Mixed Media: Solstice season

Kennett Brewing Co. hosted a pop up art show to benefit United For Her, an organization that provides support women diagnosed with breast cancer.

It may not be typical Hallmark Channel holiday weather yet, but no one is Kennett Square was complaining this past weekend as the warm weather for First Friday Art Stroll and Kennett Holiday Village Market brought out the crowds! In fact, as a diligent worker bee for the event, I can confirm that Holiday Village Market brought out over 1,000 people before noon opening day.

Check out The Creamery for the second weekend of Kennett Holiday Village Market. The event will which features different vendors, bands, and food trucks from last weekend and runs both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring gloves. And hats. And scarves. We might get that Hallmark Channel winter weather, after all.

Earlier on Friday, Kennett Brewing Co. hosted a pop up art show to benefit United For Her, an organization that provides support, services, groups and other resources for women in Chester County and the surrounding areas diagnosed with breast cancer. The breast-centric art show featured artwork from twenty local artists. Proceeds from the bar and art sales went to the charity. Tis the season to give back, and KBC provided a great venue and great brews for it!

Barking Tree Pottery in Parksburg, PA will be hosting their annual holiday show and sale

Enough reflection, what’s going on for the rest of December? Glad you asked! This weekend, Barking Tree Pottery in Parksburg, PA will be hosting their annual holiday show and sale. Pick up some unique earthenware from these guys at Chester Springs Studios, and while you’re at it, grab some soup and chili at their reception on Friday, December 8th from 4 to 9 p.m. The event runs all weekend, on Saturday December 9th and Sunday December 10th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I don’t think I need to push you to visit Longwood Gardens for their light show, but incase you haven’t considered it, add that to your calendar and include Galer Estate Winery to make a date of it! Artist John Pompeo will be exhibiting his work this Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th.

Pompeo, a Chester County local, previously studied Botany before focusing on art. His work culls from the impressionist tradition and focuses on expansive land and seascapes. “The subjects I am inspired to paint have one thing in common…a sense of serenity...In this small way I feel that my contribution to the world is helping people slow down and reconnect with the poetic beauty of nature.”

High Drama Panorama by John Pompeo at Galer Estate Winery

Looking on at his piece, “High Drama Panorama” you may recognize a Maxfield Parrish influence in the brilliant warmth and light in his clouds. Pompeo has exhibited all along to east coast from Connecticut to Virginia. His delicate depiction of the natural world, as well as his background in botany, makes for an excellent pairing with a trip to Longwood!

Moving towards Chadds Ford, the Brandywine River Museum of Art hosts their Children’s Christmas party on Wednesday, December 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. If you haven’t had the opportunity to take your little ones to visit Santa Claus, this is the perfect opportunity. Purchase tickets online.

West Chester has a few studio and exhibition receptions this weekend. The Chester County Art Alliance hosts their Juried Group Show in which all pieces are $300 or less. The event is free to the public, and if you purchase a piece, you walk out with it that day! Not a bad set up, if you still have some holiday shopping to do (which, full disclosure, I have it all left to do. Sorry, Mom and Dad).

While you’re there, take a look at their current exhibition of Andre Van As, opening on December 7th from 5 to 7 p.m. Rejoice, those of you with seasonal depression! Van As’ vibrant botanical photography serves as an excellent reminder that we won’t be shrouded in the darkness of solstice season forever.

Head over to Church Street Gallery next as they host their annual show for John Suplee as well as their holiday party on Friday, December 8th from 5 to 9 p.m.

Turn the corner onto Market Street for Art Trust’s show, “Gifted” featuring local artists. All artwork is under $500 so, if you didn’t pick something up at Chester County Art Alliance, maybe you’ll find a gift or two here. Reception is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and features work by Sarah Baptist, Polly Davis Chalfant, Darcie Goldberg, HKM Jewelry, Greg Jascot, Rhoda Kahler, Sandra Malamed, Marsiella Catanozo, Sally Van Orden, Quench Metal Works, Ben Richardson, Nancy Rumfield,  Andrew Snyder, Karina Steele  and Marcie Tauber.

Wednesday 12/13 at 1 p.m. tune into WCHE Art Watch Radio when host John Chambless hosts the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Until next time!









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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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