Mixed Media: ‘Brandywine Roots’

Mala Galleria lights up December’s First Friday in Kennett Square with group show, “Brandywine Roots.” This exhibit showcases the work of Mark Dance, Karl Kuerner Jr, and Robert Dionne.  All artists incorporate the Brandywine Valley tradition into their art. Mark Dance will show alongside his father Robert Dance in this upcoming exhibit.

“Father and son work toward portraying two branches of the Brandywine aesthetic. One grounded in the realist manner in which Robert works, and the other rooted in the Pennsylvania Impressionist style that Mark embraces” gallery owner Stella Scott writes.

This show strays from the “roots” of the Brandywine Valley a bit to incorporate artists Alejandro Lemus and Amy Bruckner. Lemus, a sculptor whose roots bring him to Chester County via Mexico City creates ephemeral, fluid figurative sculptures. His unique background creating marionettes and well as a background in bronze work is evident.  His work has been featured in corporate environments such as The Franklin Mint and Bradford exchange. A graduate from the Parson’s School of Design, Lemus continues to create work for the collectible market as well as showing privately locally, in New York City and Mexico City.

Bruckner, a mosaic artist hailing from the Philadelphia suburbs, will be exhibiting a series of mosaic encased violins. Although Stella Scott and Amy Bruckner met over two years ago and decided to include her in an upcoming exhibit, her work provides a fitting and delicate nod to the Kennett Symphony space which moved just down the street from Mala in the fall.  “Brandywine Roots” ends December 28th.

Robert Jacksons new studio will be open First Friday in Kennett Square

Robert Jackson, a favorite of the Kennett region. You may have seen his playful yet very technical mini murals and trompe l'oeil electric outlets at The Creamery. He will be opening the doors to his new studio space on Friday, Dec 1st from 6 to 9 p.m. His brightly colored door, an homage to Piet Mondrian, beckons you inside the latest art space filling out State Street’s unofficial new art block.

Moving on to Malvern, PA, West Chester artist Rhoda Kahler is exhibiting at Gallery 222 through Dec. 9. Kahler recently completed a guest artist residency at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her sculptures play with texture and layering, creating a visceral reaction, an impulse to touch and interact with her pieces. Kahler also co-hosts Art Watch radio on WCHE 1520.

Are you still searching for the perfect gift for that artsy relative? “Art for The Holidays!” at Station Gallery, in Greenville, DE will kick off Friday, December 1st and run through Dec 23rd. Piggybacking on the season of gift giving, this show features a variety of arts and crafts ranging from oil paintings, to jewelry and handcrafted ornaments.

Circling back to Kennett Square, the long anticipated 2nd annual Kennett Holiday Village Market kicks off on Saturday, December 2nd. Check it out on the weekends of Dec 2nd and Dec 3rd  and Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 from 11 to 6 p.m. Grab a hot toddy infused with tea from local shop, Mrs. Robinson’s Tea Shop! and peruse the market while listening to live music. More info at www.kennettholidayvillage.com

This week, tune in to Art Watch radio on WCHE 1520 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Lele Galer hosts Vickie Manning of Somerville Manning gallery in Wilmington, DE as they interview featured artists Greg Mort and Jon Mort in their show, “New Horizons.”



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About Caroline Roosevelt

Caroline​ ​Roosevelt​ ​is​ ​a​ ​writer​ ​and​ ​artist​ ​based​ ​in​ ​Kennett​ ​Square,​ ​PA.​ ​She​ ​received​ ​her​ ​B.A.​ ​in Art​ ​History​ ​from​ ​Connecticut​ ​College​ ​and​ ​a​ ​Post​ ​Baccalaureate​ ​certificate​ ​from​ ​Pennsylvania Academy​ ​of​ ​Fine​ ​Arts.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​previously​ ​written​ ​art​ ​coverage​ ​in​ ​Seattle,​ ​WA​ ​and​ ​Philadelphia, PA.​ ​She​ ​currently​ ​co-hosts​ ​Art​ ​Watch​ ​radio​ ​on​ ​1520​ ​WCHE.



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