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Delaware County Resident Matiko Mamaladze Named the Featured Artist for the 2006 Immaculata Art Show

Immaculata University announces that Matiko Mamaladze, of Media, PA, will be the featured artist for the 23rd Annual Immaculata University Art Show. Ms. Mamaladze has been an invited artist to the Immaculata show since 2001. The Art Show will open with a premier ticketed reception on Saturday, February 11, 2006. The show runs, free of charge, from Sunday, February 12, through Sunday, February 19.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Matiko comes from a long line of artistic relatives. Her mother was an artist and her grandfather was a well-known artist and art professor. Matiko´s husband Parnaos Surabischwill also participates in the Immaculata Art Show.
Matiko earned a Master´s degree in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia. She has served as an art instructor at the Community Art Center in Wallingford, PA; taught group lessons at the Darlington Fine Arts Center; was a freelance artist for the Franklin Mint; and gave private lessons for over 15 years at various establishments.
Exhibiting her artwork, both solo and group shows, worldwide since 1988, Matiko´s work has been seen in Tbilisi, Georgia; Moscow, Russia; Mannheim and Lampertheim, Germany; and Bern and Zurich, Switzerland. She has exhibited at various shows in the Delaware Valley including the Daylesford Abbey Art Show, the Rose Tree Art Show, the Franklin Mint Art Exhibit, and the Annual Media Art Festival. In 2005, she earned Second Place at the Wallingford Community Art Center. She has also been the recipient of the 2003 Juror´s Award at the Rose Tree Park Art Show, the 2002 Edgar A. Thronson Juror´s Award, First Place (and also Honorable Mention) in 2001 at the Rose Tree Park Art Festival, and Second Place at the Media Art Festival in 2000.
"Different things inspire me – people, nature, mood, or simple everyday events," comments Matiko. Her work is figurative and centers on subjects which she finds unique and interesting. Often entirely executed with a palette knife, Matiko´s works create an illusion of velvety, paint-saturated third dimension, where color, not the light, creates the shape, baffling the sense of perception.
Original works by over 200 nationally known juried artists will be for sale and on display during the Immaculata University Art Show. All proceeds from the Art Show benefit the University´s scholarship fund. For more information on the Art Show or to register for the premier reception, contact 610-647-4400, ext. 3122 or email at ppanarella@immaculata.edu. Additional information may be found at www.immaculataartshow.com.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.