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Leslie Jeffery at 4118 Kitchen + Bar

by Ashley Stewart

Art nourishes the soul as much as food nourishes the body. There is no shortage of places to find either of those things in Highlands, but there are only a few places that you can find both.

One of those places is 4118 Kitchen + Bar. Longtime supporters of the arts, owners Ryan Aydelotte and Richard Errington have turned the Dining Room of their restaurant into a functional art gallery, featuring the work of local artists, including Leslie Jeffery.

Leslie began painting as a child with her grandmother and has continued throughout her life. After a successful career in real estate, she began painting regularly and showing her work all over the country. Currently, she has a piece in the ARC Gallery in San Francisco in a juried show, and a piece to be included next month at Ringling College in Sarasota as a part of the Florida Artist Group show.

Leslie’s large-scale abstract paintings are a sight to behold. Most of her work is non-representational, but she has done some abstract landscapes as well as an oeuvre of birds and nests. Over this past winter, she worked on a series of acrylic and pastel paintings on paper, rather than her usual canvases. Each 18”x24” painting is matted and framed. These paintings maintain a strong mountain influence, evoking images of lush trees, rotting logs, and even bear cubs and are the ones included in this show.

She co-owned the Carolina Gallery of Fine Art in Highlands during its short two years. She keenly misses having the exhibition space and the ability to support other local artists. Which is why she is thrilled to announce her collaboration with 4118 to present her recent work in an art show. Her beautiful paintings will be on display for the month of June. To kick things off, there will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, June 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Refreshments will be served and you will have the opportunity to meet Leslie and talk to her about her work.

For more information, you can call Leslie at (727) 743-1130. You can also call 4118 Kitchen + Bar at (828) 526-5002.

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