Gadsby named POAC Artist of the Year 2020

| September 10, 2020 1:00 AM

Lesley Gadsby has been named Pend Oreille Arts Council’s Artist of the Year and with that accolade comes a one-person art exhibit.

The exhibit will be held at Little Carnegie Hall, 110 Main St., on Friday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Gadsby has been a POAC artist member since arriving in the Pacific Northwest from California in the mid-2000s. Pieces of her work were featured at this year’s ArtWalk at the POAC Gallery, Vanderford's and Eichardt’s Pub. Putting together an extraordinary compilation of her work, Gadsby’s art will be on display through the end of November.

Her medium varies as does her subject matter. From landscapes to abstracts, oils, acrylics and encaustic, Gadsby’s work is bold and visually stimulating. She majored in art at the University of New Mexico and studied color and design at Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco but still considers herself more of a self-taught painter. Her work has been purchased by many private patrons and corporations including Bank of America, Genetech and VISA.

“I can be inspired by a person’s stance or a tree or stream, a color or a new medium. I just really enjoy painting. Painting anything,” she said.

For more information go to or call the POAC office at 208-263-6139.


A work by Lesley Gadsby, who was been chosen Pend Oreille Arts Council’s Artist of the Year.