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Kling Gallery Features Karen Leffel-Massengill As Guest Artist For November. Free Opening Reception Friday, November 5th Coincides With Creek Walk. Exhibit Runs Through November 27

The Kling Gallery Wine & Décor in downtown Stuart, FL welcomes November’s Featured Guest Artist, Karen Leffel-Massengill. Not only do Karen’s oils and watercolors regularly receive national and international attention, but she also is a hugely popular teacher at the Artist’s Nook in Stuart!  The public is invited to a Free Opening Reception on Friday, November 5.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, the wine boutique, and the gallery! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  This takes place during the Creek Walk, so you will be sure to enjoy the art vibe!

 

 

723 S Colorado Ave.    Stuart, FL  34994

772-678-6949

 

 

 

Original Paintings

Napa- Style Tasting Room

Custom Furniture 

Home Decor

 

 

 

FEATURING:     KAREN   LEFFEL-MASSENGILL

 

 

OPENING    RECEPTION:

 

Friday, November 5

5:30  – 7:30  PM  

 

 

Exhibition runs November 2 – November 27

 

 Gallery Hours:

  Open:  Tuesday – Saturday    10 am – 5 pm

(Closed on Sundays and Monday)

 

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTIST:

 

 

Karen Leffel-Massengill

 

 

 

Karen has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and has been working as a Professional Artist for decades. She has been the cover artist for “Watercolor Magic” magazine and has been juried into National Exhibitions, notably “Birds in Art” and Arts for the Parks. She also enjoys signature status with the Florida Watercolor Society and the Society of Animal Artists. Karen has won many awards for her work in Art Festivals around the country, Plein Air Magazine, Elliott Museum, and Backus Gallery. She has received accolades, not only for her oils and watercolors, but also is a hugely popular teacher at the Artist’s Nook in Stuart!

 

 

 

 

“Double Vision” by Karen Leffel-Massengill

 

 

Karen tells The Rickie Report, “Sometimes I shout with color, sometimes it’s a whisper”.  She knew at a very early age that she wanted to be an artist. Pencils and crayons were constant companions as a child as her family moved literally around the world. France, Germany, Turkey and Thailand were just a few of the many places where she grew up and drew creative inspiration.  She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was sidetracked from her passion to work as an artist by marriage and raising three sons. As it often does, life lead her down a different path and she earned her associate’s degree in nursing in 1981.

 

 


“Moment in Time” by Karen Leffel-Massengill

 

 

It wasn’t until her new husband’s sudden death in 1995 that she began to pursue her original childhood dreams of becoming a professional artist. She dove into the deep end of painting as a means of dealing with his death. The tragedy of his death was transformed into a positive step toward her career as a painter. Taking workshops from world class artists such as Carl Dalio, Janet Rodgers, Jim Kosvanec, and many others, she grew and learned rapidly in her endeavors as an artist. She was the cover artist for the “Watercolor Magic”magazine for its summer issue in 1998. In 2000, she was accepted into the acclaimed international competition, Birds in Art, and in three subsequent years as well, in both watercolor and oil mediums. She was accepted into the nationally ranked competition known as Arts for the Parks in 1998 with watercolor entries in both the top 100 and top 200 of this competition. She enjoys signature status with the Florida Watercolor Society and the Society of Animal Artists.

 

 

 

 

“Early Morning Light”  by Karen Leffel-Massengill

 

 

Leffel-Massengill has enjoyed immense success on the art show circuit, being accepted into many of the top art shows in the nation to include Coconut Grove, Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor South University Art Fair, Winter Park Sidewalk Festival and ArtiGras. She has won numerous awards at these shows and has been selected as the poster artist for five different shows. In 2018, Leffel-Massengill was awarded second place in the All Florida Show “Sweet” shown at the Elliott Museum in Stuart Florida, first place at the annual Backus Gallery competition for her piece titled “Double Vision” and as a national winner in the national competition sponsored by Plein Air Magazine in the the bi-monthly “animal” category with her painting titled “Female Cow Bird.”

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event or other services:

 

Kling  Gallery Wine  &  Décor

723 Colorado Plaza   Stuart, FL34994

772-678-6949

www.klinggallerystuart.com

Colorado Plaza on the corner of Colorado and Kindred

 

 

 

 

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