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Traveling Artist Leisa Collins Pays Homage to America’s Historic Preservation Buildings, While Taking a Proactive Approach to Promoting Art

Friday, December 20, 2016

By Ashley Jude Collie

Beautiful buildings, many owned by regular folk, and others by “heroic” property-owners, who’ve painstakingly restored often decrepit but historic houses, have been at the center of Leisa Collins’ around-the-world and grand artistic adventure.

Having now created house portraits in 46 states and in 35 different architectural styles — Craftsman bungalows, Victorian, Tudor and other historic homes — Collins’ work reflects an architectural tour of buildings across America.

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DC in Design

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

By Jennifer Sergent

One of my good freelancer friends recently moved with her family from Falls Church to Vienna, but they took a piece of their old house with them in the form of a beautiful watercolor sketch, which is now a lovely reminder of all their good times there. Architectural paintings can be so much richer than photography—there’s something about the paint strokes that gives them personality and character.

That’s why I was excited to learn about Leisa Collins, an artist who splits her time between DC and California. She’s painted homes all over the DC area, and is in the process of developing a book of her architectural paintings from all 50 states.

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Portraits of Home

December 2015

Los Angeles Daily News
Think your house is an unlikely subject for a painting? Think Again.

Artist Completes La Jolla House Portrait Series

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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Glendale’s architecture provides inspiration for artist

Sunday, November 1 2015

By Arin Mikailian

Artist Leisa Collins is a fan of strolling through Glendale neighborhoods, but she has an even bigger fondness for architecture that will occasionally stop her right in her tracks. When she comes across a visually-striking home, she whips out a drawing pad and starts to sketch.

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On Saturday a celebration was held on the new site of a very old Monrovia Carriage Barn. Several years ago, the barn was threatened with destruction when the house with which it was associated was sold. Through the efforts of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG), the carriage barn was saved.

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South Pasadena Artist Leisa Collins Debuts San Marino Series

Posted Tuesday, June 16 – 9:19 a.m.

By Stacy Lee

South Pasadena artist Leisa Collins recently completed the first phase of her San Marino series of pen and watercolor house portraits.

She noted San Marino has its own ambiance with no apartment buildings and few commercial establishments.

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South Pasadena artist finds unique way to ward off ‘mansionization’

By Zen Vuong, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

SOUTH PASADENA – Amid widespread indignation over “mansionization” sprawl, one local artist has found a unique way to preserve prized architectural homes in the San Gabriel Valley.

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Local Artist Paints Monrovia Houses

Local artist Leisa Collins has completed the first phase of a series of pen and watercolor architectural house portraits featuring 26 homes she loves in Monrovia.  She is working on a book that will include Monrovia house portraits along with paintings featuring homes and diverse architectural styles across 43 states…

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San Marino Historic Preservation Award

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Professional Artist Leisa Collins Enjoys Backdrop of South Pas

Thursday, August 14, 2014

By Sarah Stukan

Though it may go relatively unrecognized, the city of South Pasadena is comprised of homes with exclusively individual architecture. Professional artist Leisa Collins is one resident who utilizes this subtle quality to her benefit.

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South Pasadena Review

Many Come Out to Support of Big Event

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Inside the Belt

Historic Chicago Bungalow Association

Congratulations!

We would like to extend our congratulations to Julie Liska, Historic Chicago Bungalow owner and  preservationist, who was nominated for the Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award.

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Woodbine Twiner

Official Paper of Woodbine, Iowa

Millard earns award for preservation effort, brings attention to Woodbine

by Jon Burleson

Woodbine’s own Zell Millard was awarded the Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award for his efforts to rescue and preserve the Merry Brook Historic School House.  The award was presented to Millard at the school by the international artist Leisa Collins herself who is a native of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Old Town Patch

July 6, 2011

Creative Art Nexus and the Spring for Alexandria mural project

by Afedziwa Hayford

Creative Art Nexus encourages community participation in public art projects.

Its creation resulted from many youth groups and professional artists who joined together to complete a mural in Alexandria in October 2010.

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Alexandria News

January 6, 2011

by James Cullum

Today, when Camille Leverett was sworn in as a member of the Alexandria Commission For Women and Leisa Collins as a member of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, their business and community service partnerships officially merged.  Leverett owns BeautyFull Boutique, the City’s only consignment shop catering to plus-sized women, and shares space with Collins, an accomplished artist and owner of studio/workshop Creative Art Nexus.

