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DVAA Launches Winter Exhibitions Sumi-e Artist Jaya Duvvuri and #LoveWhereYouLive Group Show

DVAA Launches Winter Exhibitions Sumi-e Artist Jaya Duvvuri and #LoveWhereYouLive Group Show WHAT: Jaya Duvvuri, "Rough Translation" #LoveWhereYouLive, a group show curated by Signe Ballew WHEN:

On View February 10th – March 17th, 2024 Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10th, 4–6 PM WHERE:

DVAA, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764 NOTES:

Free and open to the public Thursday – Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM & by appointment Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is excited to present the first two shows of the 2024 gallery season. In the Alliance Gallery, experience a solo exhibit by artist Jaya Duvvuri titled 'Rough Translation.' This exhibition showcases monochromatic Sumi-e paintings, creating abstractions that offer a meditative and intentional composition. Upstairs in the Loft Gallery, DVAA presents #LoveWhereYouLive, a group show curated by Signe Ballew, featuring nearly 50 local and regional artists with work representing the distinct spirit of the Upper Delaware River and Sullivan County Catskills. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 10th, from 4–6 PM. The exhibitions will run through Sunday, March 17th. DVAA galleries are open to the public free of charge. Jaya Duvvuri | Rough Translation February 10th – March 17th Opening Reception: February 10th, 4–6 PM Jaya Duvvuri delves into the intersection of nature and the material world, exploring their impact on psychological space. Trained in traditional Sumi-e painting, Jaya employs Sumi ink on rice paper, using the Japanese Notan technique to compose monochromatic abstractions. The meditative practice of Sumi-e allows her to investigate emotional clarity through deliberate strokes and overall composition, revealing the interiority of the artist. Duvvuri, a Jersey City resident with roots in Southern India, finds her artistic voice in the memories, history, mythology, and literature of her homeland. Traditionally trained in Sumi-e painting, her abstract works reflect a fusion of cultural influences. Beyond Sumi ink on rice paper, Duvvuri explores acrylics and woodcut prints, expanding the boundaries of her artistic expression. With a decade-long apprenticeship under Sumi-e master artist Koho Yamamoto in New York City, Duvvuri's art embodies a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary vision. SPECIAL EVENT:

Jaya Duvvuri will host a Sumi-E Painting Workshop on Saturday, March 2nd. Duvvuri will demonstrate her technique and run a workshop for others to try this painting style. Workshop registration will be available on in late February. #LoveWhereYouLive | Group Show Curated by Signe Ballew February 10th – March 17th Opening Reception: February. 10th, 4–6 PM Showcasing the work of nearly 50 DVAA Members, #LoveWhereYouLive highlights the connection between art and community, emphasizing the importance of cherishing and preserving our surroundings. The featured diverse artworks, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media, express the artists' gratitude for the place they call home. SPECIAL EVENT:

On Saturday, March 16th, join curator Signe Ballew for a gallery talk followed by a #LoveWhereYouLive Winter Walk led by Laura Silverman of The Outside Institute. Registration for the Winter Walk will be available on in late February. ABOUT DVAA The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. Walk-ins are welcome. DVAA's galleries are ADA-accessible. Gallery & Shop hours are Thursdays – Sundays, 11 AM – 4 PM & by appointment. For more information, visit or call (845) 252-7576. DVAA serves as a home in the Upper Delaware Valley and Sullivan Catskills Region, giving artists platforms to share their voices in our galleries, on our stages, and at our festivals, including Riverfest in July and the Big Eddy Film Festival held every September. DVAA funds Sullivan County creatives and cultural organizations through our role as the county's Arts Council. SUPPORT DVAA's programs are made possible thanks in part to the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; the Nancy Stevenson Memorial Fund; the Heartland Embers Fund, our Business Sponsors; DVAA members; and individuals like you. CONTACT: Kacy Colson, Communications Manager (845) 252-7576

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