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First Fridays Art Opening, Exhibit by Leslie Wade
November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for food, wine, and lively conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Leslie Wade. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Leslie is a self-taught artist from Charleston, South Carolina. She first became interested in art as a child and began oil painting around the age of twelve, then moving to commissioned work in 2015. While she is self-taught, Leslie attributes a lot of her creative drive to genetics— her late grandmother Diane Perl was a prolific artist in Madison, Virginia, and Leslie grew up surrounded by her art. Her early work consisted of mostly landscapes of the Lowcountry and realistic portraits of wildlife, but recently she has been experimenting with figurative work in a variety of styles. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate interdisciplinary degree at the University of Virginia in Arts Administration, Art History, and Italian. With a particular interest in art history, she draws a lot of inspiration from surrealism artists such as Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, and René Magritte. Most of her current work focuses on the line between fantasy and realism, using the power of surrealistic images to surprise viewers.
“I love seeing how people interact with my paintings. The question ‘what does it mean?’ amuses me, because the way that people from different perspectives assign value and meaning to art is really moving, and I think that anyone’s interpretation of my work is as meaningful as my own.”
Those who are unable to attend the opening can view the exhibit the rest of the month during our open writing hours, Monday – Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The exhibit will run through November 29.