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November 18, 2012

Under Pressure: Artist creates bold wildlife prints

VALDOSTA — Artist Leslie Peebles blends the elements of graphic illustration with fine art in her dynamic “Wildlife Under Pressure” exhibit showing at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.

The Alachua, Fla., artist creates indelible imagery from North Florida in the media of hand-painted relief prints and oil paintings. While her oils are moving, it is her series of prints that captivate through rhythmic line work and bold colors.

Though a New Jersey native, Peebles seems to have an innate eye for capturing the North Florida terrain and its population of pelicans, cranes, tortoises and gators. Her family moved to North Florida in 1971 when she was about 12 years old.  

 “North Florida has been my home for most of my life and my images depict the land, trees, wildlife and people of the area,” Peebles says in an artistic statement. “I believe there are many layers to the perception of reality. My art reveals deeper layers; it reveals soulful, spiritual or mythical dimensions of places and beings. I want others to see the ethereal and Eden-like beauty of the world around us as I see it.”

In creating her print images, Peebles first draws what she sees. She transfers these drawings to blocks of linoleum and wood. She carves the images into the wood or linoleum. “I print their surfaces onto hand-made paper using a century old Charles Brand Etching Press and then watercolor directly into the prints.”

Peebles seeks the relationships between landscapes, lifeforms and the elements and how they affect one another.

“Gnarled forms reveal a triumphant history of struggle against the elements,” Peebles says. “Communities of individuals coexist in harmony and support each other’s survival. I want to inspire people to identify with and cherish life through meaningful imagery.”

Gallery:

“Water Under Pressure,” the hand-painted prints of artist Leslie Peebles, appears along with artist Jeffrey Smart Baisden’s “Drawing Close”; “Barrier Islands: Creations of Tide and Time” featuring artists Mary Jane Volkmann, Brenda Hofreiter, and Nancy Moskovitz; the East African Art exhibit, the fine European porcelain exhibit, and the return of the annual snow village exhibit.

Where: Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St.

Run dates: The shows run through Jan. 9, 2013.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed, Sundays and Mondays (with exception of opening reception dates).

Admission: Free.

More information: Call (229) 247-2787; or visit www.turnercenter.org

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