New Video: Tea with Faber-Castell
8/23/2014


I am pleased to share a new video about my working process, from Faber-Castell, whose artist-quality Pitt pens I use when I draw on my coffee cups. It was shot on location last Spring in Hell's Kitchen and in my Garment District art studio.
Click HERE to watch.

Coming Soon: 1001 Coffee Cup Stories for ArtPrize
7/27/2014


I am delighted that I will be creating my largest cup art installation to date, for the city-wide ArtPrize festival and competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan September 24th - October 12th, 2014. More details coming soon!

"365: A Year in Cups" Installation on view in NYC
5/19/2014


365: A Year in Cups is included in

TIME FRAMES MARKING TIME
May 24–June 15

WESTBETH GALLERY

55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 1:00-6:00 pm; Closed Mon-Tues.

A multi-media exhibition curated by Elisa Decker and Barbara Lubliner featuring 19 artists who engage time as a palpable presence. Each artwork tells its own story, bringing attention to the temporal nature of life and inviting contemplation and dialogue about our relationship to time.

Artists Reception: Weds, June 4, 6:00-9:00 pm

Participating Artists: Mara Alper, Fran Beallor, Stefan Beltzig, Elisa Decker, Gwen Fabricant,
Liza Folman, Tony Foster, Ellen Grossman, Valerie Huhn, Suzanne Kelser, Gwyneth Leech, Barbara Lubliner, John Mendelsohn, Elaine Norman, Jeffrey Allen Price, Ronnie Seiden-Moss, Drew Shiflett, Linda Stillman,
Tamara Wyndham

I will be doing two live drawing events in the gallery on Saturday, May 31, 1:00-4:00 pm and Sunday, June 15, 3:00-6:00 pm.

See you there!


Anthropologie Cambridge to Host Live Art Exhibition
11/13/2013



Anthropologie is pleased to announce a special live art event and window exhibition to celebrate the work of fine artist Gwyneth Leech. The artist will be on site November 21st, 22nd and 23rd drawing in the window of our Cambridge location. The exhibition, which will remain on view through November 30th, will showcase her passion for public art and her love of drawing and painting on paper coffee cups.

Leech’s expressive artwork will delight and inspire all those passing by. The process behind her hand-drawn cups is highly personal and observational, imparting new meaning and value on what is considered a disposable object. She explains, "I like my hot coffee or tea in a paper take-out cup, like millions of my fellow New Yorkers. Even better than the contents, I like the used cup as a surface on which to draw and paint. And before I begin, I write on the bottom the date, location, occasion and the beverage consumed so that every cup becomes the record of a social moment.”

Leech began working in this uncommon way while attending meetings over coffee in 2009. Quickly consumed by the practice, she soon created enough cup artworks to display in public art spaces and galleries around New York City. Her largest installation, at the Sprint Flatiron Prow Artspace in New York City in 2012, featured more than 850 of her pieces. Leech’s most recent exhibition, in Anthropologie’s Regent Street location during the London Design Festival in September 2013, garnered public and critical acclaim, including coverage in Selvedge, The Financial Times, The Observer and The Telegraph.

Anthropologie has partnered with Leech to transform her artwork into ceramic versions that can be enjoyed by a larger audience. The eight designs, in limited edition reproductions, are inspired by her life in New York and capture everyday moments, from taking a walk in Central Park to rushing through the city in a rain shower. They will be available just in time for the holidays on Anthropologie’s website and in all store locations.

About Gwyneth Leech: www.gwynethsfullbrew.com


Event Details:

Anthropologie

48 Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA

November 21st, 12 – 3 pm
November 22nd, 4 – 7 pm
November 23rd, 12 -3 pm

The window exhibition will be on view 24/7 from November 21st – 30th

 


Open Studio October 24th and 26th
10/18/2013


FASHION DISTRICT ARTS FESTIVAL

I am opening my studio to the public again this year.
Please join me to see lots of new ideas and art work in the making!

