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Misericordia University Speech-Language Pathology Department to host Verve Vertu art exhibit and reception
The Misericordia Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Department will host a reception to introduce the works of artists from Verve Vertu Art Studio on display in the Speech-Language and Hearing Center. The free reception will be held Thursday, May 1 from 5-8 p.m. on the 2nd floor of John J. Passan Hall on the lower campus. Reservations for the event are recommended.
The rotating art collection, “Exceptional Art – Exceptional Artists,” features the works of artists from the Deutsch Institute’s Verve Vertu Art Studio. The Deutsch Institute offers recreational and leisurely activities to people with a wide range of disabilities. The university has a special relationship with many of the artists because several of them attend therapy sessions at the Speech-Language and Hearing Center at Misericordia University.
The collection includes many individual works as well as a whimsical and nostalgic fabric quilt, “Vintage Tea Party,” that is a collaborative creation by the artists of Verve Vertu. Colorful vintage remnants of lace, fabric and ribbon were used along with luxurious tassels. It measures approximately 3-feet by 4-feet. 
The collection will be on display through April 2015. Sponsors for the reception include Bartolai Winery, Earl & Sedor Photographic, igourmet.com, and Coca Cola Refreshments.
“In its fourth year, this collaborative project allows us to showcase the works of these exceptional individuals and at the same time introduce to the community the many services we offer to clients with similar needs at the Speech-Language and Hearing Center,” explains Adina Rosenthal, M.S. C.C.C.-S.L.P., clinical supervisor. “Our Center is a state-of-the-art facility and we offer free and low-cost SLP therapy and services to clients with a wide range of communication challenges and disorders from northeastern Pennsylvania.”
Gwen Harleman is the director of the Verve Vertu program. The artists who will have works on display include Ann Marie Alfano, Larksville, Pa.; Victoria Brown, Swoyersville, Pa.; Jen Carey, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Patrick Cleary, Dallas, Pa.; Roxanne Cross, Warrior Run, Pa.; Monique Dennis, Exeter, Pa.; Eric Dodson, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Erin Dougherty, Dallas, Pa.; Pam Gregory, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Andrea Hamrick, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Michael Hungarter, Kingston, Pa.; Eamon Klinges, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Teresa Kraynak, Harding, Pa.; Alex Lacy, Kingston, Pa.; Shaun Lambert, Pittston, Pa.; Richard Morgan, Wyoming, Pa.; Desiree Reed, Wyoming, Pa.; Molly Schappert, Kingston, Pa.; Josh Schlegel, Hanover Township, Pa.; Patty Spellman, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Billy Sukus, Dallas, Pa.; Elizabeth Thomas, Forty Fort, Pa.; Tracey Tribendis, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Karen Trzcinski, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Selena Waters, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Lisa Zavada, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Edward Zebrowski, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The exhibit is open free to the public during regular business hours of the Speech-Language and Hearing Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations for the free reception can be made by contacting Michelle Donato at (570) 674-8255 or mdonato@misericordia.edu.
For more information about the services offered by the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and the Speech-Language and Hearing Center at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6724 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/slp.
(Information from  Marianne T. Puhalla)

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