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Art League opens ‘She Speaks’ for March event

Artworks exclusively by female artists will fill the galleries of the Ocean City Center for the Arts during March. The show, “She Speaks,” funded in part by a grant from The Women’s Fund, is a celebration of women in the arts in coordination with International Women’s Day on March 8.

The public is invited to a free, opening reception on First Friday, March 4 from 5 – 7 p.m.at the Arts Center on 94th St. bayside.

Photographers Yuanyuan Liu and Selena Malott will feature their work in the Thaler Gallery.

Yuanyuan Liu is in the MFA program at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. “Untranslatable is a photographic expression of her feelings towards an individual’s inner struggle against the powerful, external dynamics of societal and cultural influences and the mutual manipulation that takes place among people.

Selena Malott’s “Lightscape” macro photographs stem from her obsession with flora and her desire to preserve each specimen or scene in a way that allows its inner light, color and form to shine. A graphic designer by trade, she shoots with a designer’s eye, focusing on composition.

The “She Speaks” theme continues in the Galleria with a group show of 2D and 3D work by women artists who are members of the Art League of Ocean City.

Painter Diane Hurwitz-Specht occupies Studio E in March. Born and raised in the Maryland mountains, Hurwitz-Specht studied independently at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Corcoran School of Art and the New York Studio of Drawing and Painting.

Kathie Gallion is the Spotlight Artist. A native of Erie, Pa., she works in mixed media with a process she calls flower abrasion, using pounded out bits of flower petals and leaves as the medium to begin each piece of art.

Mixed media artist Joyce Guerrieri is the Artisan in Residence. A native of Baltimore, she graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art and creates with an assortment of papers, natural objects, man-made items, found industrial objects and handmade felt.

On Sunday, March 20, Art League staff member Debbi Dean-Colley will continue the Women’s Day theme with a “Seek the Soul” workshop on journal making. Attendees will use mixed media techniques to create their own personal journals. The two-hour workshop runs from noon2 p.m. The cost is $35 for Art League members and $44 for non-members.

The Ocean City Center for the Arts at 502 94th Street is the home of the Art League of Ocean City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Ocean City area through education, exhibits, scholarships, programs and community art events. The arts center is supported by memberships, corporate and civic funding, donations and sales of art.

More information is available at 410-524-9433 or www.artleagueofoceancity.org.

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