I just received the acceptance email from the American Academy of Equine Art for 2 of my graphite drawings.
"Old Order Amish" and "Wind Power". I am looking forward to exhibit, wishing I could be in Lexington/Georgetown in the fall.
American Academy of Equine Art 2016 FALL OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION American Academy of Equine Art, Inc. In Partnership with Scott County Arts and Cultural Center 117 North Water Street - Georgetown, KY September 16 - October 31, 2016
Leslie Zantow, Finalist in the Fairtastic Wisconsin State Fair Poster Competition for 2016;
Now that the winning poster for the Wisconsin State Fair has been revealed, I am taking the opportunity to post my entry in the poster competition. I was one of 4 finalists. Rozan Henning won the competition with her design. The theme this year was "Animals at the Fair". I had a great deal of fun designing the poster. I was thinking of a child's view of the animals. My personal theme was the animals coming to the fair. The chickens on the road and the pig sitting below the Wisconsin State Fair entry way. Flying pigs and marching horses and cows. It was a lot of fun.
Two new works. "Calling the Oneota Home" Oil on Board. 18" by 24". There is a strong story that goes with this image. The land I lived on for 27 years was full of Native Spirit. A thousand years before the Oneota lived on this land. Its a personal story as I honor their life on that land so many years before.
"Totem, Whistle Call" Oil on Board, 12" by 24". Wolf,Bear,Deer and Spider, each calling their own name to the sound of the sacred whistle.
A little late posting about my entry into the American Academy of Equine Art's Fall Showcase from September, 2015. Last fall 2 of my graphite works were juried into this show and sold on opening night "Salute" and "Turning the Wheel" both 9" by 12" graphite on Strathmore Rag Paper. Images below. I needed to reformat my computer yesterday and in process do not have easy access to my images. Tomorrow is another day and I can put them up assp. Currently fighting with Facebook. I've been locked out for days. Crazy computer angst. I wasn't even hacked, just reformatted and lost my sign in info. On the pretty good news front, I am one of 4 finalists for the Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Competition. A good deal of time has been spent working on my design and presenting drafts. Today was the final jury and I was told it was a tight jury between my piece and the winning artist's piece. Darn........ So close... My piece will be on display at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds the first 2 weeks in August. It was a fun project, though taxing. I made it very detailed and went though a lot of brushes. Not sure if I can post the image yet, so I won't. Also last summer I was again juried into the New Visions Gallery, Culture and Agriculture exhibit in Marshfield Wi. That's 6 in a row. I'm hoping to get another piece done for this year's upcoming exhibit
Animals and art have always been a passion in Leslie’s life. Early in life, Leslie discovered her love of animals and her need to put them to paper. Her love of line and composition are easily evident in her work. Her paintings become stories inspired by her experience observing nature, both domestic and wild.
Leslie has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions. Juried exhibits include, "Culture and Agriculture” in 2008, 2009, 2010,2012,2014 and 2015 at New Visions Gallery in Marshfield, WI,“Nightwalker 98” at the Fort Collins Museum in Fort Collins, Co., “The Horse Show” at The Art Gallery in Hotchkiss, Co. and at the Barrington Arts Council exhibit “Horses in Art” in Barrington, Ill, the American Academy of Equine Art Fall Showcase at the Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Ky 2000.2001,2002,2004 and 2015 , the Wisconsin State Capital, the Alexander House in Port Edwards, WI, the Winona Arts Center in Winona, MN., The Pumphouse in LaCrosse and the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Leslie was recently selected as one of 4 finalists in the Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Competition