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‘Art Naïf’ at the Silk Mill

April 23, 2014

HAWLEY, PA — A major exhibit highlighting the parallel lives of two international artists of the “Art Naïf” school will open on Saturday, April 26 at the Looking Glass Gallery at the Hawley Silk Mill. Juan H. Espino, a native of Mexico, has lived in Hawley since 1998 and paints colorful scenes of his adopted home. Merle Reivich of Philadelphia moved to Mexico many years ago, and has become an award-winning interpreter of her new home as well.

Espino was honored in 2012 with an exhibit in the East Wing Rotunda of the State Capitol in Harrisburg sponsored by Rep. Michael Peifer of the 139th District. Earlier, in 2010, his paintings were exhibited at the Musée International d’Art Naïf de Magog, Quebec, Canada, as well as at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford. His paintings are in public institutions, corporate and private collections.

Reivich has participated in individual and group exhibits nationally as well as internationally. Her work has been exhibited in Mexico, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Israel, Italy, Canada and the U.S. She has received awards from Fleisher Art Memorial, the Merit Award Gallery El Dorado, Colorado Springs and the International Exhibit of Art Naïf in Guglia, Italy. Her work has been reproduced on cards for UNICEF.

The paintings of the two artists will be displayed at the Looking Glass Art Gallery at the Hawley Silk Mill from April 26 to May 23. Contact The Looking Glass Art Gallery at 570/226-0782 or