Leah Wong art

This art piece is part of the Lines & Edges exhibition at the Mansfield Art Center. It was created by paper artist Leah Wong.

MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield Art Center presents “Lines & Edges” a collaborative exhibition featuring textile artist Sue Cavanaugh, paintings by Elsie Sanchez, visual artist/photographer Barbara Vogel & and paper artist Leah Wong.

This exhibition is located at 700 Marion Avenue and will run Aug. 10 through Sept. 8. Sponsored by Richland Source and Mind Body Align, this exhibit will be free and open to the public.

Sue Cavanaugh’s installations are works made by hand of cloth, cord, dye, paint, and occasionally wood and wire. Her work has been seen in national and international exhibits at the Columbus Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Springfield Museum of Art (Ohio), Ross Museum of Art, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum of Art, Ohio Craft Museum and Zanesville Museum of Art. Awards include Best of Show, Shibori Cut Loose exhibit, Textile Center, Minneapolis; Ruth Lantz Fiber Award; Janet Long Memorial Award for Excellence in Fiber; Ohio Arts Council Professional Award; and the Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design.

In 2012 she was selected by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Free State of Saxony for an artist residency in Dresden, Germany. She worked in a studio at Geh8 Kunstraum und Ateliers for 80 days culminating in a two-person exhibit with Rotterdam painter Marielle Buitendijk.

Cavanaugh’s work is in collections throughout the country and the Ohio Arts Council. She is represented by Muse Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, and gráficas gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts. She lives in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and has a studio in the 400 West Rich artist community.

Elsie Sanchezwas born in Havana, Cuba and migrated to the United States at the age of nine.

In her intricate woven, cloth-like abstract paintings, Sanchez examines the interaction between the individual and the collective. The density and boldness in her paintings reflect absence, fragility, and resilience. She earned her MFA and BFA (Summa Cum Laude) in Painting and

Drawing from The Ohio State University. She has participated in many solo, two-person, juried, and group shows. She also has been part of numerous invitationals, most recently at the Ross Art Museum at the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, the Carnegie Gallery of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and, the Strathmore Hall Arts Center in Bethesda Maryland.

She is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award, and has earned numerous other awards including those from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Exposition Commission.

In 2015, Sanchez returned to Cuba for the first time since leaving the country. There she met with Cuban visual artists and was introduced to their work. She also traced her steps taken as a child: visiting the home she left and exploring the neighborhood where she played. She currently resides and works in Dublin, Ohio. Her work is represented in Columbus by Keny Galleries.

“My artwork deals with themes about family and the passage of time based in photographic processes,” according to Barb Vogel. Her encaustic photographs have a beautiful luminous and soft quality that is peaceful to the soul. The color used in Vogels portraits on carved wood are exquisite and unusual.Vogel grew up in Granville, Ohio, and resides in Columbus, Ohio.

She earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. She is a member of Spring Street Studios, the Ohio Art League, and C.A.W. (Creative Arts of Women). Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, Ohio, represents her.

Leah Wong’s current work has evolved from traditional Chinese paper-cutting. With different media, her work explores volume, void, light and shadow in transformation. The open-ended lines and space create a dialogue between cultures and concepts. The colors Wong uses in her hand-cut works are a beautiful transition for light and shadow she is creating.

Born in Qingdao, China, Leah Wong received her BFA in oil painting from the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China and earned her MFA in painting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. As an undergraduate, she studied with internationally celebrated abstract artist Zao Wou-Ki. She taught at Shanghai Theater Academy in Shanghai before moving to the US in 1993.

The Asian Art Archive in Hong Kong has documented Leah’s involvement in China’s contemporary art movement. Her works are exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums including The Power Station of Art in Shanghai and MoCA Shanghai. Her paintings, paper cutouts and installations are found in many public and private collections.

She currently lives and works in Columbus.

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