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Art Gallery to Feature Painter Sara Gately

Published: March 27, 2019 | Categories: All News, Arts and Sciences
Gately artwork: The Bear

The Art Gallery at Western New England University will host "Venerate," an exhibition by painter Sara Gately from April 14 to May 18. The gallery, located in the St. Germain Campus Center, will host a gallery talk on Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. followed by an artist reception from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

Gately's visual style is influenced by the juxtaposition between graffiti or street art and the art of religiously narrated stained glass. Gately uses line as a means to communicate her emotions. For the last few years, she has been creating a series of animal portraits in order to inspire empathy and compassion in the hearts and minds of the viewers of her work. The portraits are a reaction to increasing environmental concerns. It is Gately's aim to call attention to the dire need for humans to have compassion for animals. In having compassion for other living beings, by allowing ourselves to understand that animals possess feelings and thoughts, people can widen their understanding of the natural world and thereby better understand themselves.

Sara Gately is a Boston-based 2D visual artist and K-8 art teacher. She has been practicing the Visual Arts for more than ten years, exhibiting in group and solo shows throughout the New England area. Gately attended Hampshire College where she received a B.A. in Comparative Religion and Visual Art in 2003. In 2008, Gately received her M.Ed for Teaching Visual Arts PreK-8 from Lesley University.

For information and directions to the gallery visit or call the University at 413-782-1203.