Virginia Belser and Leslie Dyer in the Tea Room Gallery
Leslie Dyer: Leslie credits Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools for her initial exposure to the arts and to art history. While living in the D.C. metro area, she enjoyed visiting the National Gallery, The Freer Gallery, The Hirshorn Gallery and other museums. Leslie studied archaeology and physical anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. For much of her career, Leslie worked as an archaeologist and documented prehistoric and historic sites and structures in rural New Mexico, California and Pennsylvania. As an archaeologist with the United States Forest Service, Leslie frequently drew maps and photographed and sketched a great variety of prehistoric and historic features and artifacts. Leslie also occasionally painted and sketched with other artists when she lived in Eureka and Arcata, California.
Her archaeology career led her to the east side of the Sierras and finally to northwest Pennsylvania where she worked as an archaeologist for the Allegheny National Forest. A career opportunity brought Leslie to State College where she initially inventoried historic structures across Pennsylvania and then subsequently worked for a local land surveyor. In both positions, Leslie routinely conducted historic investigations of a great variety of deeds and records. Leslie’s work became more technical and she routinely used standard land surveying equipment, global positioning systems equipment, Autocad software and GIS mapping systems. Leslie continued to collect art and visit galleries and she slowly returned to the idea of creating her own non-technical drawings and paintings.
Leslie primarily paints from life, but also paints from photographs, from memory or from her imagination. Her more recent works include plein air views of Bellefonte and floral still lifes of various blooming flowers. In particular, Leslie enjoys painting amaryllises, cone flowers, and Gerber daisies.
Leslie lives in Bellefonte with her husband, Jon Eaton. Jon frames Leslie’s paintings and he builds a great variety of useful items for Leslie’s painting studio. When she’s not painting, Leslie works part time for an environmental remediation company and plays the double bass in the Nittany Valley Symphony.Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.