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MAG features one woman show

Foreign exchange students Luciano Catanzaro (left) and Mario Kieselbach.

There is a word that best describes Jacquie Colligan and that word is polyphiloprogenitive! 

The Middlesex Art Guild Gallery at 217 Virginia Street in Urbanna will feature this multi-talented and much admired artist in a one woman show September 5-28. Everyone is encouraged to come and experience the visual and ornamental pleasures created by this fascinating artist. 

Colligan was eager to experience life at the age of 16 when she began her solitary travels across the continents.  Each new country she traveled through and lived in brought an ever-expanding awareness and appreciation for artistic expression in a multitude of media forms. 

Art education is a constant passion of Colligan for she has sought out and studied with many accomplished artists.  These many artists include the much-published watercolorist John Salminen, the famous Canadian landscapist Brian Atyeo, and instructional watercolor artist George James. 

She is a well known regular each year at the Hudson River Valley Workshop in New York, and a permanent invitee to their semi-annual Painters Week Exhibition. 

But painting and drawing are not the only thing that Colligan is made of. Jewelry is the soul of this artist. Jewelry created from precious and semi-precious stones gathered from all parts of this earth. And in that lays the synergy found within her necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. 

Not only has Colligan traveled and seen the world, but she now creates art from the very minerals she once walked past while absorbing the varied cultural societies that live above these beautiful treasures.  Each handcrafted piece is one-of-a-kind assembled and instilled with the unique insight and intuition that only she could imagine by pulling together her past with the object in hand to create this beautiful art in the present. 

Her use of semi-precious stones, metals and beads will please the eye and stir the passions.  Her latest quest into art and education is in the use of art clay silver.  She has earned a Level One Certification to teach this unique craft, which uses silver powder, a bonding agent, and temperatures of 1,600 degrees to create art that is 99.9% pure silver! 

The Virginia Watercolor Society chose Colligan for its 2007 exhibit in Hampton and its 2008 exhibit in Roanoke.  She received a blue ribbon in the 2008 Art on the Half Shell Festival in Urbanna.
For those who haven’t looked up the 20-letter word in the opening sentence, it means: “very imaginative and extremely prolific.” Anyone will agree this describes Colligan’s one woman art exhibit at the Middlesex Art Guild Gallery.

The public is invited to a reception on Saturday, September 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in Urbanna. The reception is generously sponsored by Ann Meekins of Ann Meekins Realty. This event is free and open to the public. 

The Middlesex Art Guild is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community arts organization and a Community Partner with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Contributions may be tax-deductible. Call 758-9080 for more information..

posted 08.29.2008

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