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 Common Threads Member Artists

Asia Popinska:  

Ms. Popinska will be on exhibit in the month of September at Trenton Social. Trenton Social is located at 449 South Broad St. Trenton, NJ. 

Asia /asha/ Popinska is a native of Poland and a trained physiotherapist who moved to the United States in 1996. She practices Buddhist philosophy, through which a deep sense of altruism and sensitivity is reflected in her work.

As a self-taught photographer, she relies on intuition and instinct to capture those fleeting moments to tell stories through her lens. The photographs express her whimsical perception of nature and all the little things people can miss if they don't look close enough.

"I think I was a photographer even before I got my first camera. I've always seen the world in pictures, colors, patterns and movement; in both light and darkness. I see beauty in the unique and imperfect. Many people comment on my photos as being evocative. It's the biggest complement I can get, since I express my desires, feelings, passions and sorrows though my images. The richness of our visual world is immensurable. Photography is a language that has no limits, no rules and needs no emotional translation. I hope to awaken the world within, and to appreciate the gifts we've been given to really experience the true magic of the world."

Lee Leonard

Ms.Leonard is on exhibit at Hopewell Valley Vineyards during the Month of September.  Hopewell Valley Vineyards in located on 46 Yard Rd. in Pennington, NJ. 

Abstract / Visual Artist born and raised in New York. Lees love of art began as a child ; influenced by her Aunt who is also an artist. Lee would Lay on her Aunts living room floor in Greenwich Village and play with glow in the dark markers and news print for hours. Her love and connection to art flourished into her adulthood .

You can see in her paintings she's an emotional painter and she loves texture. In her paintings she may use cardboard, rubber bands ,string; whatever she can use to bring texture into her paintings, Lee is all over it.

When she was asked what her paintings mean to her , she stated, ” It’s a feeling, an emotion that comes from inside that evolves onto a canvas. Each piece means something to me.. I don’t go into it with any preconceived ideas. Each piece is An event that was personal in my life. I try not to let anyone know in hopes that the viewer can interpret what it evokes in themselves.”