UHS Art Gala celebrates 42 years

The Unionville High School Art Gala is Nov. 17 and 18.

The Unionville High School Arts Gala is 42 years old this year. This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great food. This year it runs Nov. 17 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unionville High School Art Center.

Friday evening includes delicious appetizers from some of the area’s most popular restaurants. There will also be live music from local musicians.

This year’s featured Artist is MaryAnn Weselyk.  Growing up in Chadds Ford, MaryAnn was influenced by its rich art culture and her beautiful surroundings.  She also gained a sense of freedom in her art from her extensive study of impressionism, post-impressionism, and the modern revolutionary movements of the late 19th and early 20th Century. Understanding their work, she says “truly opened her eyes to art without boundaries.”

At heart, MaryAnn is a colorist, working in oils for its rich subdued hues and depth and acrylics for liveliness and spontaneity. MaryAnn embraces strength in abstract design, linear movement, and saturation of color with interesting patterns and texture. MaryAnn exhibits her work throughout the tri-state area, was the featured artist at other premier area shows, and was listed as a top painter in the book Artists of the Brandywine Valley, by Catherine Quillman, 2010.

The Art Gala will also feature two senior student artists, whose names will be announced later. The Student Art section of the Art Gala highlights the impressive artistic talents nurtured by Unionville High School and its outstanding Art Department.

A silent auction is offered to the public which features beautiful artwork donated by the talented artists in the show as well as select regional activities and outings.  The silent auction runs both Friday and Saturday and closes one hour before the show ends.

This fun and lively event raises money for Educational Enrichment Projects, which help enhance the overall educational experience.

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