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Colors of Korea
Featured Works by the Philadelphia Arts Connection

January 19 – March 11, 2015  
Open to the public: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 Penn State Great Valley will host the works of 11 regional artists from the Philadelphia Arts Connection (PAC) in the Henry Gallery, January 19 through March 11, 2015. The exhibit, Colors of Korea, opens with a reception for the public on Thursday, January 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The opening event is free but registration is required at http://colorsofkorea.eventbrite.com.

Colors of Korea is an expression of the unique colors, memories and reflections of the PAC members whose works embrace Korean and Western art traditions incorporating their life experiences and exposures to contemporary arts. Participating artists include Kyungja O. Kim, Sung H. Ham, Soo arm Ahn, Yeonmi Ahn, Alice Chung, Yeoun Lee, Cara Stickler, Jamie Moon, Samuel Park, Soyoun Kim and Nam Sook Kwon.

Philadelphia Arts Connection, established in 2010 by a group of Korean émigré artists residing in the greater Philadelphia-New York region, is an artists’ cooperative that meets monthly to provide support and to encourage its members’ artistic growths and, through twice yearly group shows, strives to promote its members’ visibility to the larger art audiences in the New York-Philadelphia corridor. 

A majority of the group’s members are professionally active in their respective arts communities as established or emerging artists. They come from diverse backgrounds, but share a passion for creating art with unique voices as Korean-Americans whose artistic interests draw from both Korean and Western art traditions and cultures and incorporate their life experiences and exposures to contemporary arts in America. They work in a variety of media including oil, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media and sculpture.




 
Photo of one of the featured works of art

Great Valley hosts local artist solo exhibit in student lounge

Due to this afternoon's weather forecast, the opening reception has been cancelled.

Penn State Great Valley is hosting a Chester County Art Association exhibit in the Student Lounge featuring paintings by local artist Annette Alessi. The exhibit, Inspirations of Life, is on display February 3 through April 16 in the Student Lounge in the Main Building. The opening reception is Tuesday, March 3, from 6 – 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Registration is required at http://inspirationsoflife.eventbrite.com

"Life has many paths to its journey.  Along the path, it is up to you to find and appreciate those beautiful moments in time and to hold them dear in your heart,” says Alessi.  "My exhibit is just that.  Places I have visited, places I have passed, people whom I love, time spent in nature, and observing the light in everything and all around me.”

Alessi has used pastels for about 20 years and has been using oils since 2006, when introduced to the medium by a former teacher, Karl Kuerner.

She studied drawingand painting the human figure, majoring in fashion illustration at the Art Institute of Philadelphia during the late 80’s, graduating in 1987. Two months after graduating, she began working with Alfred Angelo Bridals as the fashion illustrator for Michelle Piccione.  Throughout the 90’s, she gained many skills in the fashion advertising industry involving graphic design, art direction and illustration, including portraiture. Her landscapes are self-taught only since the new millennium.

Alessi teaches art classes for adults and children at Chester County Art Association, Delaware Community College, Darlington Arts Center, and privately at her studio in Garnet Valley. She is a member of the Pastel Soci­ety of America, the Portrait Society of America, DaVinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia,  The Delaware Valley Art League and Chester County Art Association. She is represented by various galleries in the PA, DE, NJ area including Strodes Mill Gallery in West Chester,  GV Gallery One in Chadds Ford,  as well as Artist Haven Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her fashion figures can be seen on display at Beau Etre in West Chester. Her works have been published in several books including “100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley”, “Best of American Artists in Pastel “and “A World of Artists. More information about the artist can be found at: www.alessicreations.com