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81C to Open Exhibit of ‘Euphoria — New Works by Prea Bhandari’ on Dec. 11

“Ataraxia” by Prea Bhandari’

The gallery 81C is honored to announce an upcoming art exhibition entitled “Euphoria – New works by Prea Bhandari.” It will be 81C’s most expansive show to date.

An opening reception event for the show will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Dec. 11, at 81C’s downtown location on Strand Gade in historic Charlotte Amalie. Chandon and Prophecy wines will be offered free of charge, sponsored by West Indies Co. The show will run through the first week in January.

This exhibition is made up of 39 pieces, spanning both the 81C gallery and bar/reception area.

Show Description:

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St. Thomas artist Prea Bhandari’s debut exhibition, “Euphoria,” is a color-burst-rebellion and a strong statement from a young artist achieving her prolific pursuit. Presenting a dynamic blend of both abstract craft and portraiture, Bhandari’s artistic practices are both technically mysterious and purely cutting edge. These 39 pieces were created throughout 2021, culminating in a psychedelic collection that challenges preconceptions of fine art while asking viewers to consider subjectively what each piece invokes within.

Artist statement:

“My art varies from purely abstract acrylic pour paintings to realistic oil portraits of women. I am heavily inspired by vibrant colors and feminine energy, and use these elements as tools to convey the emotions and ideas behind my pieces. ‘Euphoria’ is an explosion of color, taking viewers on a journey through each painting.”

Artist Bio:

Prea Bhandari grew up on St. Thomas and has lived in Paris, Milan and London. She has a degree in fashion design and marketing. Her graduate collection featured sustainable avant-garde fashion inspired by the draping of upcycled, broken umbrellas, with an emphasis on circularity, organic textiles, and zero waste practices. She is currently based in the Virgin Islands.

Gallery Hours:

81C is open from 5-10 p.m. on Wednesdays and on Sundays from 2-8 on Sundays.

Location: 81C – Downtown Charlotte Amalie. Strand Gade between Waterfront and Market Square, around the corner from Moe’s Grocery on the waterfront. Visit https://81CVI.com for a map link. Or Google 81C Virgin Islands.

About 81C:

81C is a newly opened event venue in historic downtown featuring a pop-up event space and art gallery. The space is available for private and public pop-up event rentals. It was launched by entrepreneur Zack Zook after several years of renovation and restoration to the building located at 81C Kronprindsens Gade (built circa 1810).

The space is currently operated by Joseph Hewes, Augustin Kelvin Holder and Zack Zook.

Visit https://81CVI.COM / Instagram or Facebook: @81CVI

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