Mixed Media: Art start to new year

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Lease, One Way by Gary Grissom

Happy 2018 from Mixed Media! After a solid week of falling off the face of the planet while eating entirely too much cheese, I can say I’m ready to resume my regularly scheduled programming. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2018. Let’s start with some shows that are already up and running.

"Skin Shed" by Mallory Weston

Wayne Arts Center has two fantastic shows on right now. The highly anticipated annual Craft Forms exhibition is up through January 27th, as is Breaking The Glass Ceiling - Women in Glass. Mallory Weston, a Philadelphia based jewelry artist won best in show in Craft Forms for her piece, “Skin Shed”. Graduated of Rhode Island School of Design, Weston now teaches at several Philadelphia universities and is very active in the jewelry arts community. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of CODA in the Netherlands. Check out the rest of the Craft Forms which feature several other award winners. The show was juried by Nora Atkinson The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Main Line Arts Center welcomes Gary Grissom on January 8th through February 12th to their Welcome Gallery. Grissom’s work is captivating  as it combines photography and painting. A trained painter, Grissom takes photographs around Philadelphia and hand colors them. In this exhibition he also explores perspective and composition by photographing the streets of Philadelphia through glass enclosures. He creates a surreal, at times cubist composition, which combines the grit and history of Philadelphia with playful, color block-esque over-painting.

"Asylum" by Max Levenson

“Serenity In The Struggle” opens today at the Delaware Contemporary. Artists Max Levenson and Richard Remenick respectively explore the concepts of comfort in repetition, and the influence of cultural tradition on their work. Levenson received her Masters in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design. She translated her background in painting to transforming the spaces around here on a larger, more holistic level. Using simple materials, Levenson creates an intentionally quiet space that focuses on the meditative aspects of repetition both in creation and in composition.

Richard Remenick creates bright and playful landscape and still life paintings that border of fauvist. The incorporation of tradition into his paintings works two fold. In the most literal sense, Remenick’s work is steeped in the classical traditions which no doubt were in part fostered by studying at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He also reaches into a more personal place, studying his Jewish heritage and focusing on how his culture affects his paintings. “Serenity In The Struggle” is on view through January 29th. Stop by for the opening reception on Friday, January 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A reminder, Gallery 222 will be closed from December 24, 2017 until February 6, 2018. Tune in this week for WCHE 1520 Art Watch radio from 1 to 1:30 p.m. when Lele Galer hosts the new owner of Mala Galleria and guests about changing career midlife towards the arts.




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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