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At Home or Abroad, Painting Is Her Passion THREE’S A CHARM Featuring: Thomas Pandolfi | Rachel Franklin Carlos César Rodriguez

SUNDAY, April 24, 2022 - 3:00 PM Imagine not one, not two, but THREE of your favorite PSO soloists together for an unprecedented single concert. Pianists Thomas Pandolfi, Rachel Franklin and Carlos César Rodriguez join the PSO for this one of a kind event for our 25th Anniversary Season!

Photo by Joe Motheral

Artist Leanne Fink and a few of her varied works

Thomas Pandolfi

Rachel Franklin

Carlos César Rodriguez

PSO SEASON FINALE PERFORMANCE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PSO! 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2022 - 3:00 PM FOR TICKETS, INFORMATION & COVID POLICIES: The PSO is Generously Funded in Part By:

Luminescence Foundation & The Ben-Dov Family

The Margaret Spilman Bowden Foundation Nicolaas and Patricia Kortlandt Fund The Wise Foundation The Phillip A. Hughes Foundation


The Crossfields Group


By Joe Motheral

ou don’t have to travel to Jordan to enjoy the paintings of Hamiltonbased artist Leanne Fink. She will be one of the artists exhibiting and selling at The Art of the Piedmont auction to benefit Middleburg Montessori School on May 20 at Slater Run Vineyards. Her Cradle of Life series includes three paintings on display at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan. One is a view of modern Amman from atop the ancient Acropolis. Another depicts the Temple of Artemis at the ancient Roman city of Jerash, north of Amman. The third shows the famous Treasury at the prehistoric settlement of Petra. “Taking in all the sights and sounds opened my eyes to the exotic beauty of Jordan,” she said. “Its rugged and sun-bleached landscapes are rich in antiquities and warm in hospitality. It struck a chord. I embraced the experience and I felt compelled to express that which is ancient and eternal.” She shares her Hamilton studio with her husband, Richard, a cartoonist and playwright. While her interests range far and wide, she also feels a connection to Virginia’s “pastoral surroundings” all around her. Several paintings in her collection, A World of Color, reveal this attachment. “Home Land” is a wintry scene dominated by a sunset over farmland with trees and open pasture sheltered by clouds. Her subtle application of color can give way to vivid depictions such as “Call of the Canyon” or “Transition,” filled with autumn leaves. Leanne began her voyage into art at an early age. “Before kindergarten,” she said. “My uncle was a landscape painter who used to show in the local art league. He would take me to the backyard and start me on oil painting.” She loved drawing portraits in pen and ink, with graphite and colored pencils. “I used to go through the TV Guide,” she added, “and draw portraits, portraits, portraits.”