Deborah Leavy

Deborah Leavy

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    Painting

     

    Photographs

    Archived Work

    Artist's Statement

    Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
    - Danny Kaye, actor, comedian, and painter

    I have tried to take that exuberance and apply it to my life and to my work. The journey has taken me from left brain to right brain, leaving the law to follow my lifelong passion to paint. More than twenty years later, my journey continues with the inclusion of photography.

    Embracing the freedom of contemporary imagery, I experience form, space, color, and movement through the idiom of abstraction. I seek layers, history, and pentimenti, often finding it in the urban landscape. Visual fragments are absorbed as a resource for both painting and photographs.

    What is revealed, what is hidden, what used to be and what remains describe both the subject and the process of my work. The Japanese call it wabi sabi, finding beauty in imperfection, decline, and decay.

    Thus I attempt to draw the viewer in, to pause and discover.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2019
    Dual Identities, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2013
    Embracing Abstraction, Theatre Horizon, Norristown, PA

    2012
    Beneath the Surface, Fireside Gallery, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

    2006
    Spirit Shrines/Crete, Welcome Gallery, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    Two-person
    2013
    Art Meets Science, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Wynnewood, PA
    Invitational

    2009
    land/SCAPES, Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA
    Invitational

    Group
    2019
    Reflections Thru the Lens, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    Juror: Byron Wolfe

    Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2018
    Professional Artist Members Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juror: Pamela Regan, Bluestone Gallery

    Winter Juried Collection, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Louella Tripp

    2017
    Urban Visions, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Howard Brunner

    Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juror: Eileen Tognini

    2016
    Wanderings, InLiquid at Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    PHOTOgraphy 2016: Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Professional Artist Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Expressions of Radnor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2015
    Old Enough to Know Better, Women's Caucus for the Arts, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Diane Burko

    PHOTOgraphy 2015, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Stuart Shils

    Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Professional Artist Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2014
    Outer Limits, Art at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Jewels & Treasures, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    Professional Artists Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2013
    Professional Artists Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2012
    Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Opposites Attract, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Annual Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Expressions of Radnor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2011
    Artists Equity Annual Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2010
    Feast the Eyes, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Annual Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2009
    Devotion, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia
    Juried Exhibition

    Artisan Showcase, Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    2002
    Annual Continuing Education Student Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Artist's Bibliography

    2011
    "Artist of the Month," Main Line Today Magazine, December

    2008
    "Artists head for the hills at scenic Spring Hills Farm," Main Line Times, July 14

    Professional Experience

    2014 – 2016
    Curator, Lobby/Event/Exhibition Space, Theatre Horizon, Norristown, PA

    Awards and Honors

    2019
    Juror's Award, Reflections Thru the Lens, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    Juror: Byron Wolfe

    2016
    First Prize, Expressions of Radnor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    Honorable Mention, Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Elizabeth Osborne

    2012
    3rd Prize, Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    Rubenstein Award, Expressions of Radnor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    2011
    Solo Show Award, Artists Equity Annual Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    2010
    Honorable Mention, Feast the Eyes, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    Royalty Printing Award, Annual Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    Commissions

    2013
    American Psychologist magazine, cover art (May-June 2013 issue)

    Education

    2006 - present
    Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    2009 - 2016
    Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    2004 - 2005
    Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

    2000 - 2003
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1996 – 2001
    Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    1981
    Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
    J.D.