East End Arts: Yan Gabriella Peropat’s Artwork in Paper, Sept 5 / December


East End Arts Presents

A New Exhibit at Riverhead Town Hall Gallery

Artist YAN GABRIELLA PEROPAT

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East End Arts is pleased to announce a new art exhibit at the Riverhead Town Hall Gallery featuring artwork in paper by Yan Gabriella Peropat. The community is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Tuesday, September 19 from 5:30-7PM, where light snacks will be served. Riverhead Town Hall is located at 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead (corner of Howell and East Main Street; 631-727-3200). The exhibition opens on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 and will run through early December 2017. The exhibit can be viewed during Town Hall open office hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The public is welcome; admission is free.  

Artist Bio, Yan Gabriella Peropat: “My journey as an illustrator began on a flight from China to America. I had just turned five and received my first box of crayons and a handful of picture books from my mother. Children’s books and animation films were key to my grasp of the world around me both linguistically and culturally. Listening to stories and creating them helped me communicate with others, establish relationships, and ultimately, provided an avenue of self-expression and identity.

“Paper art is a medium I recently returned to after a classical education in the fine arts and illustration. This medium appeals to me in its depth and multi-cultural aspect. Unlike oil painting which has a European connotation, paper art, on the other hand has the origami feel of Japan, the vibrancy of Mexican piñata, the silhouettes of France, and the paper cut art of China. In this way I feel a real connection to an art form that is multi-cultural, which I find is another reflection of myself. I am also multi-cultural. I was born in China, but raised in an Italian- American family in New York City.

“The stories I tell usually capture moments of joy, pleasure and wonder. I draw whimsically and my illustrations take on a dreamlike quality. Fairytales and nature continue to inspire me, no doubt stemming from the delight and love I felt for them as a child.

“These days, my feline companion Mei Mei (“little sister” in Chinese) and I are completing a collection of paper cut illustrations for my portfolio, and finishing cover designs for clients like Simon and Schuster.”

The Riverhead Town Hall art exhibits are a collaborative effort on the part of East End Arts and the Township of Riverhead to support local artists and introduce their works to the community. 

For more information, visit http://www.eastendarts.org/gallery/off-site/riverhead-town-hall.html.

East End Arts, established in 1972, is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.

www.eastendarts.org

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