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Celebrating 100 Years of Living and Painting

Lawrence Gallery is particularly pleased to announce a new solo exhibit featuring the works of centenarian artist Bernice Paul. The show, titled Celebrating 100 Years of Living and Painting will be on display from April 6 through May 5, 2017. The Opening Reception will be on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with an informal talk by the artist at 4:30 p.m. (Click Here)berneice_paul

“It’s been a fabulous journey… it’s a lot of discovery,” Paul said. “I‘ve loved painting… I still love it. That’s my story.” With these simple words Paul begins. 

 

Born in Moscow, Russia in 1917, she remembers her mother taking her to the art museum as a young girl. She remembers being impressed and, “I just liked art – just like how people like singing.” Immigrating to the United States in the 1930’s, her father, a rabbi, and the family arrived in the heart of the Great Depression settling in Philadelphia. While learning English here in her early teenage years, Paul’s teachers discovered her soon-to-be career. “In English class we had to illustrate stories and they liked the way I drew.” 

Her continuing passion for painting led her to study at the Barnes Foundation, the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial, and with private teachers. Now, as a professional artist, her colorful, bold, semi-abstract paintings, using oil and mixed media have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the area. These include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Woodmere Art Museum, Berman Art Museum in Collegeville, the William Penn Museum in Harrisburg and Philadelphia’s City Hall. Her gallery exhibitions are too numerous to mention. Her work is also in both public and private collections. Most recently, four of her landscape panels were installed at Lankenau Hospital. 

“Bernice’s joy in the physicality of the brushstroke and the exuberance of her painting process amazes and inspires my painting students when she attends my class,” Pat Nugent, Director of Lawrence Gallery, said. 

Paul is also scheduled to be featured on an episode of a new T.V. pilot, named “AGELESS,” which celebrates American seniors that are 95 years old and above. The show is scheduled for production beginning in the fall. 

“Making people happy with my art… that’s the ultimate compliment, plus, it’s better than reading a book,” she said with a grin. 

Lawrence Gallery is located in Lawrence Hall on Rosemont College’s campus at 1400 Montgomery Avenue in Rosemont, PA. Lawrence Gallery is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Gallery is also open by appointment. For more info, please contact Patricia Nugent at pnugent@rosemont.edu or (610) 527-0200 x2310.