New Leaf Projects

More than 4,000 New Leafs have been planted in 43 US states and 60 countries on 7 continents. Click here to see where New Leaf has been planted.

General Description

New Leaf is a series of public art events by Carol Ann Newsome. New Leafs are planted in a specific area to be unexpectedly encountered and turned over. Each New Leaf is a unique acrylic painting on a hand made wood panel, measuring 3.5 X 4.5 inches. The panels are cut by my friend Brian. I sand, seal and paint each one. Each leaf has a label informing the person holding it that they have just turned over a New Leaf (since the label is on the back this is a factual occurrence) and that they may keep the leaf and turn it over whenever they wish. There is an e-mail address on the back for anyone who cares to share their new leaf experience. Every project involves a number of planters who place the paintings surreptitiously in the target area. A minimum of 5,000 New Leafs will be distributed. At this time New Leaf is supported by myself and uses volunteer labor.

New Leaf: Goa, India

Feb, 2003 100 Leafs were were exhibited at AXiRVAAD Gallery Restaurant on a rotating basis, then planted by owner Deepti Daat and volunteers. This is the largest planting event in a single country outside the United States since the inception of New Leaf. This project also marked an evolution in the look of the paintings, so I developed a new line of Leaf-Ware using Goa Leafs. Check mugs, totes clocks and more at the New Leaf Store

New Leaf: Millennium

January 1, 2001 On the first day of the new millennium, 2000 New Leafs were planted in 46 countries around the world. All 2,000 Leafs were exhibited at Semantics in Cincinnati, Ohio during September. See photos from around the world and read planter comments in my Millennium Gallery Read about the Millennium Project in Cincinnati Enquirer and at The Sharing Tree and see Evan Lindquist's MIllenium Project Photo Page

Over 200 Planters came from all walks of life, from Artists to Scientists, MIlitary Personnel to Nuns, Doctors, Teachers, International Consultants, Grandpas, Accountants, Restauranteurs to Ministers, Actors, Landscapers, Therapists, Musicians, DJs, Computer Technicians, Grandmas, Salesmen, Pyschics, Students, Activists; for many this was a family affair.

Countries: Antarctica, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahamas, Bosnia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela, and Wales

United States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Leaf of the Month

Since October 1997, one or more New Leafs has been planted each month in a variety of locations. See Leaf of the Month for updates.

New Leaf: Brittany and Paris

June 16 - 26, 2000 10 Leafs were planted during a 150 mile solo bicycle and camping tour from Gouarec to Carnac. 10 Leafs were planted in Paris on June 25 & 26. See pictures in the Gallery

New Leaf: Cape Town, Republic of South Africa

February - March, 2000 50 New Leafs were planted.

New Leaf: Cincinnati

October 5-17, 1999 101 New Leafs were planted in Cincinnati over a 13 day period. Plantings were documented daily on this web site. Follow Carol's New Leaf Adventure

New Leaf: Seoul, South Korea

September 16-25, 1999 50 New leafs were planted at the SDA Language Institute by instructor Betina Coetzee over a 10 day period starting September 16, 1999.

New Leaf: Saint Charles, Illinois

April 26, 1999 200 Saint Charles High School students were each given a New Leaf to plant that day in the Saint Charles area. This project was conducted in conjunction with a 2 day artist residency coordinated by Greg Chapman. .

New Leaf: Good Goddess

March 1-31, 1999 As part of the 2nd Good Goddess festival, 200 New Leafs were planted in the North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee tri-state area. Towns included Bristol, Johnson City, Jonesboro, Abingdon, Asheville and points in between. The Good Goddess festival is coordinated by Susan Lachman and Karen schaffer

New Leaf: Niagara Falls

October 23 - 25 1998 200 New Leafs were planted on both sides of Niagara Falls. One very special leaf was placed at the end of a rainbow while touring the base of the American Falls. Articles appeared on the front page of the Niagara Gazette (USA) and in the Niagara Review (Canada)

New Leaf: Johnson City, Tennessee

July 17-18, 1998 25 New Leafs were planted at East Tennesse State University during the Early Childhood Conference. Susan Lachmann of Women on Air, WETS fm 89.5, coordinated this event. There was a radio interview July 17th at 12:45 pm.

New Leaf: Kalamazoo

July 11, 1998 25 New Leafs were planted in honor of Starr Redgrave's ordination into the Church of Reunion.

New Leaf: Charleston, SC

May 21-24, 1998 300 New Leafs were planted around the city during the 1998 Spoleto Festival. Planting centered on the Peninsula, but leaves were also planted in Mount Pleasant, on James Island, Folly Beach, and the beach at Sullivans Island. This event was coordinated by Maria Richardson of Governor's School at the college of Charleston. Charleston Post and Courier

New Leaf: Navy Pier

May 8-10, 1998 New Leaf attended the 1998 Navy Pier Show in Chicago. 10 Leafs were planted in the vicinity of the show and the Chicago gallery district.

New Leaf

October 7-10, 1996 One New Leaf was created and dedicated to each member of congress, the President and the Vice President for a total of 537 New Leafs. The premise was that each person discovering a leaf, would turn it over and look on the back. In doing so, they turned over a New Leaf for the person who held that particular office. "We, the people" turned over a New Leaf for the federal government in a three day period just prior to the elections. I put an e-mail address on the back. The paintings were installed at Sundog Inc in Laurel MD prior to being distributed around Washington DC. Distribution included the streets, shops and subways of DC, museums and other public attractions, the mall, the inside of the Watergate, the Capital, the OEB, (including the placement of Al D'Amato's leaf in the sitting room to Hillary Clinton's office). This project received attention from the Washington Post. The leaf mentioned in the article which was left on the steps of the Capital Hill Cluster School was dedicated to Bill Clinton. The leaf found by Deandre Myers on the basketball court was Al Gore's. There was also a radio interview with Roseanne Skirble of Voice of America which aired in over 40 countries and on the internet.

Finders Keepers

May 19-21, 1995 At Cincinnati's Art on the Square, 300 small paintings of individual leaves were planted around the festival for visitors to find and take. The festival site included Fountain Square, the Westin Hotel, the skywalk, the Contemporary Art Center, Tower Place and other commercial spaces in the heart of down town. The main task here was to avoid detection while planting leaves in a crowd. This project was the prototype for New Leaf. As often happens the image came first and I only began to understand its reason for being later.