Opening Reception: Diane Leifheit's “Beyond the Park”

Friday, Aug 3, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


The Strand Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the painter, Diane Leifheit, as the featured artist in their Gallery Cooperative for the month of August. This forthcoming exhibit, will take place in The Strand Center Community Gallery on Friday, August 3, and a free reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 PM that night.

The Gallery Cooperative is a collection of artists, each expert at their chosen medium. This means that as well as the featured artist, Diane Leifheit, painters Judy Guglielmo, Marilyn Kretser, Lorrie Mandigo, Sandy Fox, Amy Guglielmo, Donna Austin, and Carol Hochreiter will be present. In addition, these artists will be joined by photographers Denise Duprey, and Ron Nolland.

Diane Leifheit grew up in Westchester county near a city reservoir surrounded by woodland just a little tamer than the Adirondacks. The woods and the lake were where she spent her time growing up, always drawing, reading, seeing. Leifheit received her arts education in Connecticut, in Los Angeles and in New York. There was a ten year hiatus from making art while she worked outside the home, after which she returned to school at Pratt Manhattan where she earned a degree in illustration. By the time she became a member of the Adirondack Artists’ Guild in 2002, she had completed several environmental design projects, illustration work and other design work.

Diane Leifheit is known for painting in pastel plein air in the Adirondacks. The works presented in “Beyond the Park” represent warmer countries where she visits during the less than exciting Mud Season of the Adirondacks. From the Oz-like colors of the landscapes to the people and their way of life, her eye captures the feel of heat closer to the Equator. Leifheit's work begins in the studio with thumbnail studies from collected images from her travels. The color is applied in layers on rough-sanded pastel paper, then given a wash with alcohol to blend the under color. Then the final image begins to emerge. She finds that the palette of the Adirondacks is set aside almost totally and the bright wild colors in the pastel box get their time in creating these warm memories. "I love when these works are viewed together. I feel warmer even if I am in the bitter chill of January," says Leifheit. 

The work created by Diane Leifheit has been collected both regionally and internationally. It has been shown in national juried exhibitions and has been published by North Light Books and Kennedy Publishing and most recently in an anthology of Adirondack writers and artists, “North Country Reflections,” edited by Neal Burdick and Maurice Kenny, published by History Press. Her work can be seen at

This unique exhibit will be on view in The Strand Center Community Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from August 3 to August 31, 2018. The exhibition opening is Friday, August 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts, or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts, please call 518-563-1604 or visit