Art Guild will host a public event on Saturday | New


Leeza Dukes has been creating since the age of 6.

The New York native sees herself as a bit of a Renaissance woman who enjoys painting, creating mosaic furniture and working with textiles. She attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida as well as the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

“Art is rooted in me,” she says.

She will be one of the twenty artists who will exhibit pieces from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 at Feta Pizza.

Dukes moved to the area around 11 years ago and considers his art to be unique.

“I love to create art featuring people, but I do all types of art,” she said.

In fact, many of his pieces can be seen around Owensboro as murals. She is currently working on a mural at Kendall-Perkins Park and also has murals around Evansville.

On Saturday, it will be selling acrylic and mixed media pieces, as well as hand-dyed silk scarves.

She is happy that the Owensboro Art Guild is presenting the next show for the community. It had been five years since the group had organized an event open to the public where the community could meet local artists and purchase pieces.

Selma Weisenberg, president of the Owensboro Art Guild, said the event will take place rain or shine. Because it takes place in the courtyard behind Feta Pizza, the festivities can move indoors in inclement weather.

About 23 artists will have works on display, and Weisenberg said a wide variety of media will be represented.

“A majority will be painters, but there will also be a basket maker, jewelry makers, a few photographers, collage artists, folk artists and metal sculptures for sale,” she said. “We have a good mix of artists who will be exhibiting.”

The artists’ guild, Weisenberg said, is one of the oldest in Kentucky. It has 60 members, many of whom are new this year.

The town of Owensboro has always had a strong history of artists and individual patrons of the arts, she said.

“We’ve been here for a long time,” she said. “We appreciate all the support we can get for our artists. There are so many in this field, and several that aren’t even members of the arts guild.

Local blues band Beyond Blu will perform throughout the event and kids will have the opportunity to paint on T-shirts and rocks.

The feta will also serve as free garlic knots.

For more information on the event, visit the Owensboro Art Guild Facebook page.

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