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Color Rich Art of Irma Shapiro On Exhibit at Villanova University Art Gallery

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VILLANOVA, Pa. - ”A Passion for Color,” the title of the exhibit opening January 9 in the Villanova University Art Gallery, tells a lot about the display of impressionistic landscape paintings by Irma Shapiro. What it doesn't fully convey is the artist’s penchant for exaggeration and embellishment. Reality isn't her painterly shtick.  

“I am a colorist; color is what differentiates my work,” says the 79-year-old painter. 

“Look as well for the richness of her brushwork as applied to nature, and the overall orchestration of her canvasses,” advises noted artist/teacher Bill Greenwood.

The exhibit, located in The Connelly Center on the University’s Main Campus, runs through Feb.19 and is free and open to the public.

 “A Passion for Color” is a new beginning for Shapiro, who lost much of her accumulated work in a 2012 fire that destroyed her home. Filling the Gallery's 12 walls has been a tall order for an artist who continually reworks her canvasses. (Shapiro accepted the exhibit invitation prior to the blaze that destroyed her home.)

Meeting the deadline, she says, has meant working non-stop, five days a week. To improve the odds of completing the work on time, the artist chose over-sized canvasses, some as large as 40 by 60 inches, and took longer strokes with big brushes. For the show Shapiro focused primarily on landscapes, although her range encompasses waterscapes, abstracts, still-lifes, flowers and portraiture. The Villanova University Art Gallery is open weekdays from 9 am until 11 p.m.  Call (610) 519-4612 during business hours to confirm extended and weekend hours, or for additional information.  Selected works for the Irma Shapiro exhibit may be previewed on the gallery’s website at

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