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Media Artist Featured in 23rd Annual Immaculata Art Show

MEDIA, PA — Award-winning local artist Lois Jones is featured among nearly 200 national and international artists at the 23rd Annual Immaculata University Art Show. Proceeds from the juried show will benefit the Immaculata University Scholarship Fund. The Show is free and open to the public from February 12 through the 19, from noon to 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. A ticketed preview and artists reception takes place on Saturday, February 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Jones recently returned from her second trip to China where she studied the art of
Chinese Brush Painting, describing the country with words such as “mysterious and exotic.” When asked about her impression of the country’s art, the artist responds, “In order to understand the art, you must first begin to understand the people and their culture. China is a nation struggling with growing pains. On one hand, you have a generation longing to maintain a past full of rich heritage, and on the other, there is a new generation running headlong into the 21st century. I see a hard-working, industrious people that appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds them.”
“China has moved me both spiritually and artistically. While I ‘painted’ before I went, now I create. In the past I relied on photographs and books, but these did not do justice to the magnificent scenery of the Huang San or the peaceful atmosphere of the West Lake area. Inspiration came only after seeing for myself what a camera tried to convey, but couldn’t capture.”
Studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Hangshou’s China
Academy of Art, Jones learned two very different methods of brush painting – one free
and open and the other traditional. “Creating a brush painting is so much more than just putting ink and color onto paper. It is a feeling that includes poetry of picture and word. Brush painting is art within art. I apply traditional ideas and methods as a foundation to my painting technique, which has developed into a more free and fluid style. I do use the specialty rice papers which are only available in China or through special supply houses here in the United States. I grind my own ink and powdered colors, which are then incorporated into the Chinese watercolors that contain more gum Arabic than conventional Western watercolors. The brushes themselves are unusual, all the natural and made from animal hair sometimes combined with feathers. I have brushes made from bear, wolf, rabbit, and fox to name a few."
Some of Jones´ paintings include a traditional Chinese red seal with characters that translate, my spirit sings when I paint. Jones said, "That phrase symbolizes best how I feel about painting. Being surrounded by beautiful colors and shapes enriches my life in many ways and gives me inner peace. I am fascinated by filling a brush with color, applying that brush to paper and watching what develops. There is so much beauty
around us, that if I can capture just a small portion of that on my paper, then I am satisfied. I am so happy and honored that my paintings are creations that people like to have in their homes."
In 2005, Jones was honored at The Art League´s annual juried exhibition hosted by the American College and at the annual Expressions of Faith show in Wilmington, Delaware. Her work is also on display at the Waterfall Gallery in Media, The Studio, Swarthmore, Tyme Gallery, Havertown, and East of the Bay in Maryland. Jones operates Morning Silk Studio, Ltd, in the Rose Tree area. For more information on the Immaculata University Show, visit www.immaculataartshow.com or call 610-647-4400.
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.
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