A year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and a degree in art from Hunter College was the culmination of a childhood interest in art for Leslee Fetner. She subsequently worked at drawing and sculpture on and off for many years until the early 1990’s when she was introduced to the medium of watercolor and was instantly hooked. She has painted in watercolor and creates monotypes, a printmaking process using watercolor and other water-based mediums. She has recently been exploring other printmaking techniques such as linocut, woodcut, and drypoint and is fascinated by the creative ways one can use digital imagery. Ms. Fetner’s work is primarily representational, but works in mixed media collage can take a more abstract direction.
Ms. Fetner’s work has been accepted into numerous juried shows, including the Silvermine Guild Arts Center’s 2003 National Print Exhibition in New Canaan, Connecticut, and three National League of American Penwomen shows at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in 2008 where she received a prize for one of her monotypes, at George Mason University Fine Arts Gallery in Arlington, Virginia in 2000 and at the University of Tampa Gallery, Florida, in 1998. She has participated in many group shows in New York and New Jersey including the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, the New York Open Center in Soho, the Old Church Cultural Arts Center, and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey, and has been the recipient of several awards. Her work has been exhibited in several solo shows including the Lobby Gallery of The Interchurch Center in New York City, the Atrium Gallery of the Bergen County JCC in Washington Township, NJ, the Waltuch Gallery at the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ, and several New Jersey libraries including Englewood, Hillsdale, Franklin Lakes and Waldwick.
In 2013 Ms. Fetner won first place in digital imagery at the New Jersey State Senior Art Show. In 2014 she won 2nd place in printmaking at the Bergen County Senior Show. She won first place in printmaking in the Focus New Jersey 2016 show at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. Her work was selected and is currently on display at Englewood Hospital as part of “The Art of Healing,” a collaboration between the hospital and the Old Church Cultural Arts Center.
Ms. Fetner is a member of Salute to Women in the Arts and Pascack Art Association, of which she served as president from 2002 to 2006.