Richard Leep is featured CAC ‘First Friday’ artist


It is First Friday again tomorrow, and the Community Art Center in Vevay is featuring Richard Leep. Come and talk with Richard from 3-7 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, December 2nd). Richard will be showing his timeline of work from lovely landscapes to steam punk.

Following is Richard’s comments about his art show in Vevay:

I am artist, Richard E. Leep from Elizabeth, Indiana.

A few years ago, I took some time off from painting to explore my ancestry. Along with my two first cousins, Doris and Kathy, we discovered that our 4th Great Grandfather, John Wesley Leep, came to America in the mid 1700’s from Germany. From the roads in Virginia to the hills of Kentucky and Indiana, we searched libraries, courthouses and grave yards. What I found most interesting was the large concentration of this early family ended up in Clark, Jefferson and Switzerland counties in Indiana.

On one of the many road trips to Vevay, Indiana, it soon became evident that “Great-Grandfather” John had brought his family to Switzerland County as early as 1808. The artist in me could not pass up the Vevay Community Art Center that we discovered on Main Street, so I wandered inside. As I was admiring the offerings of the gallery, and we spoke about my ancestral search, I was pleasantly surprised when the curator presented me with the opportunity to show my own art work here.

My thoughts began to race of the possibility of such a showing. Having a show in the homelands of my two-hundred-years of family heritage is a great honor to me. I, too, have the opportunity to leave a small footprint behind in this wonderful river town as well. Who know, perhaps I will be able to meet even more of my long, lost family members who still live in the areas around here!


The Community Art Center hours are Monday through Thursday, noon to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.