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  • Exhibition of Paintings and Photographs by Leslie Ross Stephens Opening Wine & cheese reception March 10, 3-5 PM. Exhibit continues through May 4th. Please call 609 924 0580 for viewing availability after opening date. About the artist: Leslie Ross Stephens operates under the principal that if you haven't managed to grow up by age 60, you don't have to... She is a fourth generation woman artist, brought up in total thrall of the creative processes of her mother, Jean Ross, star student of famous Princeton alumnus, Arthur Maynard. Jean became a beloved instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute & then a founder of the Somerset Art Association. Leslie's witnessing of the work & her participation in countless studio & plein air sessions formed in her a deep & lasting commitment to visual expression. She is the fortunate beneficiary of both nature & nurture in full interplay. Ms. Stephens has lived all of her adult life in Hunterdon County & walks with her Great Pyrenees along the Delaware River & its adjacent canal, taking photographs constantly. Says Ms. Stephens: "Despite significant change there remains along the riverbanks a timeless essence that so vividly recalls the masters of the New Hope Impressionist School: Redfield, Garber, Lathrop, & the rest of that illustrious group. I sense that the creative spirits of those who came before me are still very much alive here, taking familiar pleasure in the artistic strivings of their earnest & inspired successors." She has exhibited extensively & garnered many top awards, especially at the prestigious Phillips Mill Exhibition, New Hope, PA. Ms. Stephens favorite quote comes from William Langson Lathrop, the heart and soul of the New Hope School: "To move, or to be moved is to live...The finest art, like all else finest in life, is founded on Love. The presence or absence, and the amount and quantity of the love embodied in any work of art are a sure guide to its value and permanence." Amen to that.

Ecstatic Vision - Photographs & Paintings by Leslie Ross Stephens