BY ROBERTA WARD
Artist, Bill Leger, has resided in Lindsay since 1976. He has recently, brought about much discussion and excitement at our 2016 Annual Juried show with his works of art ‘Gloomy Monday’ (painted in acrylics). He was honoured with the ‘Past President’s’ Award. The detail, use of colour and subject is incredible. In an interview, it was surprising to learn that this masterpiece is not his typical style. Bill has worked in most mediums but has come to prefer watercolour and acrylic. His subject is to paint children and people in activity and portraiture but embraces other subjects such as landscape and architecture (buildings, sheds etc.). Family events for Mr. Leger consist of a very large group of people, as Bill is a proud grandfather of 14 beautiful grandchildren. In fact many of his inspired watercolour pieces are paintings of his grandkids. If you are native to Lindsay, you may remember Doctor Clock. Mr. Leger was owner and founder of Doctor Clock for 20 years. Although retired for 2 years, Bill keeps very active in the arts. He practices painting frequently, attends a Friday morning senior’s club called the ‘Friendzies’ at the Armories where he joins other artists in a time for social and painting. Bill participates in events and fundraising with area galleries and has entered works at the Kawartha Art Gallery, Kawartha Arts Network, the Ontario Shores event and the Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival. Mr. Leger refers to himself as an amateur artist, painting for 10 – 12 years. He studied under professional artists and instructors such as Pauline Bradshaw, Linda Zernask, John Leonard, Gordon Wilson and Ramune Luminaire.
It is a pleasure to have Bill, a kind and talented man, involved in the Art of Kawartha Lakes.