"Finding Power" at Gallery 66 NY / by Leslie Fandrich

July 3 - August 2, 2015

Gallery 66 NY - New works by Leslie Fandrich
66 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY

Hours: Thur-Sun, noon - 6pm

For the month of July I am showing new work at Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring, NY. The title of the show is "Finding Power: Women of Courage, Passion and Character"

Please join me for the opening on July 3rd from 6pm - 9pm. I will also be at the gallery July 12th and 19th if you would like to stop by then.

Artist Statement

In creating these artworks I worked through my own understanding of power and I found that I kept returning to the times that I felt powerless. The times that I felt despair, or manipulated, or like an object and not a person were the times that I most wanted to find a sense of power.

Reflecting on how I overcame my challenges I was able to see the ways in which I tried to empower myself. And that is really what I mean when I think about finding power. It's about feeling strong and capable. It's about trusting my instincts. It's about being bold and brave and unafraid to assert myself. It's about being vulnerable and making mistakes and correcting my path. It's about having integrity and being truthful. It’s about courage, passion and character.

It's a power that comes from within, not a power held over others. It's a personal power, not a positional power. And it's a power that is gained with an understanding of powerlessness.

Feminine power derives its strength from intuition and ancient wisdom. It is often cooperative and community focused and can have a sense of being connected to nature. The power that women are capable of holding is not to be feared or dismissed. Feminine power brings with it social, economic and cultural benefits. It is a valuable part of our struggle to be in balance and without it we are not realizing the full potential of our families, our work and our societies.