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Off to Romania… Local Artist Velia Lala

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Artist Velia Lala

Local artist Velia Lala was chosen to join 14 other artists from around the world for an Artist Residency Program in Sibiu, Romania, presented by the Dacia Gallery. Artists travel to Sibiu for an intensive four-week program meant to inspire and redefine the creative directions of those selected to participate.


Dacia Gallery owner Lee Vasu personally requested for Lala to submit her work for consideration to join the 2018 Sibiu residency. Ms. Lala, along with 14 others, was selected by a highly acclaimed jury to attend the program beginning June 1, 2018.


“It is an incredible opportunity to be chosen for this residency,” Ms. Lala said. “I am thrilled to see how the program itself, along with the culture and experience of my time in Romania expands my artistic vision.”


Dacia Gallery, located in New York City, was founded in 2010 by artist Lee Vasu. Originally from Sibiu, Romania, Vasu has curated multiple exhibitions that ultimately led to him opening the Dacia Gallery. The contemporary art gallery offers museum-quality artwork from solo and groups of both established and emerging artists. Notable artists include Stephen Early, Max Ginsburg, Maria Kreyn, and Patricia Watwood.


As a part of this opportunity of a lifetime, Ms. Lala was given the chance to paint natural landscapes of the mountains and fields of Romania, explore the medieval city of Sibiu, and see popular landmarks such as Black Church of Brasov and the star-shaped citadel fortress of Alba Lulia. The program focuses on eight disciplines—composition, critical studies, curatorial, design, drawing, fine art, painting, and visual arts.


The residency program is open to visual artists of all mediums and styles worldwide. Following the residency, Ms. Lala will have the opportunity to showcase her work in the Dacia Gallery in New York this November and next February.


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Meagan Atwood
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