Local artist to exhibit in New York City

Rockford artist JoanLee Stassi, represented by Kortman Gallery, will be included in an upcoming exhibit in New York City. Stassi, who has exhibited extensively in the Rockford and Chicago areas and most recently in Provincetown, Mass., and Providence, R.I., will have two paintings in the New York show.

The exhibit, titled “Peace Works,” will also include work by New York artist Flint Butera, also represented by Kortman Gallery. His solo exhibit of mixed media work, titled “The Mercy Machine,” was widely acclaimed and is still generating interest since its April through June run at Kortman Gallery.

The curator for “Peace Works” is New York artist Cyn McLean, who describes the theme of the show as one that reflects “The part art plays in culture…reflects the society it emerges from and remains to teach us…”

Stassi, who has been an adjunct faculty member at Rock Valley College for the past several years, is elated to be included in this exhibit. She adds, “For myself and other artists, New York represents and remains the vanguard of the art world.” Stassi says, “My images portray symbolic investigations into the human psyche and social conditions. I am elated to be a part of an exhibition whose theme reflects a sensibility that I share.”

Stassi met Butera at his solo exhibit at Kortman Gallery, where both artists will be exhibiting later this fall. “The affiliation Flint and I have with Kortman Gallery has evolved into a dialogue and exchange that has opened up opportunities for both of us,” said Stassi. “It has been rewarding to be a part of a gallery that not only includes a New York artist but supports and encourages interaction between artists.”

The opening reception of “Peace Works” will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, in The Times Square Lobby Gallery, 255 W. 43rd St. and 8th Ave. The exhibit runs through Dec. 30.

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