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VIRGINIA EVANS SM IT

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" F” IS FOR FLOWERS\, FISH AND FRA GMENTS "

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April 9 April 27\, 2013

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Reception\, Saturday\, April 13\, 4 - 6 pm.

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Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to pre sent a solo exhibition of prints of all sorts by the artist VIRGINIA EVA NS SMIT. The exhibit will continue from April 9 Apri l 27\, 2013 with a reception\, Saturday\, April 13\, 4 - 6 pm.

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The “F” word usually brings to mind a host of either negative or at the ve ry least controversial associations\, but in the case of the art in this ex hibit\, Virginia Evans Smit is instead showing us the beautiful and the fla mboyant of the floral and aquatic side of nature\, then playing with it ing eniously. Smit is an artist of diverse skills &\; interests. Foremost in her artistic explorations are the varieties of printmaking and the artist expands the media to its fullest. In this group of works she is presenting a wide range of silk screen\, monoprinting\, Chine colle - a unique techniq ue in printmaking in which the image is transferred to a surface that is re collaged in the printing process- solar etchings and digital prints that ec ho and evoke variations on all the above.

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She loves color so the floral life in Barbados\, where she spends her winters\, accounts f or much of the subject matter in this exhibition. In her last exhibition at Viridian in 2007\, the focus of the work was the blooming beauty of the Ca ribbean plant life residing in her garden and in 2003\, the images were rem embrance of travels in Japan and across the U.S. In this current exhibit\, she pushes her skills to encompass a wide range of experimental approaches to both her printmaking techniques and her subject matter.

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The arti st has the distinction of being the first African American female to receiv e a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she re ceived The Thornton Oakly Creative Achievement Award. She has been associat ed with Viridian Artists since 1978. Over that time period she has had more than fifteen solo exhibitions at Farleigh Dickenson and Columbia Universit y’s Teacher’s College\, Mehu Gallery in Manhattan\, the James E Lewis Museu m at Morgan State University\, the Barbados Museum and Historical Society a nd others. Her work is in many collections including General Foods\, the He witt Collection of African American Art\, the Library of Congress\, The Fub a Collection in Johannesburg South Africa\, Colgate Palmolive and many othe r private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad.

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                                                    Gallery hours: Tuesday through  Saturday 12- 6 PM

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For further information pl ease contact Vernita Nemec\, Gallery Director at 212 414 4040 or viridianartistsinc@gmail.com or view the gallery website: www.viridianartists.com

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