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February 7, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: YOUNG ARTIST’S WORK ON DISPLAY AT THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Hietala

276-619-4346

khietala@swcenter.edu

 

February 7, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 Young Artist’s Work on Display at the

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

ABINGDON, Va.–Alyssa Heath is the youngest artist to have work exhibited at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.  Although interested in art from an early age, it wasn’t until her sophomore year of high school that she became serious about her artwork, recognizing the creative expression it provides.  Heath hopes to continue to develop and refine her talent as she progresses on her life’s journey.

Employing myriad techniques, Heath weaves a story with patterns and colors in a way that words cannot.  Incorporating various materials and subject matter in the pieces comprising the exhibit, she captures an array of emotions.  Similarly, she anticipates that each viewer of her work will interpret the pieces uniquely.  As the French artist Edgar Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

When asked what she hopes to communicate through her art, Heath says that she wants people to see the beauty in anything, whether simple or complex.  “I hope that viewers reminisce in happy memories as they gaze at something I’ve painted.”  She says realism best describes her work, but that she enjoys a variety of styles, taking inspiration from her pets and life passions.  Animals and nature are favorite subject matter for the young artist.  In her words, “A pet could ultimately become a lifelong friend, and the intricacies of nature are unfailingly stunning.”

While growing up in Bristol, VA, Heath has been involved in many types of art, including dance and music.  Now a junior in high school, Heath credits her parents for their steadfast support and encouragement of her newfound love.  Her future plans include becoming a child psychologist and using her art as therapy for children.

Located on the second floor Art Wall, the exhibit will be on display through March, 2018, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.  Some of the art is available for purchase; prices upon request.  Admission is free.  For additional information, please contact the Higher Education Center at 276-619-4300.

 

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MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center is to strengthen the regional economy of southwest Virginia by providing higher education and professional development training of the current and future workforce.