West Acres Mall Debuts New Spring Expressions Gallery

 

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West Acres Mall has added a new element to the shopping experience: an art gallery. Spring Expressions gallery combines fashion and art with clothing from the shops and art from Marjorie Schlossman.

On a typical Sunday afternoon, hundreds of shoppers can be found in the West Acres Mall perusing the shops and eating at the food court. Now with a new addition to the shopping center, shoppers can enjoy art during their afternoon romp.

The Spring Expressions gallery in the mall is a pop-up exhibit showing the creative interplay between art and fashion. Currently, the short-term gallery is displaying art by local painter Majorie Schlossman and spring trends from West Acres stores.

Schlossman is one of the most prominent artists in the Red River Valley, raised in Fargo and earning her Masters of Liberal Arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her abstract work can be described as “music without words,” especially because of Schlossman’s roots in music. She is an active member of the F-M Symphony, inspiring her to work musical elements into her removed-from-reality art pieces.

Mall walkers are invited into the open space to view the abstract art on the wall while seeing complementary fresh outfits. The purpose of Spring Expressions is to exhibit the growing creativity and excitement that comes along with the shifting of seasons. Another meaning to the exhibit is to further showcase how fashion and art are undeniably linked, especially in a shopping setting.

One of the signs explaining the event boasts, “Art isn’t just something you observe. Fashion isn’t just something you wear. They’re forms of self-expression that are born from the imagination and share insight into our individual styles, personalities and emotions.”

The exhibit is free and open to everyone who chooses to stop by and observe the creative combination that’s existed for decades.

The Spring Expressions gallery in West Acres Shopping Mall is open Tuesdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays 1 p.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. until Mother’s Day.

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