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March 26, 2015

Globe-trotting local artist presents travel-inspired work

Neysa Grassi's 'Foreign Language' opens at Locks Gallery

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Untitled (Philadelphia), 2009, gouache and ink on paper.

Neysa Grassi, a local abstract artist, will be featured in the latest exhibition at Locks Gallery. "Foreign Language," opening Thursday, April 2, surveys the artist's last two decades of work on paper.

The artist creates abstract pieces while she travels using gouache, ink, gum arabic and graphite. Her style is very unique and recognizable, like a signature, but also seems to change based on her place and what inspires her while she's exploring the world. One could imagine the small, colorful paper works being blown up into wall art and making a strong decorative statement. 

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Neysa Grassi's "Untitled (Spain), 2007, gouache on paper."

"Foreign Language," which will also be a traveling exhibition, includes Grassi's work from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland; Majorca, Spain; Maine; Florence, Italy and Philadelphia. Grassi is not only a local artist and Pew Fellowship recipient, she is also a faculty critic for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 

Rather than the usual Locks Gallery First Friday exhibit debut, "Foreign Language" will be feted with an opening reception on Thursday, April 2, due to the beginning of Passover Friday, April 3.

Foreign Language: Opening Reception

Thursday, April 2 
5:30-7:30 p.m. | Free admission
Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square South 
(215) 629-1000

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