Leslie West’s Studio can be found in the historic Bemis building just south of Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington. The Bemis Building, a massive 150,000 square foot building, was built over three phases at the turn of the century. Three years before the Civil war, Judson Moss Bemis moved in and established his eponymous company which would soon revolutionize the bag making industry. Until that time, burlap cutting and sewing was done by hand.

Today, the Bemis Building is live/work haven for one of the largest professional artists developments in Seattle. In the rich and rugged character of this mid-century industrial artifact, Leslie finds inspiration for her art. Carefully placing countless layers of wax, juxtaposing found objects, exposing rusted areas, and inscribing her compositions, Leslie reveals the beauty of contrast and texture in her mastery of the ancient art form that is encaustic.

The Bemis Building holds open gallery nights, during which the artists’ collective works are showcased to the public. Please visit BemisArts¬†for details.

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