FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Desirée Engel, “An Artist’s Journey”
January 9 – February 28, 2009
Public Receptions:  
Saturdays, January 10 and 24, from 6 - 9pm
and
Saturdays, February 14 and 28, from 6 - 9pm



Gallery 57 Underground
Contemporary Fine Art
300-C S. Thomas St. (basement), Pomona, CA 91766
In the Arts Colony
909-397-0218
Media contact:  Mervyn Seldon (626) 919-1297
E-mail,
fiftysevenunderground@verizon.net
Web site: http://www.57underground.com
Gallery hours: Thursday by appointment; Friday-Sunday, 12-4 pm


METAMORPHOSIS, 1996, handmade paper and fused glass, 15" x 30.5" x 2".

57 UNDERGROUND, a non-profit art gallery located at 300 S. Thomas in Pomona, CA will present "AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY," a retrospective of the work done in the past 20 years by artist Desiree Engel. The exhibit runs from January 9 to February 28, 2009.  Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 12 to 4 P.M. 
 
Desiree Engel has explored a wide variety of media and will show examples of her monoprints on handmade paper, mixed media works, cast and poured glass, and ceramic sculptures.  Although she has worked in several different media, most of her work is three-dimensional. There are many layers of meaning as well as material in sculptural and wall-hung pieces.  Much of the work is experimental in the application of different media and is very personal.


PESANTE, 1998, glass sculpture, 14" x 21" x 5".

This retrospective of the artist's work follows her career development in the past 20 years.  Her artistic bent was evident very early in her native Yugoslavia (now Croatia). However, when Germany invaded Yugoslavia, she had to flee the country. After many years in exile, Ms. Engel arrived in the United States, settled in Los Angeles and began life anew. She married and raised two sons and a daughter while art was on the back burner.  When her youngest son was a senior in high school, she enrolled at California State University, Fullerton and proceeded to earn B.A., M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in art.
 
Ms. Engel's exhibition record includes numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States and Europe.  Her work is in collections in the U.S., Europe, Israel and Australia. She has also won several awards.


ARTICHOKE, 2008, Raku (ceramic), 9" x 9" x 9".



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