7 rozome paintings
Show of Shows, Naples Art Association at the Von Liebig, Sept. 9-Nov. 9, 2013
"Recording the Landscape," Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, September 6-20. 2013, juried exhibition, painting "Bonefish" was an award winner.
"Inspiring Artwork," Storyteller's Conference, Naples, November, juried exhibition, painting "Night" was an award winner.
"Breaking Through with Color," Naples Art Association juried show at the Von Liebig Nov 23, 2013 through Jan.11, 2014, painting "Layers" was an award winner.
"Spring Show" Art Council of Southwest Florida Biennial Jan 31 through March 1, 2014 juried show hung in the Von Liebig, Naples.
Kathleen Bradford Gallery, Leigh Herndon was the featured Artist March 7 through 28. Bonita Springs, Florida 239-776-6844. Discussion of the creative process session.
"A Touch of Red," March 14-April 20, juried exhibition at Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
One-man exhibition at Venetian Village in Naples, FL, April 4-13, 30 works on exhibit, opening reception Friday April 5, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
April 24 Dinner with the Artist at the Veranda E Restaurant at the Escalante Hotel in downtown Naples. Chef Michael and Leigh collaboration–Leigh created a painting based on the chef's Asian dinner. Naples Art Association.
May 30-June 28 "28th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition" Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers hours M-F 9-5 Sat 9-1, "Solace" Award Winner
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June 13-June 27 "Landscape" Center for the Arts Bonita Springs "Ghosts" Award Winner
July 11-August 15 "Florida Flavor" Art Center Sarasota, juried state-wide exhibition, painting "Luminous"
July 11-24 "Moments" Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, juried exhibition
August 1-29 "Beauty" Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, juried exhibition
August 8 – 30 "Diametrically Opposed" Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers, FL
September 1-30 "Black & White Exhibition" Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, juried
October 25 11-4 Longshore Lakes art fair (one day) open to public
November 6 4-7 Vineyards Country Club Holiday Bazaar, (one day) open to public
November 6-9, 2014, Storytellers Creative Art exhibition, Covenant Church, Naples, juried exhibition
November 6-January 22, 2015 Rookery Bay juried exhibition
November 22 Green Door art show (1-day)
November 22-January 3, 2015 "Roots" juried exhibition, Von Liebig Art Center, Naples
January 16 Studio Tour 1-3 rozome paintings and wearable art/dyed silk. Reservations 239-262-7932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
January 17 – February 28 "Wild Florida" juried exhibition, Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Best in Show award for "Splash"
January 17 – March 2 "Mother Nature" juried exhibition, Von Liebig Art Center, Naples
February 7 Forest Glen art show, details to follow
February 20 Studio Tour 1-3 rozome paintings and wearable art/dyed silk. Reservations 239-262-7932 or email email@example.com
March 10, 10:00 – 3:00 Glen Eagle art show, details to follow
March 16 – 28 Winners' Circle Show, The Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL
March 20 Studio Tour 1-3 rozome paintings and wearable art/dyed silk. Reservations 239-262-7932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 21 – April 19 The Art of Gastronomy juried national exhibition, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA
April 22 – May 26 All Things Birds and Beautiful juried national exhibition, Orcas Island Historical Museum, WA.
July 2015 – July 2016 Art in Flight: A 10 year Anniversary, invitational exhibition, Southwest Florida International Airport, Fort Myers, FL
Dec. 3, 2015 An Exhibition of my paintings at Worth New York at Miromar shops in Estero, FL
April 29 -- June 3, 2016, World Piece Exhibition, Von Liebig, Naples
May 21 -- September 7, "Fabric," 3-man painting exhibition, Rookery Bay
August 19 -- October 14, 2016 Your Choice, Naples Art Association.
October 26 -- December 10, 2016 -- It's Nature's Way, Naples Art Association
November 2 -- 30, 2016, Small Works Exhibition, The Artists Gallery, Naples, FL
November 17, 2016 -- January 26, 2017 -- Southwest Florida Annual Juried Painting Exhibition, Rookery Bay, Naples, FL
February 4--March 4, 2017 -- Winners Circle, Art Council of SW Florida, on exhibit at Naples Art Association, FL
February 18 & 19, Naples National Art Festival
Outdoor art shows: Leigh will be in Cambier Park in Naples October 14, and then the first and second Saturday of November, 2017, through April, 2018.
October 4, 2017 - Six of Leigh's paintings will be featured in the TV series Criminal Minds.
Copyright 2017 – Leigh Herndon