LIGHT STILLNESS BEAUTY: Nature Art of Leslie Kuenne @ D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery

LIGHT STILLNESS BEAUTY: Nature Art of Leslie Kuenne @ D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery

Leslie Kuenne art at D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery; photo by Lisa Granozio

D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery Presents “LIGHT, STILLNESS & BEAUTY”
Nature Paintings and Photographs
by the late Leslie Vought Kuenne
through February 6, 2020

Press Release

Princeton, N.J. D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery gratefully announces its newest exhibition, nature art of the late Leslie Vought Kuenne, in the Olivia Rainbow Gallery through February 6, 2020. This art space is maintained in perpetuity, honoring Leslie and Chris Kuenne’s late daughter, Olivia Michelle. Her mother’s exhibit, “Light, Stillness & Beauty”, –named by co-curator, Lisa Granozio–, evokes the stunning variety of this array of unexpected nature subjects. In life, Leslie Kuenne downplayed the power of her arresting paintings and photographs. D&R Greenway Land Trust is deeply appreciative to Leslie’s husband, Christopher and their sons, Peter, William and Matthew; as well as Leslie’s cherished sister, Victoria, for the privilege of remembering Leslie through displaying this sample of her wide-ranging work.

The remarkable Leslie Kuenne was a generous public servant, multi-faceted friend and diverse artist. Her lesser-known talents include gifted chef and energetic, even inventive gardener. Her husband, Christopher B. Kuenne, founder of Rosetta and Rosemark Capital, and author, is a Princeton University lecturer in entrepreneurship. Until shortly before her death, Leslie served as the generative and expansive President of McCarter Theatre Center’s Board of Trustees. Her sister, Victoria, with Chris and the boys, joined Leslie’s friend, Lisa Granozio, in choosing images for this compact, yet wide-ranging memorial exhibition.

Leslie Kuenne nature portrait close-ups at D&R Greenway; photo by Lisa Granozio

Leslie’s lively, even quirky works grace the Olivia Rainbow Gallery walls through February 6. A hefty Savoy cabbage contends with the intimacy of a softly burgeoning tulip. Her saucy rooster painting challenges a nearby portrait of a nearly exploding tulip. Leslie’s approaches to tulips in particular, could be said to be that of a deep-sea diver. A billow of antique lace holds its own above her challenging scene of hairy knees and reaching hands. Leslies remarkable close-up of local ice contends in both hue and line with her intense oil of a Vermont sunset. Coming from a highly artistic family (her father, Peter Vought’s “passion to create came in the form of paintings, sculptures, gardens and even story-telling”, his work internationally collected.), Leslie carried her father’s versatility to unexplored levels.

Contrast could be said to have been Leslie’s specialty. Though we can no longer travel with the artist in person, visitors to the Olivia Rainbow Gallery are guided on diverse journeys. Contrast may have been Leslie’s passion: viz. entwining leaves softening harshly weathered wood. Brittle paint curls contrast with severe straightness in a venerable fence. Friend and co-artist, Lisa Granozio, is responsible for inspired juxtapositions of Leslie’s works, throughout this fine tribute to her late friend.

D&R Greenway, One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road. 609 924 4646 No need to call to view the Olivia Rainbow Gallery, as it is not rented for events as are the Marie Matthews Galleries of D&R Greenway Land Trust.
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D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 31st YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. The land trust nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species of plants and animals in seven New Jersey counties. The land trust’s attention to land and easements ensures that they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity.
Since its 1989 founding, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 20,903 acres in 309 properties. Our preserves include over thirty miles of trails open to the public. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, our mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future.
The Johnson Education Center, a circa-1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through nature programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway continually inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.