White Sulphur Springs- June 3, 2014: The Greenbrier Resort is pleased to introduce David Leadman as Director of Fine Art. Mr. Leadman is as passionate about West Virginia, where he was born and raised, as he is about fine art. When the opportunity came to move his art business from Wilmington, NC to The Greenbrier, he didn’t hesitate.
Growing up in South Charleston, he hiked the woods and mountains for days on end taking in the greatest work of art, nature, while at home his mother was painting in watercolors.
Mr. Leadman served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Stationed in Turkey, he had the opportunity to see some the world’s oldest cultures and he took advantage of it, traveling to Egypt, Lebanon, Ethiopia, and more. The exposure to ancient architecture, textiles, and color expanded his understanding of good design. He even had a special audience with the Pope and was allowed access to the Gold room and the Vatican’s rooftop garden.
With the GI Bill, Mr. Leadman went to Marshall University where he confronted a life-long challenge turned gift. He has dyslexia. Under the tutelage of June Kilgore, Director of Marshall’s Art Department, he carried a full load of just art classes. Three and half years were filled with sculpting, pottery, print-making, jewelry-making, and painting- all while running an art and framing business. He acquired a hands-on knowledge of the making of art and the business of art that gives him a unique breath of expertise.
The Leadman family moved to Wilmington, NC, running Walls Fine Art Gallery there for 26 years. He returned home in 2012 to West Virginia and Greenbrier County where his roots go back to the 1700s.
Now as the Director of Fine Art for The Greenbrier, Leadman brings nationally recognized, award winning artists’’ work to his gallery at the resort and the artists themselves to The Greenbrier to teach painting workshops and for events such as The Greenbrier Fine Art Week, which is coming up October 20-26, 2014 for its second year. So far, he has restored The Greenbrier’s collection of monumental engravings, many from the late 1700s, which can be seen on the Main Lobby Level at the resort. He is developing a national art competition called The Virginias which will showcase the juried finalists’ paintings of the two states. And of course Mr. Leadman is right at home as he lives, works, paints, and hikes in the mountains of his childhood.
“There’s no better way to show the beauty of West Virginia than in artwork of a quality to be shown at The Greenbrier.” – David Leadman
Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds.
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