Scottsdale Arts Festival

Spending the weekend at the Scottsdale Arts Festival was lovely. Not only was the weather perfect, but quite a few pieces found new homes. A big thank you to the festival organizers for putting together such a nice event and, most especially, thank you to those buyers who took a piece home.

The booth set-up for the weekend.  

The booth set-up for the weekend.  

Feature by Design*Sponge

For years now I have been a big fan of Design*Sponge, a design blog run by New York based writer, Grace Bonney. The site has been called a "Martha Stewart Living for Millenials" by the New York Times and has a very loyal, strong following. As a devoted reader myself, you can imagine my elation when I was recently featured on the site. Grace posted a lovely write-up on my artwork and included several images of recent paintings.  Click here to read the full feature. Thank you Grace for the honor - I couldn't be more thrilled. 

Art & Soup 2015

I'll be at Art & Soup in Salt Lake City this year. The artist line-up is pretty incredible, including Caitlin Connolly, Erin Berrett, Amy Tolk Richards, Doug Braithwaite and many others. More info below - hope to see you there!


Art & Soup

February 24-26, 2015
Salt Palace Convention Center                                       

Art & Soup is a premier Salt Lake City event that celebrates creativity, cuisine and community while raising awareness about the CNS Charitable Care Program. Everyday, doctors and hospitals rely on CNS to care for their unfunded patients.  As Utah's oldest nonprofit home health and hospice agency, CNS donates care to thousands of Utahns every year.

Art & Soup 2015 features original works by 44 Utah artists along with scrumptious samplings of soups, desserts and baked goods donated by over 20 restaurants. We select artists from a variety of mediums including oil, watercolor, mixed media, glass, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and more. Artists donate 30% of their sales to the CNS Charitable Care Program!

The last Art & Soup raised over $101,000 for the CNS Charitable Care Program.  Please help us exceed that amount in 2015! Click here to learn more and purchase tickets to the event.

 

Honorable Mention

I am absolutely thrilled to not only have two pieces in the Springville Museum of Art's 29th Annual Spiritual & Religious Show, but to have also received an Honorable Mention for my piece "Of Light and Dark." It's such an honor to have received the award. A big thank you to the museum for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the show.

Photo Credit: Springville Museum of Art

Photo Credit: Springville Museum of Art

Workshop at Studio Crescendoh

When Jenny Doh asked me to visit her studio in Santa Ana, CA and teach an oil painting workshop, I couldn't help but say yes. The two-day workshop focused on oil painting techniques as well as infusing expression and feeling into your work. I had a wonderful spending the weekend with so many talented artists and am so grateful to Jenny for hosting. I'll be teaching there again in 2015 and couldn't be more thrilled.

Photo Credit: Jenny Doh

Photo Credit: Jenny Doh

The first of 5 demos, an 8X10 inch. 

The first of 5 demos, an 8X10 inch. 

The second to last demo of the workshop, a 5X7 inch. Fortunately the students took all five demos off of my hands so I didn't have to deal with wet paint on the plane ride home.

The second to last demo of the workshop, a 5X7 inch. Fortunately the students took all five demos off of my hands so I didn't have to deal with wet paint on the plane ride home.

Zions Bank Art Show

Last night I had the opportunity to show at the annual Zions Bank Show held in Salt Lake City, UT. It was so much fun to meet so many new artists and art lovers, as well as to sample so much (too much?) delicious food. A big thanks to Zions Bank for putting on such a fun event and inviting me to be a part of it.

It was so fun to see so many friends among the crowd. Here I am with two hard core art lovers, the Vistaunets.

It was so fun to see so many friends among the crowd. Here I am with two hard core art lovers, the Vistaunets.

90th Annual Spring Salon

My piece "Unearthed" was accepted into the Springville Museum of Art's 90th Annual Spring Salon! It's thrilling to be hanging work with some truly gifted artists and to take part in such a celebrated event.  

The Spring Salon will be up April 23rd through July 18th and is well worth a visit. 

Obviously very excited about "Unearthed" hanging at the Spring Salon - and especially excited to have sold the piece.

Obviously very excited about "Unearthed" hanging at the Spring Salon - and especially excited to have sold the piece.

2013's Grand Finale

In December I was fortunate enough to participate in a handful of holiday shows - and the turnout was incredible! A big thank you to everyone who came by, to those who organized the events and to all of the artists who participated. Talk about a perfect ending to a truly wonderful year.

2013 proved to be a year of some pretty intense risk-taking, self-realization and growth. It's been incredible to find myself creating art full-time and to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. So thank you, all of you - the year wouldn't have been what it was without you.

Goodbye 2013 - you were truly excellent. Here's to 2014 - it's going to be a good year, I can feel it. 

The massive line outside Coleman Studios on the opening night of the 100 Dollar Show. Needless to say, my mind was blown by all of these dedicated art lovers. photo courtesy of painter Sarah Richards Samuelson

The massive line outside Coleman Studios on the opening night of the 100 Dollar Show. Needless to say, my mind was blown by all of these dedicated art lovers.

photo courtesy of painter Sarah Richards Samuelson

Thirty Project

This week I began a personal challenge called the Thirty Project, where I'm painting thirty paintings in thirty days. The project began September 17th, and already I have been thrilled with the experience. It has pushed me artistically, better connected me with my audience and provided some truly valuable feedback. I'll be sharing my weekly progress here on the blog, but if you'd like to see my daily progress simply follow me on Instagram @leslieduke or Twitter @leslieduke.

Creative Collaborative Group Show

This month I'm fortunate enough to be showing several pieces in the Creative Collaborative Group Show at Coleman Studios. Creative Collaborative is a monthly lecture series featuring local creatives, from artists to musicians to designers to marketers. It's an incredible resource for creatives, providing inspiration, networking opportunities and a reason to get out of the studio.

The show opened last Friday and runs through September. If you're in the area, make sure to drop by. There is some really great work in the show by some truly talented artists, including Annie Blake and Brittany Scott

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Summer Art Showcase

This little guy is currently hanging in the Covey Center's annual Summer Art Showcase, which opened during Provo's Gallery Stroll. This is one of my favorite pieces - possibly because I may be slightly obsessed with the flavor of these tasty lemons - and it's incredibly satisfying to see it hanging on a gallery wall. Thanks to everyone who came to the opening! The show runs through mid-July, so if you're in the area feel free to stop by and see the full exhibit.

Meyer Lemons // 8 X 10 in. // oil 

Meyer Lemons // 8 X 10 in. // oil 

Arts for the SOL

Last weekend I participated in Arts for the SOL, a benefit show for the Sobriety Optimization League (SOL) Scholarship Foundation. In my past life I worked in the rehab world, so when SOL invited me to participate I couldn't turn them down. Foundations like this can truly help change lives. Several of my artist friends had a few lovely pieces up as well. Thanks to SOL for the invitation and for all those that came by!

blurry me with a few of my paintings

blurry me with a few of my paintings