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Sherry Leedy: The Weight of Light


SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART presents

Sherry Leedy: The Weight of Light February 3rd - March 24th, 2017

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“My pastel drawings are based on direct observation and seek to tell a visual story about the beauty and depth of life around me, made precious by the truth of its transitory nature. I am interested in what is discovered and revealed during the process of slow looking over a long period of time, as the drawing evolves, creating itself, slowly, mark-by-mark.” - Sherry Leedy Sherry Leedy is best known for her day job as Director and Curator of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. Few know that she works the night shift drawing in her studio with soft pastels on paper. Her drawings are connected to the long and rich tradition of Vanitas and the symbolic meaning of objects. Often loaded with personal meaning, the visual power of Leedy’s drawings resides in form, pattern, color, light, rhythm and line. In the over 30 years that Leedy has owned her gallery, this is her first one- person exhibition in the space she calls her own. Leedy holds a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the University of Kansas. Her work is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; the Los Angeles County Museum, LA, CA; University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff; First National Bank, Columbia, MO; AT&T, Kansas City, MO and others.

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Judy’s Bones Soft pastel 26.25” x 30”

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Five Oranges Soft pastel 11” x 12”


Parade Soft pastel and charcoal 41” x 30”

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Jane’s Begonias Soft pastel 30” x 22”


Tulips Soft pastel 20” x 22.5”

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Peaches for Tanya Soft pastel and charcoal 30” x 22”


Angel Trumpets Soft pastel 30” x 22”

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(top) Summer Light Soft Pastel 15” x 18”

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(bottom) Parrot Tulips Soft Pastel and charcoal 16” x 18.5”


Ann’s Shoes Soft pastel 30” x 22”

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Anne’s Sea Shell Soft pastel and charcoal 30” x 22”


Pink Table Soft pastel and charcoal 19.5” x 28”

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Sumo Tangerines Soft pastel and charcoal 14.5” x 12”


Tilt Soft pastel and charcoal 30” x 34”

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Tower of Glass Soft pastel 36” x 16”


(left to right) Flowers and Oranges Soft pastel and charcoal 12” x 11” In the Dining Room Soft pastel and charcoal 11” x 14” Five Glasses Soft pastel 11.25” x 10”

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(left to right) Three Glasses Soft pastel 11.25” x 10” Cuttings Soft pastel 11.5” x 11”

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(left to right) Striped Vase Soft pastel 11.5” x 11”

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Perfume and Powder Soft pastel and charcoal 11.5” x 11”


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