Gallery Opening Reception for Leslye Arian

Gallery Opening Reception for Leslye Arian
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Date(s) - 04/08/2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

shaker historical society



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The Jack and Linda Lissauer Gallery at the Shaker Historical Society is delighted to announce the installation of “Pushing Paint” by Leslye Arian. Her work will be on display in the Lissauer Art Gallery from March 25 through May 15, 2016. Visit the Shaker Historical Society to see these works in person.

Gallery Opening Reception will be held at the Shaker Historical Society on April 8th from 6-8pm. Join us and meet the artist! The reception is free, but we do request that art lovers make a reservation by calling 216.921.1201.

Artist Statement:

At an early age I discovered a way to reduce confusion in my life.  By creating art, I could release feelings of loss, anger, fear and desire, thus creating a sense of calmness.  My creative process would open my heart, enabling me to miraculously deconstruct the chaos. As I traveled my artistic, spiritual journey I became inspired by abstract expressionism, post modernism, the push pull/theory of Hans Hoffmann, the figurative elements in the works by Lee Krasner, and strong color and geometry in works by Sonia Delauney. I revel in the process of mark making on color fields and applying paint, pastel, paper, and pencil to gesture familial shapes such as bones, vessels and pods. I dwell on negative space, and, as I work, lines and color blocks float then anchor on transparent color fields. I pay attention to spatial tension.  I revere nature as an inspiration for art, and I delight and feel gratitude when I achieve balance – allowing me complete freedom from the material world.  Art is a spiritual place.                                 


Leslye received a BFA in Ceramics and Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1976. After working as an artist for just two years, she transferred her skills to graphic design and took a job in an architectural signage company creating sign systems for hospitals and office buildings. Carried by a wave of innovation in the field of computer graphic messaging, in 1981 Leslye became the first woman owner of a signage company, Architectural Communications, Inc. She provided Cleveland developers and hospitals with architectural signage that used graphic design as a marketing tool. To this day, she advocates for equal pay for equal work and for gender equality. After the arrival of her second child in 1989, she sold her company, but continued to rely on her ability to think creatively, working for non-profit agencies and organizations where she could continue to impact positive change. She has now committed her considerable energies to a resumption of her first and beloved career as an artist, making good on a promise she made to herself many years ago. Leslye currently serves on the Cleveland Institute of Art Alumni Board and in 2015 she initiated the Pocket Park Public Art Project and the Shaker Community Gallery Project in Shaker Heights.