Cathy Ledeker

Ledeker’s “Full Circle” exhibit features fourteen jewel-like watercolors embellished with color and symbolism, and classically gilded with 23 carat raised gold.  Seven Deadly Sins and corresponding Heavenly Virtues display as a pair – balancing truth.


April featured artist is Cathy Ledeker, illustrator and watercolorist. Cathy splits her time between Lawrence, KS and Creede, CO, where she finds differing geographic inspirations, yet both areas provide a meditative environment to stimulate her imagination.

“Full Circle” was created specifically for this exhibition, balancing sin and virtue, finding beauty and humanity in both. The series hosts fourteen works of art, created with vibrant flowers and other symbolism representative of the seven sins and seven virtues. Each piece is gilded in 23 carat raised gold, giving it a jewel-like embellishment.

B.A Art Education, Western State College of Colorado
Post Graduate Work, University of Kansas, studies include Life
Drawing and Explorations in Calligraphy
Phoenix Award Recipient for Arts Educator of the Year, presented by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission
Art Director, Van Go, Inc.

Selected Collections:
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
The New York Botanical Garden, NY, NY
The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
The Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI
The Nature Conservancy Headquarters, Arlington, VA
Phillips Petroleum Headquarters, Bartlesville, OK
Rita Dove, US Poet Laureate Emeritus, Washington, DC
Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate Emeritus, Cambridge, MA
Kansas City Public Library, Central, Kansas City, MO
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, England
Van Go, Inc. Headquarters, Lawrence, KS
Tallgrass Studio, Lawrence, KS
Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede, CO

Cathy’s work will be on display through May at Stephen Smith Gallery, and will be available online. Additional works may be viewed at her mountain workspace, BONEYARD Studio & Gallery, Creede, Colorado.

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