Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tillie and Moses Leonard-Fritzmeier in the World's Smallest Art Gallery

Artwork by Tillie Leonard-Fritzmeier and Moses Leonard-Fritzmeir on Display in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery* through May 1, 2013 


    There are three paragraphs about Tillie and Moses below. One of them is the truth and the other two are complete fabrications. Can you pick the true one?

  1. Moses said, “The art world is lousy with teams of brother artists. There are Jake and Dinos Chapman and the Quay Brothers. There are even two sets of twin brothers; the Starn Twins and Os Gêmeos. But, can you name one set of brother and sister art making teams? No, because we are unique!” Tillie adds, “Yeah! (But don’t forget the Cohen Brothers.) Not only are we the only brother-sister art making team, but we are also the only set of Irish twins making art together. Also, we are the only ones raised as Scientologists.” “And nudists,” Moses says. “There is no one like us!”

  2. Moses has just gotten a sizable commission. He will be doing the official portrait of Banana Joe the 2013 best in show champion of The Westminster Dog Show. “It is going to be a challenge,” Moses said. “Banana Joe is an Affenpinscher and nobody knows what an Affenpinscher looks like. He goes on to explain that with dog portraiture you can coast on breed recognition. If it looks like a collie or a boxer, you’re home free. But an Affenpinscher, he said, “Is basically just a ball of black fur. If you’re not careful it comes out looking like a monkey from the Wizard of Oz. Tillie cut in and said, “Or the monkey’s ass. Look, I’m not jealous of Moses’ success. I wish him all the best! I just think he is so much better than pet portraiture, but it is his choice and he has to live with the consequences.”

  3. Tillie did most the talking. Moses dropped an occasional line. “Moses has been drawing since he was a baby. He’d cry until you put a pencil in his hand. I came to it much later. My last year in college, I had to take drawing to take photography. I thought it was the best thing ever! I wished I’d gone to art school. Now it is like an addiction. I just have to go home and do it. I’d still draw if I knew no one would ever see it. Moses said, quietly, “I can’t distinguish between when I started drawing and when I started reading comics.”


OK! Go ahead! See if you can pick the right one, but keep in mind, sometimes a lie reveals more than the truth.

Moses Leonard-Fritzmeier

Tillie Leonard-Fritzmeier

* The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:

  • A kiosk on the South County Bike Path ( It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. The kiosk is a beautifully designed and built structure that has two display cases. Each measures 42” X 41” x 2”. The cases are weatherproof and have sturdy locks.
  • A joint project of Hera Gallery ( and  Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (
  • A place to show your artwork. Hera Gallery will be managing the kiosk as a place for artists to display their work. You may have a six-week, one-person show in the kiosk on a first come, first serve basis. Work is not juried, but must be “family friendly.” Artists are asked to choose work that does not depict nudity, sexuality or violence. Neither Hera Gallery nor PDNRI will insure the work. Artists display work at their own risk.
  • A way of having your work seen by a lot of people. The bike path has very heavy traffic, especially during the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Many bikers, runners and walkers pass by every hour. There will not be sales from the Kiosk, but your display can include your contact information. Hera Gallery will publicize The World’s Smallest Gallery on its website, blog, and Constant Contact mailings. A Facebook page will be developed.
  • A way to beautify the community. The stretch of the bike path where the kiosk is located contains other artwork including murals, sculpture, mosaics, and landscape architecture. The World’s Smallest Art Gallery will add to the beautification of this area.

John Kotula is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at to get more details and to schedule a show.

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