Southwinds Fine Art names artist Leo Huff to position

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Southwinds Fine Art is pleased to announce a new gallery director who will also be the featured artist at an upcoming art exhibit.

Leo Huff has taken on the role of gallery director and will be introduced to the community during the Nov. 3-4 and Dec. 1-2 show. A retired probation officer Huff now focuses his time on his art work and is excited to be serving in the role as gallery director.

Huff's love of art began when he was 12-years-old when he took art classes at the Pacific Asian Museum in Pasadena, Calif. He then went on to receive degrees in art and psychology at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. He returned to California to work as a probation officer but never lost his passion for drawing.

Huff said he used to dabble in black and white photography and spent hours in a dark room developing the film.

“I found the images fascinating. I was fascinated by the intricate work,” Huff said.

Huff's work is very unique in that he creates three-dimensional etching using dental tools and exacto blades on scratchboard. According to his biography Huff's “compositions can arouse an observers attention from across the room and upon closer examination one will discover details and vanishing points which suggest infinite worlds represented by a geometry with infinite lines, thus exposing the participant to stimuli which are too faint or too fleeting to be noticed consciously, but which nevertheless evoke a response.”

“It's very meditating. I lose myself in it,” Huff said of creating his etchings.

His etching `Geodesic Dome Community' hangs in the White House and his art has also been featured on the cover of “High Desert Employment Services” magazine. In addition his art has been shown throughout the United States and Japan.

The humble 65-year-old is also in the midst of writing a book of poetry and observations and will feature some his etchings throughout the book.

Huff is eager to work with J. Clark Wider, owner of Southwinds Fine Art, and start promoting the gallery.

They plan to offer art classes next spring and offer space at the gallery for emerging artists. They also want to invite artists from all over the country and the world to come in. Huff said it's also important for schools to bring in students to expose them to the art work on display.

“I want the opportunity to grow and promote this place. My focus is making this place shine,” Huff said.

The community is invited to meet Huff and other exhibiting artists from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Nov. 3-4 and Dec. 1-2. Other artists will include Mike Couillard, Jean Forsyth, Kevin Johnson, McKinsey Morgan, Janet Sellers, Mariya Zvonkovich and J. Clark Wider. Along with the art exhibit there will also be an art sale just in time for the holidays.

Southwind Fine Art is located at 16575 Roller Coaster Road. Call 719-481-6157 for more details.