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May 28, 2013 > Artist Laura DeLeon at Mission Coffee

Artist Laura DeLeon at Mission Coffee

Local resident Laura DeLeon will be exhibiting her artwork at Mission Coffee in Fremont during the month of June. DeLeon was born and raised in Minnesota and now lives in Fremont with her husband and three teenage children. She works in education through the Fremont Unified School District as a Special Education Para-Educator, but has always had a heart for art.

"I have always been inspired by art and been artistic by nature, taking various art courses in high school as well as a few in college. It was not until a few years ago when I was encouraged and given a platform to create that I even considered my own artistic expression as valuable to people or a community," says DeLeon. "I greatly believe and feel that artistic expression can change an atmosphere or even a community with positive experiences just by looking at it. Art should bring the viewer into an encounter with it; it should change you somehow, cause one to pause and consider how it makes them feel. I hope to create the atmosphere for peaceful contemplation and to stimulate the imagination into a higher realm with my art. I want my art to affect the viewer as well as delight the eyes, and I hope that is what it does."

DeLeon's art consists of paintings in oils, acrylics, and watercolors as well as photography. "I mainly create conceptual pieces that deal with ideas or inspirational themes that are sometimes abstract in nature. My painting style is realistic as well as sometimes surreal," says DeLeon. "My photography is mainly inspired by nature and natural surroundings." Approximately 21 to 25 pieces will be on display showcasing DeLeon's creativity in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and photography. "I am excited to see how a large gathering of these pieces will inspire and encounter the viewers that come in," she says.

A reception will be held Sunday, June 9 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. with some light snacks and a meet and greet with the artist.

Laura DeLeon at Mission Coffee
June 1 - 30
Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Reception: June 9
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Mission Coffee Roasting Co.
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 623-6920
Fremontcoffee.com

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