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Leslie has a true passion for color + clouds.


 

Leslie Banta is a Staunton, VA-based artist and educator. She is fortunate to live in an idyllic valley of Virginia, where she can always see the clouds and minimalist landscapes she loves to paint. She finds the landscapes and color compositions are a great way of keeping nature’s beauty close at hand.

“I spend a lot of time inside my head, solving daily problems or trying to keep a grocery list handy…basically, my thoughts are turned inward or my head is literally turned down, focused on a project. It’s so easy to look up at the sky; but it’s also easy to forget what’s waiting right over our heads because it’s always there. We forget to see it because we always see it, if that makes sense. I paint to remind myself to stop and look, to experience the beauty of color and texture, to drink in the sky for a long moment.”

The bed boxes explore ideas of enclosure and privacy, while stereo photos help me share enclosure ideas.

Leslie grew up in Alabama and moved to the DC area after undergraduate studies in oil painting. Under the direction of artist mentor, Joyce McCarten, she began exhibiting in the DC Metro area at spots like The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria's Old Town, attended The Georgetown campus of The Corcoran School of The Arts & Design for abstract drawing & painting, where she found fellow Tuscaloosa, AL native, Bill Christenberry to help guide her early landscapes and collage guru, Mindy Weisel to direct layered explorations into abstraction; she traveled to Provence, France to further study "colour" and plein air landscapes with British colourist Richard Kenton Webb, and she established a studio discipline in the midst of changing work and home life with a growing family. 

Leslie resides in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, where she owned & operated an art supply retail store from 2007 until 2016. She and her writer husband have two sons: a high schooler and a second grader, both of whom keep the entire household on their creative toes. She has taught mixed media workshops through Staunton’s Beverley Street Studio School as well as through Blue Ridge Community College’s continuing education program. She loves teaching art to kindergarten through third grade students and high schoolers at a private Christian school in Staunton, and serves with other Arts Guild members to curate, install, and administrate art exhibits at 292 North Gallery in Harrisonburg, VA.

 
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education

BFA Oil Painting       1996               Birmingham-Southern College (Cum Laude): Birmingham, AL

Class “B” Teaching Certificate P-12 in Visual Arts Birmingham-Southern College: Birmingham, AL

Open Studies            1997-99         Corcoran: Washington, DC

                                                            William Christenberry, Mindy Weisel: Abstract Drawing, Abstract Painting, Abstract Works on Paper

Abstract Painting     1999               Richard Kenton Webb: Provence, France

Abstract Painting     2000              Deirdre Saunder: The Art League School, Alexandria, Virginia

Abstract Painting     2000              Brenda Belfield: Reston, Virginia

exhibitions

1/2020 Solo Exhibit at Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room Staunton, VA

9/2019 Solo Exhibit at Eastern Mennonite University Margaret Gehman Gallery Harrisonburg, VA

6/2019 61st Annual Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show 2019 Roanoke, VA

4-5/2019 Solo Exhibit at 292 North Gallery Harrisonburg, VA

10/2018 (OCT 20 + 21) 2018 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival Norfolk, VA

10/2018 (OCT 14) Painting Demo at The Barn Swallow Charlottesvile, VA

6/2018 2018 Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show  Virginia Beach, VA

9/2017 Leesburg Fine Arts Festival Leesburg, VA

6/2017 59th Annual Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show 2017 Roanoke, VA

11/2016 Solo Exhibit at 292 North Gallery Harrisonburg, VA

10/2016 2016 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival Norfolk, VA

9/2016 43rd Street Festival of the Arts Richmond, VA

6/2016 58th Annual Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show 2016* Roanoke, VA

11-12/2015 thinksmall8 International Miniature Invitational Exhibit via artspace & art6 • Richmond, VA (art boxes)

10/2015 2015 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival Norfolk, VA

10/2014 Solo Exhibit at Signature 9 Gallery Roanoke, VA

8/2014 BSSS Instructors Exhibit at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center Waynesboro, VA

12/2013 Solo Exhibit at The Art Box Crozet, VA

11-12/2013 thinksmall7 International Miniature Invitational Exhibit via artspace & art6 • Richmond, VA (art boxes)

8/2013 BSSS Instructors Exhibit at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center Waynesboro, VA

6/2013 Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show 2013 Roanoke, VA

4/2013 Solo Exhibit at Augusta Health Fishersville, VA

10/2012 Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival Crozet, VA

8/2012 Solo Exhibit at Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave, VA

