I AM MUSIC feat. Leanna Leithauser-Lesley and Roger Stephenson
Work will be on display in the SCAC’s EBSCO Fine Art Gallery from 8/5/21-9/9/21. The gallery opening reception will be 8/5/21 from 6pm-8pm.
About the artists:
British-born freelance photographer and journalist Roger Stephenson moved to Birmingham in 2002. Booking performers for the legendary juke joint Gip’s Place from 2004-2012 inspired Roger to photograph musicians. The Brooklyn Museum included his images in the touring exhibition, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present in 2009 and the Birmingham Museum of Art hosted the exhibition in 2011. His passion for photographing live music and other subjects is showcased in a body of work spanning decades and was recently featured in the Shelby County Arts Council’s 2021 Adult Juried Art Exhibit.
Fiber-artist Leanna Leithauser-Lesley fuses her love of jazz and blues with a contemporary spin on traditional needlepoint. After moving to Birmingham in 1993, she created her first needlepoint portrait in 1998. Her current portraits of jazz musicians grew out of a collaboration with the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame for a 2007 exhibition at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Leanna continues to exhibit throughout the South, including the 43rd Montgomery Art Guild Exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts where earned the 2019 Landmark Award and Shelby County Arts Council’s 2021 Adult Juried Art Exhibit.