Through Jan. 23: Osher Lifelong Learning artists featured at Delaware Art Museum
"The Red Door," watercolor by George Henderson, member, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington.

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10:51 a.m., Jan. 5, 2011----Paintings by members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington are currently part of an exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum. The exhibit is titled "Different Views: Painters of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware" and is on view through Sunday, Jan. 23.

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This juried exhibition features paintings from 38 members of the Osher Lifelong Learning program. Ranging from abstract expressionism to realism, the diverse paintings and artists featured in this exhibition reflect the museum and Osher Lifelong Learning's shared mission of promoting community engagement in the arts and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

"There's such a scope of artistic experience and imagination in this exhibition," said Mary F. Holahan, curator of the Delaware Art Museum's Outlooks series. "The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UD provides a great outlet for creativity so members have the freedom to pursue their vision in numerous disciplines and mediums."

When the lifelong learning program asked for member submissions, they received paintings from more than 120 former arts professionals, amateurs and novice painters. Susanna Saunders, curator of the collections of the Main Line Health System and curator for the annual international Art Ability exhibition, juried the exhibition.

The chosen works span traditional and experimental techniques, in oil, acrylic, watercolor and other media, and encompass a diverse range of themes, including landscape and seascape, the figure, domestic and architectural scenes, and nature.

Basil Maas, the University coordinator at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UD in Wilmington, said the exhibition -- their first juried show in the institution's 30-year history -- is an exciting opportunity to showcase members' work and the program's commitment to connecting with the community.

"The Osher Lifelong Learning program in Wilmington has a very active art component. This show is particularly relevant and engaging because it represents a cross-section of our artists, but also because it allows the museum and Osher Lifelong Learning to jointly promote the philosophy that 'learning never ends,'" Maas said.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington (formerly the Academy of Lifelong Learning) is a membership organization for adults 50 and over to enjoy classes, teach, exchange ideas and travel together. For more information about the program, visit the website. Similar programs are offered through UD in Dover and in Lewes.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the website.

The Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington. For more information about the museum, including details about hours and admission fees, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit the website. Admission fees are waived every Sunday thanks to support from AstraZeneca.

This exhibition is made possible in part by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Laffey-McHugh Foundation.

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