Art Watch: New exhibits inspire

James Samane photograph on exhibit at the Oxford Arts Alliance

Throughout Chester County, there are art shows and new exhibitions to inspire us at all of the local galleries.  In Kennett Square, Mala Galleria's "Moving Paint" art show features the work of fabulous watercolorist Sarah Yeoman throughout the month of March. Sarah Yeoman is an award-wining American watercolor artist and a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society. Mala owner Stella Scott writes, that Sarah's "mastery of reflections, unique surface layers, and unusual perspective clearly sets her apart from the crowd….  Her mastery of watercolor deepens the story and intimacy of her work, as the resulting texture, color shifts, and granulation reveal the warm feeling of light as well as the whispers of light air. …"

A block east from Mala, The Longwood Art Gallery is featuring the delightful work of painter MaryAnn Weselyk.  MaryAnn exhibited this month at the very successful 2016 Chadds Ford Art Show and Sale.  Her work is colorful and quirky and adds a happy touch to any home.

In Oxford, The Chester County Camera Club Photo Exhibition opened last weekend at the Oxford Arts Alliance and runs through April 8th.  The show features 11 outstanding local photographers, offering new ways of looking at our beautiful Chester County surroundings. Chris Grove, Executive Director, writes, "We are so pleased to spotlight the work of the local photographers involved in the Chester County Camera Club.  There are some incredible photographs in this show."  It is definitely a must see as the viewer gets a glimpse of the world through the photographer's eye.

Magic Hour by Valerie Craig, Church Street Gallery

Magic Hour by Valerie Craig, Church Street Gallery

In West Chester, the artist Valerie Craig has a solo show at Church Street Gallery which ends April 2. Valerie is captivated by landscapes and paints outdoors as much as possible. She has received many awards throughout her career, and her work is collected in corporate, private and museum collections across the country.  Her combinations of palette and brushwork in "Magic Hour" recall the genius of the American Tonalists, like George Inness.  Rooted in a depiction of the natural world, her grasp of outdoor light, depth, color and mood takes the viewer to that magical spot hovering between nature and artistic expression.

In Phoenixville, The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons' curator, Katie Naber, is moving on to explore other art opportunities . Over the last couple years, Katie turned a large empty hallway into a vibrant monthly showcase for local contemporary art. With interesting themes, and an excellent instinct for selecting new and seasoned professional artists in a variety of mediums, Katie helped to revitalize the art scene in Phoenixville and in Chester County.

While the future of the Gallery exhibitions is up in the air, the art wall rental program will continue under Pati Strawbridge. Pati is an enthusiastic, friendly, longtime supporter of the arts in Phoenixville and at the Chester County Art Association. The art wall rental spaces are a great way for artists to display their work and offer it for sale in a large public space. For more information, contact Pati at LaMer79@comcast.net. Cheers to Katie on creating such a memorable and exciting artist venue in Chester County.

Throughout Chester County, there are art shows and new exhibitions to inspire us at all of the local galleries.  In Kennett Square, Mala Galleria's "Moving Paint" art show features the work of fabulous watercolorist Sarah Yeoman throughout the month of March. Sarah Yeoman is an award-wining American watercolor artist and a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society. Mala owner Stella Scott writes, that Sarah's "mastery of reflections, unique surface layers, and unusual perspective clearly sets her apart from the crowd….  Her mastery of watercolor deepens the story and intimacy of her work, as the resulting texture, color shifts, and granulation reveal the warm feeling of light as well as the whispers of light air. …"

A block east from Mala, The Longwood Art Gallery is featuring the delightful work of painter MaryAnn Weselyk.  MaryAnn exhibited this month at the very successful 2016 Chadds Ford Art Show and Sale.  Her work is colorful and quirky and adds a happy touch to any home.

In Oxford, The Chester County Camera Club Photo Exhibition opened last weekend at the Oxford Arts Alliance and runs through April 8th.  The show features 11 outstanding local photographers, offering new ways of looking at our beautiful Chester County surroundings. Chris Grove, Executive Director, writes, "We are so pleased to spotlight the work of the local photographers involved in the Chester County Camera Club.  There are some incredible photographs in this show."  It is definitely a must see as the viewer gets a glimpse of the world through the photographer's eye.

In West Chester, the artist Valerie Craig has a solo show at Church Street Gallery which ends April 2. Valerie is captivated by landscapes and paints outdoors as much as possible. She has received many awards throughout her career, and her work is collected in corporate, private and museum collections across the country.  Her combinations of palette and brushwork in "Magic Hour" recall the genius of the American Tonalists, like George Inness.  Rooted in a depiction of the natural world, her grasp of outdoor light, depth, color and mood takes the viewer to that magical spot hovering between nature and artistic expression.

In Phoenixville, The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons' curator, Katie Naber, is moving on to explore other art opportunities . Over the last couple years, Katie turned a large empty hallway into a vibrant monthly showcase for local contemporary art. With interesting themes, and an excellent instinct for selecting new and seasoned professional artists in a variety of mediums, Katie helped to revitalize the art scene in Phoenixville and in Chester County.

While the future of the Gallery exhibitions is up in the air, the art wall rental program will continue under Pati Strawbridge. Pati is an enthusiastic, friendly, longtime supporter of the arts in Phoenixville and at the Chester County Art Association. The art wall rental spaces are a great way for artists to display their work and offer it for sale in a large public space. For more information, contact Pati at LaMer79@comcast.net. Cheers to Katie on creating such a memorable and exciting artist venue in Chester County.

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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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