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I’m a Northwind Art Showcase 2024 artist in Port Townsend, WA

I want to share the news that I’m now a Northwind Arts Showcase 2024 artist! Read on for details, and a bit about the fantastic Alexander Calder show at the Seattle Art Museum.

Northwind Art Showcase

I’m excited and honored to be included in Northwind Art Showcase 2024. Selections from my Abstract Sketchbook series are available at the Northwind Art Jeanette Best Gallery through May 5.

Northwind Art Jeanette Best Gallery
Open 12-5 PM Thursday – Monday
701 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA

First Saturday Artwalk open until 8 pm

Every first Saturday of the month, including February 3, March 2 and April 6, Port Townsend’s galleries stay open until 8 pm! Come out and meet up with the art lovers in the community and view all the wonderful exhibits. Refreshments served. I’ll be there March 2 and April 6.

Northwind Art’s Showcase 2024 is a program celebrating regional artists working in an array of media — from oil paintings to mosaics to glass and fiber. This year, Showcase features rotating exhibits, emerging makers and returning artists. Visit for more info.

Abstract Sketchbook series

Examples of my work showing at the Northwind Art Showcase, mixed media originals, 6 x 6 in., 11 x 11 in. framed, $250. See them in person at the gallery or on the Northwind Art website.

Calder: In Motion at Seattle Art Museum

It was inspiring to see the epic “Calder: In Motion” The Shirley Family Collection at SAM. It’s up until August 4, 2024. How lucky for us in the PNW that SAM is the recipient of this wonderful collection.

“This is the first comprehensive public display of more than 45 important works–enormous and tiny–representing every decade of Calder’s career from the 1920s through 70s, including iconic mobiles, stabiles, wire sculptures, a constellation, works on paper, and a significant oil painting, as well as lithographs and related ephemera.”


I shared a video on Instagram of Little Yellow Panel it’s “in motion” and mesmerizing.

A still image from video of artwork in motion. A yellow square, with red, black and gray shapes suspended in front.
Little Yellow Panel, ca. 1936, Alexander Calder

2023 Art in the Woods Studio Tour + Fall shows

Fall has arrived! I’m hard at work getting ready for upcoming art shows. The first is our open studio next weekend, we’re part of the the Art in the Woods studio tour. I’ll be showing work from my 2023 Shapemaking project, plus new digital paintings, and mixed media work too. Read on for details.

TLDR: 2023 Fall and holiday shows

  • Art in the Woods (our place is on the tour!)
    Nov. 10-12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Indianola Holiday Art Fair, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Bainbridge Island Winter Studio Tour, Dec. 1-3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
2023 Art in the Woods - Colorful artwork by Tim Celeski and Leslie Newman

You’re invited to our open studio

Tim and I will be showing our art together as part of the North Kitsap peninsula Art in the Woods Studio Tour. It’s a self-guided tour of 21 artists’ studios, with over 60 participating local artists. 

Come on out to Fernwoods, that’s what we call our place in Indianola, Washington. It’s where my husband, Tim Celeski, and I live and work. It’s tucked up in the woods, and yes, it has a lot of ferns! 

Art in the Woods Studio Tour, Nov. 10-12

Fri., Sat., Sun., Nov. 11-13, 2023, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tour website)

What you’ll see at Fernwoods

We set up in my husband’s bright and spacious wood shop. I’ll have my contemporary abstracts displayed and available for purchase, including new work from my 2023 Shapemaking project, new digital paintings, and mixed media drawings. I’ll have my iPad handy and am happy to demo how I use it to create my digital paintings.

Tim will have his contemporary wood sculpture and other surprises on display and available for purchase. Check out his “Maker Workstation“, a modular workbench he designed and wrote about in Popular Woodworking. Maybe see a 3D printing or CNC demo. Check out his Instagram, and

Below are some fun pieces from Tim’s B Flat series.

Finding Fernwoods

From the Seattle side, hop on a ferry. Indianola is about 30 minutes north of the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal and 12 minutes south of the Kingston Terminal. Check the ferry schedule online, because it’s subject to change these days. Our address is 21072 Fern St NE, Indianola.

There will be lots of yellow “Art in the Woods” signs directing you to the studios. You can pick up a map/brochure along the way, view the map online, or download the Map PDF. We’re studio No. 6. So rest assured, if you make it to Indianola, you’ll see lots of signs pointing the way.  

There are two other studios very nearby. Meredith Chernik’s Fern Street Pottery (Studio 5 just down the street from us), and Sydni Sterling Studio (Studio 4).

Also coming up quick…

Indianola Holiday Art Fair, Sat. Nov. 18

9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the IBIC Clubhouse, it’s always lively! Here’s the Google map.

