Dayton, KY artist, Leslie Carr, featured in Bellevue First Friday Art exhibit.

Photos and article by Cathy Volter

FullSizeRenderMay’s First Friday in Bellevue was buzzing with activity. Of particular interest was the Frame and Hang Studio featuring artist, Leslie R. Carr. Leslie is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. She moved to Dayton, Kentucky, via Chicago. Leslie is, affectionately, known as Dayton’s resident artist, having studied Life Drawing and Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art.

FullSizeRenderLeslie’s love of historical buildings, and her appreciation of their charm, is reflected in the many rehab projects throughout Dayton. Among her most recognizable works of art throughout town are color consulting on historic buildings, signage for the Purple Poulet Restaurant on Sixth Avenue in Dayton, numerous beautifully crafted hand-drawn posters for city events, as well as horse art.Leslie has also served for many years on the Board of Architectural Review in Dayton, Kentucky and the Main Street Association. She was one of the members that spearheaded the movement to get a historic district put into place in Dayton, Kentucky. That now-present overlay protects many of Dayton’s finest historic buildings. Leslie’s passion for history and the town of Dayton is present in her work. She organized an art show that was held on Dayton’s Main Street for many years and she designed collectible posters for the many events the city has hosted.

As you will see from the following exhibits at the show, Leslie Carr’s eye for the arts is astounding.


Unbridle pastel done from a photo taken at Breeders Cup 2012 Santa Anita.


Pen and ink of Curlin from a photo taken by Leslie R. Carr, 2008 Breeders Cup, Santa Anita

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