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Leslie Erickson is the face behind the Leslie Erickson Art Gallery, nestled on a quiet side street in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. A while back Leslie and I discovered we both have a strong bond with Asia, having spent approximately 18 years living and working there (me in Korea; Leslie in Japan.) After visiting her home gallery and browsing her gallery walls I was eager to introduce my readers to her artwork. Leslie’s artistic journey began with poetry writing at the age of ten, then photography, and, when she moved to Japan, Leslie began studying Japanese calligraphy. She eventually became bored with doing characters and turned her calligraphy into abstract art. Leslie’s artist’s statement is the perfect introduction to her paintings.
Leslie Erickson Art Gallery
The gallery is located in the heart of downtown Annapolis Royal at 29 Victoria Street (off of St. George). Abstract art, handmade cards, handmade paper, handmade poetry books, and jewellery are tastefully displayed.
Leslie Erickson Art Gallery: Gallery 1
You’ll step into a long, airy, bright gallery with Leslie’s abstract artwork dotting the walls on both sides, along with displays of her exquisite handmade photo and art cards.
Take the time to browse through the large selection of Leslie’s handmade cards. Perfect for framing or gifting.
Leslie Erickson Art Gallery: Gallery 2
The second gallery is through the French doors on the right. The first time I walked into this room and saw the five pieces displayed on the far wall I stopped in my tracks. I’ve never seen anything quite like them, and I was totally intrigued. What you’re looking at are straining nets with natural raw lacquer (“Urushi”) on them.
The nets were gifted to Leslie in 2001, and you see them here mounted on her handmade paper, produced from 100% mulberry. I have included Leslie’s story of these works below.
Here are a number of other pieces currently on display in gallery 2. There are also portfolio books of Leslie’s work scattered throughout the galleries. Do take the time to browse through.
Leslie Erickson Art Gallery: Gallery 3
In addition to the abstract art on the walls, you’ll find yourself gazing at an explosion of colour beautifully displayed on the gallery table. The multi-coloured bead jewellery, featuring necklaces, bracelets, and earrings originate from Ghana, where Leslie lives for part of each year.
Since 1998 Leslie’s paintings have been displayed in both solo and juried group exhibitions in Canada and Japan. Her work is held in private collections in Canada, the USA, Japan, Europe, Hong Kong, Bali, Ghana, Australia, and the U.K.
Leslie Erickson Art Gallery: Hours of Operation
When visiting Annapolis Royal don’t miss the opportunity to experience the artwork, the handmade cards, and the unique African bead jewellery at the Leslie Erickson Art Gallery. Between mid-May and mid-October, the gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. On Saturday mornings between mid-May and mid-October, you’ll find Leslie displaying a selection of her handmade cards and African jewellery inside the Masonic Hall building at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders’ Market. You can reach Leslie by phone at 902-532-1359. Browsers are welcome.
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