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Buy Art in Palm Desert, Help Local College Students

A local artist will donate proceeds from her work to a scholarship fund at Cal State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert.

The following was submitted by CSUSB Palm Desert:

  • Local art exhibit will run Feb. 20-April 30
  • Proceeds to benefit student scholarship fund
  • Art is by Alumna Jean Vezzalini- who splits her time between Rancho Mirage and Italy, her place of birth
  • Exhibit entry is free to browse the art
  • Prices of art range from $400-$800

Artist and Cal State San Bernardino alumna Jean Vezzalini of Rancho Mirage will exhibit her paintings in the lobby of the Indian Wells Theater at the university’s Palm Desert Campus from Feb. 20-April 30, with all proceeds from the exhibition to be donated for student scholarships.

After Vezzalini retired in Italy, she began working on a dream to write and illustrate a collection of short stories in English, which is not her first or second language. A multi-linguist who speaks French, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Spanish and English, Vezzalini relocated to the Coachella Valley for her education.

After completing her associate’s degree in liberal arts from College of the Desert, Vezzalini received a bachelor’s degree in English in June 2006 from CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus and in June 2010, received a master’s in communication studies.

Along the way, Vezzalini worked on the campus newspaper and completed an associate’s degree in digital and design production. She also became a watercolor, acrylic and oil painter. She has had two solo exhibitions of her work on the Garrow Gallery Wall at COD. Her work has also been exhibited in the Walter N. Marks Center of the Arts in Palm Desert. She donated her work to the campus to raise funds to improve existing art programs on the COD campus.

The city of Palm Springs and the Public Arts Commission awarded Vezzalini with an Honorable Mention in 2008. In 2009, the 11th City of Palm Springs Annual Juried Art Show nominated Vezzalini’s “Jenial” first in the acrylic, gouache and tempera categories.

Today Vezzalini splits her time between Italy and Rancho Mirage. She says that her thirst for learning and knowledge continues to propel her to greater intellectual and artistic achievements, and most of all, she likes to share and give back.

The paintings are available for viewing during events in the theater. Additionally, the artist will show her work Mondays and Wednesdays from noon-2 p.m. in the theater lobby.

For specific art piece prices, as well as information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107 or msinger@csusb.edu.

Linda Davis February 16, 2013 at 07:48 PM
What a wonderful way to give back to the community. Way to go, Jean!

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