Art Watch: Art & Jazz plus Clover Market

Starburst by Stan Smokler, Jazz in the Vineyard

The Oxford Arts Alliance celebrates "Jazz in the Vineyard" at their wonderful annual Garden Party fundraiser at Galer Estate Winery in Kennett Square this Friday. The Clover Market has a full day explosion of the arts, food and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kennett Square on Sunday.  You have a great art weekend ahead, with "Jazz in the Vineyard" and The Clover Market!

Wendi Grantham, jazz vocalist at Jazz in the Vineyard

This year The Oxford Arts Alliance's "Jazz in the Vineyard" art party features the talented Wendi Grantham and her jazz accompanists.  Wendi Grantham is well known as an actress from the TV show "The Wire" but she has always had a passion for singing jazzy, beautiful renditions of classic favorites.  From 5 to 8 p.m. at Galer Estate Winery Wendi will be performing, and there will be dancing, a live art auction, local sculptures and paintings exhibited for sale, delicious food catered by Brandywine Prime and wine, of course, from Galer Estate.  This will be a really fun event, that also helps to support a wonderful local organization. The Oxford Alliance fundraiser is always a much anticipated event, well attended and full of art, artists and a great vibe out on the deck over-looking the vineyard.  For tickets, go online to www.oxfordart.org until Thursday the 15th.

The Oxford Arts Alliance is a small community art association non-profit located in Oxford Pennsylvania that offers an extensive music program, gallery exhibition space, and two art studio spaces for art classes.  Board member Rob Sigafoos says that the Oxford Arts Alliance is a very special community center for the arts that "brings in such a diversity of different artists and programs to a community that is not so exposed to the arts as say West Chester or Kennett Square."

Sanctuary by Rob Sigafoos, Jazz in the Vineyard

Rob will also be heading up the live art auction at the "Jazz in the Vineyard" party this Friday and will have several sculptural works for sale at the show. Last week Rob's huge steel sculpture "Kennett Squared" was unveiled in downtown Kennett Square to a huge crowd and much public acclaim. Other artists showing and selling their work on Friday’s event are Stan Smokler, Vickie Vinton, Dan Boxler, Lele Galer, Rachel Romano and many more.

"Jazz in the Vineyard" this Friday is the Oxford Arts Alliance's largest fundraiser for the year, and raises critical funds for this small organization to keep its doors open. It is difficult for community arts organizations to maintain their free programming and open community interaction without the support of donors.

Chester County recently lost the wonderful Phoenix Village Art Center after many years of being the center for arts in the town of Phoenixville.  "Jazz in the Vineyard" will help Oxford Art Alliance at the benefit to be held at Galer Estate Winery, located at 700 Folly Hill Road in Kennett Square.  A limited amount of tickets are still available.

Montage of photos for Clover Market, credit Carrie Hill Photography

On Sunday June 18th, Kennett Square's  Clover Market celebrates its final market of the season, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Genesis Healthcare parking lot at 600 South Broad Street - across from Kennett Square High School.  This is an enormous crafts, vintage antiques ,art, food, beer, wine, music and whole family fun day with over 120 local vendors! What a great way to celebrate Father's Day.  Food trucks will be serving everything from tacos, to barbecue,  ice cream and homemade lemonade. Most of the artisan vendors are local artists and crafts people - too many to list - but so very exciting to see them all in one place for the afternoon!

There is also live music by "Couple Days", face painting, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, a Tiny Tin Photo Booth and a crafts project arranged by Chester County Art Association.  Kennett Square is the place to be this Sunday! While you are downtown, check out the latest show at Mala Galleria, the newest cool items at Metamorphosis, and grab a coffee at Philter which always has local paintings, sculpture photography on display. I can't wait!

 

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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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