FORT LEE, N.J. -- The Fort Lee Public Library is showcasing the works of artist Monica Amparo Chavarria Piedrahita in an exhibit entitled “Roots of Colours.”
The exhibit, which began Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 4, features a series of vividly colored paintings adorning the walls of the library’s reference area and non-fiction collection on the first floor and the foreign language and biography areas on the second floor.
Born in Medellin-Antioquia, Colombia, Piedrahita graduated from Antioquia University with a master’s degree in management and cultural promotion, and a bachelor of arts degree in art education and fine arts.
She has been an art teacher for more than 14 years.
“My paintings represent a carnival of color," she said. "Some of my paintings show a festival of trees in which human feelings are reflected through their branches that touch and caress each other; also, I have paintings that express the presence of Colombia’s culture, represented in masks, flowers, landscapes, and traditional houses.”
Piedrahita has participated in several national and international artistic events in the last two decades.
In 2011, she painted the mural titled "When the Nature is in Love,” at 31 McBride Ave. in Paterson.
She is also the curator and art director of Club Colombia of Hackensack and operates “Happy Kids,” an art education program Wednesdays and Saturdays in her home studio in Teaneck.
Along with four other artists, she painted “The Main Gateway Mural Project,” an outdoor mural on Main Street in Hackensack.
Piedrahita will conduct a painting demonstration at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the library to coincide with her exhibit.
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