Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Flying Leap Art Space has now closed. It was a wonderful 4 1/2 years, but it was time for me to move on to other adventures. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Flying Leap activities and events and who visited the gallery for the many Art Walks over the years.

Flying Leap was a place that generated a lot of fruitful creative exploration and had as its mission the celebration of all the many avenues of creative expression that flow from artists of all ages and types.

Please keep on creating in your own unique and authentic way!

All the Best to everyone,
Donna Colby

Friday, March 7, 2014

Patty Hancock - Full Moon Rising


March Art Walk - Friday, March 7
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

This month, we are continuing to show a mix of Flying Leap's favorite artists, including:

Patty Hancock, David, Fleming, Danielle Shier, Genevra Daley Bell, Juliette Daley, Mikaila Maidment, ceramicists Mara Winningham, Kasie Clemmons, and Rick Dunstan, collage artists Kartika Damon and Olaya Veras, and framed prints by the late Peter Graham-Bell.

Flying Leap will be closing its doors at the end of July, 2014, and between now and then, many art books, art materials, and other items will be for sale. There are also a lot of sale price art pieces by Donna Colby, Scooter Glithorthian, Bobbysox Einstein, Blynn Cadoo, and Bonny Stone.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Enhanced photograph by David Fleming


• ART WALK is Friday, February 7th
Flying Leap will be open from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Valentine creations—original cards and gifts—including a wonderful selection of new bracelets made by K.T. Thauwald.

David Fleming's enhanced photographs of Fairfield landmarks and abstracted architectural elements continues to be on display. If you missed them in January, be sure to come and see them. This is a varied and marvelous body of work.

Works by Mikaila Maidment, Juliette Daley, Genevra Daley Bell, Danielle Shier also continue, with some new works by Patty Hancock (reverse painting on glass). Many other pieces by the Flying Leap artists fill the rooms.

An ongoing sale of art books, miscellaneous objects, and many small works of art will take place all month. The prices are very affordable, and new items will be added all through the month.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Enhanced Photo by David Fleming


The January Art Walk at Flying Leap has two special features:

• Kartika Damon will be offering an Art Journaling session from 7:00 - 9:00. Anyone can participate. No previous art journaling experience is necessary, and you can join in at any time during those two hours. Please bring a blank book of some sort for a full experience, but if you don't have one or forget, blank paper will be available. All other supplies will be provided, but if you have a favorite pen, you might want to bring it..

Kartika is a master of the Art Journal, her long-term preferred art form, which involves both writing and visual images. She has made many beautiful and richly inspiring journals, and she will share ideas and tips, as well as helping you discover your own authentic expressions.

• David Fleming will be displaying a new body of work—a series of enhanced photographs featuring Fairfield landmarks and architecture. Many of these are almost abstract in their geometric designs. Some have the simple beauty of an Edward Hopper painting. Others have the textured richness of a lithograph. David's new work is very innovative and varied and wonderful to see as a group.

• Works by Mikaila Maidment, Juliette Daley, Genevra Daley Bell, Patty Hancock, Danielle Shier, and ceramics by Rick Dunstan, Mara Winningham, Kasie Clemmons, and the Empty Bowls project are also still on display.

• As usual, you can also enjoy tea in the Paris Salon, looking at Art books in the library, playing in the Fun and Games Room, or browsing in the gift shop. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jewel Tree by David Fleming



Juliette Daley has a new group of her beautiful, delicate drawings in watercolor pencil.

Mikaila Maidment also has a new series of her stunning landscape paintings.

Donna Colby has some new angel paintings, including The Angel of Text, who wears glasses and is reading a book.

Judy Bales has some unique decorative bows with personality that can be used on packages, as a hair ornament, an extravagant bracelet, or on a Christmas tree.

Kartika Damon has made a series of decoupaged bottles with a vintage flavor.


Rick Dunstan's very wonderful ceramic planters, complete with plants, marked down to an extremely affordable price. If you like plants, these planters are really special and shouldn't be missed!

David Fleming's enhanced photographs of elements of nature. Each one has a marvelous mood and design and they look more like silk screen prints or lithographs than traditional photographs. They are also offered at remarkable prices.

Patty Hancock has her large selection of small prints and her four new pieces on bamboo paper in bamboo frames.

Genevra Daley Bell's animal illustrations are being offered at special holiday prices.

Many more art pieces by the Flying Leap artists are on display throughout the gallery and classroom.

We are also still extending the Empty Bowls event (without the soup) to raise money for world hunger. There were many beautiful bowls left over after the main event, so we have them here—all made by local ceramic artists. They sell for $25 each and all the money will go to Table to Table or Oxfam. Empty Bowls purchases must be cash or check only (no credit cards).

Thursday, October 31, 2013

An image from David Fleming's Tree series

This month's exhibit features a variety of Flying Leap's favorite artists we've shown before and a few new ones: Mikaila Maidment, David Fleming, Patty Hancock, Genevra Daley Bell, Mara Winningham, Rod Falk, Rick Dunstan, Danielle Shier, Hilary Nelson, Scooter Glithorthian, Donna Colby, and many more.

David Fleming's enhanced photographs are mainly new ones, added to the exquisite series of trees from the Nature Show.

Patty Hancock has four new pieces on bamboo paper in bamboo frames.

Genevra Daley Bell has a new series of animal illustrations

New additions include beautiful color drawings by Juliette Daley, shadow box mixed media pieces by Dori Lewman, and a collage of figure sketches by Sarah Baron.

We are also extending the Empty Bowls event (without the soup) to raise money for world hunger. There were many beautiful bowls left over after the main event, so we have them here—all made by local ceramic artists. They sell for $25 each and all the money will go to Table to Table or Oxfam. Empty Bowls purchases must be cash or check only (no credit cards).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

from Rocky Mountain National Park series by Mikaila Maidment

continues with some new works added

Show runs until Saturday, October 26
Art Walk is Friday, October 4
Works featured:

Rod Falk’s powerful and primal paintings expressing “the flow of Mother Nature’s creative force.” Using paint combined with natural elements, these simple images evoke the source of creation and the condensed energy inherent in its expression.

Danielle Shier’s luminous pastel landscapes, each one an invitation into the forms, feelings, and colors of a beautiful place and aspect of nature.

Mikaila Maidment’s striking landscapes, in two formats—paintings in rich colors, with her masterful brushstrokes, and black and white illustrations in ink, graced with both simplicity and detail.

Hilary Nelson’s wooden animal cutouts, painted in a soft, tactile way that really gives each animal a strong personality.

David Fleming’s enhanced photographs of elements of nature, with marvelous color palettes and design evocative of fine silk screen or woodcut prints.

Rick Dunstan’s ceramic planters and fountains, with an earthy beauty.

Wendy Stegall’s glowing assemblages and prints, spiritual and contemplative, each one a sacred object. They will be exhibited in the small reading room next to the classroom studio, so they can be quietly observed as in a temple.

Kartika Damon’s recently created Buddha series, uniting images of Buddha with elements of nature in rich mixed media pieces with many layers of meaning and depth and Kartika’s skill with design and tone.

New works by Olaya Veras, with a nature theme and her well-known sense of striking design and dramatic color choices.

One new work by Patty Hancock—another print of her ceramic paintings—this one printed with brilliance on a metallic surface.

Other new works by the Flying Leap artists, including Joyce Schindler, and a memorial exhibit of prints of Peter Graham-Bell’s paintings. Peter passed away on August 7 and will be greatly missed by the Flying Leap family.