Nichols School Art Gallery

artwork by Elizabeth Leader

November 8, 2019  – January 12, 2020

An opening reception will be held on November 15th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Artist Statement

A Rising Tide is a series of artworks focused on our waterways and the damage we are inflicting on our rivers, lakes and oceans. Our mistreatment of water is an issue that keeps growing in importance as water becomes more polluted for all living creatures around the globe.

The surface of water, as it reflects the sky, can appear so beautiful, unlimited and deceptively clean. With imaginative realism, I try to visualize the dangers underneath the surface that cannot always be seen. This includes the plastic debris collecting and swirling endlessly in the gyres of the oceans. I also illustrate the man-made objects dumped indiscriminately into our local waterways. Also included in this exhibit is a set of small watercolor portraits of Niagara River fish species now sharing their environment with microbeads.

Protection of the planet is the central issue of our time. People around the world are working on different aspects of this multi-faceted problem. Scientists, environmentalists, businesses, politicians, artists and student activists all have their part to play. We are all needed to raise consciousness and provoke action.

Artist Bio

Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Elizabeth received her BFA degree at Massachusetts College of Art. She moved to Upstate New York to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology. After earning her MFA degree, she happily settled in Buffalo, working as an art instructor and graphic designer. Elizabeth has exhibited her art from Cape Cod on the East Coast throughout the ‘Rust Belt’ and as far west as Alaska and Hawaii.  Portions of her work traveled around the country with the Smithsonian’s ‘Gyre, the Plastic Ocean’ exhibition. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Everson Museum in Syracuse, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo and the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, among others, as well as private collections throughout the United States and internationally. Her work is also visible at

The show is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Colby Art Fund | For Gallery hours an details please call 716.332.6300