Artist Spotlight: Leslee Sorensen

By Danielle Bartling

Since 1971, the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance (RFAA) has worked to foster creativity and personal growth within the North Fulton community by means of art education, exhibitions and friendly competition. Members include emerging, professional and instructional artists. This nonprofit club makes a point to showcase artwork throughout the year at several venues (Fickle Pickle, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Uptown Cafe, the City Market, the East Roswell Library and the Main Roswell Library). The RFAA has their own gallery inside the Roswell East Park Arts Center at 9100 Fouts Road.

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Twice a year, Synovus Bank hosts two member shows: WIRED in May and GENESIS in September. Two artists in the upcoming GENESIS XXIV Juried Show have shared a few things about themselves and their work.

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Since the age of six, Leslee Sorensen has been gluing things to paper. 

“I would make little vignettes of Arizona, cutting mountains and cacti out of construction paper and [gluing] them to my dad's business cards. I later discovered my mom's hole puncher and started gluing punched holes to everything in sight,” Sorensen said. 

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Sorensen added painting to her bucket list for retirement. She has been teaching both mediums at the Roswell Neighborhood Senior Center since 2011, though she prefers collage.

 “I never know what a finished picture is going to look like and I like the mystery of figuring out how to lay down the pieces. I primarily use different kinds of paper, but throw in cloth, string, feathers, junk jewelry pieces, etc., if they fit the work.”