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40th Annual Unionville Art Gala offers one-stop art shopping

11/13/2015 09:52AM ● By J. Chambless

'Wooded Path,' by featured artist Margaret Matuszewski.

For 40 years, the Unionville Art Gala has drawn from the rich pool of artists in the region to raise funds for student enrichment projects through the PTO at Unionville High School.

To mark the 40th year, the show continues to spotlight established and emerging artists, including two Unionville High School students, Molly Hutter and Victoria Latham. This year's featured artist is Margaret Matuszewski, who paints impressionistic oils and watercolors, primarily landscapes. She has participated in juried and invitational shows in Pennsylvania and the northeast United States, and exhibited widely in Chester County, and in the Hudson River Valley.

The show opens at the high school on Nov. 20 with live music and free hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants. Many of the artists will be on hand to meet visitors and discuss their work from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, the show runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The wide range of artwork includes paintings, ceramics, jewelry, glass art, mosaics, mixed-media works and more. Thirty percent of the price of each piece goes to support educational enrichment programs at the school, and is tax-deductible. Many artists are also donating pieces that will be sold at a reduced price, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the school's PTO program. Mastercard/Visa, cash and checks are accepted. Admission to the show is free.

There are dozens of artists featured at the show, including Carol Apicella, Katee Boyle, Polly Davis Chalfant, Frank dePietro, Lele Galer, John Hannafin, Carol Lesher, Mitch Lyons, Jeremy McGirl, Christina Oddo, and MaryAnn Weselyk.

The school is at 650 Unionville Rd., in Kennett Square. For more information, call 610-347-1600 or visit

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