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Positively Philadelphia: Student Art Show And Sale at University of the Arts

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Many of us dream of finding beginner artists who later go on to become world renowned.

Here's your chance.  The University of the Arts is holding its annual art exhibit and sale this coming week, and you're invited.

"There are things that'll be there two to five dollars, all the way up to five thousand dollars.  Something for everybody, everybody's taste and everybody's pocket," says Lucie Hughes, vice president for advancement at the University of the Arts.

The exhibit and sale, "Art Unleashed," is part of getting students ready for the real world.

"This is part of their education, being able to talk about their work, talk about what inspired their work, how they sell their work," she says.

All of the proceeds of the event go to fund scholarships.

"I wouldn't be here if it weren't for these scholarship funds," said Melissa Guglielmo (at right in photo), a senior at UArts.  Some of her labors of love will be for sale.

"This piece is a magnetic brooch and it can be worn, and it can also be displayed.  Functions as a piece of art in your home, and also as a wearable," she explained.

Senior Ashley Johnson (at left in photo) is also part of Art Unleashed.

"All my artwork that I produce is focused on diamond facets and diamond cutting, without using actual diamonds," she says.

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The show is being held at the university's Dorrance Hamilton Hall, at 320 S. Broad Street (corner of Pine).  It begins with a ticket-necessary gala on Wednesday evening but then is open to the public free of charge after that.

Preview Party:
-- Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 5:00-9:00pm

Public Sale:
-- Thursday, April 14, 2011, 12:00-6:00pm
-- Friday, April 15, 2011, 12:00-6:00pm
-- Saturday, April 16, 2011, 12:00-6:00pm

So, if I  buy a piece of art, am I going to be able to say "I knew them when..." ?

"Yes!," several students chimed in simultaneously.

And that's Positively Philadelphia!
Reported by Lauren Lipton, KYW Newsradio 1060.


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