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Friday, September 10, 1999

Atrium Gallery Features Work by Alumni Nancy Mysak & Kristen Visbal Oct. 1-Nov. 12

SALISBURY, MD--A pair of Salisbury State University graduates feature their watercolors and bronze sculpture in this fall's Alumni Art Exhibition from October 1-November 12 in the Atrium Gallery located in SSU's Guerrieri University Center.

Allendale Cottage Beckons: A Lovely Show is by Nancy Mysak (Class of 1972). Originally from the Eastern Shore Mysak is a representational water colorist. Painting in wooded areas, fields, near the rivers, ponds and the ocean near her studio in rural Wicomico County, she interprets nature, incorporating textured papers, gouache, metallic paints and pastels in the works.

Mysak is a member of the Artists Co-op at the Art Institute & Gallery (AI&G), where her paintings are exhibited twice yearly. She has exhibited several times at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and participated in small-group exhibits and given one-person shows through Maryland and Delaware. In 1992 Mysak received the Outstanding Arts Educator Award from the Maryland Alliance for Arts Education. Her works may be found in collections throughout the two states.

The Ageless World of Bronze is by Kristen Visbal (Class of 1995). "Once I put my hands into the clay, I knew this was what I would do," said Visbal. Born in Uruguay, the daughter of a diplomat father and artist mother, after brief residences in Mexico and Central America, she grew up in Potomac, MD. Visbal who spent 10 years in hotel convention and advertising sales, returned to school, Salisbury State, at age 30. She took courses in art and enjoyed working with silkscreen and clay; and, there was an unexplained desire to form a shape with her hands. She enrolled in as many sculpture courses as she could.

Visbal interned with bronze wildlife sculptor William Turner and was introduced to bronze sculpture.

Visbal's work has been collected by the Merrill Lynch Corporation and is part of several private collections. She is invited regularly to the annual Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture auction and gala. Brookgreen houses the largest collection of American realistic sculpture in the world.

Admission to the exhibit is free and the public is invited. Atrium Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; and closed Monday.

For more information contact the SSU Public Relations Office at 410-543-6030.


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