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ARTIST PROFILE: Leslie Rottner creates visual stories with old book parts

July 12, 2019
By STEVE LESTER - Correspondent ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Leslie Rottner is a different kind of artist. But then, if she wasn't different she wouldn't be much of an artist, would she?

Rottner explores an area for which there might not even be a name.

"I create a visual story with old book parts," she said. "I look for any kind of old paper. If it's aged, worn, has nice color, is dark on the edges, I'll use it. Sometimes I use old (sheet) music. I just take it apart using the aged paper as background, and then I put a collage on top. It's actually hard to put into words because it's not like I'm just painting."

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Leslie Trottner
(Provided photo — Steve Lester)

Rottner has examples on display at Gallery 46 on Main Street.

She graduated from nursing school at Vermont College but hasn't worked as a nurse in almost 40 years. Her art, on the other hand, is a different story.

"I've been doing this kind of thing my whole life," she said. "To create something from nothing is very satisfying to me."

She's been doing these collages for about five years.

A native of Cresskill, New Jersey, Rottner's husband, Chris, is from Bloomingdale and is a military retiree. Their tours of duty included stops at Berlin, Germany; Fort Lee, Virginia; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and West Point.

She also lived in Connecticut for 28 years where she raised three boys and now has two grandsons. They moved to Lake Placid just two years ago.

Rottner offers classes online and at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, where she said she may offer another one next month.


(Correction: Leslie Rottner's last name was misspelled throughout an earlier version of this article.)



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