March 1 - 31: Leslie Becker art show. Southern Cross Lounge & Main Hall. Free.

By the age of 21, Ms. Becker was an honours graduate of the Ontario College of Art and an independent working artist. One of the first in her class to sell an original work, she was also one of the few who has sustained themselves as a professional ever since her first self-run public exhibition in 1986.

A pioneer of Toronto’s Queen Street West art and music scene, her travels with various bands as a rock drummer have taken her back and forth across the continent where she initially discovered her love for the American Southwest landscape. She has recently been studying Canadian works by the group of seven and Algonquin Park scenery.

As a young, inquisitive spirit, she took the time to study art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where once again she was awakened to a passion for the beauty and inspiration of the mountains.

Leslie’s work is a result of a childhood lived with a collector’s eye, a trained percussionist’s rare sense of rhythm and energy, and an enduring love for the rough
beauty of Northern Ontario and the American Southwest.

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