Furniture store to showcase artists, authors

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Dane Decor in Downingtown to host  multi-media exhibit that opens Sept. 8

Artist Donna Usher and one of the paintings from her Meditation series.

A Downingtown store is poised to take the guesswork out of matching art with your furniture by showcasing them together.

At Dane Décor’s “Visionary Art and Artists” exhibit, which debuts Sept. 8 and will run for three months, customers can purchase a sofa, add a painting, and even buy a book to read while curled up on that new couch.

A free public reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the iconic furniture store, located in a former church at 216 E. Lancaster Ave. The featured artists are Donna Usher, a West Chester painter, and John Costanza, a Bryn Mawr sculptor and ceramist.

Usher, an art professor at West Chester University, has exhibited in more than 70 national and international juried and invitational exhibitions. Her artwork is in the permanent collections of the Cozumel Museum, Mexico, The National Centre of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt; The Reading Public Museum, American Restaurant Association Corporate Offices, Verizon Corporate Offices, West Chester University, Moore College of Art and Design, and numerous private collections.

Costanza, a ceramic sculptor and former professor at Moore College of Art and Design, has been featured in more than 65 one- and two-person shows; his work appears in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, Delaware Museum of Art, University of Delaware, Harcum College, Monsanto Corp., the New York Public Library, Temple University and numerous others.

The authors and their books are: Catherine Quillman, 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley;  Lisa Loeb,  Wanna Taste? Stories and Recipes From Mama Carlino’s Kitchen;  and Bruce Mowday, whose works include Downingtown and Jailing The Johnston Gang. For more information on the show, visit http://www.danedecor.com/arts-event/.

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