Leesburg Center for the Arts is a community gallery and art center and our MISSION is to promote growth and vitality to the community by providing educational opportunities in the arts for all ages, providing cultural events for the community and providing a central location which attracts talented artists, artisans, creatives, musicians and appreciative audiences. CFA represents 42 Artists and each artist can submit up to two artworks for selection by jury to be in a themed exhibit. We often have a featured artist that displays selected pieces from their body of work. Meet some of our featured artists below.
Toni Stokes Marshall
September/October 2019 Featured Artist
Fiber Artist Toni Stokes Marshall is a Leesburg native, who had the opportunity to move to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It was there that she began to pursue her passion to study fiber arts where she had truly found her niche. Having been raised by an amazing "tribe" of women who were, in their own right, masters of design - seamstresses, knitters, lace makers and stitchers, she knew she had to honor their influence in her life. Her textiles, whether functional or artistic, always reflect atmospheres, energies and moods teaming with humanness, frivolity and the patina of life. The feel of handmade textiles, the textures, and the colors all inspire her creations as each piece becomes a bridge across time, place, people and cultures. Each textile begins with a concept that evolves as she progresses through her artistic process. As layers are added some details are obscured, some are accentuated, some are embellished and new ones simply appear. The results are an expression of her unique artistic vision; like the world around us, her art is a multi-layered study of color, pattern, light and texture!
June/July 2019 Featured Artist
Wesley was recently selected as the muralist for the US 27/Center Street Wall Mural Project in partnership with City of Leesburg, Duke Energy and Leesburg Center for the Arts. Wesley began created murals full time in 1993. Work ranged from residential walls to painting murals on motor homes. Since 2003, he has refined the mural business doing quite a lot of resort murals in the US and Caribbean.
His art medium is mostly commercial acrylic products but he sometimes designs and executes sculpting, carving, carpentry and other mediums with my canvas and mural paintings. artist. art and design.
His inspiration is nature. “Sometimes I stop by the road and clap my hands when I see a special sunset and say, "Way to go God!” https://wesleystoutschoolofart.com/
January/February 2019 Featured Artist
Mostly a self-taught artist, I have worked as a commercial artist; creating, designing and producing customized support materials and literature for the corporate convention market's special events.
I believe my art chronicles my life's experiences; perception of people, places, things. events that influence me. I do not use live and/or photographic references. My intent is to capture emotions, feelings, sensations - the ambiance of a subject rather than re-creating the visual perspective. I like to work in 'series' and through the years have produced a collection of varying themes and styles using different mediums and subject matter.
Yvonne Feavearyear Online Gallery
is an Artist, Creative and Teacher and our October/November 2018 featured Artist.
Artist statement: “Transformation, that’s what I look for when creating art. It’s the joy of treasure hunting for simple mundane items and turning them into something extraordinary. My medium is mixed media. I use paper, metal, natural materials, textiles, digital arts and more to make my creations. My inspiration comes from life experiences:
•Moving around a lot as a child
•Working a range of jobs from advertising for Disney Radio to cemetery management
•Being in a mixed race marriage and raising children.
All of these life stages left a mark on my life and are reflected in my art. It’s therapeutic really, expressing my life through art. It’s a way of making things make sense when they don’t or finding the beauty in everyday situations.”