Ashley Kesling - Fox Talk

Contact Jane Haw

(973) 684-5448
jhaw@pccc.edu

April 12, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FOX TALK BY ASHLEY KESLING
AT PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present FOX TALK, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by New Jersey artist ASHLEY KESLING.   The exhibit will be on view in the Broadway & LRC Galleries from May 5 through June 30, 2010.    

The Broadway & LRC Galleries are located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in the downtown historic district of Paterson, New Jersey.   Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

A reception for the artist will be held in the Broadway Gallery on Thursday, May 6, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. 

Ashley Kesling believes that humans have lost their ability to see the true nature of their surroundings.  Her work is primarily about the communication between animals.  Using color, line, and pattern she presents animals the way they see one another and the world around them. She says, “My intense connection with animals stems from my childhood.  I was raised with an extensive animal family including cats, dogs, goats, ducks, chickens and donkeys.  The fact that they were not human was of no consequence to me, they were my family.  Growing up, my mother, who has Cherokee ancestry, instilled in me a great respect for fur and feather alike with beautiful Native American folk stories, and the patterns I use in my work are influenced by traditional Native American pattern work.”  Fox Talk and Cosmic Love on the Prairie are excellent examples of the artist’s lively colorful work to be exhibited at Passaic County Community College.  See more of her drawings and paintings at www.ashleykesling.com.

Kesling has exhibited her work at Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY; Heidi Cho Gallery, NYC; Artists Space, NYC, and is currently participating in Emerging Patterns at 14 Maple Gallery, Morristown, NJ

Born in Raleigh, NC, Ashley Kesling received her B.A. degree in Studio Art from Wake Forest University and her M.F.A. in Painting from Parsons School of Design.  She has worked at Smack Mellon Gallery and A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently the Local Arts Development Coordinator of the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ.

For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at www.pccc.edu/art/gallery.

The Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Organization and is funded, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Passaic County Community College Art Galleries strive to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs. Large print materials, FM listening systems, select audio publications and Braille transcriptions are available on request.  Please contact (973) 684-6507 for availability.