posted February 22, 2010

De Pree Gallery to Exhibit “The American Dream” Beginning Feb. 26

The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College will feature an exhibition of work by Mark Paris, "The American Dream," from Friday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 26.

There will be a gallery talk on Friday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. with Mark Paris in the gallery, followed by an opening reception from 5 to 6 p.m.

The public is invited to the talk, reception and exhibition. Admission is free.

The exhibit will have 34 black and white photographs documenting immigrants working in America running at the same time as the César Chávez celebrations.

"My wish is that my photographs touch you, the way the scenery touched me when I was there," Paris said. "Know that my pictures come from my heart. And also know that sharing the beauty of this land with you is my mission."

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.