Tench Building Artists' Studios to be Dedicated in Artist Lennie Kesl's Name


On Thursday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m., the City of Gainesville and the Gainesville-Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board will unveil a plaque dedicating the artists' studios at the Historic Tench Building in the name of the late, beloved artist, Lennie Kesl, who had a studio there for many years, and was a friend and mentor of many who passed through its doors. The Lennie Kesl Studios at the Tench Building honor the memory of Kesl, who passed away in November 2012.

The dedication of the studios in Kesl’s name was an initiative of the Gainesville-Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board, a 15-person volunteer board that advises the City of Gainesville and Alachua County Commissions and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department regarding the policies and concerns regarding the cultural community.

The City of Gainesville’s Tench Building provides affordable space for artists, most of who are emerging and benefit from the collaborative environment the facility offers. Kesl was an active member of the Tench “family of artists” having kept a studio there, was a regular at the weekly life drawing sessions and served as a mentor to many of the Tench artists through the years.

Follow the unveiling of the plaque, which is located by the studio’s Main Street front door, guests are invited to gather at Tall Paul’s Brew House (10 SE Second Ave.) to celebrate Kesl’s legacy.

For more information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs interim manager, at or 352-393-8532.