January 23, 2018 – Dixie Leibert's first exhibited painting was at Lord & Taylor's high school artwork show in New York City in 1948. After high school, Dixie completed a two-year commercial art program at the State University of New York at Farmingdale and was later accepted into a newly-launched art education program at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
After graduation, Dixie married and taught for five years on Long Island. Once their children had grown, Dixie resumed teaching K-12. Twenty-eight years later she and her husband, Bob Leibert, retired to Morehead City. In retirement, she began to focus on perfecting her skills with her favorite media–watercolor–facilitated by techniques taught by the well-known Raleigh artist, Charles Sharpe.
Dixie began showing her work locally including the Beaufort Library, the Mattie King Davis gallery, and Art from the Heart, first entering in 1998. For several years running, her paintings were selected for the Richard Zuch watercolor award. In 2002, Enchanted by Harry was awarded the Timberlake Art in the Schools award at the North Carolina Watercolor Society show in Gastonia. This painting was chosen by students from the Gastonia High School for their library. Enchanted by Harry depicted a young girl sitting on a beach chair alone, engrossed in a Harry Potter book. Since then, her paintings have been accepted in both the North Carolina and South Carolina watercolor societies and she has attained signature status in both organizations.
Dixie also finds time to volunteer at Arts for the Hospital (as former president) and also the Carteret Community Theatre, which provides another outlet to express her artistic interests by collaborating with her husband in designing and painting sets for many productions. She may be contacted via email: email@example.com.