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December 05, 2006
#06-71

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Press Release, 06-71

United States Patent and Trademark Office Opens New Art Gallery

Inaugural Exhibit Features Original Paintings by USPTO Employees

Washington, D.C. — The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today opened a new art gallery at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The Gallery 600 - The ArtSpace @ USPTO celebrates the artistic expression and diversity within the agency.

"In the 28 years I've been at the USPTO, I've seen first hand the depth of talent and accomplishment of the folks who work here," remarked Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford at the gallery opening. "I am not surprised at the high quality of art shown in this exhibit. Everyone at the USPTO can enjoy this space and the artistic efforts of their fellow employees."

The inaugural exhibition, The Painters @ USPTO , is a selection of 32 original paintings created by 18 USPTO employees. It showcases a wide range of themes and media, from landscapes and portraits to abstract art in oil, acrylic and mixed media.

The public is welcome to visit the gallery located in the lower level of the Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street in Alexandria. The works in the exhibition will be on display until February 2007.

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