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Reflections And Devotion By Ching Valdes-Aran & Nicole Valdes Schorr at Philippine Center Gallery

Ching Valdes-Aran

Ching Valdes-Aran

Obie- award winning stage, TV, and film actor and accomplished director Ching Valdes-Aran, alongside her niece, artist Nicole Valdes Schorr, will present an exhibition of paintings in a compelling collective show entitled REFLECTIONS AND DEVOTION. The work will be hosted by the Philippine Center gallery in New York City from July 14 through August 8. The Philippine Center Gallery is located at 556 Fifth Avenue, between West 45th and 46th Streets in New York.

Join the pair at their opening reception, sponsored by San Miguel Beer, on Monday, July 14th from 6:00-9:00pm.

A veteran and in demand actress who has worked with famed directors including Michael Greif (Dogeaters), George C. Wolfe (The Wild Party), and Moises Kaufman (Macbeth), and is currently appearing in celebrated director Lav Diaz’s Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon as well as appearing in countless movies (Across the Universe and Sex and The City 1,), Valdes-Aran has been painting for many years. Her first U.S solo show, entitled CHING VALDES-ARAN: NEW AND SELECTED WORKS, premiered at the Philippine Center in 2012.
Photos: Ching Valdes-Aran: New and Selected Work on View at the Philippine Center Gallery in New York, October 22-November 2, 2012

Nicole Valdes Schorr

Nicole Valdes Schorr

For this exhibit, Valdes-Aran focuses on the ethereal and intangible quality of memory. Her exquisite paintings plunge the viewer into the experience of reflection. In company with Valds-Aran, there will be works on display by emerging painter, Nicole Valdes-Schorr. Valdes Schorr’s works suggests the passion and devotion of a love story through prayer. Her magnetic portraiture presents a juxtaposition against Valdes-Aran’s classic impressionist style Valdes Schorr infusing a unique and vibrant take on traditional catholic archetypes.

Ching valdes-Aran was born in San Nicolas, IIlocos Norte, Philippines. She lives and works in New York City. Her niece, Nicole Valdes-Schorr, is a New York native who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently works as a visual arts teacher.


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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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