WESTFIELD - The first guest speaker and demonstrator for the Westfield Art Association’s 91st season will be Leslie Delgyer, a world-renowned artist and environmental conservationist residing in North Plainfield, NJ. Leslie is a graduate of the duCret School of Art, a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation, a member of the Salmagundi
Club, the Pastel Society of America, and a past president of the Society of Animal Artists. Leslie has received many regional as well as national honors and is represented in public, corporate and private collections.
Leslie will present on her fascinating 30-year artistic journey toward conservation of the environment for the preservation of endangered species of the planet. One can imagine that the regular, close engagement of subjects such as boa constrictors, wolves, cheetahs, tigers, and polar bears as models for artworks requires unusual passion, devotion and fortitude on the part of the artist. On occasion, wild animals can become potentially lethal without warning and Leslie has endured her share of the close calls, several of which have been caught on camera.
Commissioned by Prince Philip, in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund to work on their conservation stamp collection, Leslie became the first American artist to work
on a stamp project for Russia after their emergence from Communism. The subject was the Siberian Tiger. In 1987, Leslie painted portraits of then President Ronald Reagan's two dogs, Lucky and Rex. From the White House the paintings now hang in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley,
“An Afternoon withEnvironmental Conservationist and World-Renowned Artist Leslie Delgyer” will be held from 1:00-3:30 on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Community Room, Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. The Community Room is handicapped-accessible and the presentation is open to the
public free of charge. Light refreshment will be served. The WAA is a 501[c]3 non-profit educational organization under IRS Regulations and donations are both welcome and tax-deductible as allowed by law.