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Somerville Manning Gallery Holds Spring 2013 Exhibitions


Art lovers, welcome the spring season with exciting new works inspired by Italy’s rich culture plus classic works by true American ?masters? of painting.

In Christine Lafuente’s solo exhibition entitled Beauty and Revelations, the artist seeks to find beauty in all aspects of life.  Lafuente attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and currently holds a studio in New York.  She has exhibited her work in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maine and England.  Lafuente’s current exhibition features a new series of paintings completed while she was in residence in the Tuscan town of San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy; ?an early Renaissance city of ochres, umbers, arches, towers, churches and piazzas.?

Her featured still life paintings were greatly inspired by Italian cuisine with its abundant harvests of fruits and vegetables.  The paintings are as much about intimacy, and the creative act, as they are about the mysterious ways that light can elevate the ordinary.  The objects Lafuente paints are both visually engaging and imbued with personal meaning.

This is the fourth year the gallery features the American Master’s exhibition. The exhibition offers a mini history of many of the key art movements that took place in America during the 19th century and early part of the 20th century. All the artists are represented in major museums, but seeing their work in the relatively small confines of gallery allows for a more intimate experience.

Lafuente’s exhibition, Beauty and Revelations, is featured March 15-April 13. An opening reception will be held March 15, 5:30-7:30 pm. The American Master’s will be featured April 19-June 8, with an opening reception held on April 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Somerville Manning Gallery, located in Delaware’s historic Breck’s Mill, specializes in 20th and 21st century fine art and sculpture including artists from the Wyeth family, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Brandywine School of Illustrators. For more information on Somerville Manning click here. For more info on Christine Lafuente and her work, visit her website.