Erie and Edinboro Artists Selected for Jamestown NY Exhibit


Jamestown, NY – The works of three Erie artists and one from Edinboro are among the selections for Women Create, the first juried exhibit of women’s art at the new 3rd On 3rd Gallery in downtown Jamestown, New York.

Women Create will showcase a wide range of art and fine crafts in a variety of media.

The artworks that will be on display from February 11 to March 31 include Edinboro artist Hiromi Katayama’s “Mountain Cherry,” a Japanese color on panel. The Erie artists’ works are Jodi Staniunas Hopper’s black and white photograph “Papillon,” Toni Kelly’s acrylic ink and collage “A Winged Heart,” and Victoria Norvaisa’s watercolor “Never-ending.”

With the show created to feature the work of local and regional women, the preponderance of artists comes from throughout western New York. Hopper, Katayama, Kelly and Norvaisa are the only Pennsylvania artists to be included.

Papillon – Jodi Staniunas Hopper

Jodi Staniunas Hopper is an assistant professor of art at Mercyhurst College where she instructs in graphic design foundations, theories, history, and design methodologies. A graduate of Merchhurst, she received her MFA in Design and Advertising from Marywood University and has worked in graphic design for more than two decades, having received various awards for her design and fine art works.

Mountain Cherry – Hiromi Katayama

A native of Japan, Hiromi Katayama studies in the MFA painting program at Edinboro University. Having studied art from the age of nine, she received her BFA in Japanese Traditional Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design.

A Winged Heart – Toni Kelly

On display in local galleries, Toni Kelly’s work has been featured in a number of shows, juried exhibits and publications. Kelly is affiliated with several artist groups and associations. Her awards include first place in Mail Art Competition for the 1st Australian MAPs Conference in 2002.

Never-Ending – Victoria Norvaisa

Victoria Norvaisa was born in Lithuania and grew up in the Philadelphia area, where she earned a BS in Business Administration from Drexel University. She has studied with and attended workshops conducted by local and national artists and has exhibited her work at a variety of galleries and shows. Norvaisa is a member of the Northwestern PA Artists Association and an exhibiting member of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI).

Women Create’s opening reception will be 6-8 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at Jamestown’s 3rd On 3rd Gallery, 116 East Third Street, adjacent to the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Presented in cooperation with the Arts Council for Chautauqua County, Women Create will be the gallery’s first major juried show and the second major group/multi-artists show since it opened last year.

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