SOUDERTON >> Berdine Leinbach says the local scenes in her artwork are ones that people can recognize and relate to — scenes that often bring back memories.
“Look through the paintings and find those that invite you in,” her website, leinbachart.com, suggests. “Add some peace and serenity to your life.”
“There’s so much negativity and pulling apart that I’m trying to have my art be a voice for peace and serenity and people pulling together,” Leinbach said during the Aug. 18 opening reception for her exhibit as the first featured artist at Exhibit B Gallery on Main Street in Souderton.
When he and his wife and fellow-artist, Heather, opened Exhibit B, they knew Leinbach was one of the artists whose work they wanted to exhibit, Harry Boardman said.
One of the things that makes her a good choice as the first featured artist is that, “We wanted it to be somebody with a strong tie to this area and Berdine has that,” Boardman said.
“Born and raised in Franconia Township, Berdine (Mininger) Leinbach spent a lot of time wading in creeks, creating with clay, and sketching,” according to biographical information.
Currently a teacher in the Souderton Area School District, she previously taught in the North Penn School District. As a member of the Indian Valley Arts Foundation, she has been involved in the creation of local murals and the commissioning of the sculpture on Main Street in Souderton. Leinbach also created a limited-edition commemorative fraktur for Souderton’s 125th anniversary in 2012 and co-edited the photo book “Celebrate Souderton” with her husband, Steve, of Leinbach Design. Exhibits at local galleries have included ones at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville.
The current exhibit by Leinbach marks a return after not having done gallery exhibits for a few years, Boardman said.