12/2011 Solo Exhibit at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center Waynesboro, VA

11-12/2011 thinksmall6 International Miniature Invitational Exhibit via artspace & art6 • Richmond, VA (art boxes)

10/2011 40th Annual Virginia Fall Foliage Festival* Waynesboro, VA

6-7/2011 Shenandoah Pizza: Solo Exhibit Staunton, VA

4/2011 Beverley Street Studio School Gallery: Art Around a Square with Barbara Phillips Staunton, VA

11/2010-1/2011 Newtown Baking: Solo Exhibit Staunton, VA

10/2010 2010 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival* Norfolk, VA

10/2010 2010 Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Waynesboro, VA

5/2010 Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show 2010 Roanoke, VA

11-12/2009 thinksmall5 International Miniature Invitational Exhibit via artspace & art6 • Richmond, VA (art boxes)

10/2009 2009 Virginia Fall Foliage Festival* Waynesboro, VA

10/2009 2009 Bethesda Row Fine Arts Festival Bethesda, MD

2/2009 Solo Exhibit at Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA (paintings, art boxes & stereoscopic photos)

11/2008 Art on the Asphalt Roanoke, VA

10/2008 2008 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival Norfolk, VA

9/2008 43rd Street Festival of the Arts Richmond, VA

6/2008 Solo Exhibit: Staunton Augusta Art Center Staunton, VA (paintings, art boxes & stereoscopic photos)

4/2008 Solo Exhibit: Mudhouse Charlottesville, VA (stereoscopic photos)

1-2/2008 Solo Exhibit: KRONOS Art Gallery Staunton, VA

10/2007 2007 Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Waynesboro, VA

10/2007 2007 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival Norfolk, VA

9/2007 43rd Street Festival of the Arts Richmond, VA

6/2007 Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show 2007* Roanoke, VA

5/2007 Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival Crozet, VA

5/2007 2007 Stockley Gardens Spring Art Festival Norfolk, VA

4/2007 KRONOS Art Gallery: Grand Opening Staunton, VA (paintings & art boxes)

10/2006 2006 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival Norfolk, VA

10/2006 2006 Virginia Fall Foliage Festival* Waynesboro, VA

5/2006 Staunton Augusta Art Center: Art in the Park* Staunton, VA

8/2005 Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory: CONTAINERS/CONTAINED Alexandria, VA (art boxes)

4/2005 Delila Katzka Fine Art: Paint+Paper+Wood Washington, DC (art boxes)

1/2005 Studio Gallery: Maximum Medium Washington, DC (art boxes)

8/2002 Studio Gallery, Washington DC: Post This!

8/2000, 8/1998, 8/1997 The Art League of Alexandria Annual American Landscape Show Alexandria, VA

4-5/1998 Solo Exhibit: the Washington Home of Stuart Mott The Capitol Hill Art League Washington, DC

11-12/1997 The Arts Council of Fairfax County Juried Show Fairfax, VA

11/1997 Pepper’s Restaurant The Capitol Hill Art League Dupont Circle, DC

6-8/1997 Dupont Italian Kitchens The Art League of Alexandria Dupont Circle, DC

5/1997 The Art League Gallery Juried Show Alexandria, VA

4/1997 The Capitol Hill Art League Juried Show** Washington, DC

awards/recognition

*Best in Show, Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show  • June 2016

*First Place: Oil & Acrylic Painting 40th Annual Virginia Fall Foliage Festival • October 2011

*Best in Show, 2010 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Festival • October 2010

*Best in Show, 2009 Virginia Fall Foliage Festival • October 2009

FINALIST experimental category: 25th Annual Artist’s Magazine Competition · November 2008

*First Place: Mixed Media Painting 2007 Roanoke Sidewalk Art Show    June 2007

*Second Place: Oil & Acrylic Painting 2006 Virginia Fall Foliage Festival   October 2006

*Judges’ Choice Award • Staunton Augusta Art Center‘s 40th Annual Art in the Park   May 2006

The Linda Rosenbaum ScholarshipThe Corcoran Washington: Open Program in Abstract Painting Spring 1998

(2) Best of Exhibition Distinctions, “The Good Earth” Juried ExhibitionThe Capitol Hill Art League April 1997

currently

 the barn swallow charlottesville, va mike lund food / LUNDCH springhill rd, staunton, va zynodoa e. beverley st, staunton, va