The Woman’s Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery will feature paintings by Bob Drewal and “light paintings” by Jose Leiva through the month of March. The gallery is located at 60 High Street in Lewiston, the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).
Drewal, a native of Brooklyn, New York, holds degrees in graphic art and fine art from two City Universities of New York. After graduation he spent four years working in graphic arts in Manhattan, N.Y. Drewal moved to Lewiston in 1974 where he taught art at Lewiston High School for 28 years. He is now “living the good life” in retirement.
Drewal’s acrylics and watercolors depict his vision of land and sea in Maine and Northern New England.
Leiva, a native of Laredo, Texas, has had a life-long passion for photography. He started his art in Brindisi, Italy while serving in the U.S. Air Force and continued his service as a lab technician for the FBI in Washington, D.C. After, Leiva took on corporate photography with IBM and NASA in Houston, Texas. When his travels brought him to the northeast, Leiva became a photojournalist and commercial photographer.
Leiva’s works on display are “light paintings” inspired by his passion for the Dutch Masters and their understanding of light. Though a departure from photographing people and documenting lives, the “light paintings” feature the “way light interacts with objects and the transformation of mundane into beauty,” wrote Leiva in his artist’s statement.
The artists’ work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.