Artists Laurence de Valmy (France) and Mary Beth McAllister (USA) are pleased to announce their respective exhibitions French Reflections and Les Gardiens du Jardin at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in Montclair. The exhibitions will open on Friday, May 20 and will remain on view through Thursday, June 16, 2016 in FIAF Montclair’s new, expanded space.
An opening reception will be held at FIAF Montclair on Friday, May 20th at 6 pm with both artists and the FIAF Montclair team. The exhibitions are included on the Montclair Art Walk tour, which takes place that same evening. Both exhibitions are curated by Marie-Catherine Glaser, Director of FIAF Montclair: “While both artists have different universes and backgrounds, they share a love for French culture, and their work is full of joie de vivre,” said Marie-Catherine Glaser.
The collaboration was born from the friendship between McAllister and Valmy. The artists met at an event organized by Arts by the People at the Artist Baker cafe in Morristown, NJ. . As Valmy considers herself an Americanized French and McAllister an “American in love with France” the collaboration with FIAF Montclair is a perfect fit and an illustration of the long-standing tradition of French-American artistic collaborations.
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