Keepers of the Heart: Leona Strassberg Steiner
December 12, 2019 – January 8, 2021
Opening: Saturday, Dec 12, 6-9 pm
“Keepers of the Heart” is a solo show with Leona Strassberg Steiner, taking place at the Second Story Gallery in the Healing Center. Leona has created images using the Lumen/Cyanotypes technique as well as ink jet prints.
Psychics say past life connections are easy to spot because of that feeling of “knowing” you get when you meet them. So if you feel like you’ve met someone before, you probably have.
The women in these photographs, fill that bill and also exemplify specific characteristics. They are natural leaders who use compassion and intellect; they are strong when the going gets rough; they are creators; they spread love, are love—- as nurturers, and, when the need arises, they use a little sorcery.
The women are:
Tina Juran – painter, curator and gallery director
Judy Leiff – film maker, professor, and ex-dancer
Ana Hernandes – painter and sculptor
Linka Odom – photographer
Hannah Chalew – paper maker, painter, and sculptor
Leslie Claire Spillman – gallery director, photographer
Shannon Stewart – dancer, choreographer
Moira Crone – writer, painter
Kim Coleman – photographer, curator, New Orleans Black history buff
Photographer, fine art photo printer, curator, printmaker and former dancer Leona Strassberg Steiner has lived her life half in Israel and half in the United States. Her work centers on issues of land, environmentalism, memories, transitions, and beauty. “For me, art is about revisiting our perspectives about race, class, and environmentalism; the end game is seeing how we are all connected on this planet, how we are all one.” Steiner has exhibited her photographs and prints extensively with solo exhibitions of her work at The Victory Hall Drawing Rooms of Jersey City and the New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Spain, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New Orleans, and New York. In 2015-2018 Leona curated PoliticoPopUp, a one-night exhibition, in New Orleans, that showed works of 40 artists from around the country, who create political art, with limited exhibition opportunities. Leona’s work was shown at The Ogden Museum, as part of Louisiana Contemporary 2019. Currently she enjoys working in collaboration with other artists, while exploring further her love of cyanotypes and analog photography.