The opening reception for "Norma Wagner Uray: Fashion Illustrations" is July 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Gallery.
Kent State University's Fashion School and the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, 10 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson, are pleased to present this exhibition of professional work spanning Wagner Uray's career. The exhibition runs July 15 through Aug. 21. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The exhibition features illustrations created by Norma Wagner Uray for retail advertising from the 1950s to 1980s. During these decades, it was common for fashion illustrations to be included in advertising to help persuade shoppers to purchase merchandise at regional department stores. Illustrations attracted the eye and showcased goods. Ads portrayed a consistent personality of the store, which mirrored the implied personality of its customers. Fashion illustrations in advertising were either line drawings or wash drawings, which are pen and ink with added gray to black watercolor tones. Asymmetrical designs were seen as active informal, a desired quality as it is more stimulating. This use of asymmetrical design can be seen in Uray's work.
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Gallery hosts several exhibitions each year, to learn more about the gallery and the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation visit www.mcmfdn.org.