Michael Blackshire

Leslie Nichols, 39, of St. Louis, Mo., is showcasing her gallery “In Her Words” at the Downing Museum. Nichols has been working on the art gallery for two and a half years and has been an artist for 17 years. The gallery showcases pieces that consist of woman who are working for positive changes in the community and that are passionate in different issues in the area. The larger pieces were made from words from interviews Nichols conducted with the women from oil based ink and acrylic paint. The smaller pieces were either acrylic paint or created by a type writer.