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Del Ray Patch On-line News Alexandria Virginia

Mural In The Works

September 13, 2010

by Drew Hansen

A public mural appears to be coming to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center in Del Ray, but not before the project is discussed and public comments are collected.

The Del Ray Mural Youth Project, which is to coincide with next month’s Art on the Avenue festival, proposes a temporary art piece to be painted on the exterior wall of the recreation center’s gymnasium. Local artists Leisa Collins, Corinne Marlowe, Forest Allread and five youth teams will help construct the mural during the festival on Oct. 2.

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Alexandria Times On-line Article  Virginia

Sketching History into a New Life on St. Asaph

July 22, 2010

After relocating to Old Town Alexandria three months ago, artist Leisa Collins noticed a lack of young people involved in the historic and restoration movement and decided to do something about it.

Last week she held the first of a series of free art workshops, Bringing History Alive Through Art. She helped a team of children to paint their first house portrait of an Old Town

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Alexandria Time On-line Article Virginia

Putting Face to Home

June 3, 2010

Artist Leisa Collins was travelling with her husband across the country from the West Coast, searching for a new place to live, when they took a wrong turn and ended up at the foot of Duke Street and Old Towns waterfront.

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Jay’s Blog

October 13, 2010

With decades of service to the community, and hundreds of talented individuals under its wings, the arts scene in Alexandria is quite impressive.   In this setting, it takes a lot for a newcomer to make a mark.   With her own deft touches, newcomer Leisa Collins is doing just that.

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New Zealand Press


High Country Herald

South Canterbury’s best-read community newspaper, New Zealand

Artist paints art with a message

Visual artist Leisa Collins stopped in at the Mt Cook-Aoraki village recently as part of a national painting tour in which she is retracing the footsteps of her journey through the South Island 30 years earlier.

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High Country Herald

South Canterbury’s best-read community newspaper, New Zealand

Artists rally for girl

By Alexia Johnson

When artists converge on Aoraki Mt Cook this week, Gemma Hart-Hobman will be in their thoughts.

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The Gisborne Herald

Gisborne, New Zealand

Showing aroha for marae through art

By Alice Te Puni

A splash of colour and generous strokes of aroha were the finishing touches of a painting crated through a youth programme at Tapuihikitia Marae, Puha, last week.

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Rotorua Daily Post

Painting a house portrait

A quick stop over in Rotorua to see family turned into a more lengthy painting spree for New Zealand artist Leisa Collins. “I’ve just toured 11,000 km across America on a painting tour and have been all over New Zealand in the last few weeks, however Rotorua has the most beautiful lake-side homes I’ve ever seen!” said Leisa. “I started selectively putting flyers into the letterboxes of these homes and have got very good response.”

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USA Tour Press

Capitol Weekly

Art Tour

Artist and activist Leisa Collins stopped by Sacramento on Sept, 13 as part of a 6,000-mile tour around the U.S. She held painting lessons at the Capitol to protest the cuts to arts education in the latest California budget. She’s shown here with student Sara Benassini of Carmichael and her painting of the Capitol. Photo by Bruce Goodman.

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Grand Canyon News

Serving Grand Canyon, Tusayan & Vale

Art with a message visits western Canyon
Leisa Collins makes Grand Canyon part of her national tour

By Patrick Whitehurst

After two decades spent in social activism and traveling the globe, artist Leisa Collins is once again focusing on art. The New Zealand-born artist is traveling across the country as part of her new “Across the USA: Through the Eyes of an Artist” tour. Collins stopped near the western rim of the Grand Canyon in early September after leaving from Los Angeles Sept. 3. Her tour will end at the end of the month in New York.

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Mammoth Times Weekly

Artist stops in Mammoth during tour promoting art for change

Capturing the “places, faces and homes of America on camera and on canvas”, Mammoth Lakes was one of the first stops of the Across the USA from the Eyes of an Artist tour.

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Mariposa Weekly Gazette

The Official Newspaper of Mariposa Country

Yosemite is a key spot on artist’s tour of America

Capturing the “places, faces and homes of America on camera and on canvas”, Yosemite National Park was one of the highlights of the Across the USA from the Eyes of an Artist tour and the subject of an open air painting session on the shores of Lake Tanyere. The journey marks the re-emergence of visual artist Leisa Collins into the art world after two decades of global travels and social activism.

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