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Pauly Friedman Art Gallery highlights Asian Heritage in “Indian Folk Art: Mona Pande”

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Pauly Friedman Art Gallery highlights Asian Heritage in “Indian Folk Art: Mona Pande”

Pauly Friedman Art Gallery highlights Asian Heritage in “Indian Folk Art: Mona Pande”

Pauly Friedman Art Gallery highlights Asian Heritage in “Indian Folk Art: Mona Pande”

Mona Pande, Madhubani Ganesha (2019) Mixed media (Oil and Acrylic on canvas), 30” x 40”

Photo Caption: Mona Pande, Madhubani Ganesha (2019) Mixed media (Oil and Acrylic on canvas), 30” x 40”

The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University will exhibit “Indian Folk Art: Mona Pande” from April 21 to May 31, 2023. This exhibition, featuring local artist Mona Pande, will be held in conjunction with the National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) ) Heritage Month, annually celebrated in May. Self-taught in painting and other Indian traditions, Pande is a rostered Folk Artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Pande has a Master’s Degree in Biology from Agra University and conveys her love of nature and living things in her bright colors and patterns. Through her work as president of the Indo-American Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania and through her community art workshops for organizations around the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, Pande has demonstrated her passion for community-based cultural education. This exhibition is in conjunction with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month and is co-sponsored by the Office of Mission Integration and Institutional Diversity.

The exhibition features oil and acrylic paintings as well as a painted chair and a painted sari. Pande draws from Indian folk-art traditions of Madhubani, Nathdwara Pichwai, and Warli, among others, for inspiration. “I hope the bright colors and positive themes of this exhibition give students a little mental boost of energy as we close the school year and head toward finals,” said Lalaine Little, Gallery Director.

On Thursday, March 27, at 5:30 pm, the public is invited to a free reception to meet artist Mona Pande. The University Welcome will be given by Misericordia University Vice President of Academic Affairs David Rehm.

Gallery Hours (until May 9): Tue-Thu 12-7 pm, Fri-Sun 12-5 pm

Summer Hours (May 10 – May 31): Wed-Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Other times are available by appointment. The gallery is closed during university closings and holidays. Admission is always free to all.

Please call or check the gallery website, click here, to confirm your visit. To schedule a free tour, private appointment, or for more information, please contact the Gallery Director Lalaine Little, PhD, at (570) 674-8420 or email.

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