Gallery North announces its July Show “Elements of Beauty”. This show features potter Melinda O’Malley and painter Leanna Leitzke showing their colorful work.
Melinda O’Malley has been making pottery for 13 years. She took classes at Shoreline Community College to learn the techniques she uses as a foundation for her work. Her work is usually thrown on the potter’s wheel with sculptured elements added. She favors using vibrant and pastel colors on her finished work.
In her home studio she creates whimsical dragons and other creatures meant to bring a smile into the world. “Making happy dragons has been my way of coping with the harshness in the world. If I make something and it makes me happy I want to share that with others”.
Leanna Leitzke paints colorful scenes of the natural world in acrylic and oil.
She’s been painting since the age of 3. Her mother was very supportive of her and bought plenty of art books. Her favorites were the ones dealing with Renaissance and French Impressionism. From them she learned that formal art education sometimes limits artists with its emphasis on rules. “I felt like this could prevent me from being fearless and developing my own unique artistic eye and technique. For this reason, it came to me, that I should be self-taught”.
Some of her pieces have won awards in Juried Art Exhibits and some have found homes in Paris, London, Eastern Europe, Florida, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC.
Please join them at their reception on July 6, 1-4pm. The show will be up from July 1-31 at Gallery North, 401 Main Street, Edmonds 98020. Gallery North is open 7 days a week, Sunday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturdays 10-6pm.