MIAMI--- Based on the idea of painting and drawing in its most basic and elemental state, Aramis O’Reilly, NWSA painting faculty and Maggy Cuesta, Dean of the Visual Arts division at NWSA will showcase select works from the college division. The exhibit, rightfully titled “Marks & Strokes” will be on display at the New World Gallery from Thursday, February 7 through February 29, 2008. Free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 7 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at New World Gallery, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami.
“Painting and drawing are the foundation for all visual arts. What I try to do is give my students the baseline and let them take wing so that they can explore and stretch the set boundaries” stated O’Reilly, curator of the exhibit. With brush in hand as he prepares the artwork that will turn into the exhibit invitation, he concludes “It is important that these young artists challenge these parameters in order to discover their own art; however, for this exhibition it is also imperative that they keep the essence of painting and drawing contained within their work.”
Combined with a variety of mediums, the artworks highlight the use of painting and drawing techniques to create new alternatives where the work becomes more sculptural and innovative while presenting individual statements about the artists and their personal views.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Further information available by calling the NWSA Visual Arts division at (305) 237-3597. www.mdc.edu/nwsa.Photo caption: Painting by NWSA visual arts student Jose Perez.