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Gallery Exhibit—Cedar Crest College

Lee Leckey: "Layers"

ALLENTOWN, PA (September 15, 2009)—Cedar Crest College presents an exhibition of the work of local painter Lee Leckey from September 21 through January 22 in Cressman Library Gallery, with an artist talk on September 24, beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Lee Leckey responds to the canvas in an intuitive-organic way. She uses a process called encaustic painting, an ancient art dating as far back as Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, which uses wax as a painting medium. She blends clear wax, oil-based paint, and patterned paper and uses various innovative artistic methods—including heating up metal objects with a torch and branding the artwork, and using a standard clothes iron to fuse the layers of her pieces—to create spontaneous images that are interesting both visually and in a tactile sense.

Some of her inspirations include rust, river rock, decaying paint, Calder mobiles and the texture of stone walls—surfaces that expose themselves to the surface underneath.

“So much of what I do is not about the finished piece, but about layering and experimenting. My work is really about the process,” said Leckey, an Emmaus resident who has been painting for most of her life. She began encaustic painting after viewing the work of highly regarded Philadelphia artist Tremain Smith in 2001. “The artistic pieces emerge spontaneously and as long as I own them, they may never be finished.”

A graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, where she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree, Leckey’s work is very popular in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. In addition to the exhibition at Cedar Crest, she recently showed her work at the Allentown Art Museum, the Home and Planet Gallery in Bethlehem, and the New Arts Program in Kutztown.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For Cressman Library Gallery hours call 610-606-4605. For additional information contact Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.

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Last Updated: 9/15/09