Chesco’s Usher picked for Philadelphia Fine Art Fair

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Donna Usher’s Arrangement 101, 10 inches x 8 inches, acrylic on panel

PHILADELPHIA — Internationally-exhibited artist Donna Usher has been selected to participate in the inaugural Philadelphia Fine Art Fair.

Usher, who lives in Chester County and has a studio in West Chester, will exhibit seven paintings. The fair offers Philadelphia area residents a unique opportunity to experience high quality modern and contemporary art directly presented by galleries in the United States and internationally. Usher was selected by the LGTripp Gallery, which has shown her work.

During the past three decades, Usher’s artwork has focused on spheres, circles and dots inspired by her trip to Australia to study Aborigine Art and work with the Aboriginal Artist Thanoupie.

Her artwork is in the permanent collections of the National Centre of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt; The Museum of Cozumel, Mexico; Reading Art Museum, PA; American Restaurant Association Corporate Offices, PA; Verizon Corporate Offices, PA;   Franklin Mint, PA; Hercules Chemical Company, DE; West Chester University, PA; Moore College of Art and Design, PA, and the Downingtown Public Library, PA; as well as numerous private collections.

“I’m honored to be included in this wonderful fair,” Usher said. “I want to thank Luella Tripp for selecting me as one of her five featured artists.”

The Philadelphia Fine Art Fair will feature 35 prominent art galleries and 300 important artists. The fair will be held at the historic 23rd Street City Troop Armory, between Market and Chestnut streets, in Center City Philadelphia. The opening night preview is Thursday, April 4 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The show hours are Friday, April 5 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

General admission tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the door or online at https://www.philfineartfair.com/tickets/.

Usher received her BFA in Painting and BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design. She earned her MFA Degree from the University of Delaware.  Usher is a Professor of Art Emerita from West Chester University; she retired in 2014. For more information about Usher and her artwork see www.donnausher.com.

Usher’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo, juried and invitational exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. The shows include, the National Centre of Fine Arts, Giza, Egypt; Guizhou University, China;  Palazzo della Esposizioni, Faezna, Italy;  Cozumel Art Museum, Mexico;  Croatian Ministry of Culture, Zagreb, Croatia;  Philadelphia International Airport, PA;  Delaware Art Museum, DE;  The State Museum of Pennsylvania;  Carvel State Building, DE;  Widener Art Museum, PA;  Noyes Art Museum, NJ;  Morris Arboretum, PA;  McAshen Visual Arts Center, TX;  Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, PA;   San Angelo Museum, TX;  X International Contemporary Art Fair Miami;  Creative Arts Workshop, CT;  Mississippi Arts Complex, MI;  Kennedy-Douglass Center of the Arts, AL;  NJ Center for the Visual Arts;  West Chester University, PA;  Lehigh University, PA;  Holter Museum of Art, MT;  Nicolet College, MT;  Connecticut College, CT;  Washington & Jefferson College, PA;  Woodmere Art Museum, PA;  Otis School of Art, CA;  LGTripp Gallery, PA;  Benjamin Mangel Gallery, PA;  Sande Webster Gallery, PA;  Academy Square Gallery, NJ;  Galleria Mesa, AZ.

Rick Friedman, Executive Director of the fair was quoted as saying, “Philadelphia is a longtime culturally driven city in the creation, exploration and patronage of the visual arts. With its six million area residents, there is a sizable, fast growing collector base. Coupled with a considerable number of serious art patrons and major collectors make for a ripe and untapped art fair marketplace.

For more information on the show, go to https://www.philfineartfair.com/.

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