Thursday October 24th, 6 - 9 PM
Saturday October 26th, 1 - 6 PM

Address: 315 West 39th Street, #1306
New York, NY 10036
646 455 8813
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Mark Your Calendar for the Annual Fashion District Arts Festival | October 24-26

The Fashion Center Business Improvement District is proud to host the 10th annual Fashion District Arts Festival, featuring Gwyneth Leech. The Fashion District Arts Festival is a district-wide celebration of the artists, crafters, galleries, and theatres that contribute to the creative energy that fuels America's fashion capital.

Visit FashionCenter.com/Arts-Festival for the most up to date festival information.

Make a behind-the-scenes visit to artists' studios, view a unique installation, enjoy an outdoor concert or tour our many galleries. It's all part of the Fashion Center BID's 2013 Fashion District Arts Festival!
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When: Thursday, October 24 - Saturday, October 26; Ongoing programming, morning til night
Where: Various locations TBA throughout the Fashion District

Click here for more information.



365 - A Year in Cups: the Movie
10/2/2013


Well, London was amazing! Now I am back in New York City sorting through photos and I will be posting a detailed wrap-up soon on my blog, Gwyneth's Full Brew. In the meantime, many thanks to British film-maker, Chris Floyd, for this delightful short film. It was shot and edited just a few weeks ago while I was actually working in the window of Anthropologie in Regent Street during the London Design Festival. It really captures the moment for me. And the shoot was a lot of fun!


In September: The Cups at the London Design Festival
8/9/2013


Image: Cup Drawings by Gwyneth Leech. Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups

I am delighted to announce a collaboration with Anthropologie that will launch during
the London Design Festival in September with an exhibition of 365 of my original cup artworks in the window of their store at 158 Regent Street

And I will be there for five days,
from September 14 -18, drawing on cups!

If you happen to be in London then, please come on by and see me at work in the window.
Dates and times as follows:

Sat 14th & Sun 15th: 12pm - 3pm
Mon 16th: 11am - 2pm
Tue 17th & Wed 18th: 4pm - 7pm

The cup art installation will be on view 24 hours a day through October 4th.

For those of you in Scotland, I will also be doing a one day event in Edinburgh at Anthropologie's George Street store on Saturday, September 21st from 12 - 3pm with a talk at 2pm. 


For the Design Festival program page click the following link:
Gwyneth Leech: 365 -A Year in Cups.


Three New Cup Art Installations, Spring 2013
3/13/2013


 
I am delighted to have created three new site specific installations in galleries in and near NYC this Spring: 

"Gathering Place" , a No Longer Empty exhibition, was at 24 West 8th Street, Greenwich Village, NY
Fri -Mon 1- 7 pm, through March 23rd.

The public joined me to draw on cups, Fri, Sat, and Mon from 10 - 4 pm through 3/23.

"Diptychs, Triptcyhs and Multiple"s
City Without Walls, Newark,
Tues - Sat 12-6pm, ran through April 13th.

"Family/City Shift" at Susan Teller Gallery,
568 Broadway, 502, Tues - Sat 11-6pm, April 5 to May 11, and still open by appointment through the end of May.
this exhibition was an official part of the 2013 New Museum's Ideas City Festival. 


"Cup Cascade", 365 suspended cup drawings
at City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ


New Blog Posts
11/15/2012


Read the latest posts on my blog: "Gwyneth's Full Brew: art and life in New York City, cup in hand" 

I am a painter living in New York City and I draw and paint rather compulsively on paper coffee cups - the ubiquitous take-out kind. In my blog I am documenting the intersection of tea, coffee, art-making, art-seeing and daily life. I blog about family life in the city, exhibitions I go to, artists I meet, things I am working on in the studio, and upcycle, recycle and eco-art.


Gwyneth Leech : The Cup Drawing #1 - #655
6/1/2012


Gwyneth Leech : The Cup Drawing #1 - #655
Currently on view in Luxuriant Refuse, 
at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art, Spring Texas

I like my hot coffee or tea in a paper take-out cup, like millions of my fellow citizens. Even better than the contents, I like the used cup as a surface to draw and paint on. And before I begin I inscribe the date, location and occasion on which the beverage was consumed so that every cup becomes the record of a social moment. 655 of the resulting paper cup artworks are now on show, suspended in the main gallery of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art, as part of their current exhibition, Luxuriant Refuse.


