Submitted by Darcie Kennedy
A new exhibit of paintings by local artist Leanne Baird are being displayed at the Colborne Street Gallery from May 1st - 26th. The opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, May 2nd, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm - please drop by to see this stunning collection in person.
Baird’s paintings are both a study of the physical and metaphysical. Exploring the natural landscape and investigating the way light behaves in these environments are constant sources of inspiration for her work. Deconstructing these complex environments into the basic elements of art, Baird transcribes the line, shape, form, and colour of these quiet moments in nature. Citing painters, Emily Carr and Lawren Harris, as inspiration for both their artwork and their spiritual journey, Baird continues the tradition of Canadian Landscape painting through her recording of scenes in and around the Canadian Shield.
Baird has a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Toronto. She has also completed studies internationally and at the Haliburton School of Arts, the Royal Conservatory, and the Art School of Peterborough. Baird has exhibited her work at the Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre, Ethel Curry Gallery, the Art School of Peterborough, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Varley Art Gallery, Rails End Gallery and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. She has participated in many studio tours including Peterborough, Uxbridge, and the Kawarthas. Baird was a Guest Artist at Lakefield College School in 2016, a past Board Member at the Art School of Peterborough 2010-2012, and has been featured as a Guest Artist on HGTV. She has also taught children’s art classes at the Varley Art Gallery and numerous school boards in Southern Ontario as well as Lakefield College School and the Art School of Peterborough.