For Immediate Release
Sept. 4, 2009

David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516



Leslie Heen

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Leslie Heen’s Kristina of Norway

Leslie Heen Paintings Scheduled for Lockhart Gallery; Local Businesses Supporting Annual Gala Sept. 12

GENESEO, N.Y. -- The paintings of Livingston County contemporary artist Leslie Heen will be featured during a five-week exhibition Sept. 14 – Oct. 9 at the State University of New York at Geneseo’s Lockhart Gallery, 26 Main St. 

Preceding the opening of the exhibition will be the Geneseo Friends of Fine Art’s 8th annual Lockhart Gala Sept. 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the gallery, which Heen will attend. Tickets for the gala are $35 and are available by calling 585-245-5814.  Proceeds from the event will support Lockhart Gallery programs and exhibitions.

The gala sponsor is Good Spirits, owned by Barbara A. Brown.  Other area businesses also will be donating food and beverages for the event including Miceli’s Main Street Deli; The Yard of Ale; The Big Tree Inn; The River Hotel; The Beachcomber; The National Hotel; The Livonia Inn; Edible Arrangements; and The Conesus Inn.

Co-chairing the gala committee from the Friends of Fine Art organization are Patty Fennell and Elaine Bucci.  Also serving on the committee are Friends of Fine Art members Terry Book, Betsy Hoefen, Renee Kleinhans, Sharon Presutti and Liz Porter.  Porter chairs the organization.

Heen studied fine and commercial art at Syracuse University.  As a professional illustrator, she worked nationally in New York, Rochester, Boston and Los Angeles.  Her illustrations were included in the Italian magazine Arriana as well as Elle (Paris) and California Stylist.  She has exhibited at numerous venues including the Lucy Burne Gallery, the Mount Morris Dam Visitor’s Center, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, The Rochester Arts and Cultural Council Art Gallery, SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library Gallery and the Century Club in Rochester.

“We’re delighted to have this accomplished artist featured in the Lockhart Gallery and look forward to a wonderful gala,” said Cynthia Hawkins, director of galleries at SUNY Geneseo.  “The exhibit will include her human figure and portraiture work, which employs a dramatic use of color.”

 The exhibition is free and open to the public. Lockhart Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.