Henry Gallery’s 'Fresh Insights' exhibit to feature local, unconventional works

MALVERN, Pa. — From painting, to photography, to sculpture, "Fresh Insights" — the latest exhibit at Penn State Great Valley’s Henry Galley — examines art in a new way. On display from Jan. 8 to March 9, the collection features the work of young members of the Chester County Art Association (CCAA).

A non-profit, cultural organization, CCAA promotes participation in the arts through quality instruction, exhibitions and community outreach. CCAA believes that art does make a difference and has enhanced the community by involving people of all ages and aspirations in the arts since 1931.

“'Fresh Insights' is a curated exhibition showcasing the work of ten experimental members who are either exploring unconventional mediums or finding innovative approaches to traditional art materials,” said Karen Delaney, curator of exhibitions at CCAA. “In some cases, as with Elaina Sweeley, an aspiring art major who makes soft-sculpture in alluring colors, 'Fresh Insights' is the artist's first curated group show. Visitors will find that all of the artworks expand boundaries and represent an updated portrayal of Chester County art today.”

Soft sculpture piece by Elaina Sweeley

"Membrane," a soft sculpture piece by Chester County Art Association Member Elaina Sweeley.

Credit: Elizabeth Palmer

"The artists may be new, but the Chester County Art Association is no stranger to Penn State Great Valley,” added Suzanne Cruit, who oversees the Henry Gallery. “This is the fourth group show we have exhibited with this organization since the gallery opened in 2010. Given our commitment to showcasing local and regional artists, CCAA is a great fit for our gallery, and we are thrilled to have them back.”

Located on the second floor of the campus’ Conference Center Building, the Henry Gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday.

An opening reception for "Fresh Insights" will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The event is free, but advanced registration is required. More information is available on the Penn State Great Valley website.