Exhibit: Love Letters Premier

THE LOVE LETTERS SERIES PREMIER EXHIBITION was held in Fort Collins in the fall of 2016. All 48 paintings in the series plus 20 special edition mini paintings were on exhibit, including those works that had previously sold. It was the first time the entire series was shown, and likely the last time they will show together.

Lebesch hosted a public reception, a private reception for sponsors and collectors, and an artist's talk. In addition, Lebesch set up a station for attendees to contribute to a community painting, which she completed after the show. A series catalog  is available.

The Love Letter Series is an immensely intimate body of work, with each painting focused on healing a personal wound through a mindful, transformative process. I developed a ritual that asks for a unique hurt to be healed, similar to hanging prayer flags, placing milagros on a shrine, or lighting a church candle — all of them put positive intentions into motion that facilitate shifts to happen.

I created each piece using layers of paint, wood cuts, and ripped veneer “shards” carefully repositioned. The series began with a painting that pushed me to the wall. For a long time I could not resolve it. Then, in a fit of emotional outburst, I let ‘er rip, quite literally, and in the process pulled up pieces of veneer. I eagerly tore them off, expressing my rage with each shred. Afterwards I realized the value of the “shards” that littered every inch of my studio floor. These precious bits were like muffled emotions finally bursting their way out.

Carnegie Creative Center, Fort Collins, 2016
Their intense energy released, the painted shards became more like poetry that is born out of the heart, so I gathered them up and lovingly attached them again. That was the start of a breathtaking journey transmuting my sludge-filled heartaches into works of beauty and brightness. They came straight from my heart, their titles reflecting my resolved, renewed energy.

Many thanks to those generous businesses and individuals who purchased artist sponsorships and donated time or services. Your support makes these exhibitions possible:

Toolbox Creative
The Women's Clinic of Northern Colorado
The Green Team Real Estate
Jeff Anderson
Zia Zybko and Jeff Lebesch
Elisabeth Aron and Bruce Berkowitz
Marilyn and Rob Carney
... and a few anonymous "appreciative" sponsors.

Show Committee Members

Amy Hahn
Dawn Putney
Mindy Heddens
Laurie Beth Zuckerman

View the series here.