A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN | LEANNA TUFF
AUGUST 3, 2018 - AUGUST 31, 2018
LeAnna Tuff has always loved the magical world of the performing arts. It has been a huge part of her life since she was a child, and it has remained so throughout her adult life—especially being married to an opera singer!
The works for this show have been inspired by that love and passion. Can a painting draw the viewer into the emotion of the moment? To sense the dancer’s exuberance, or the thrill a performer experiences when trying that costume on for the first time, or getting into make-up before the curtain goes up. Or being transported to other times and places as performers abandon themselves fully in a role or in an aria. Even putting on a favorite pair of shoes can be exciting. After all: “All the world’s a stage...”
For “A Peek Behind the Curtain," she departed from her traditional pursuit of a photo-realistic rendering of her subjects, and instead tried to express a more “painterly” style. This is something she has wanted to explore for some time. Much of a portrait artist’s output is commission-based, however these works are not, and that allowed her to be more creative, expressive, and even impressionistic with her subjects—whether in mixed media of acrylic and oil, or in pastel.
Please attend one of the companion concerts for “A Peek Behind the Curtain” on August 18 or 19, when LeAnna's husband, baritone Peter Tuff, and his fabulous performing artist friends share highlights from opera and musical theater in the NSR Gallery. Information and tickets are available at www.artistrystudioscos.com.