Stu­dio hosts photo ex­hibit

‘I Am Coatesville’ ex­hi­bi­tion runs through Dec. 29

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

COATESVILLE >> Art Part­ners Stu­dio an­nounced the por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion “I Am Coatesville,” show­ing now through Dec. 29 at Coatesville Sav­ings Bank.

The ex­hibit was ini­ti­ated by two pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers, Dave East­burn and Krista Niles. Their con­cept is to “en­gage neigh­bors in a por­trait art project to build com­mu­nity.”

The artists men­tored teen and adult pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dents—in­tro­duc­ing them to the work of em­i­nent por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers, dis­cussing how to build a suc­cess­ful and dy­namic re­la­tion­ship be­tween sit­ter and pho­tog­ra­pher, and invit­ing them to cre­ate por­traits of fel­low Coatesville res­i­dents in a pro­fes­sion­ally equipped “pop-up” por­trait stu­dio at the Art Part­ners Stu­dio un­der the por­tico of the for­mer Benner School.

The ex­hibit show­cases pho­to­graphs by Artem Des­man, Jef­fery Cooper, Peter Gu­man and Jane John­son. It ac­knowl­edges the gen­eros­ity of over 30 friends and fam­ily who agreed to sit for the por­traits. The por­traits be­long to the artists. Ev­ery sit­ter is rep­re­sented in the show and each will re­ceive a smaller print to re­mem­ber the project.

Art Part­ners Stu­dio thanked East­burn and Niles for de­vel­op­ing the project and Coatesville Sav­ings Bank for spon­sor­ing of the work­shop and ex­hi­bi­tion. Coatesville Sav­ings Bank is at 185 E. Lin­coln High­way.

For a list­ing of cur­rent Art Part­ners Stu­dio art ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and ex­hi­bi­tions, visit www. art­part­nersstu­dio.org.

Art Part­ners Stu­dio is Coatesville’s art stu­dio at 545 E. Lin­coln High­way, a place for artists of all ages. Stu­dio pro­grams part­ner artists with neigh­bors through classes, ex­hi­bi­tions, art ac­tiv­i­ties at city events and com­mu­nity art projects.

The stu­dio rep­re­sen­ta­tives thanked friends and neigh­bors for their en­cour­age­ment and sup­port, in­clud­ing Angel Grapevine, Gu­nard Berry Carl­son Memorial Foun­da­tion, Ch­ester County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Fund: Va­lerie Lamb Smith Art Fund, Citadel, Coatesville Sav­ings Bank, Coatesville Youth Ini­tia­tive, Con­nelly Foun­da­tion, First Ni­a­gara, Hus­ton Foun­da­tion, Di and Dal­las Krapf, Mar­shall-Reynolds Foun­da­tion, Matthews Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion, PECO, Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil on the Arts, Ro­tary Club of Coatesville, Spring­bank Foun­da­tion/Robert and Jen­nifer McNeil, Ste­wart Hus­ton Char­i­ta­ble Trust, Tar­get and TD Bank.

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Art Part­ners Stu­dio an­nounced the por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion “I Am Coatesville,” show­ing through Dec. 29 at Coatesville Sav­ings Bank.

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