"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
845-809-5838
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.

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The Kingdom of Hawaii by Leslie Fandrich

Hawaii is a place of raw energy. It is filled with beautiful, friendly people. We saw symbols everywhere: caves, waterfalls, islands, turtles, whales, snails, an eclipse, mountains, valleys and rainbows. We walked on earth that was younger than we were. It is a place of destruction and creation and we went there looking for a place to do a little healing together.

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Hilo from the Bay (1852) by Leslie Fandrich

My website will be quiet for the next couple of weeks while I take some time off to stand in the painting above with my family and remember my Mom, who died from cancer almost a year ago. Before she died she told us to go here together, so we are. On the anniversary of her death, April 11th, I will be somewhere near this beautiful place letting her ashes blow into the wind.

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Building a Home Library by Leslie Fandrich

Oh how I love books. Nothing fills me with more calm and contentedness than a book. To settle in and read a good story is bliss and to have in my hand all the answers to whatever it is I am trying to learn about makes me feel confident and in control. My husband has observed that anytime I get serious about something, I buy a book about it. I have a lot of books.

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A Collage State of Mind by Leslie Fandrich

I'm in a collage state of mind lately. All of a sudden, it seems to be everywhere! Collage is my go-to method for creating quick compositions and keeping the creativity fresh. It's the way I have fun and play and it's something I often do in my sketchbook. This week though, I've been working a bit bigger in anticipation of a local collage workshop I'll be doing soon. Jonathan Talbot teaches a method for creating collages that eliminates liquid adhesives and I can't wait to learn about it.

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Creative Block: Book Review by Leslie Fandrich

I'm so excited to share this book with you! You might remember the author, Danielle Krysa, from the profile I did on her in October of last year. Her new book Creative Block is available pretty much everywhere starting TODAY and what an amazing book it is. Filled with stories, confessions, art and inspiration from 50 different fabulous artists, in it's pages you will discover many insights and strategies on how to deal with creative blocks.

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Lisa Zukowski: Deep Meaning by Leslie Fandrich

I first met Lisa during the Open Studio Tour last Fall. When I walked into her space I was in awe, not only of the work that I saw, hanging from the ceiling, covering all the walls and stacked in piles, but also of where it was made. Her studio is a dream space. It's huge (even though she says, "Not big enough, never big enough!") and she has separate areas for painting and printmaking.

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66 Women Artists You Should Know by Leslie Fandrich

In art school we learned about classic artists and "masters", art movements and art history, but somehow only a few women got into the textbooks and lectures. "The Masters" were mostly men. It wasn't because of lack of talent, women just didn't have the same opportunities or support. The ones who persevered can stand just as tall as any of the men creating work at the same time. These ladies rock.

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My Memories of Winter by Leslie Fandrich

It had been snowing all day. I escaped my parent's house and went over to my friend Michelle's. We drank gin and tonic and soon her small apartment was filled with our friends. By 11 pm there was three feet of fluffy powder outside and we all went for a walk. Drunk. In three feet of snow. There were no cars. The snow glowed a faint orange from the street lights. We walked in the middle of the road.

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Janet Howard-Fatta: Sensory Art by Leslie Fandrich

When Janet Howard-Fatta paints she uses more than just her sense of sight to inform and influence her work. What she can hear and sometimes smell is just as important as what she sees. The sound of the wind in the trees, the smell of the grass after it rains and the sounds of people and cars passing by give her as many clues about what and how to paint as the colors, light and shadows. The ambient sounds that she hears translate to color and form on the canvas.

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// BOLD // Mood Board by Leslie Fandrich

Looking at the above graphic makes me ridiculously happy. It looks like everything I want to be and feel this year. It's filled with colors, people and ideas that inspire me. That ARE me. I pick a word and make a board to focus myself and give myself guidance and power when faced with a blank canvas or piece of paper. It is my intention for this year to be BOLD.

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Holidays and Reflections by Leslie Fandrich

Yesterday was a snow day and the kids were home, so we decided to make a fun video. I'm so thrilled with how Milo and Quinn participated. They were really into it! It's 6 minutes long and I hope you enjoy it, especially those family and friends that we miss so much and won't get to see this year. We love you guys.

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TED Talks: Gratitude, Perspective and Joy by Leslie Fandrich

It's Thanksgiving week here in the US and I wanted to share three TED Talks today that illustrate gratitude, perspective and joy. It's one thing to say we are grateful for what we have, but it's something else entirely when we live through something that really makes us appreciate it. After that, you might be wondering what to do during the holiday with a room full of people. Try Multiplayer thumb wrestling and experience TEN positive emotions in a minute! Have a great one friends.

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