With the temperatures up and down for weeks, and although spring has yet to make an appearance for longer than a day or two, it’s safe to say spring has officially arrived at the University’s D’Arrigo Family Gallery. The new show - titled “Color Explosion” - features bright and bold colored artwork ranging from paintings of landscapes and abstracts to mixed-media pieces all from the collective women artist group, ARTsisters. The show will run through August 26.
“After the especially long and dreary winter [I wanted] to have the spring/summer exhibition be a feast for the eye, [and uplifting] for the spirit,” said Elynne Rosenfeld, curator at D’Arrigo Family Gallery
. “I wanted [to enrich the] viewer experience predominantly by intensity of color in a variety of subject matter.”
She knew just who was up for the task and reached out to ARTsisters, a group she’s come to know well over the years, and has subsequently joined, to ask them to come up with pieces for the show. The group has previously exhibited at the gallery, which is why Rosenfeld has confidence in their work. “This is such a gifted group of women that I know I can always draw from their vast creative resources to cull an interesting show,” said Rosenfeld.
As an artist herself in the Philadelphia area, Rosenfeld started to affiliate with many of the women who are members in the group through sharing the same galleries, studios and art organizations. She became interested in ARTsisters not only for their talent, but also for their acts of kindness in the community.
ARTsisters was founded in December 2005 by Linda Dubin Garfield and her long-time friend and fellow artist Leslie DeBrocky (who has since passed). The group believes that, “the collective energy generated, motivated and inspired by professional women artists creates synergy.” There are now 24 members, 14 of which are showing at “Color Explosion”.
ARTsisters supports non-profits by donating proceeds from their shows; and 20% of sales through “Color Explosion” will be donated to Valley Youth House, the group’s featured charity for 2018. The Valley Youth House helps at-risk kids find a safe haven in which to thrive and grow by providing programs, therapy, and residences. The University’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance at Salus (SAGAS)
, the first LGBTQ-focused student organization on campus has also recently raised money for the Valley Youth House.
Concurrent with the show at D’Arrigo Family Gallery is a summer show by ARTsisters at Beth Or Synagogue in Maple Glen, Pa. For more information about ARTsisters, please visit their Facebook page
Salus University’s D’Arrigo Family Gallery
features art shows for permanent viewing and is located in the Hafter Student Community Center
. Dedicated in honor of the University’s chief of staff Brian Zuckerman’s wife Jennifer’s family, the gallery is available to both the Salus and local communities.