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Park Circle Gallery to Exhibit Works by Rebecca Horne & Andrea Lopez Chen

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The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that concurrent solo exhibitions of mixed media works by Rebecca Horne (West Columbia) and Andrea Lopez Chen (Portland, OR) will be on display at Park Circle Gallery from December 1-30, 2021. A free reception hosted by the artists will be held at the gallery on Friday, December 3rd, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The public is invited to attend. 

Abstraction Distraction – Mixed media works by Rebecca Horne

The mixed media works in Rebecca Horne’s exhibit, Abstraction Distraction, aim to distract the viewer from the present moment and instead transport them to a space of joy and tranquility. Led by the movement of paint, Horne selects colors and textures to create pieces that invoke emotion and inspire thought. “Creating unique, unpredictable art that intrigues the viewer is my passion,” Horne explains. “I have a strong desire to make art that makes people think and feel. I love to hear what people see and how the art captures their imagination.”  

Rebecca Horne is a self-taught abstract artist based in West Columbia, SC. Her father was an artist, which influenced her to begin painting as a child and exploring a variety of mediums throughout her artistic career. In 2018, she discovered abstract fluid art and mixed media and has passionately embraced it as the style of art that evokes and liberates her creative spirit. Her work has been exhibited throughout South Carolina and has earned numerous awards. See the artist’s work at www.artworkarchive.com/profile/rebecca-horne.  

Dreaming of Home – Mixed media paintings by Andrea Lopez Chen

In her exhibition Dreaming of Home, Andrea Lopez Chen presents a series of mixed media paintings that depict her nostalgia for the objects and memories of her youth in Colombia, South America. Her colorful and intuitive paintings utilize acrylic paint, collage, stencils, and various textures that draw the viewer into a whimsical story of her past. From her father’s vintage Volkswagen, to her grandmother’s homemade chicken soup, to items from her grandmother’s apartment like her “radiola” (old radio) or typewriter, Chen immortalizes her memories in each layered piece. “They are pieces of my past, clues to my future, and are woven into me as an artist,” she says.  

Andrea Lopez Chen is a Colombian born artist, currently living and working Portland, OR. She is a practicing pediatrician and self-taught artist. These two passions interrelate with each other in a fine and intimate way and find common ground in her attention to detail. One brings the reasonable logic and linear thinking while the other allows her to dream, to imagine, and to take risks. Andrea’s artwork reflects the vibrancy and joy of her heritage as well as the influence of colors in nature found in the PNW. Learn more about the artist at https://www.andrealopez.gallery.

The Park Circle Gallery is located at 4820 Jenkins Avenue in North Charleston, in what was formerly known as the Olde Village Community Building. Admission is free and free street parking is available on Jenkins Avenue in front of the gallery, as well as on the adjacent streets and in parking lots close by. The gallery is open 10 am – 6 pm Wednesday-Friday, and Noon – 4 pm on Saturday (Closed December 23-25 due to Christmas holiday). Staff and all visitors must wear a face covering while they are in the gallery. Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry. For more information about PCG, call 843-637-3565 or email culturalarts@northcharleston.org. For information on other Cultural Arts programs and artist opportunities, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at www.northcharleston.org.

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