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Widener Art Gallery to Open Deshong Exhibition Tomorrow, Nov. 10

The Widener University Art Gallery is presenting an extended exhibition of selections from the Alfred O. Deshong and Widener University collections beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10 and running through the spring semester. Admission is free.painting from collection

Deshong, a wealthy Chester industrialist, acquired his collection at a time when Japanese art and design began to strongly influence the style of Western artists. The collection includes Japanese carved ivory figures, Chinese carved hardstone vessels, Japanese and Chinese lacquerware and numerous large bronze vases. The paintings in Deshong's collection reflect his era with genre scenes of contemporary life and romantic glimpses of customs in distant lands. The artists he favored were mostly European, trained in the academies of Germany and Italy, their education often completed in Paris.

The Widener University collection includes paintings by American Impressionists Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, George L. Noyes and others as well as a collection of African pottery.  

The gallery is located in UniversityCenter on the Main Campus of Widener University on 14th Street between Walnut Street and Melrose Avenue in Chester, Pa.

The Widener Art Gallery is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibition or the art gallery, call 610-499-1189 or visit The gallery closes when the university is also closed.

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