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“THAT ARTIST ANDREW”

Mandell JCC Chase Gallery to feature first solo exhibition by an inspiring young artist

Andrew Jeruss, a unique collage artist with an especially inspiring story, will be featured in his first solo show to be on exhibit in the Chase Family Gallery of the Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford throughout the holiday season.

Entitled “That Artist Andrew,” the show will open with a reception on Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 – 4 p.m., attended by the artist. The exhibit will run through Jan. 7, 2018, and will feature more than 50 original works of collage art, depicting colorful patterned animals carefully constructed from Jeruss’ collection of textured, painted and up-cycled papers. The pieces on display will all be available for purchase during the holiday season.

The road to artistic success has been a somewhat challenging one for the young man from Bristol. Jeruss had to overcome serious ongoing visual, auditory and neurological obstacles to become, at the age of 31, a popular local artist creating whimsical animal collages for the young and young at heart.

After completing his public school education, Jeruss discovered there wasn’t a place for him in the world of employment. So, he created his own place.

With studio space provided by his family, Jeruss set out to capitalize on his aptitude for art, which had come to light during his school years. He began exploring many different media, ultimately settling on collage as his preferred art form.

Today, the joyful response his artwork elicits from those who see it fills the young artist with a great deal of pride and an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and optimism. Jeruss now looks upon time spent in his studio creating art and experimenting with new ideas as a true labor of love.

The Mandell JCC Chase Family Gallery is located at 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Admission is free. Andrew Jeruss’ art work is available for purchase and cost between $50-$100. For additional information including gallery hours: (860) 236-4571.

CAP: Artist Andrew Jeruss at work in his studio.

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