“Lady Slipper” watercolor by Denis LeBlanc. Contributed photo

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts plans to host a reception for Denis Leblanc of his “Watercolors” art from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main St.

The reception will include complimentary snacks and cash bar (beer/wine). The exhibit continues through June 28. Social distancing will be observed, and masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.

The RFA has had a maximum of 40 attendees at art openings. Hand-sanitizing stations will be set up, and free masks will be offered to anyone that does not have one. General gallery hours run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Born in Lewiston, Leblanc became interested in art age 9. He used oils in the early years, and later tried his hand at watercolor. In watercolor, he was able to achieve the look he desired, and has painted professionally since.

LeBlanc photographs places of interest and brings the photos to his studio in Auburn, where he visualizes his painting from the photo. He begins his work by sketching in detail with pencil. He uses a combination of watercolor techniques to achieve a strong image. He uses both transparent and opaque paint to deliver his unique look.

Although inspired by Andrew Wyeth, LeBlanc is self-taught, enabling him to remain true to his own style without influence from other artists.

Since 1995 he has won numerous awards throughout New England and the East Coast. When not on the road attending shows during the winter months, he spends his time on private commission work for clients as well as creating new inspiring works.

For the RFA’s complete schedule of events and programs, visit rangeleyarts.org.

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