10 Feb MOTHER NATURE RECLAIMS WHAT IS HERS IN “FIRE AND FLOOD”: A MIXED-MEDIA SHOW BY LEAH LEWMAN AT ARTISTS’ GALLERY IN ELLICOTT CITY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
Ellicott City artist, Leah Lewman, interprets the constantly changing earth and the toll humans take on our planet in her dynamic show, “Fire and Flood.” The show runs from February 26 – March 24 with a reception at Artists Gallery at Taylor’s Collective on Friday, March 15 from 4-6 PM, with wine and other refreshments.
“Nature seems to be defending itself with geological extremes — fire and water. Nothing has made me more aware of this than the repeated flooding of my own hometown, Ellicott City,” commented Lewman. “In the effort to safely house our growing population, there is now too much concrete in the area and no place for the water to go. This work has been my way of coping with the idea of impending change that may be painful, but necessary. And the change is not only here. Fires in California are erasing even more of the human landscape than the water is in our little town. In these tumultuous times, Earth can be a violent place. I hope to make something beautiful rise out of the ashes and mud.”
Lewman is an artist whose current work focuses on the visual struggles between manmade structures and natural landscapes. She has exhibited her work in spaces across the country, including the 2012 National Juried Exhibition at the Art Institute & Gallery in Salisbury, MD; Landscape at Escape Velocity, a 2015 exhibition at Fine Arts Complex 1101 in Tempe, AZ; and the 2016 Wet Paint MFA Biennial Exhibition at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, IL. Most recently she participated in Pushing Paper at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and The Built Environment at Orr Street Studios in Columbia, Missouri.
Lewman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2013 from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. In May 2017, she received an MFA in 2D Studio Art at the University of Arizo-na, Tucson. She currently teaches as Adjunct Faculty at both Frederick Community College and the University of Maryland, College Park. 000000