Artist of the Month
Leilani Child Wilds is an accomplished multimedia artist. Her work spans multiple creative forms, from printmaking and painting, to ceramics, sea glass jewelry, and photography.
While living in Southern California, Leilani earned a Liberal Arts degree at California State University and then attended Claremont Graduate University, where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Leilani is always on the hunt for new techniques and enjoys the process of making a technique her own through lots of trial and error. Leilani often incorporates flora and fauna in her art, especially in printmaking. Leilani said, "Peace, complexities, color, and the beauty of nature inspire most of my art."
As a true patron of the arts, Leilani has hosted fundraisers for charitable organizations and colleges at her art studio and believes the process of creating art is satisfaction enough to justify the effort.
Leilani's artwork will be on display at the Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank in April.
Jeweler of the Month
Maggie Smith has been making beads and designing jewelry for over 25 years. She got her inspiration for lampworking after visiting Andrea Gurino, an award winning artist, at her Port Townsend art studio. After taking one of Andrea's classes, Maggie was hooked. Maggie then went on to hone her talent by attending art classes at the Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle. Maggie is currently a member of the International Glass Bead Society.
Many of Maggie's art pieces are a collaborative effort with her daughter, Shelby. In addition, Maggie works with other artists to design original beads and glass art. "When I work with glass, unexpected things just happen," Maggie said. When traveling, Maggie often leaves some of her glass beads in rivers and lakes or tucked into unobtrusive places for others to find.
Maggie's latest jewelry collection will be on display at the Port Ludlow Art Gallery in April.
Meet the Artists
You can meet these talented artists at the Port Ludlow Art League's Second Wednesday Reception on April 11th in the lobby of the Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank from 4:00 – 5:00 pm and next door at the Port Ludlow Gallery from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The Bank and Gallery are located at the corner of Oak Bay Road and Osprey Ridge Drive.
Featured artist at the Port Ludlow Bay Club
Heidi Lee is a Pacific Northwest artist who holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in Fine Arts, Psychology, and Religion. Over the past 35 years, Heidi has worked and exhibited out of the Directors Gallery, Art Concepts on Broadway, and multiple community venues. Heidi also participates in artists' cooperatives, juried shows, and philanthropic endeavors.
Heidi's work reflects her passion for diversity and portraying the human condition. Through her work, Heidi hopes to start a conversation about some of the current issues that are facing our society.
Heidi has held multiple solo exhibits; including her sensitive graphite life studies of children, the Colors of a Woman show, her celebrated Madonna Series, and her much publicized Touching the Troubled Mind exhibit. Heidi's graphite work was on display at the Bainbridge Museum as part of their grand opening and remains a part of their permanent collection.
Heidi's pastel portraits will be on display at the Port Ludlow Bay Club in April. The Bay Club is located at 120 Spinnaker Place in Port Ludlow.