If you Google-Search Lee Baumgarten, a timeline will pop-up that reflects pages of articles, which leave a trail of evidence that he has and is always exploring new ways to connect and interact with others through the arts. If we could all view the world through an artist’s eye, what would we see and how would it change us? If you read Lee’s artist statement it may make you want to try. Lee states that, “beauty has a way of spilling out onto a table and etching its way into the heart. It is witnessed in a brief moment of harmonious balance in odds. It can be a notion between what is desired and what is curious. It is at the core of all aesthetics, that which make us human.”
I met Lee at his Pineville gallery in, let’s say, 1999 or 2000, and have been a friend and fan of his work since that time. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lee has lived and produced his works in Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. His paintings, drawings and sculptures are included in corporate and private collections nationwide and are recently expanding abroad to Europe. Lee is presently creating a collaborative traveling art exhibit entitled “We See Heaven Upside Down” in tandem with “Moving Poets” artist MyLoan Dinh of Berlin, Germany. The work concerns modern day refugees and the journey and experiences of displacement. It is intended to promote dialog on a multi-national level. In coordination to this body of work, he is organizing an educational presentation- seminar/workshop to be offered through art & science institutions, colleges and foundations for art professionals and graduate students who intend to promote their work on a global scale.
I am very honored and excited to chat with Lee Baumgarten because he ALWAYS has a lot to say and offers great commentary on the life of a working artist. Join us December 6th at 6:30pm, as we delve into a “harmonious balance of odds” during Tea Time with Tenya LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio.
Tea Time, hosted by Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadi.org or use the Mixlr app where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.