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Date: October 9, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

Montgomery College to Open ‘Painting in Motion’ Multimedia Art Exhibit
Exhibit on Display at Rockville Campus from Oct. 16 to Nov. 10

PHOTO EDITORS: For high-resolution art images to accompany this release, click on the following links: ScottHutchisonart.jpg and CindyNgart.jpg.

Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus Art Gallery presents "Painting in Motion: An International Multimedia Show,” which features three artists who challenge the traditional medium of painting by engaging in an unconventional collaboration with video images. The exhibit, curated by Montgomery College Art Professor Sumita Kim, will be on display from Oct. 16 through Nov. 10.

Cindy Ng was born in Macau and currently lives in Taiwan. Ironically, she did not encounter the beauty and depth of Chinese scholar paintings until she started studying Western art in Great Britain. Since then, she has created abstract ink pieces that capture the energy and spirit of Oriental brush paintings. In the past two years, she has begun exploring video art. She now films the blending tinges of ink and water that slowly and quietly collect, move about, and seep through paper or canvas.

For Valentina Loi, who is an American citizen residing in Milan, the consistent theme in her artwork has been childhood games. Reenacting different juvenile antics on film, she then transfers her video images onto canvases. Using these impressions as templates for painting, she is able to explore the rapport between taking the art work beyond the studio and then bringing it back into the studio environment. There, she uses art media and art tools to recreate an intangible and meaningful moment.

Scott Hutchison, who lives and works in Arlington, Virginia, creates a visually unsettling yet poignant mood in his work. Typically, he juxtaposes more than one hundred small oil paintings in a stream of video animation. Through the action of these self-portraits, Hutchison delves into the themes of identity and introspection while generating a unique and profound type of beauty.

An opening reception for “Painting in Motion” will be held Monday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Artist Valentina Loi will give a gallery talk on Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. and Scott Hutchison will give a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at noon. Dr. Ken Jassie, art history professor and gallery director, will lead a tour of the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m.

The Rockville Campus Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Paul Peck Art Building, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. The hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 301-279-5115 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/artrockville.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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