Mixed-media artist Elizabeth Leader is drawn to places and objects that most of us pass by on the street without even a glance. A discarded toy or the blank windows of an abandoned house are clues to a story that has been lost in time. She creates art out of artifacts, bringing these stories to life. Leader has a BFA from the Massachussetts College of Art and an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her mixed-media art has been exhibited across the nation. She lives and works in Buffalo, New York.
Buffalo Snow is the story of a little girl and her older brother who are stranded in a blizzard. With the cold winds whipping around them, they are forced to abandon the family car and seek shelter with strangers. Up against the forces of nature and separated from their family, they learn why Buffalo is called the “City of Good Neighbors.”
Treasure lives amidst the rubble of lost neighborhoods. Mixed-media artist Elizabeth Leader found a discarded family album and transformed it into collages that capture the rise and fall of the Rust Belt, honoring the immigrants and refugees who built America. Discarded Ancestors is a unique and beautiful coffee table book that poignantly illustrates a vibrant era in the nation’s industrial past couched within its decline.
When Max’s grandpa drives Max and his brother past City Hall, Max decides he wants to meet the mayor. So his grandpa sets up an appointment with Buffalo’s mayor, Byron Brown. But when a blizzard hits Buffalo the night before the appointment, it looks like the meeting may be canceled. Can Max and his grandpa find a way to meet the mayor?
Perfect for that special person in your life who has spent the lockdown going through old photos and tracing the family tree back into the 1800s, especially if any Polish or Eastern European roots turned up. If they have an appreciation for fine art, even better. Elizabeth Leaders poignant mixed media collages showcasing discarded family photos will delight for years to come in this lush, vibrant hardcover art book. Place it on a coffee table and family stories are sure to abound. And the clever blown glass pierogi ornament also honors our working class immigrant forebears who built this nation—and contributed some delicious additions to our culinary traditions.