In celebration of Women’s History Month the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present INSIDE CHINA, paintings by New Jersey artist THERESA DESALVIO.  The artist began her large-scale paintings following a trip to Beijing in 2009.  Based on observation, photographs and imagination, the work attempts to capture the spirit of the people as China transforms into a modern society.  The exhibition will be on view in the Broadway & LRC Galleries at Passaic County Community College from March 7 through April 22, 2011.

A reception for the artist will be held in the Broadway Gallery, March 10, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.  The Broadway & LRC Galleries are located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in the downtown historic district of Paterson, New Jersey.   Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During her visit to Beijing, Theresa DeSalvio photographed the people as well as important historic and architectural sites. She discovered that nine is considered the most auspicious number in China, which gave her the idea of creating nine large paintings.  For the first time, all nine paintings of DeSalvio’s Inside China series will be exhibited together at Passaic County Community College.  These large-scale oil paintings on paper capture the people, culture and traditions as China transforms. For example, Dance Free is inspired by the courage of Li Cunxin, a dancer who defected to the United States in 1981 and The Peoples’ Pleasures depicts a street entertainer twirling a long piece of red silk through the air as a boy watches the spectacle.  To see more of Theresa DeSalvio’s paintings visit www.theresadesalvio.com.

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Theresa DeSalvio holds an M.F.A. degree from Hunter College and a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.  She is a prolific artist who exhibits her work frequently.  Recent exhibitions include “Passport to the Arts” at the Clifton Arts Center, and solo exhibits “Family and Friends” at The Living Room, Verona, NJ, and “The Swimmers” at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, NY.  In 1980 DeSalvio was commissioned by filmmaker Bill Brand to paint the images for Masstraniscope (228 panels that appear to be an animated film to people passing by on the B and Q trains from DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn into Manhattan).  Masstransiscope was restored in 2008 and also can be viewed at www.bboptics.com .

For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at www.pccc.edu/art/gallery.