Press Release 2/4/17 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that West Simsbury artist Deborah Leonard will have her artwork displayed in the Gallery in an exhibit titled, The Nature of Things, beginning March 1 until April 28, 2017.

Deborah’s love of nature, through observation and academic study has a strong influence on her painting. She finds enjoyment, interest, and beauty in her surroundings.  In the more traditional pieces, atmospheric conditions and varied brush strokes are used to express the subject matter. She often prefers to emphasize the simple elegance of a single tree or a forgotten barn.  Her work captures the light and mood of the soft meadows or misty ocean for a particular day, turning her canvas into a diary.

Using acrylics as her medium, she enjoys plein air painting as well as studio work. She is past president of Avon Arts Association and past vice president of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. She is a founding member of Simsbury Open Studios. She was also co-founder of the Farmington Valley’s City and Country Canvases event.  She has held leadership positions in many local art groups and has done much to promote the arts in her community and beyond. She teaches at the Farmington Valley Arts Center and she continues to teach art at the Simsbury community center as she has for sixteen years.

Her work has won awards and appeared in numerous juried shows. She is dedicated to preserving the Connecticut farmland and watershed areas that are the subjects of so many of her paintings. Working with various like-minded groups, she donates her art work and service to protect and educate.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Gallery. It is free and open to the public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary. The public is invited to attend.

For more information about the artist, visit her website: