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For Immediate Release (01-19)
Date: March 6, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Metal Arts 2001 Exhibit at Montgomery College, Rockville

An exhibition of personal adornments, vessels, tables, mirrors, and sculptural forms from metalcraft artist Komelia Hongja Okim will be on display March 25–April 13 at the Paul Peck Art Building (2nd floor) Art Gallery at Montgomery College, Rockville.

For more than 30 years, Professor Okim has been creating art with bronze, copper, gold, silver, and steel, all in varied and unusual combinations with each other. Her aesthetic endeavors touch on Taoist principles of nature, including the Yin-Yang Theory, Dual System, and vital energy of the life force, as well as the philosophy of Feng Shui (Chinese) and Poong Sue (Korean), and the dynamic relationship between humans and their surroundings. "My work depicts the various interactions between people and landscapes," says Okim. "Simultaneously, I balance my media and colors."

Okim, a senior professor of jewelry design and metalsmithing in the Art Department at Montgomery College, has exhibited and lectured extensively. She has held 17 one-person shows and received numerous first-place prizes, awards, and special recognition in regional, national, and international shows.

Okim has organized several transcontinental traveling exhibitions and conducted a series of workshops, lectures, and demonstrations in the United States, Canada, Korea, Germany, Norway, and Russia. Her art is placed in the permanent collections of the Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Honolulu Academy of Art, and museums and private collections throughout the world.

An opening reception will be held Sunday, March 25, 4–6 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held Monday, March 26, 6–8 p.m. Gallery hours during the exhibition are Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 6–8 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Call 240-567-5115 for information.

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