Arts & Entertainment

Mixed Media: Portraits unveiled

Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley © 2018 Kehinde Wiley and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama by Amy Sherald. Photographs courtesy of National Portrait Gallery.

This column usually focuses on regional art news, but I’d like to start this column by applauding the new presidential portraits unveiled this week. I know, I know, politics are not a subject to bring up in mixed company, but the art that memorializes the history of our country lives in a different realm and one that deserves of its’ own reviews. Former President ...

 
 

Free course on orchids

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is offering beauty at your fingertips.  Whether you’re new to orchids or a seasoned grower, our new, free learning experience, Everything About Orchids, offers valuable insights from our experts. Self-paced and fully online, this engaging course allows you to learn on your own schedule and from wherever you and your web-enabled device happen to be. ...

 

Mixed Media: Chinese New Year

February may have started off on a bummer note with the groundhog (aka dirt rat) seeing its shadow and thus condemning everyone to six more weeks of winter, but there’s plenty to entertain while you twiddle your thumbs waiting for the daffodils. Chinese New Year is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, arguably the best animal, period. Delaware Contemporary will ...

 

Mixed Media: Play and creativity

The surrealists of the 20th century gained a reputation for inventing quirky art games. Surrealism, as a genre, is an exercise in the absurd; turn everything on its head and laugh, or grimace at the futility of it all. It is from this dark sensibility that games such as Exquisite Corpse (nee “cadavre exquis”) arrived. It’s hard to escape even the most elementary art ...

 

Art, history mix well for Paint Out Chadds Ford

Art will intersect creatively with area landscapes this week as the Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS) hosts its 10th Annual Paint Out Chadds Ford. The “plein air” event will feature paintings done outdoors, typically in a single sitting. From Thursday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, Feb. 3, area residents will see artists set up around the area, bringing their ...

 

Mixed Media: Contemporary art and chocolate

Last Wednesday I ventured out to the Delaware Contemporary for the Robert Straight Q&A which is part of an ongoing series entitled ON ART. Delaware Contemporary hosts this series. Admission is free, and it is open to public. On this occasion, we were joined by about 30 other art enthusiasts, many of whom were art students at Delaware College of Art and Design, or ...

 

Museum trains on track to battle breast cancer

Updated at 9 p.m. to add acquisition of caboose The Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art has given procrastinators reason to rejoice: Its popular holiday model trains will be displayed through Sunday, Jan. 28. Even better, the unprecedented extra time comes with an addition to the Brandywine Railroad O-gauge extravaganza: a train car that promotes breast-cancer ...

 

Mixed Media: Old and new favorites

Last week, I wrote about artist Robert Straight, whose exhibition “Trifecta” debuted at Delaware Contemporary last Friday. I received a kind note from him last week, and as it turns out, he was a former professor at my alma mater, Connecticut College. Yes, yes the world is small, but when you find another connection to the art department at your college of 1,500 ...

 

Uptown! partners with World Cafe Live

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center and World Cafe Live have announced an entertainment partnership, bringing classic artists to West Chester, new theater. Following its first year, Uptown! caught the attention of World Cafe Live promoters as the ideal venue to serve up world-class concerts to patrons west of Philadelphia and those who remember World Cafe Live at ...

 

Escape winter at Orchid Extravaganza

Longwood Gardens provides a colorful escape from the winter blues this season during Orchid Extravaganza, running January 20 through March 25. The heated 4-acre conservatory transports guests into a warm oasis featuring thousands of vibrant orchid blooms displayed in extraordinary ways. In addition to the one-of-a-kind horticultural display, Orchid Extravaganza ...

 

Mixed Media: Winter exhibitions

I’d like to start off by congratulating anyone who braved the Siberian temperatures last weekend to partake in First Friday activities on their fortitude. I want you on my team if we ever have to adapt to a post-apocalyptic Hunger Games-esque living situation. Now that we’re back to a balmy just-above-freezing temperature, we can resume activity as usual. In Kennett, ...