Elsa Van Leuven is the demonstrator for the next meeting of the Downey Art League and Paramount Traditional Artists Guild, May 11th, 2PM at Progress Park Plaza. 15530 Downey Ave., Paramount, CA, between Somerset and Alondra Blvds.
Elsa was born in Oklahoma, moving to California in her mid-teens. Her artistic talents first developed along the musical line, majoring in Music at Los Angeles City College, singing with the Hollywood Bowl Chorus and appearing as soloist with the Los Angeles Opera and Downey Symphony Orchestra. She became intensely interested in oil paintings and began her studies with Nona Taylor plus taking workshops under such well-known artists as Joyce Pike, Don Foster, Gilee Barton, Sandy Bergeron, Tom Anderson and Hal Reed.
Her paintings hang throughout the U.S., Canada, and England, and more locally have hung in Flavia Gallery, Huntington Beach, Virginia’s Gift Shop at Knott’s Berry Farm, Old Town Gallery, Seal Beach and in Solvang and Palm Springs. Also at Lindsey Gallery, S.R. Brennan, Moreton Gallery, Haggenmaker Gallery, Lu Martin Gallery, Anenberg Gallery in various locations here in Calif. More recently she has enjoyed working in an impressionistic style of the Romantic period. These works convey a sense of tranquility and beauty of times past.
Elsa is now teaching in Adult Education in La Mirada, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Downey. Fun fact, she is also a regular contributor to the Downey Patriot’s Letters to the Editor.