Each month, the Open Studio Membership Program is delighted to highlight a member working in the Arts Center’s Studios. We want to share the member’s story, what they are working on here and what art and the creative community means to them as well as encourage further development in their careers.
Artist Leslie Grove, one of our Open Studios Members, has been busy in the jewelry studio working on her brand new line. We are thrilled to have her here and are curious to learn more about her practice.
How did you get your start making things? I’ve enjoyed arts and crafts as long as I can remember and there are several artists in my family. In 2010 I discovered the assemblage/jewelry artist Susan Lenart Kazmer through her “Industrial Chic” collection of charms and components sold at Michaels. The work looked both vintage and edgy and I was inspired to dig through my electronics toolbox, disassemble adding machines, gather leather scraps – all sorts of things became wearable art. I took a beginning metalsmithing class with Barbara Mann to learn fabrication and I was completely hooked!
What are your goals as an artist? Perfecting the techniques I enjoy most and creating designs that express a unique voice, yet remain simple and wearable. I’m looking forward to continuing my education and starting to work with gold! Also, I plan to retire early and make jewelry full time.
How has the LH Arts Center been beneficial to you as an artist? It’s been essential! The jewelry studio has a safe place to solder and all the tools I need. I recently took an intermediate jewelry class with Jane Ritchie and enjoyed a little printmaking class with Amanda Burk. The Lyndon House is full of activity, art, and inspiring people.
Open Studio Members pay a monthly fee for access to the Arts Center’s 7 fully equipped artists studios. This is a great opportunity to develop a new body of work, get a jump start on a project and to have access to power and specialized tools, printing presses, a darkroom, kilns and more! For more info or to schedule a tour contact email@example.com