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Sophie's Kensington Gallery and Kensington Gallery Presesnts Local Artist Joe Nyiri

Sophie's Kensington Gallery and Kensington Gallery Presesnts Local Artist Joe Nyiri

For the first time, Sophie's Kensington Gallery and Kensington Gallery will collaborate to display the work of local artist Joe Nyiri. His collection "Birds, Animals & Humans I Admire" will be featured in this joint public display the entire month of March. A special public reception to welcome the artist will be held on Saturday March 1, at Sophie's Kensington Gallery from 5-8 p.m. The gallery is open regularly on Tuesdays from 12-5 p.m., Wednesday- Saturday from 12-7 p.m. and Sundays 12-4 p.m.

Joe Nyiri moved to San Diego in 1962 and soon became involved in the local art scene establishing himself as an inventive Modernist sculptor incorporating every-day objects such as automobile bumpers, pipes and metal objects to complete his works. His deviation from the norm gained him recognition as one of the top sculptors in the San Diego art culture. With degrees in art and education from the University of Wisconsin, Nyiri is also recognized for his accomplishments in the area of teaching. As the teacher and art consultant for the San Diego Unified School District and art instructor at the San Diego Zoo, Nyiri has spread his passion for art in the community.

A true artist by nature, he is comfortable in more than just sculpture. His skills extend to painting, airbrush and printmaking. Nyiri, dedicated to his craft, has exhibited with the Allied Craftsman for more than 40 years.

For more information regarding the event and/or meeting the artist on March 1, 2014, please call (619) 534-8120 or (619) 593-2205 and email at sophiesgallery@stmsc.org.

About St. Madeleine Sophie's Center:
St. Madeleine Sophie's Center serves 400+ adults with developmental disabilities, through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other cognitive disorders for which there are no cures. St. Madeleine's combines its culture of care and creativity within quality programs to provide liberal arts education, practical skills development, employment and dignity for a lifetime. Programs are offered on a staff-to-student ratio of 1:3 to 1:6, depending upon the level of each student's disability. These programs include: Activity Center; Adult Development Center; Seniors (for adults age 50+); Behavior Modification; Supported Employment; and Work Activity Program.

Sites: St. Madeleine's has three sites: its main campus on the outskirts of El Cajon; Sophie's Gallery and Gift Shop in Downtown El Cajon; and a satellite gallery, Sophie's Kensington Gallery, a collaborative gallery with Kensington Gallery, a venture of the Autism Research Institute.

About Joe Nyiri
Joe Nyiri is a well-known local San Diego artist with degrees in art and education from the University of Wisconsin. An inventive Modernist sculptor, painter, printmaker and airbrush artist he has exhibited his work with the Allied Craftsman for over 40 years. As a resident of San Diego since 1962, he is recognized for his dedication to developing the creativity of young San Diegan's through his work with San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Zoo as a teacher and art consultant.

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