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“Intermingling of Forms” Opening Reception
September 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Featuring the artwork of Vidya Shyamsundar & Lynn Strano Whitt
(The show will remain in the Special Exhibit Gallery through September 28th)
Book Signing with Local Author
Susan Bremer O’Neill will be signing her book “From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal.”
Also visiting will be Allie Charles, “The Book Psychic” from Cecil County Public Library
Deb Mackie, harpist
Vidya Shyamsundar, Painter
Vidya Shyamsundar paints colorful intricate motifs inspired by diverse cultural styles with a striking textured appeal. Her work is classified into Ethnic, Fusion, and Novel components. Vidya’s ethnic paintings represent ancient Indian free-hand traditional art called Kolam and Rangoli that is believed to welcome prosperity to homes. Her fusion paintings depict a a series of varied cultural styles and many of her fusion work are the result of her study and interpretation from the book named The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones – first published in England in 1856. Finally, her novel paintings reflect vivid elements of creativity with splash of colors and distinctive style. Through her work she aims to reinforce values from her Indian heritage and expresses how cultural traditions around the world influence each other regardless of similarities and differences. Born and raised in India and living in the United States for over eighteen years she embraces the exchange of positive cultural spirit between the east and the west. Vidya’s paintings can be found in local galleries, open studio tours, local art shows, and in her own home studio gallery. Presently, she lives in Downingtown, PA with her husband, two young daughters, and her mother-in-law and enjoys organizing and decorating spaces outside of art making.
Lynn Strano Whitt, Jewelry Artist
Lynn Strano-Whitt is a jewelry and textile artist who resides in Newark, DE with her husband and two children. Lynn was always enamored with jewelry of all kinds growing up and the gift of a rock tumbler from her grandfather only fueled that interest further. Twenty years later, on vacation with her husband in North Carolina, Lynn encountered a wire jewelry artist and immediately thought, “I can do that!”. Upon arriving home, she ordered her first rolls of bare copper wire from an electric supply company and went about the work of teaching herself how to create wire jewelry (this was prior to Google and YouTube!). Since then, Lynn has continued to refine and enhance her jewelry designs, finding inspiration in all things. Lampwork glass beads, natural stones, crystals, various types of pearls, millefiori beads, polymer clay, porcelain and terra cotta clay, and paste paper are just some of the materials she has used in her jewelry making; although she always returns to her first love, copper wire. In May of 2010, Lynn joined what became The Palette & The Page, LLC and became an integral part of the creation and ongoing management of the gallery and continues to dedicate herself to the gallery’s success. Entirely self-taught, Lynn frequently shares her knowledge and techniques in various local workshops and exhibits her work in the tri-state area. Lynn also enjoys working with textiles. She has created a wide selection of hand-made baby apparel, as well as handbags and totes. Lynn also volunteers as a costumer for Delaware Dance Company’s production of the Nutcracker; working closely with the Artistic Director and other volunteers to create new costumes, update existing costumes and creating headpieces and props.