Our June Villager of the month is not only an artist, but a mom, philanthropist and all around amazing person. Meet Leslie Weissman, co-founder of the Northern Westchester Artists Guild. The connection between artist and café may be hard to make, but once you walk through our doors you will quickly understand. Leslie is the woman behind the beautiful watercolor and acrylic artwork currently hanging up throughout the Station. The pieces are part of a larger collection which pay homage to the late architectural critic urban planner and historian, Lewis Mumford.
CS: What does being creative mean to you?
LW: I capture what I think and what I see in imagery. I always need my hands and fingers to be busy. Being creative is not only an outlet for me but engaging in a creative activity helps me think and continue to evolve my art practice…I am always drawing, sketching, taking pictures and often they turn into larger projects.
I get inspired in by ephemera and colors…I love paper and trinkets, books and journals…they all seems to provide me with inspiration!
CS: Where do you find inspiration?
LW: My surroundings; the look and feel of what I encounter and the people and structures who populate my daily travels.
CS: Is there a creative medium you have not yet pursued but would like to?
LW: I would like to work with glass and ceramics and make very large scale installations based on my monotypes of planned suburban developments.
CS: As founder of the Northern Westchester Artists Guild, why do you believe it is important to support art in local communities?
LW: Having co-founded NWAG with Peg Sacker close to 2 years ago I am thrilled that we are supporting artist and bringing art to our community. Art helps bring people together and create dialogue…it is not necessarily about the aesthetic of the final product but the conceptual process behind its creation. Art is a visual history of our time, whether it’s a pictorial recording of a landscape or still life or an abstract conceptual work meant to articulate social and political concerns, art is a shared language and thus something we can use as a means to facilitate communications and conversations with our neighbors.
CS: Who is your favorite artist? Why?
LW: Jackson Pollack…he found his voice in a unique way and was able to record the sentiment of a time that has had a lasting impression and historical importance.