Blue hole by Leslie Santapaul

This month the MOarts Gallery is proud to exhibit the work of Leslie Santapaul.

Santapaul’s work is filled with curves and organic forms.  She also paints without creating a preliminary drawing. “I put colors down and start to move them around. Something always appears to give me an idea of where to go next.” Painted with acrylics on synthetic “Yupo” paper, Santapaul’s finished paintings are abstract. She started as a watercolor artist and found the experimental elements of different methods and materials brought a new dimension to her art. The bright movement of acrylics spreading across the extremely smooth non-porus paper appealed to her. “Most of my work comes straight out of my imagination,” says Santapaul. She admits that some of the animals and faces that people see in her work may be the work of her subconscious. Winner of first place in 2014 for acrylics and second place in 2016 for mixed media in the Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) annual shows and awarded Best in Show in the 2016 Bald Knob Artist competition in Franklin County, she has consistently collected other honors across the region. Most recently, in the November 2017 SMAC show she took first place for her painting “The Great Beyond” and she also won a third place in the same show. Ms. Santapaul teaches art classes in Abstracts on Yupo paper.  Her next class will be at the Bower Center in Bedford on Nov. 18th. Call 540-586-4235 to register for her class or register online at:

The MOarts Gallery is located in the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library at 13641 Moneta Rd., Moneta, VA 24121 and is part of the Bedford Public Library System. Call (540) 425-7004 for hours and directions.

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