NY Times Dec. 15th, 2014

I was thrilled to find out I was in the NY Times in November for my exhibition at Galerie BMG.


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Repose Dec. 9th, 2014

Thanks to Ashley Proctor and Lila at Sweetheart Gallery for the inspiration for this piece…
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

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Patti Chronert Nov. 21st, 2014

I had the most amazing 2-day workshop with Patti! She came to Philadelphia from Sonoma County California from Marin, before the real cold hit us here this November. She was so lovely, healthy, and interesting.

The 2 days went so fast and we enjoyed good healthy food and lots of conversation about photography, digital processing and encaustic mixed media painting.

I love Patti’s style! She is in the moment and photographs people on the street watching and waiting for the decisive moments in life to capture amazing images filled with movement and color.

Thank you Patti for making the trip!  Enjoy her artwork.  She made both wax on paper pieces and wax on wood pieces, one is brushed on process and one a straight pour of the beeswax!

Be sure to check out her Flicker site, too!


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Germantown Academy Nov. 18th, 2014

My day with the wonderful photo students at Germantown Academy.  We had lots of fun experimenting with mixed media and encaustic painting…


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Free Artist Demo & Talk Nov. 4th, 2014

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Save the Date Oct. 22nd, 2014

Exhibition & Artist Demonstration at Galerie BMG

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Whimsy Oct. 1st, 2014

A preview of my new work… on display at Galerie BMG October 11 – January 4.


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Main Line Art Market Sep. 17th, 2014


Affordable original artwork for sale by dozens of local artists, including new prints and mixed media works by Leah Macdonald. 

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Unlocking Whimsy Sep. 13th, 2014


Galerie BMG hosts “Unlocking Whimsy”, new photographs by Leah Macdonald

October 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 4-7 pm

Artist’s Talk & Reception with Leah Macdonald: Saturday, November 8, 4-7 pm

Galerie BMG will be featuring “Unlocking Whimsy”, a new series of encaustic and mixed media photographs by Leah Macdonald. Leah’s sensuous narratives of women are the culmination of a personal exchange with her subjects, sharing stories and secrets and revealing the intimate aspects of their true selves. The images are adorned with beeswax, scratched and painted, sometimes torn and reconstructed, resulting in a strong, moody, feminine narrative of the shared experience. Remaining focused on her typical women subjects, Leah has created this new work inspired by playfulness, allowing the unpredicted moments to happen.

Using a diverse collection of film cameras and photographic tools, Leah’s work merges nostalgic photographic methods with modern technology, along with an eclectic array of encaustic mixed media and various paper surfaces. The resulting images are both graceful and haunting and highlight Leah’s unique vision and mastery of the craft of handmade art.


My photographs are like paintings, and my prints from the darkroom very much like science experiments and my encaustics are purely play. A combination of different techniques and types of artistic expression combined together. Inspired by poetry, our subconscious, the female figure and light! I found playfulness in my work and I am using it to allow myself certain empty spaces and more freedom. A blank area is like relaxation for me- a place where I am not forced to fill it! The more I think about the surface of the piece the more I want it white. As we live in a world of lots of information, I am noticing what I can leave out or take away. Leaving pieces out inspires imagination and invites you to play with me.

 -Leah Macdonald

The exhibit will be on display from October 11, 2014 through January 4, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 11 from 4-7 pm and an artist’s talk / reception on November 8 from 4-7 pm. Regular hours are week-ends from 12 to 5 pm and other times by appointment.  For further information, please contact Galerie BMG at 845-679-0027.


17 Cricket Ridge Road, Bearsville, NY 12409




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Workshop at LUZ Aug. 19th, 2014

Special thanks to Quinton and Diana of Luz Studios for making this amazing workshop happen! This was our second annual Mixed media encaustic and book arts workshop in Victoria Canada- I love it there! The art and energy are just amazing! I was so inspired by the students and their creativity. Here are just a few of the photos taken during my 5 days of teaching there this summer. Thanks to all who made the trip to work with me! I want us to continue this conversation — keep making work and sharing with each other!


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