|How did it all start?
The Leominster Art Association was founded as a non-profit organization in 1965, by John DeLibero. With the help of John's wife Eleanor and a small group of artists, the new organization quickly grew and gained recognition.
The first LAA art shows and exhibits took place in the parking lot of Northgate Pharmacy in Leominster, which John, a Pharmacist himself, owned and operated.
Today the LAA art shows and exhibits fill up the auditorium at St. Leo's Elementary School and The National Plastics Center & Museum in Leominster.
Currently the LAA has over 300 members, ranging from amateur to professional, including painters in all mediums, sculpters, photographers, graphic artists, and patrons of the arts. We welcome all new members who are as excited and empassioned as we are about art! See our membership page for details.
In Loving Memory
John DeLibero was a graduate of Northeastern University and while there, became interested in Botanical and Anatomical Art. His movation of Color Application and use of Mixed Media is inspiring. He has incorporated the use of Pastels in both old and new world methods.
John was the Founder of the Leominster Art Association and Past-President and was an Active Member of the Board of Directors. John's current affilliations include the Leominster Art Association, Greater Gardner Art Association, and Fitchburg Art Museum and he is listed in Arts Resource Book for Greater Worcester, sponsored by the Arts Worcester and Worcester Cultural Commssions. He also chaired the first three Exhibits in the Leominster Area. He is also a Former Member of the Leominster Cultural Commission.
John is an Independent Study and Innovator of Different Media and has studied with the famous artists Charlotte Wharton, Lou Lorenzen and Bob Cole in the Media of Pastel, Watercolor, and Acrylic. He has Demonstrated this Technique for the Greater Gardner Art Association and the Leominster Art Association. He has also held classes at his studio "Art 19" 19 Doyle St., Leominster, MA and his workds are in many Private Homes and Public Facilities. John has won many awards in Art Competitions and has had many one man exhibit shows. John is represented by The Graceworks Gallery in Bolton, MA where he also has paintings on display. His private showings at the White Elephant on Nantucket Island received much acclaim.
John has had his art exhibited at many public as well as private shows such as all of the Leominster Art Association Exhibits, Greater Gardner Art Exhibit, Searstown Mall, Cortland House, Downtown Leominster Open Exhibits, Fitchburg Savings Bank, Leominster Credit Union, Northgate Pharmacy, Yolanda, Wallace Civic Center and many local doctors offices. Many of his works are now in private collections such as Borden Company Offices, Searstown Architect Offices, London Display Fixtures Co., and Quality Color Corporation. He recently sold paintings to Aatel and Jones, Manufacturers of Placemats, with Nationwide Distribution for Retirement, Nursing, and Convalescent Care Homes.