Art Watch: On the Trail of great photography

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In Hot Pursuit, by Antelo Devereux, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery

For the entire month of March, seven winery tasting rooms on The Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail will be celebrating the "Art of Photography" with solo and group shows. Following a very popular "Art of the Valentine" theme in February, this March month marks the 8th month of art themes for the 13 wineries along the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail. Though each winery on the trail shares a common love for wine and for Chester County, every winery is different in their approach to making and selling wine. The Trail makes "art" a common thread that they can share, and every month there is a new art theme that the wineries may choose to participate in.

Winter, by Karl Weygandt, Stargazer's Vineyard and Winery
Winter, by Karl Weygandt, Stargazer's Vineyard and Winery

This month Karl Weygandt will show his photographs at his parent's winery in Newlin Township. Weygandt is a professional photographer and son of John and Alice Weygandt, founders and owners of Stargazer's Vineyard and Winery. He photographs nature images, from very small fauna, to aerial shots from a drone plane in the sky. Weygandt's work will be displayed at the winery throughout the month of March.

Local family portrait photographer Liz Crowthers will be exhibiting her body of work at both Kreutz Creek Winery tasting rooms, in West Grove and in downtown West Chester. Her work ranges from lovely visual images of Longwood Gardens' flowers and paths, to casually grouped, happy family portraits. Her images catch momentary glimpses of a warm touch or smile that carries over to the rest of her work.

Happy Face by Old Gun, Time Life Art Group, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery
Happy Face by Old Gun, Time Life Art Group, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery

Galer Estate Winery, located behind Longwood Gardens, will have two photography exhibitions in March. This weekend, March 4th through 6th, The Time Light Art Group will exhibit 50 juried and prized works from 25 of their fine photographer members. The show is entitled "Chester County Through a Fine Lens".   The opening reception for the show is Friday March 4th from 5 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be an Artist Roundtable Discussion about the Art of Photography, from the viewpoint of several of the exhibiting artists.

Galer Estate Winery Co-owner and artist, Lele Galer, wrote, "We are so proud to have The Time Light Art Group exhibition at the winery! Their show at CCAA last year was the best group photography show that I have ever seen, so this is really quite a thrill."

Also showing at Galer Estate is professional and fine arts photographer Antelo Devereux, who just published his fourth photography book through Schiffer Publishing house. Devereux's images are beautifully done, and often have a quirky humorous side as well. No matter how superb the image, this artist never seems to want the viewer to take things too seriously. Antelo Devereux exhibits at Galer Estate on Sunday March 2oth from 3 to 7 p.m.

Flickerwood Winery's tasting room in Oxford will showcase the work of photographer Andrew DiMaio, and Linda Amonitti will exhibit in Flickerwoods' Kennett Square location. Both Flickerwood photography shows will be March 5th through March 19th, and promise to offer a variety of images that are both beautiful and engaging.

Award-winning local fine arts photographer Robert Lott is exhibiting his artwork at Ten Gallon Hat Winery in Chadds Ford for the entire month of March. Lott has a distinct, richly hued palette of colors that marks most of his work. In an era when everyone can snap a photo and photo-fix it, it is rare to find a photographer who has such a recognizable signature style. His magical graffiti images from the Philadelphia Penitentiary continue to thrill, and his Chester County scenes are lovely and fresh.

For more information about each of these events, please go to the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail website, or to the individual participating winery sites. In April, the Brandywine Trail will celebrate the Art of Spring, with up-cycled and recycled art, potted flowers, planting demonstrations, and much more.




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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