Born and raised in southeastern Connecticut, it was apparent at an early age that art would play a major roll in my life. My interest in sharing this enthusiasm for art eventually led me to a long and rewarding career in art education. I received a BFA from the University of Hartford Art School where I majored in painting and minored in art education. I went on to earn my Masters Degree from Central Connecticut State University followed by Educational Leadership Courses at the University of Connecticut. My teaching career began at Montville High School before being invited to join the faculty at the prestigious Norwich Art School at the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut. In addition to teaching, I served as the Director of the Norwich Art School from 1997 – 2007. Upon retiring from a gratifying career in art education, I now concentrate my energies on my own art and work out of my home based studio, in southeastern Connecticut.

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As an artist, my preferred mode of expression is printmaking. I have always enjoyed the physical processes of the medium; the experimentation and getting my hands dirty. The majority of my work is focused on less toxic photopolymer techniques and over the years I have continually honed my skills by taking various classes and participating in professional development workshops. I have been fortunate to work with master printmakers such as Keith Howard, Dale Bradley and Michael Mazur and have shared my experiences and expertise with others through workshops and classes. My work has been exhibited in numerous regional & national exhibitions and my award winning prints can be found in public and private collections.

I have served on the boards of various art organizations including the Mystic Art Association and The Norwich Arts Council Co-Op Gallery. I’m a member of The Printmakers Network of Southern New England, The Friends of Slater Museum, The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and The Boston Printmakers.




3 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Mrs. Leary,
    This is Annette Sinclair. I was a student of yours at Montville HS. I have thought of you so often and wondered where ypur talent has taken you and I’m not surprised to see you are still impacting the art world. I live in Cape Cod now and would love to see you and your work! Sincerely, Annette S Silva

    1. Hi Annette! You know, when I think back on my 35 year teaching career beginning way back at Montville High, there are certain students that stood out and you were definitely one of them. ( I remember a fabulous grid drawing you did!) In fact, just recently I was telling someone about my early teaching experience which made me think of you and wondering where life took you. So, it’s a nice surprise to hear from you. Cape Cod is beautiful; lots to inspire an artist. I hope you were able to incorporate that talent of yours into your life. I’m still in Norwich and now that I’m retired, I enjoy working in my home studio. Thank you for checking up on me and your kind comments about my work. Hope all is well with you. Fondly, Melody

  2. Hello!
    Omg! I cannot tell you how often I think of you as I craft, design, sew, bead and do so so much. Cape Cod is a temp home as my husband is a pilot in the Coast Guard. I have 4 amazing children, and 2 grands! I’d love to actually see your work and we visit CT often as I still have many friends there. Here’s my email so that you can tell me where to view your work, I’m in awe! Very sincerely, Annette

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