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About The Artist

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I am a painter and a dancer,  and was both from a very young age.   Growing up in New York,  the best of both of these worlds were at my disposal.   I  studied art  at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and dance with the innovators of modern dance.     I attended college on scholarship to  Skidmore College, California State University, Brooklyn College and the New School of Social Research.   In my twenties I lived in Manhattan  and performed as a  visual artist and dancer in Soho when it was a haven for artists, not shopping.   When I moved west I focused on painting  under accomplished artists and Ateliers.  I still dance, but the body changes!!!!

My first show  of paintings  at Phillips Gallery of Fine Art, San Jose, CA was a sell out.   Commissions by collectors and designers followed.    My most recent solo show in New York City  was entitled “Dancer’s Palette”.  My artwork is shown in Santa Monica and Malibu, California, with Flower and Hewes Gallery as well as  Washington State  and  The Museum of Contemporary Art in London.  In 2016, my painting “Tumbleweed ” was a one of ten finalists out of 600 entrees from around the world  in the New York Art Expo Poster Contest.   Again In 2017, my painting “Teetering ” was  selected for New York Art Expo Poster Contest as one of 10 finalists.  Summer 2016, I was selected to be an artist for  “Piano in the Parks” public art event in Seattle.

My paintings are in fine residences, corporate office building, hotels and have been used by ballet companies for their studios and as set design backdrops.  Authors have used my art work for their book covers.  I continue to work with collectors and designers creating commissioned artworks independently and through my representatives.  My book “Dancer’s Palette” is available on Amazon.com.

Galleries and Exhibitions 

  • Phillips Gallery of Fine Art, Kirkland, WA
  • Mercer Island Art Gallery, Mercer Island, WA
  • Axis Gallery- Seattle, WA Group Show
  • Phillips Gallery of Fine Art, San Jose, CA
  • Art Expo New York 2015
  • Flower and Hewes, Sant Monica & Malibu, CA
  • L’Excellence Design Center, Miami, Florida
  • Wellington Masters, Wellington, Florida
  • Lanyon 36 Gallery, New York City
  • Art Vault Unlimited LLC
  • Museum of Contemporary Art , London
  • Sansa Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
  • Gallerie Misto, Belleair Bluffs, Fl
  • Art Basel, Miami 2015
  • Best of Gage,Gage Academy of Art,  2015
  • Best of Gage, Gage Academy of Art, 2016
  • Bemis Arts Center 2016
  • “Pianos in the Park” Seattle, WA 2016
  • Awards:
  • Art Expo New York 2016 Poster Challenge Finalist
  • Art Expo New York 2017 Poster Challenge Finalist

Collectors of Barbi Leifert artwork include:

  • The Nordstrom Family, Seattle, WA
  •  Prunty Family, Palo Alto , CA
  •  Penski Family, Mercer Island, WA
  • Dr Ben Podemski, Seattle, WA
  • Diana Sheridan, Snoqualmie, WA
  • Mara and Larry Lawrence, La Jolla, CA
  • Dr. And Mrs. Greg Schroedl, Mercer Island, WA
  • Andy Mansell, Seattle, WA
  • Lisa and Wallace Yallup, Kirkland, WA
  • Michelle and Mark Buchanan, Seattle, WA
  • Tom and Cynthia Captain, Mercer Island, WA
  • Dr. Barry Morguelan, Los Angeles,CA
  • Sandy Vilas, Steamboat Springs, Co
  • Dr. Gregory Guyman, Mercer island, WA
  • Maureen Dowd, Seattle, WA
  • Cheryl Michaels, Sammamish, WA
  • Zanne Lanyon Wittson, NJ
  • Tawn and Mel Auston, Miami, FL
  • Lisa Orberg, NYC
  • Patty Jordan, Bellevue, WA
  • Grayson Handy, NYC
  • Susan Ministeri, Long Island
  • Federal Way Boys and Girls Club
  • Eva and John Stephanous, Bellevue, WA
  • Erika Cianciulli, Long Island
  • Darren and Kay Bowman, Bellevue, WA
  • Alexandra Collard, Monterey, CA
  • Dr. Constance Mao, Seattle, WA
  • Erik Morris, Seattle, WA
  • Patrica Vaccarino, Seattle, WA
  • Trica Stromberg, Seattle,WA
  • The Fellman’s Aspen, CO.
  • Edward L. Bruce, WA

Visual Artist credits:

  • Video producer – “In Rehearsal” featuring David Storey at Broadway Dance Center, NYC
  • Video producer – “Without Your Love” featuring Los Angeles based A Capella singing group M-Pact
  • Book Covers: “Medicine Wheel” by Alexandra Collard
  • Dancer’s Palette by Barbi Leifert
  • Film producer – Roam the Dome, Tacoma, WA