Laura Leiden was born and raised in Chatham, NJ., twenty-five miles from NYC. Most summers her family vacationed at Silver Bay, a YMCA Family Conference Center, on Lake George in NY. There she had the unique opportunity to be taught and encouraged by watercolorist Adele Hepburn, AWS. Much of her annual vacation was spent in the Craft Shop where she learned silversmithing, copper enameling, lapidary, and batik in an adult environment. “This was a great opportunity for me to try all sorts of art media and techniques,” Laura comments.
Laura moved to Boston where she attended Massachusetts College of Art. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Laura accepted a position as an art teacher at Greer High School in SC. She taught there for six years and was elected Teacher of the Year by her colleagues. While teaching, Laura was active in the Greenville artist community and was selected for the Curator’s Choice Award to be part of a 3-person show at the Greenville Museum of Art. For three summers, she attended Rhode Island School of Design earning a Master of Arts Education. Laura’s love for art and interest in other cultures led to her selection as a Fulbright Art Scholar in Belgium and the Netherlands.