Monday, September 30, 2019

October at Sutter Creek Gallery: Leanne Kelly

Many artists are influenced at a young age and Leanne Kelly is no exception. Raised on the Onondaga reservation by her mother who worked in many mediums, including sewing, beading and basket weaving, Kelly learned the skills that she now includes in her work. Early on she began drawing and working with colored pencils, creating drawings of wildlife, botanicals and portraits of French mastiffs, later showing and breeding the dogs. In time she discovered gourds and began applying the skills she previously learned to create pieces ornamented with drawing, carving, wood burning, dying, bead inlay and basket weaving. Combining art with gourds she has found provides endless possibilities. 

Kelly’s love of plants and nature was fostered by her mother, a naturalist and avid gardener.  The artist’s pieces reflect this and show up in her other creative outlet, growing and propagating cactus and succulents. Kelly owns a small nursery and hybridizes brightly colored flowering cactus and cold hardy succulents. The plants she grows are inspirations for her art and are truly art themselves.  In addition to her gourds, necklaces and colored pencil drawings, Kelly will display many of her cacti and enjoys discussing the plants and their properties. 

Come meet Leanne Kelly at her reception on Saturday, October 5, beginning at 2 p.m. She is one of the many local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers numerous affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, as well as gourd, glass and fiber arts. Framing and layaway services are also available.

The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email or visit

"Blue Butterflies"

Dream Catcher gourd

"Bourdeaux Afternoon"


Triple Sister necklace

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