May 19 - August 5, 2012
MAIN GALLERY & REBECCA COLE GALLERY
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts presents the exhibition Luxuriant Refuse curated by Melissa Grobmyer of MKG Art Management. Artists in the exhibition choose detritus as a medium, exploring ideas about consumption, creativity, and transformation. Artists include Adela Andea, Johnston Foster, Allison Foshee, Sarah Frost, Gwyneth Leech, Shawne Major, Aurora Robson, Betsabeé Romero, and Paul Villinski.

Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 5
6:30-8:30pm
All are invited to an evening event with MKG Art Management on Tuesday, June 5 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Pearl.

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
6815 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379
281.376.6322, fax 281.376.2944 


The Cup Drawings at the Flatiron
11/17/2011


Gwyneth Leech, the Cup Drawings
Studio in the Prow

The cup drawings are at the FLATIRON BUILDING, NYC,
in the glass windows (the Prow)
where 5th Avenue and Broadway cross at 23rd Street.

I will be drawing in the windows Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 2PM
from September 20, 2011 through February 18th, 2012!

Bring me one of your own used paper coffee cups
with your name and the date you drank the beverage written on the bottom.
and I will add it to the installation.

Two rules:   

Wash out your cup first.
No Styrofoam!

follow my progress on my blog at:
www.gwynethsfullbrew.com


Gwyneth Leech, The Cup Drawings
3/1/2011


The NYC Fashion Center presents
"Gwyneth Leech, The Cup Drawings"
An Installation of drawings on upcycled paper coffee cups.
On view Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
February 28 - April 1, 2011

I will in the window drawing and adding to the installation
every week day during the show 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Please stop by if you are in New York City,
or follow my progress on my blog at:
www.gwynethsfullbrew.com

About the Coffee Cup Drawings
"With Leech's diverse background in painting, video, ceramics, calligraphy and printmaking, the cup series began as a casual outgrowth of her compelling urge to draw wherever she is. One day, without a sketchbook handy, Leech used what was available in the moment. The curved form, challenge of working with existing shapes, colors, and text, and the infinite possibilities of expressive variation became as addictive as the caffeinated beverage the cup once contained. In addition to raising issues of consumerism, post-consumer waste and environmental concerns the cups are essentially about what drawing is: a conversation between mark making and surface."


Read the latest Full Brew post
3/3/2010


Check out my blog: "Gwyneth's Full Brew: art and life in New York City, cup in hand"

I am a painter living in New York City and I draw and paint rather compulsively on paper coffee cups - the ubiquitous take-out kind. In my blog I am documenting the intersection of tea, coffee, art-making, art-seeing and daily life. I blog about family life in the city, exhibitions I go to, artists I meet, things I am working on in the studio, and upcycle, recycle and eco-art.


Special Drawing event for Pool Art Fair, March 5,6 & 7th
3/3/2010

During the Pool Art Fair this coming weekend I will be keeping my studio going by taking to the bed with art materials in Room 940, Gershwin Hotel 7, E. 27th St. NYC. Climb aboard and make drawings of your own family! If I like what you do I might add it to the show. Markers, crayons and paper will be available.


Gwyneth Leech at the Pool Art Fair March 5, 6 and 7, 2010
2/20/2010


Gwyneth Leech will be showing her Perfect Family Portraits at
PooL Art Fair New York

Suite 940

Opening Hours
Friday March 5th, 3-10 PM
Saturday March 6th, 3-10 PM
Sunday March 7th, 3-10 PM

Friday March 5th
6-10 PM - Vernissage

Gershwin Hotel
7 E 27th Street
New York City


New Family Portrait exhibition, January 2010
1/8/2010


Family event and portrait drawing workshop for children this Saturday 1/23, 12-2PM
at Art at First
First Presbyterian Church,
5th Avenue between 11th and 12th Street
New York City

The exhibition includes a new series of family portraits focusing on hands
to express relationships which transcend the politics of race, religion and gender.

Remaining exhibition dates:

Friday, January 22
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Saturday, January 23
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Friday, January 29
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Monday, February 1st
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Use the 5th Avenue entrance to the building on the downtown side of the church
and go upstairs to the Great Hall.

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