The Gallery 4 presents "In Medias Res" New Works by Marlana Adele Vassar

"In Medias Res" opens Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 and runs through Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at The Gallery 4 (206 S.HighlandAve, Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1pm- 8pm .

The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome back Marlana Adele Vassar. Marlana is a Pittsburgh-area artist and University of Pittsburgh alum (2006). Largely self-taught as an artist, Vassar's philosophy of balancing style and substance has attracted a diverse audience to her work. Since her first exhibit with The Gallery 4 ("Debutante", January 2012), Marlana has devoted her time to a number of community art projects, as well as wonderfully received solo exhibition at Pittsburgh's own August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Using figures as the primary subjects, she weaves symbolism and surrealism throughout her art, creating images that are personal yet open to interpretation. With "In Medias Res" (Latin for, "in the midst of things", a narrative method that begins the story in the middle), Marlana continues to develop her unique skill for conveying human relationship through expressive, colorful figurative studies.

Vassar , on "In Medias Res":

"The idea for In Medias Res came to me last year while I was spring cleaning and came across a box with old photos and love letters. My initial impulse was to burn everything in the box; however, I decided to take the time and look at the enclosed objects, reminiscing over the events and people attached to each item. This retrospection forced me to confront old demons and become hyperaware of my own strengths and weaknesses. It also made me wonder what would have happened had I stayed attached to those negative influences and people - more than likely, I would have abandoned my vocation to the arts. This event strengthened me when I realized how far I've come in my career and personal life since those interactions took place; which made me appreciate my journey even more.

At first, this body of work was meant to be a story about love, loss and everything in between. However, as the work evolved my definitions of this theme expanded to include a broad range of emotions that human beings explore during transitions in life, and the lessons that are often overlooked while we're encased in a dramatic moment."

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.”
- Babatunde Olatunji



The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.

Select Images from Elementals:


"Exit Strategy"

“I’ll Never Give My Game Away”

“Saturn Awakens”

“Saturn Arrives”

"Two Men"

"Two Ladies"

“His And Her Circumstances”

"Study of Almudena"

“The Nomad”

"He's Never Coming Back"

“A Moment In Love”

“The Transitioner”

“She Is Pensive”

“She Is Pacing”

“They Speak To Me”