Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit: Leona Frank: iDraw!
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While many people use special drawing apps to create art on their smart phones and tablets, Westport artist Leona Frank prefers sketching on her iPhone’s pre-installed Notes app, with delightful results.
Opening reception: Tuesday, March 28 from 6-7 pm in the McManus Room.
On Tuesday, April 25, at 7 pm in the McManus Room, Leona will give a workshop on sketching in Notes on an iPhone.
Leona Frank is known chiefly for very large acrylic paintings exploring the "topography" of flowers, but recently she stumbled onto a new drawing tool: her iPhone. On a train ride home from New York, she was writing a reminder in the Notes program on her iPhone and came across some symbols at the bottom of the screen that she'd never noticed before. She tapped on one of them, which issued up a set of drawing tools and palettes, and her drawing adventure with the phone's small screen format (2"x2 5/8") began.
Now Leona frequently draws on her iPhone, using both her fingers and a stylus. She enjoys the challenge of creating art on the phone's diminutive 2”x2⅝” screen, as well as the limitation of the given tools in Notes. A larger screen and a more sophisticated drawing program may be in her future, but, for now, she is committed to the discipline of making the most of these simple tools in her portable mini-studio.
Leona Frank has a BA in studio art from Queens College in New York and an MS in art education from Southern CT State University in New Haven. She has shown her work in numerous solo and juried exhibits around Connecticut and New York State, and most recently added to her roster of awards First Prize in Acrylics in the 2014 20th Annual Mavis Fenner Memorial Juried Exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center. Her work is included in private, corporate and public collections, including Yale New Haven Health Care Radiation Facility in Trumbull (5 paintings) and Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven (3 paintintgs), Hale & Dorr in Boston, and Linsco Private Ledger in Boston. In addition to painting, she also teaches adults and high school students in her Westport studio.