Art Watch: Learn to write for publication

On Sunday January 31, a rare writing and art treat from 3-5 p.m. at Galer Estate Winery in Kennett Square. As a part of the January art theme for "The Art of Writing" along The Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail, the winery welcomes the editors of Schiffer Publishing House to discuss the what it takes to get a book published, and what they look for.

After a question and answer session, the event will move to the main tasting room where artist Robert Jackson will be there to sell and sign his two Schiffer art books, and sell some new original art works. That is very exciting! Robert has just completed a series of delightful and fun painted images on vintage postcards for sale on Sunday.

Photographer Antelo Devereux will also be on site with original photographs to sell, as well as sign and sell copies of "Chester County Perspectives" published by Schiffer. When I first was introduced to Mr. Devereux, I was told that he was the finest photographer in Chester County, and took the best pictures of this area that have ever been published. This will be a rare treat to mingle with two wonderful artists, buy great books and artwork too!

"Coming Home" one of the many scenes from Chester County by Antelo Devereux

"Coming Home" one of the many scenes from Chester County by Antelo Devereux

Wednesday at 2 p.m., January 27, The Brandywine River Museum of Art's Curator of Collections, Virginia O'Hara will lead a tour through the museum's exhibition "Natural Selections: Andrew Wyeth Plant Studies." Andrew Wyeth's plant studies are detailed glimpses of nature that appear to have caught his eye. Most of the images are simple studies of a grassy outcroppings, weeds or wild flowers. While each is a lovely image, you can't help but think about the artist's choice in subject matter: what made the artist hone in on this? did he use this in a painting? I love it when a museum show encourages you to see the main galleries with new eyes, and with a new appreciation.

MONOLITH, encaustic by Alan Sofer, Church Street Gallery

MONOLITH, encaustic by Alan Sofer, Church Street Gallery

The weekend is full of art exhibits starting Friday in West Chester with a visit to Church Street Gallery's "Master of Abstraction" exhibit. Friday January 29 at 5 p.m., the gallery will have an opening reception for artist Alan Soffer's latest collection of abstract acrylic and encaustic paintings. Beautiful arrangements of color and shape hover in shaded layers of wax and paint. Alan Sofer's colors are marvelous, and it is very exciting indeed to see a solo show of this extraordinary artist's work. Expect a packed opening event!

The art weekend continues in Phoenixville at the Art Gallery at Franklin Commons. A very engaging opening event is planned for the "Radius" Art show Saturday January 30, from 1-4 p.m. "Radius" combines the artistic talents from 9 local arts organizations into one big show. The title "Radius" refers to the distance that each of these art centers are from Phoenixville.


Radius-PostcardAt the show opening this Saturday, there will be a collaborative art project event to blend the organizations' artists together, as well as an opportunity for each organization to talk about who they are and what they do in their communities through the arts.  There will be plenty of food, wine, and live music to set the tone for a very lively, interactive art opening event. The curator, Katie Naber, included many art organizations that may not be on your radar yet. Art organizations including, The Pottstown Area Artists Guild, The Phoenix Village Art Center, The Greater Norristown Art League, and Art Fusion 19464 will all be represented, offering us a rare glimpse of local artwork that is a bit beyond our usual county borders. Most of these art associations have less than 100 members, and offer a variety of different programming, including artist workshops, art show opportunities, public art and outreach as well as classes and gallery space. All of these art groups play a dynamic role in their respective communities. Katie Naber said, that she was so "Excited about this show, as it is bringing the art community together in a new way!"

During this week, in Oxford, at the Oxford Arts Alliance, remember to check out the "Architect's Roundtable" discussion with architects Ed Rahme, Wayne Simpson and Todd Tully Danner this Wednesday evening January 27th at 7 p.m. This roundtable discussion is part of the exciting art show "Architectural Sketches: Building an Idea" which will stay in the gallery until February 13.


About Lele Galer

Lele Galer is an artist who has chaired numerous art shows, taught art history and studio art, public art and has chaired, written and taught the Art in Action Art Appreciation series for the UCFD schools for the past 12 years. She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and wrote for the Associated Press in Rome. She has been dedicated to Art History and art education for most of her adult life. Lele and her husband Brad own Galer Estate Winery in Kennett Square.



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