SHREVEPORT, La., August 20, 2014 – New York based artist Marlene Tseng Yu presents her 70th solo exhibition “Purple Swamp & Nature Abstraction” beginning September 25, 2014 at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana. This will be her first show of the exhibition series the “Lucky 7s” in celebration of her 77th birthday during September.
The exhibition will feature approximately 16 of Yu’s paintings from multiple series of work and kick off at 5:30 pm with the Marlene Yu Meet and Greet party with free admission. Print posters will be available for purchase, and Yu will be there for questions, photos, and commission requests.
Yu spent 2014 traveling to Louisiana where her daughter and director of the Marlene Yu Museum (set to open in December), Stephanie Lusk, lives. During her travels, Yu has been to the Atchafalaya basin and Grand Isle where she learned of the devastation Louisiana’s gulf coastline is facing as it erodes. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne invited her on these tours with the hope that it would inspire her to tell the story of Louisiana’s changing landscape and natural wonders through her abstract paintings.
Yu now has five large paintings completed in her Purple Swamp Series with the largest being 8’x32’ titled, “Purple Swamp/Tiger Lily”. The show will feature these along with selections from other series including the Amber Glow Series, Cave Garden Series, Cave Treasure Series, Blue Lagoon Series, Turquoise Floating Series, and more.
Exhibition attendees are encouraged to print a passport at www.marleneyumuseum.org/passport/ and bring it with them to each of the 7 shows to get stamped. Fully stamped passports may be redeemed at the Marlene Yu Museum at the end of the “Lucky 7s” in 2015 to earn a collectible book.
The Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum are partnering with Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, Bossier Arts Council, Robinson Film Center, and Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center for the “Lucky 7s”. In honor of the future Young Artist Gallery to be housed inside the Foundation and Museum building at 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, the Foundation is now accepting donations from sponsors with the proceeds going to children’s programs and the renovation of the YAG room. To become a sponsor with recognition and various benefits packages please visit http://www.rainforestartfoundation.org/donate/ and click on the sponsor tab.
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