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Art Gallery at Western New England University Celebrates Women's History Month

Published: February 26, 2020 | Categories: All News, Arts and Sciences

March 1-April 7, 2020

Artist at work painting sign

In celebration of Women's History month, Western New England University will present essere/amare (to be/to love), a program featuring painter and public muralist, Pasqualina Azzarello from Sunday, March 1 to Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The gallery, located in the St. Germain Campus Center, will host a gallery talk on Thursday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. followed by an artist reception from 5:00-6:30 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

essere/amare (to be/to love) is an exhibition of new paintings by Azzarello that are at once reflective visual meditations as well as active explorations and demonstrations of the potential and vitality of human heart and will. Azzarello's approach to mark-making is both receptive and deliberate-and it is through the process of creating the work that the artist explores and investigates the ever-evolving meaning and impact of the handmade mark. Consisting of both figurative and abstract works and painted in a palette that is evocative of fire, these paintings are physical and immediate manifestations of direct human expression. Painted with brushes or with hands upon unstretched canvas surfaces, they also evoke themes of trust, discovery, and surrender.

Pasqualina Azzarello is a painter, public muralist, educator, and community advocate. Working within grassroots, nonprofit, and academic channels she works with others to cultivate generative spaces, initiatives, and partnerships that are innovative, collaborative, and inclusive of all participants. Throughout her unique professional path, each experience has been driven by core values including a profound belief in the creative potential of individuals and communities.

Azzarello serves as City Arts Coordinator at Easthampton City Arts in Easthampton, Massachusetts. She also serves as a part-time faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and Parsons The New School, and works with nonprofit organizations on projects and initiatives related to youth development, community engagement, and strategic planning.

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