Sunday, March 23, 2014

Leslie Lee and Dennis Meiners, a studio visit

As I prepare for our May Show, I'm needing to visit artists studios to pick out work....a fun time to chat with my favorite people.

Leslie Lee's studio was packed with paintings that intrigued my curiosity.

Leslie was currently working on new work and explained her process.

Leslie has been doing a "drawing a day" and while looking through her sketchbook I saw this painting.  There I was at the Guardino show for Kim Murton's opening.  (well...the back of my head!)

Next to Leslie's studio is where Dennis was found working in clay.  Many years ago I took a workshop from Dennis and still feel it was one of the best I'd ever taken.  

I love Dennis's work...Handbuilt clay teapots that are rich in texture and metaphors.

A few other clay works that will be in our May show.  

A close up of "tools"

Save the dates for May 9th - May 16th

"Pulse " opens in downtown Salem at 211 Commercial Street.  A show you don't want to miss!  

This show will feature the work of 35 artists, each creating a one-of-a-kind artwork available for purchase through a silent auction open to the public the week of the show.  Additional art by the same 35 artists will be featured.  

For the past 12 years, we've curated annual shows to support the good work of a variety of area non-profits.  In partnership with sponsors and non-profit organizations, these shows have contributed to the work of SOLV, Marion Polk Food Share, Chemeketa Community College Literacy Program, SOS Shelter, and Friends of Pimpollo, among others.  

"Pulse" will raise awareness and support the programs of the Medical foundation of Marion & Polk Counties, supports continuation and expansion of valuable programs in the Mid-Willamette Valley.  The program provides nearly 85% of the annual operating funds for their programs such as Project Access, MedAssist, Woman's Health Program and MOMS Plus.  

The Mary Lou Zeek Gallery has a strong track record of creating quality shows of work by the best artists that draw large numbers of people through inspired promotion.  "I am proud of the reputation I've built for expanding support for art and artists, and bringing together business and community partners to do so."

These shows are only possible through strategic business partnerships.  These businesses support this show and our community.  They include: The Salem Convention Center, Pioneer Trust Bank, CB|Two Architects and Construction, Willamette ENT, WVP Health Authority and PDQ Investments, LLC.  

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We represent Northwest artists working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. Our second gallery features exhibitions on a monthly basis, as well as selected group shows and special exhibitions. To arrange an appointment, please call 503-581-3229 or email; During our years of operating, we have successfully encouraged the broadening and blossoming of the Salem art scene. We are dedicated to serving our clients as well as our artists. The relationships that we cultivate with our clients and our artists have been and will continue to be long and rewarding. We encourage you to take the time to be acquainted with us and take the time to appreciate the art we enjoy so much.