News Release

June 30, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Meadows, Meditations and Moments in Time Showcased in Lobby and LeWitt Gallery

What: Meadows and Meditations – paintings by Deborah Leonard

Where: Main and Mezzanine lobbies, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington

When: July 29 through October 20, 2010, daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About the Artist:
Deborah Leonard says her love of nature has a strong influence on her painting. Her works range from traditional to abstract and have been exhibited in numerous juried shows. Her art is in the permanent collection of the Simsbury Library’s Children’s Room as well as in private collections here and abroad. In addition to painting, she also designs and sells jewelry.

A resident of West Simsbury, Leonard teaches adult art classes in Simsbury and has created and maintained local artists programs in Avon and Bloomfield that provide a venue for monthly shows and receptions to area artists.

She is a co-founder of the annual Farmington Valley’s City and Country Canvases event with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, president of the Avon Arts Association, and a member of the West Hartford Art League, the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and Simsbury Open Studios, and serves on the boards of directors of the Farmington River Watershed Association, the Farmington Valley Visitors Association, and the Avon Art Association.

What: Clotheslines – paintings by Dawn Nolan Lombardi and My Personal Favorites – photographs by Robert Thiesfield

Where: Celeste LeWitt Gallery, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington

When: August 5 through October 20, 2010, daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About the Artists:
Northampton, Massachusetts native and Farmington resident Dawn Nolan Lombardi is well recognized for her work as an oil painter. Her works are in both private collections and public galleries including the White House and Smithsonian museums and the Governor's Mansion in Kentucky. Her artwork was chosen as Connecticut's "Holiday Card and Ornament" and she was honored with the state's Distinguished Advocate Fellowship Award.

Lombardi, a graduate of Boston University's Fine Arts Program, is currently taping a public television series of painting workshops.

In addition to her work as an artist, Lombardi was selected as the Farmington Citizen of the Year for her efforts and donations to a variety of local charitable causes.

Robert Thiesfield of Rocky Hill has been viewing life through a unique and personal lens. Born in Queens, New York, he spent his early years living in Haiti during its repressive regime. Returning to the United States, he was studying at Brooklyn College when he was drafted and sent to Vietnam. After the war, he continued his education, attending the Germain School of Photography in Manhattan.

His career as a freelance photographer spans more than 25 years and is widely represented in corporate and private collections. The photographs in this exhibit represent images that capture unnoticed events or objects.

"Photographs give us the opportunity to relive brief moments or restore fading remembrances as often as we like," says Thiesfield.

The University of Connecticut Health Center’s collection of fine arts serves to enhance the environment and promote the sense of a caring community for patients, visitors, staff and students. Art is selected, acquired and exhibited by the UCHC Art Advisory Committee. To view a selection of the Health Center’s permanent collection visit:

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