Annual Malvern Retreat House art show opens

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Fused Glass display being set up during Sunday’s check-in.

Fused Glass display being set up during Sunday’s check-in.

The fourth Annual Malvern Retreat House Art Show will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center, 315 S. Warren Avenue in Malvern.

On Sunday Feb. 1, volunteers of all ages helped the artists with check-in.

“My favorite parts of the show are being a member of the jurying team each year, and then later seeing all of the wonderful, and exciting new creations of 100 extremely talented artists,” said Luis Morales, a veteran volunteer.

Over 100 artists will be exhibiting their work this week. Richard Bollinger, a world renowned artist from West Chester, checked in several pieces including a watercolor called “Washington’s Quarters,” which is displayed in the exhibit’s entrance.

“Washington’s Quarters” was painted at Valley Forge National Park.

“The composition depicts the farmhouse Gen. Washington used as his headquarters. In the foreground is the stable and a portion of the type of fence found throughout the encampment,” explained Bollinger.

For many artists and art admirers, the complimentary wine reception, Friday, Feb. 6, will serve as a great opportunity for members of the art community to gather.

“I look forward each year to this show and especially the reception this Friday,” said Bollinger. “As an artist, meeting and speaking with art lovers and getting their input and critique regarding your art is really important and sometimes even challenging.”

This year the Malvern Retreat House Art Show is trying to innovate as well.

“The show will have a special fiber art exhibit” said Marketing Coordinator, Mary Rogelstad. “In addition, artwork ranging from modern paintings to jewelry to beautiful glasswork will be displayed.”

“The artists pour their souls into their works, and it is so gratifying to see the results as we put them on display for the show,” said Morales.

Visit www.malvernretreat.com/artshow for more information about the 2015 Malvern Retreat House Art Show.

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