If you go
What: Staci Leech-Cornell exhibit
When: Opens Saturday
Where: Taylor Books Annex Gallery
FYI: Opening reception is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the gallery
Artist Staci Leech-Cornell recently gathered a bunch of her childhood belongings from her grandmother's Greenbrier County home and realized where the whimsical images that inform her artwork have their inspiration.
"Most of it was books and a lot had animals in clothes," she said, laughing.
Leech-Cornell has been known to gussy up an intricate drawing of a bird by putting it in a dress or suit.
Birds remain a favorite theme in an exhibit that opens Saturday at the Taylor Books Annex Gallery, but in Leech-Cornell's hands, they take on fantastical qualities.
Think: a deer with a beak and feathered tail, drawn in bright pink ink. Or a purple rabbit, also with a beak.
Leech-Cornell, who has a master's degree in sculpture from Marshall University, began working on paper because it was practical and cost-efficient. She has found that it brought her back to her first love, drawing.
And in the nine months that she has worked on the 35 pieces for this exhibit, Leech-Cornell has realized the constant practice has advanced her technique greatly.