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"Color, Form and Nature"
James Gemma and Mona Wu
July 3 - 28, 2012

Meet the Artists at the Gallery Hop : Friday, July 6, 7 - 10 pm

Artworks Gallery presents a two-person exhibit entitled, "Color, Form, and Nature" with acrylic abstract paintings by James Gemma, and aquatint and linocut prints by Mona Wu.  

Zig-Zag imageJames Gemma is showing works which explore the visual relationships among and between shapes and colors.  His work is intended to be interactive with the viewer, to allow for changing interpretations and shifting perceptions. While he regards his work as conceptually based, it also contains some elements of op-art. The works  are acrylic paintings on board, some with shaped or bas-relief surfaces. 

Mr. Gemma graduated with advanced degrees from The Ohio State University. After completing his career as a consumer research professional, he studied art and printmaking at Salem College and Wake Forest University. He also participated in multiple art workshops at Penland, the Huntington Museum of Art, and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art. Mr. Gemma served four years as board member of Associated Artists of Winston Salem. As Marketing Chairperson of that group, he created the Practicing Artist Series of lectures and critiques, bringing the participation of nationally known artists to Winston-Salem.

Eat Your VeggiesMona Wu is showing a series of linoleum prints that are a playful rendition of vegetables, with their elegant and complex natural forms rich in color, texture and pattern. Wu's visit to New Zealand inspired her aquatint series, where she discovered the pattern and movement in the ferns and fiddleheads. She often pictured them performing ritual dances deep in the woods. A native of China, Mona Wu studied Chinese painting and calligraphy in Hong Kong. She immigrated to the States in 1971. In 1996 Mona received her BA in Art History from Salem College. Wu was 2003 Winston-Salem Artist-of-the-Year of the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Click on image for a larger view.
James Gemma, "ZigZag", acrylic on board, 27" x 27"
Mona Wu, "Eat Your Veggies", linoleum print, 25" x 13"

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