Art Influenced by the Pandemic: New Exhibition on Display at Art League Gallery

“Employee of the Month” by Rosa Leff (Photo courtesy The Art League Gallery)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Interested in new and exciting art? There is an exhibit at The Art League Gallery on display through Nov. 8.

Artist Rosa Leff, whose work involves cutting single sheets of paper into intricate designs with an X-Acto knife, introduces viewers to her vision in the solo exhibition, “Expectation/Reality.” Leff’s pieces in this collection took shape as she stayed indoors at the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“2020 has leveled the playing field,” she said. “Whether you’ve been home since March or going in to work every day, it seems we’ve all been taking a little time to reflect on how we live, what we value, and what we truly want out of life—once it’s safe enough to go get it.”

“Daily Bread” by Rosa Leff (Photo courtesy The Art League Gallery)

Leff has also chosen “papercuts” based on photos shot in her home city of Baltimore. These haunting cityscapes are devoid of people and life. The scenes focus on a theme of abandonment and loneliness with no clues of their past.

The Art League Gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p,m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Leff will also do a live interview via Zoom on Thursday, October 15, from 6 – 7 p.m. EST. RSVP HERE.

The Art League Gallery is located inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 N. Union Street. Masks are required to enter, temperature checks will be performed at the door, and only 10 people will be allowed inside at one time to allow for social distancing

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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