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Art Show by Leigh Bennett

January 1 @ 8:30 am - April 3 @ 5:00 pm

Join us to experience Artist Leigh Bennett’s exhibit!

Bennett’s work will be on display at Western Reserve Land Conservancy January 24 through April 3, 2018. The Land Conservancy’s Conservation Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 5 PM.

A reception with Bennett’s work took place on January 30 at 5:30 PM.


From the Artist

I love creating and teaching art that resonates with the soul.

I would say my passion for art is rooted in my childhood and my professional career. As a child growing up in South Africa, flowers were everywhere, especially in our backyards. My parents always assigned me to do the floral arrangements for their dinner parties. To this day, I still love flower arranging and working in my garden. Now I have added the painting element to my arrangements. My paintings are all very spontaneous, heavy with paint and free-flowing. I love doing these as they are also rather experimental and I never quite know how one will turn out.

As for my professional career, I was a ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer. I worked hard at my craft and was fortunate to be a part of three world-renowned ballet companies, including The Royal Ballet in England, The Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, and The National Ballet of Canada and its feeder school. As I reflect on my past, I can see the similarities. I was arranging choreography, music, and costumes to create a complete ballet performance, and today I use paint, color, beads, plastic bottles and other found objects to make my art.

My artistic journey has had many phases. I started out by making paper maché jewelry that once painted, looked like agate, jasper, tigers eye and other semi-precious stones. I then went to a wonderful workshop in Tuscon, Arizona and got bitten by the bead bug and years later I opened a store where I carried millions of beads, pearls, crystal and precious stones. My favorite times were doing commission pieces for brides and their extended party. I would sometimes have to include the mother’s and grandmother’s pieces of jewelry into a headdress or necklace; giving me a real glimpse into the bride’s history and bringing it into current times. Once again, my love of flowers would prevail.

Today, my newest sculptures are made from recycled plastics. According to recent researching, there are over 38 billion water bottles each year that are not recycled, which is a significant problem for our environment. I try to do my little part by taking water bottles, food containers, and clam shells and turning them into one of a kind piece of art. Each piece takes many stages to complete, are lightweight and filled with lots of color and movement.

I would have to say that my work is both spontaneous and experimental with lots of color and lots of movement. I guess I still have “dancing in my blood and combinations in my head.”

PLEASE NOTE: You may be photographed or recorded by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy during this event. Your image or words may be used in materials prepared by or for the Land Conservancy, including marketing related-materials.


January 1 @ 8:30 am
April 3 @ 5:00 pm
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Catlin Layton


Western Reserve Land Conservancy Conservation Center
3850 Chagrin River Road
Moreland Hills, OH 44022 United States
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