Bainbridge Island Winter Studio Tour, Dec. 1-3

Like last year I’ll be at the Grange. Joining friends Paula Gill and Sydni Sterling. Check the BIST website for the list of artists and the tour map.

Enjoy the change of season, and we hope to see you at Fernwoods for Art in the Woods Studio Tour

Award winner at 2023 Edmonds Art Festival Gallery Artists show

I was delighted to receive two awards at the 2023 Edmonds Arts Festival Gallery Artists’ reception and awards ceremony. Photography/Digital Art Juror Amanda Ringstad awarded “Landing Party” 1st Place in Digital Art and “A Gift” 3rd Place.

Artist, Leslie K Newman standing to two artworks at an art exhibit
Top: A Gift, 24 x 24 in., limited edition of 5, 3rd Place in Digital Art
Bottom: Landing Party, 24 x 24 in., limited edition of 5, 1st Place in Digital Art
Photo by Janice French

Also juried into the show are two other pieces…

Plexi print abstract artwork
Carol, 18 x 18 in. Plexiprint
Vivid, almost fluorescently colored abstract art with bold expressive marks
Breakout digital painting (framed size 22 x 17 in.)
Limited edition of 20

2023 Edmonds Arts Festival

Father’s Day Weekend • June 16-18, 2023
10-7 FRI & SAT 10-5 SUN
700 Main Street, Edmonds, WA
Festival website

The Gallery Artists exhibit is inside the Francis Anderson Center located just west of the outdoor exhibitor booths.

Big thanks

Thanks to gallery art jurors, the many volunteers, and sponsors who make the Edmonds Arts Festival happen. It seems an arduous task, and it’s been held for over 60 years! The event is a fundraiser for the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, which is committed to promoting education and enriching the community through the arts. They foster artistic growth and cultural engagement by supporting scholarships, offering grants, and creating exhibition opportunities. Edmonds, WA, is a charming town with unique attractions like the ferry terminal to Kingston/North Kitsap and a scuba diving park! The downtown area is Washington’s first Certified Creative District. So kudos to all those working to make Edmonds a vibrant, art-friendly community. I’m lucky it’s just a short drive and ferry ride from where I live, Indianola.

100 Days of Shapemaking 2023 

My 2023 100 Day Art Project kicked off on February 22 and is quickly coming to an end on June 2. This is my fifth time doing the 100 Day Project and my fourth “Shapemaking” challenge. Every day for 100 consecutive days, I create an abstract hard-edge, flat color composition and post it on Instagram (and Facebook). I have ten days to go!

Always abstract

I’m exploring how seemingly simple shapes can be created and combined to make something new and unique. I’m playing with space and form, sculpting in two dimensions. And, of course, there is the element of COLOR. I’m like a kid in a candy store, yum! 

Ten more to go!

Shown are days 78-89. You can see the whole series on Instagram or my art Facebook page. I appreciate the support from the IG/FB Community, even though the algorithm favors ads, suggested accounts, and reels these days. But hey, I’ve stuck with it.

Why, oh why? – It’s about time

Why would I do this to myself? Well, I was itching to make more of my hard-edge shape-based artworks, or as I like to call them, “Shapemaking.” I know Shapemaking is a verb, but for me, that’s what Art is — action, creation, and doing. I work until I come to a place of completion and satisfaction, OR I run out of time. That’s where the 100 Day project comes in — it’s about time. Every day it requires action and completion. I must work it out (as much as the day allows). I can’t get stuck on one piece. Instead, I move forward, knowing tomorrow is another chance to find pure satisfaction. So, out of the 100, I’ll have mined some gems. It’s time well spent.

Shapemaking 2023 – No. 37
Shapemaking 2023 – No. 13
Shapemaking 2023 – No. 73
Shapemaking 2023 – No. 20

New prints coming soon

I’ll add selections from the 2023 series to my limited-edition print offerings.I have some favorites. Let me know if you do as well. View them on Instagram.

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Shapemaking 2023 – No. 45
Shapemaking 2023 – No. 46

UPDATE: Prints are now available, Shop the 2023 100 Days of Shapemaking project

A 2023 CVG Show award for In Port

I was surprised and pleased to learn my digital painting “In Port” won an Honorable Mention award at the 2023 CVG Show. Thank you to Juror Carla O’Conner. She did a wonderful job, It’s a diverse and interesting exhibit, full of gems. See all the award winners.

The 2023 CVG Show – January 14 – February 24 at Collective Visions Gallery
331 Pacific Ave, Downtown Bremerton,
Open Wed–Thurs 11am-4pm, Fri-Sat: 11am–6pm
See the CVG Show art, artists, and event schedule.

Photo by friend and fellow CVG artist Sandy Haight
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