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Art Gallery Hosts Exhibition of Local Women Artists Inspired by Fellow Women Artists

Valetta (on the ladder) and Nancy Sarangoulis install their work titled “What the Flood Left Behind.”

The Widener University Art Gallery will host AFFINITIES Women Artists – Women's Inspiration from September 2 through October 11. The exhibition includes the creative works of five local women artists who have chosen "affinity partners," artists whose work they admire and with whom they have a stylistic or theme-based connection. The exhibition is presented by the Regional center for Women in the Arts.

The paintings of Margo Allman of West Grove, Pa. and her affinity partner, Alice Oh of Philadelphia, Pa. depict elemental biomorphic forms. Though Allman's forms are layered and Oh's dance across the surface, both artists' technical proficiency with their materials gives their work a sense of freedom and inevitability.

Nancy Sarangoulis of Reading, Pa. and Valetta of Thornton, Pa. both work in a stream of consciousness method, which allows them to collaborate easily and combine their distinct styles into one.

Lynda Schmid of Chadds Ford, Pa. and Erin Endicott of Port Republic, N.J. are most concerned with surface in their work. They continually explore new media and consistently produce fresh and exciting new works.

Diane Pieri and Barbara Bullock, both of Philadelphia, work primarily in collage. Both are inspired by symbols and meanings from other cultures. Although working abstractly, there are representational incidences that enhance and enliven their art.

Though they work in different media, Donna Usher of Downingtown, Pa. and Mona Brody of West Orange, N.J. produce fine art with influences threaded together like gossamer. Cross-cultural references can be found in both artists' work.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of art in the exhibition will be donated to Pathways of PA, a non-profit organization that exists to help women, teens, children and families achieve economic independence and family well-being.

A reception to meet the artists will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 1-3 p.m. For further information contact Becky Warda at 610-499-1181, or Valetta at 610-459-2384.

The Widener University Art Gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The gallery is located in University Center on the Chester Campus of Widener University, on 14th Street between Walnut Street and Melrose Avenue. For more information, contact the Widener University Art Gallery at 610-499-1189 or visit the gallery website at

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