The Westport Book Shop is pleased to welcome artist Leonor Dao Turut as its guest exhibitor for November, in the Book Shop’s Drew Friedman Art Place. Leonor is a painter, sculptor and illustrator. At the Book Shop, she is exhibiting a series of six illustrations, made with acrylics on Bristol board, that she started during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic; the last was finished near the middle of this year.
In each piece, Leonor tried to capture emotions and moods that she was experiencing during those trying times. Leonor's father had recommended to her and her sisters and mother that they keep diaries during the long months of separation and incertitude. "I tried, but I found that my writing was focusing on the negative, so I decided to paint, because I found a glimmer of humor and softness in the images, and it helped me release some of the tension," said Leonor.
Drawing inspiration from her native Venezuela, Leonor’s work is often imbued with strong colors and imaginative motifs. Symbolism plays a big role in her creations, and attaining deep details is very important to her.
Leonor is a member of The Artists Collective of Westport, and is an art instructor for both CLASP Homes and for Star, Inc. Lighting the Way. She has been part of the Westport community for 15 years, and says she loves her town.
You can see the exhibit at the Westport Book Shop, located at 23 Jesup Road, right across Jesup Green from the Westport Library. The art exhibit is open to the public during the Book Shop’s regular business hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 6pm, and Sundays from Noon to 5pm (closed Mondays), and will be on display through November 30, 2021.
The Book Shop’s “Drew Friedman Art Place” is an area of the store dedicated to exhibiting the work of community artists year-round, on a rotating basis. Miggs Burroughs, a Trustee of the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, and a founding member of The Artists Collective of Westport, is curating these exhibits, which change monthly.