Fiber Artist Leanna Leithauser-Lesley is an avid needlepointer compelled by the power of jazz music, the drama of photography and the intention to raise the awareness of needlepoint to an art form.

Leithauser-Lesley is preoccupied with the idea of weaving together the quiet, methodical ways of needlepointing with the often unrestrained methods of jazz while capturing the emotion of the photograph she prefers to stitch. Rejecting the shortcuts associated with technology, she chooses to rely on her training as a visual artist to paint the canvas with yarn, using a photograph as her still life. Each piece stitched is a unique freehand homage to the musician she decides to needlepoint.

Jazz, an American art form, is the product of a cultural collaboration and a universal language of tolerance and freedom. Leithauser-Lesley’s heartfelt exhibition “Textures of Jazz, Threads of Change” reveals the story of lives profoundly lived and layered with experience.

Ray Charles (without glasses)


Langston Hughes, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Williams

Jimi Hendrix and Nina Simone 

Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix and Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt



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