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Paintings by Justin Leitner at ArtWalk

Article Published: Jul. 21, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Paintings by Justin Leitner at ArtWalk

ArtWalk is now featuring the paintings of Justin Leitner.

Leitner, whose paintings are inspired by the environment and his community, is originally from Raleigh, but now lives in Boone. He attended the Penland School of Crafts this summer.

Leitner begins each painting by laying down a complicated surface by using a blow torch, bits of carpet, book pages, circuit boards or textured paint, frequently using the pallet knife.

Once the geography and color of the surface is complete, he goes back into the painting with pen and ink, adding detail in response to the surface. The details eventually converge to form drawings of fantastical and abstracted patterns and scenes.

According to ArtWalk, "A single painting can offer hours of discovery and serve as an interesting conversation piece with his complex and contorted drawings. This inimitable painting style sets him apart from most North Carolina artists. His pieces can satisfy those looking for something a bit edgy and surreal or for abstracted landscapes."

Leitner's pieces range in size from a few inches to several feet.

Leitner's paintings are located on ArtWalk's lower level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) in downtown Boone. Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, or to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent, call (828) 264-9998, e-mail ( or visit

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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