PENINSULA, Ohio (March 2011) – Nearly 20 years after she left her art studio located on the top floor of Fairhill Psychiatric Hospital’s high-security lockup ward for women in Cleveland, Donna Drozda, renowned artist, teacher and author is returning to her hometown to showcase a new gallery exhibition.
The exhibition entitled “EARTH & SKY,” will open from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on March 18 and run through May 14, 2011, at the John F. Seiberling Gallery, located at 1403 W. Hines Hill Rd., within the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park offices in Peninsula, Ohio.
“I’m in love with every aspect of bringing art into life,” Drozda expressed. “As a young girl, I carried the dream of being an artist and ornithologist. My new exhibit EARTH & SKY brings these two timeless passions together. The exhibit will feature a rich blend of colors and textures that reveal the beauty and magnificence of a wide array of birds I’ve observed in the Chesapeake Bay area where I have lived for the past 10 years.”
Although Drozda has spent the last decade designing and facilitating studios for children and adults at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, she spent the greater part of her career in the Cleveland area as an entrepreneur.
She was the owner of Signet Gallery in the Murray Hill Arts District, in which she was a charter member. She also held open studios and monthly creativity salons for groups at her top-floor art studio within The Fairhill Institute for the Elderly (formerly the Fairhill Psychiatric Hospital) during the 90s as Artist in Residence for the Center for Therapy Through the Arts art studio.
“One of the reasons I began using expressive art as a form of painting is because of an experience I had when I was younger,” Drozda added. “I survived a horrible violent crime, and because of that I’ve worked to give women a voice through my artwork, and to take a leadership role in the evolution of a healed global civilization. I find expressive art to allow me to reveal my compassion and care for all living beings, and you’ll find that quite apparent in my new exhibit.”
Drozda’s EARTH & SKY exhibit explores the natural realm through opulent textures and eclectic colors, showcasing her talents as a true expressive artist.
The event is free and open to the public.
To learn more about the EARTH & SKY gallery exhibition, contact the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park at 330-657-2909 or visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org.
About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call (330) 657-2909.
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Editor’s Note: High-resolution photography is available upon request; and Donna is available for interviews during the entire exhibit showing by contacting Ralph Davila at email@example.com or calling 330-657-2909 ext. 109. Media are welcome to attend the event at anytime as well.