PORT TOWNSEND — A nationally-known needlework artist has brought her work home.
Work by Lee McLeron, who has been a needlework artist for more than 40 years, is on display at the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St., in Port Townsend through August.
She is the gallery’s featured artist in its Community Arts section.
McLeron’s work has been featured in collections at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, said Lois Jasmer, community relations director at Avamere at Port Townsend, an assisted living facility where McLeron lives.
“Continual practice and experimentation over many years by many fiber artists has led to fine needlework becoming a polished art form,” said McLeron, 92.
“I am proud to share this artistic genre with a larger audience.”
McLeron’s lifelong passion for needlework started with her Scottish grandmother who taught her darning, tatting as well as needlework.
She became certified as a needlework judge and teacher and continued her studies in the early 1960s with a master teacher from the Royal School of Needlework in London, England.
McLeron moved to Spokane, where she taught embroidery and participated in several area guilds between 1970 and 2010.
Jasmer said McLeron is one of several artists in the senior living community.