This summer, Park West Gallery sponsored New York-based artist Leslie Lew to visit the Detroit area to conduct a series of free art education workshops for children. Lew, a renowned American neo-pop artist, uses “Buki’s Garden,” a story she wrote and illustrated, to tell the tale of a not so attractive kitty who shows that being different can have its advantages.
“In this day and age, there’s a lot of kids who are bullying, being bullied…. that’s kind of why I did the book,” Lew explained. “I think that it was a good thing to do. The story really teaches people to be accepting of being different.”
Lew said that her decision to bring Buki to Detroit was deliberate. “Going to Detroit I just felt would be a really important thing because there are so many kids that need a little bit more encouragement, or they don’t feel as special as they should.”