Leslie Parsons...Enamel and Polymer, copper, wood and paper jewelry and monoprints on paper
Leslie Parsons has been a working artist for over 40 years. In the early '90's she became a pioneer in the field of digital collage on computer, exhibiting and selling throughout Michigan and the Midwest. The computer collages led to artists' books and acrylic collage, not to mention a sincere love of backgrounds. She says, “I am continually trying new ways to approach the same concept, that of a unique background integrated with personal imagery.”
Her work has taken her into the field of contemporary printmaking with non-toxic inks making monotypes, unique, printed, non-repeatable backgrounds, then adding repeatable intaglio prints, digital overprints, flexible plate overprints, and digitally manipulated transfer images for a subtle, integrated focal point to the art.
And most recently, she has been exploring the making of jewelry using her monoprints as well enamel, copper, polymer, and paper on wood.
Selected Shows and Awards Archives File of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C 2015 Southwestern Invitational Art Show traveling to 7 locations in the state of Arizona including The Phoenix Airport Museum Herberger Theater Gallery, Show and Tell and Nocturnal Show, Phoenix, Arizona Herberger Gallery, University Club, Poetry of the Arizona Landscape, Phoenix, Arizona Van Gogh's Ear Gallery, 4 Person Invitational Show, Prescott, Arizona The Line, Prescott College Sam Hill Gallery, Prescott, AZ, National Juried Print Show Southern Graphics Council International Exhibition-Equilibrium Shemer Art Center and Muesum, Invitational Show, Phoenix, Arizona Tubac Center for the Arts, Arizona Aqueous XXVII. Tubac, Arizona Raven Gallery, Beyond Printmaking, Printmaking Invitational, Prescott, Arizona University Gallery, Saginaw Valley State University, Five Person Invitational Show Northwood Gallery, Invitational Show in Digital Design Midland Artists Guild Annual Show, First Place, 2-D, digital design Midland Center for the Arts Gallery Show, Second Place, 2-D, Digital Design Delta College Gallery Show, First Place, 2-D, Digital Design Yavapai College Gallery, Juried Exhibition, First Place-Digital Printing Prescott Fine Arts, 12 x 12 Show, 1st Place and Poster Selection Prescott Fine Arts, Wit and Wisdom, Best of Show Yavapai College Gallery, Third place, printmaking Prescott Fine Arts Association, Ex Libris, First place, 2-D Prescott Fine Arts Association, On Beyond Dali, First Place Yavapai College Gallery Exhibition, First Place, Printmaking Women’s Work-23rd Annual Fine Arts Show, Woodstock, IN Prescott Fine Arts Association, Wit and Wisdom, Best of Show Yavapai Gallery, Juried Exhibition, 2nd and 3rd place, printmaking McPhearson College, McPhearson, Kansas, Aesthetics ‘91, 1st place, 3D Exhibition 49, Cedar City, Utah, National Juried Exhibition Saginaw Art Museum All Area Show, 1st place Saginaw Museum All Area Show, Saginaw, MI, Honorable Mention Birmingham, MI, Our Town Show, Purchase Award Midland Artists Guild Annual Show, First Place, 2-D, Digital Design Midland Center for the Arts Gallery Show,Second Place,2-D,Digital Design Great Lakes Regional Art Exhibit, Midland Center for the Arts, Purchase Award Saginaw Valley State University, Arbury Gallery, Saginaw, MI, 3 person show Griswald Center Gallery, Northwood University, Midland, MI, 2nd Place Saginaw Township Hall, Saginaw, MI, 1991 one person show Saginaw State of the Arts Exhibition, 1991, Honorable Mention Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition, 1997, TCI Special Merit Award Saginaw Township Hall, 1997 one person show Women's Work, Bay City, MI, 1st Place Studio 23, Bay City, MI, two person show Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center, Healing Arts Gallery, one person show
Corporate and Private Collections Sam Fox School of Design, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri Mayor Tackeuchi, Handa Chi, Japan Mayor Niwase, Takonome, Japan First State Bank of Saginaw Northwood University’s Permanent Collection Yavapai College Permanent Collection Delta College Permanent Collection
Selected Publications Threshold Creative Arts Publication, 2011 and cover 2012 and 2013 Summerset Gallery Editions, 2004 and 2005
Related Activities Past President, Arizona Print Group Past President, Parsons and Maxson Advertising , Inc, a collateral advertising agency for Business to Business Communications Gallery Director, Northwood Gallery, Midland, MI Evaluator, Alden B. Dow Creativity Fellowships Judge, National Agri-Marketers Association, visual print Judge, American Advertising Federation, visual print Judge, Arizona Print Group Adjunct Professor, Graphic Arts, Northwood University & Central Michigan University National Teacher, Digital Arts, OR, AZ, VA, CA, NV, MI, OH
Galleries Van Gogh's Ear, Prescott, Arizona Shemer Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona Northwood University Gallery, Midland, Michigan