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September 29 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception of our fall exhibit by Artist Zoja Forsberg titled “Traces of Life”. The event is free and open to the public and will feature music and light refreshments.

Zoja Forsberg is an artist whose creative journey has been shaped by her multicultural background and life experiences. Born in southern Finland to Ukranian and Polish parents who had endured the hardships of World War II, Zoja’s early years were characterized by resilience and simplicity. At the age of two, her family sought refuge in neighboring Sweden embarking on a journey that would shape her artistic sensibilities.

Growing up in Sweden as a refugee, Zoja developed a profound appreciation for nature and found objects. The unadorned lifestyle and language barriers she faced instilled in her a love for incorporating humble materials into her art. Texture and color are pivotal in her work, which she approaches without preconceived designs, allowing the materials to guide her toward abstract compositions that evoke emotions rather than specific subjects.

Zoja’s passion for art led her to pursue formal training in interior design and fine art at Marywood University in the United States. Deepening her fascination with textiles, she continued to express her artistic sensibility through her interior design. Her mixed media collages serve as a fusion of her diverse influences and experiences, bringing together elements of nature, found objects, and a sense of abstract design.

Throughout her career, Zoja has participated in numerous juried group shows and received recognition for her artistic endeavors. Her one-woman shows have provided platforms for her introspective and evocation works, inviting viewers to delve into the layers of her artistic expressions. Zoja’s art speaks to the resilience of the human spirit and the beauty found in most unassuming things.

With each piece she creates, Zoja invites viewers to join her in an exploration of texture, color and the profound connections that exist between art, nature, and personal narratives. Her collages serve as visual whispers, telling stories of resilience, personal growth, and the innate beauty found in the world around us.

Free and open to the public.

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