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Landscape Paintings on Display at Mount Union

January 27, 2011

"Storm on the Carolina Coast"Landscape paintings by Monika Teal entitled “A Sense of Place” are on display in the Crandall Art Gallery on the University of Mount Union’s campus from Thursday, February 3 to Wednesday, March 2. An artists’ reception will also be held on Thursday, February 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery.
 
A native of the South, Teal was raised in a bilingual home with European influences. She earned a bachelor of science degree in art education from the University of Minnesota. She also attended Settle Institute of Art and Settle School of Visual Concepts, and earned a master of arts degree in painting from Western Carolina University.
 
Teal has illustrated her work at European and American galleries and museums. She is currently living in Switzerland and has her own studio.
 
“I work from the insight that art is a form of social material. My own art seeks to address issues of our awareness and understanding of our presence in the world. It is meant to mediate and guide our actions, by focusing on recurring themes, such as innocence, magic and the loss of magic in our lives,” said Teal. “My art comes from my personal life; it is grounded in my heritage and in my past. As with many present day artists, I am engaging in real world issues. I want to breach the gap between life and art by raising appreciation and awareness of our natural world.”
 
Crandall Art Gallery is located within Cope Music Hall, on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. The Gallery is free and open to the public. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.
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