Scottish born, Lesley spent her childhood in various parts of England and settled in the Yorkshire dales before eventually returned to Scotland in 2000. She currently lives in Alyth, Perthshire with her partner Jonathan Mitchell a professional painter known for his stunning work in oil. They have a studio at home and a workshop nearby for the messy tasks such as glass, woodworking etc. Lesley has had a life-long passion for horses, dogs, wildlife and the outdoors which she tries to reflect in her artwork, both paintings and glass.
Originally studying Business and working full time for the NHS, careers services and various posts involving event planning Lesley has put these skills to good use whilst running a livery and competition yard, organising large scale equestrian shows, was Secretary of a local art group for 7 years and is now in year 3 of organising a multi platform 3 day festival of art, heritage, music and outdoors – Alyth Creates. She has had a 10 year love affair with rural France, visiting every summer to cycle with her partner and work on their old barn conversion project which may eventually become home…
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Lesley Garside – Original Art, Stained and Fused Glass
1989 12 week Stained Glass course followed by assisting American glass artist Ann Fredo with commissions.
Various private commissions – windows, door panels, lamps and small items
1991 Further glass related courses in San Jose, California. Decorative soldering, acid etching Craft fairs, commissions in USA.
1992 – 2009 Various glass commissions in UK whilst also working full time .
2008 Joined Dundee Art Society – commenced exhibiting paintings
2009 Public Voted Favourite Painting at DAS Autumn Exhibition – Chilly November, Alyth Den
2012 Runner up for Trophy, Spring Exhibition, Dundee Art Society
2010 Purchased large flatbed kiln and started producing fused glass
2012 Selected for & Voted Best Amateur – Meffan Institute Gallery, Forfar, Winter Exhibition £200 Cash prize – Invergowrie Sunset – painting sold
2013 Selected for Winter Exhibition, Meffan Institute Gallery, Forfar
2011, 2012 & 2014 Public Voted Best Painting, Ericht Art Club Exhibition, Blairgowrie
2014 Sandblasting & engraving course, Glasgow
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 - Perthshire Open Studios..Sept 2-10th 2017
2015 Craft events throughout year. Purchased second kiln for painted glasswork.
2015 Pop up Exhibition, Kirriemuir 1 – 15th December
2016 Angus Open Studios 26 – 30 May Venue 25, Kirriemuir
2016 Pop up Gallery, Kirriemuir throughout December
2017 Selected by PKC to exhibit stained and fused glass in Alyth Library windows as part of the Platform Festival 16 March – 6 April
26-28 May Alyth Creates A festival of art, craft, heritage, music and the outdoors. Workshops, demos, talks, walks … an absolute must visit - So much to do!