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GCU’s “Sculpted & Sewn” Art Exhibit to Feature Two NJ Artists

Exhibit Presents Works of Sculptor Mira Welnowska and Textile Artist Diane Savona

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 29, 2009—Depictions of the lives of women past and present unite in “Sculpted and Sewn,” a joint exhibit of New Jersey artists Diane Savona, Passaic, and Mira Welnowska, Jackson. The exhibit begins on Monday, October 5, and runs through Friday, October 30, in the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus.

Diane Savona, a textile artist, gathers clothing, tools and personal possessions from garage sales and incorporates them into her mixed media textile creations to connect her work to the people in her community, both past and present. She will exhibit her Fossil Garment series, which she calls “fossil specimens,” to represent the dying art of sewing in an archaeological context. Deconstructed garments—sometimes embedded in handmade felt—are offered for inspection on taut surfaces.

“Archaeologists use coins and pottery shards to tell the story of ancient people,” says Ms. Savona. “I use vintage textiles to construct a visual narrative of previous generations.”

Ms. Savona will also exhibit works from Markers, a series constructed on old metal pants stretchers.

Sculptor Mira Welnowska will show pieces from her Dancers, Nature Works, and Classic Mythology series. Her dancers, sculpted from bronze and handmade paper, present the passion of the art of dance as it exalts the emotion and beauty of the human form in the movement of dance. The Nature Works pieces emphasize the harmony between humanity and nature.

“Nature around us is full of life, beauty, and energy,” says Ms. Welnowska. “I am delighted when I am able to communicate the mood, expression, and pleasing qualities of the subject to my viewer.”

“The viewer will be intrigued with and enlightened by the works in this exhibit,” says Kathleen Settles, gallery director. “Diane Savona’s work reminds us of past generations of women whose needlework, however unobtrusive, was the foundation for everyday textiles. And Mira Welnowska’s sculptures are energetic, yet delicate, despite their creation from hard elements.”

An artists’ reception will be held on Tuesday, October 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public, and the gallery’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

About Diane Savona
Diane Savona is an artist, teacher, and collector of domestic artifacts. After many years of teaching art, she became a full-time studio artist. Her work has been featured in many group, invitational, and one-woman shows throughout the Northeast, as well as in Piecework magazine. Ms. Savona is a member of the Surface Design Association; the Studio Art Quilt Association; the Textile Study Group; and Studio 6, a critique group. She received a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Scholarship and residency at Peters Valley Art Center in Layton, New Jersey. Ms. Savona is the winner of a 2008 New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship Award and is currently a fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Montclair State University. For more about Diane Savona, please see her Web site at www.dianesavonaart.com.

About Mira Welnowska
Mira Welnowska, a renowned sculptress, creates award-winning works of art in the realist tradition. The Poland native has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the New York Academy of Figurative Art, and the Art Student League of New York. Currently, she is pursuing an M.F.A. at the Academy of Art University in California. Her lengthy education has provided her with a meticulous academic background for undertaking virtually all classical and figurative forms. Ms. Welnowska is a highly versatile and creative artist who is able to work in different mediums and subject matters, creating landscape, still life, portraiture, and three-dimensional figurative pieces. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club and the Art Student League, both in New York; the American Artist Professional League, New Jersey Chapter; the Ocean County Artists’ Guild; the Sculptors Association of New Jersey; Allied Artists of America; Freehold Art Society; and the Monmouth County Art Council. Ms. Welnowska teaches sculpture modeling in her studio in Jackson. For more about Mira Welnowska, please see her Web site at www.mirawelnowskasculpture.com.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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