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Riverhead Town Hall Gallery

Leslie Safford
August 2 - September 6, 2019

Artist Statement

As a native New Englander who has lived in every Northeast state except Rhode Island, I take great pleasure in seeing and experiencing and painting mountains and valleys, rocky coasts and broad beaches, streams and rivers and marshlands, stormy skies and tranquil sunsets, sometimes populated with animals and people, sometimes pure landscapes. Some of the places I paint in plain air and from photographs; some I recreate from memory and dreams; some are places I visit only in my imagination.

I started drawing when I could first get my hand around a crayon. My Old Faithfuls, those humongous crayons that were flat on one side and round on the other, gave way to the rich splendor of the sixty-four pack of Crayolas (complete with gold and silver crayon and a little crayon sharpener) and I graduated from jam jars filled with water and big brushes and little pots of paint to the sophistication of a thirty-two-color paint tin. My father, who was in radio for many years, started bringing me leftovers from the studio teletype machine, and I drew pictures and made up stories to go with them on as many as six continuous feet of manila paper. As my verbal skills increased, I began creating stories and making up pictures to go with them, and I added music to my list of great joys. I graduated from Vassar College with an AB in music, though I continued to write and illustrate my own novels. I also enjoyed emulating illuminated medieval manuscripts. Eventually, I put art aside as I pursued an editorial career with an avocation in music. Around 2010, however, I took a workshop in Chinese brush painting and so returned to my first love. I’ve been experimenting since with watercolor and acrylic landscapes and waterscapes, watercolor pencil botanical drawings, figure drawing, portrait drawing, and photography.


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The Riverhead Town Hall art exhibits are a collaborative effort on the part of East End Arts and the Township of Riverhead to support local artists and introduce their works to the community. The public is welcome; admission is free.

Always open to the public.

HOURS: Mondays - Fridays, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, on the corner of Howell and East Main Street, Riverhead, NY
PHONE: 631-727-3200

For more information and to purchase artwork, contact East End Arts: 631-727-0900 or


“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

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