A collection of more than 30 expressionist paintings by internationally known artist Jan Dilenschneider, an Upper Arlington native, soon will be on display at the Griffin Gallery at Creekside, 77 Mill St., in Gahanna.

Dilenschneider's exhibit, "Eco Vision," premieres with an event from 6 to 8 p.m. May 19 at the gallery and continues through June 19.

The exhibit will precede Dilenschneider's fourth show in Paris that will begin July 4 at the Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier.

The Paris show will feature at least 30 new paintings that are separate from what will be shown in the Griffin Gallery in Gahanna.

The idea for the Columbus exhibition came from Lew Griffin, owner of the Griffin Gallery, and Jim Lower, principal of St. Charles Preparatory School.

A significant portion of the gallery sales will go to St. Charles to further the education of its students.

Dilenschneider's husband, Robert, is a St. Charles graduate.

Jan Dilenschneider, who attended schools in Upper Arlington, is a graduate of Ohio State University.

She has had many exhibitions in the United States and in Europe.

"I have such fond memories of growing up in Columbus, and I am so pleased to be able to contribute to St. Charles," she said.

Griffin said it's a privilege to share Dilenschneider's artwork with the central Ohio community at his gallery.

"Jan's work is outstanding and the fact that she has roots in Columbus makes for an exciting event for the benefit of the community and St. Charles Preparatory School," he said.

Griffin said the exhibit is free to the public.

Dilenschneider said she calls the exhibition "Eco Vision" because it highlights her ongoing interest in the health of the environment.

Most of her canvases show nature through landscapes, coastal-water scenes and oversized vegetation and leaves.

Dilenschneider said she hopes viewers will fall in love with nature and join her in trying to protect the planet.

She said she believes an artist has the platform, even the responsibility, to bring important issues to the public.

Dilenschneider, known as an expressionist painter, said the two most important elements in her work are color and gesture.

She said the gesture is the passion and emotion in a painting while color is the joy in a painting.

When special colors are placed next to each other, they multiply their impact tenfold, she said, adding they "sing" together.

She sponsors the Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts, which aims to rescue artists and arts scholars from repressive regimes around the world. It is administered by the Institute of International Education, which awards the Fulbright Scholarship, and is one of the largest international exchange organizations in the world.

Dilenschneider resides in Connecticut with her husband, Robert.

The Griffin Gallery at Creekside is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

More information can be found at griffingalleryatcreekside.com.

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