Mixed Media: Chinese New Year

China Pop event at Delaware Contemporary

February may have started off on a bummer note with the groundhog (aka dirt rat) seeing its shadow and thus condemning everyone to six more weeks of winter, but there’s plenty to entertain while you twiddle your thumbs waiting for the daffodils.

Chinese New Year is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, arguably the best animal, period. Delaware Contemporary will be celebrating the occasion with their China Pop event on February 16th. Wear a little bit of red for good luck, as is the Chinese tradition and look on at the works of featured artists: Colette Fu, Zhihui Xie, Decue Wu, Dongze Ho,and Han Wang. Enjoy a silent auction, cash bar, live DJ, dog lovers luxury auction items, culinary treats by Koi On The Go, and a balloon drop and pop to ward off bad luck! The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance by 2/15, or $30 at the door.

Featured on going exhibitions at the Delaware Contemporary include “Settled” by Daniel Jackson, and “Form to Function I & II” by Gregory Nangle and Peter Pincus in conjunction with Wexler Gallery. “Settled” runs from February 1 until March 3. “Form to Function I & II” runs from February 2 to March 24.

"Red Separatic" by David Eldreth on exhibit at the Oxford Art Alliance

Coming up next week, Oxford Art Alliance hosts David Eldreth. If you’re a fan of Mark Rothko’s minimalist, dreamy abstractions, you will not want to miss this show. Eldreth pulls his inspiration from landscapes, and then abstracts them to create beautifully simple colorscapes. Employing the rule of thirds with his compositions, Eldreth creates a contrasting horizon line that anchors the rest of his ethereal composition to this world. Join Oxford Art Alliance for the Opening Reception on February 16th from 5 to 8 p.m. Eldreth will present an Artists Talk on February 21st at 7 p.m.  This exhibition runs from February 16 to March 10.

Mala Galleria hosts “Around Town” through February 24th. This group exhibition features Teresa Haag, Jack Giangiulio, Rhoda Kahler, Marie Wolfington Jones, Sarah Baptist and Brad Earl. Fitting exhibit name as this gallery is a perfect pedestrian destination before heading to dinner on State Street in Kennett. This exhibition features colorful city scapes of the two dimensional and three dimensional variety.

This Thursday, February 8th Chester County Art Association hosts group show, “Stillness”  from 5 to 7 .pm. Juried by Mala Galleria’s new owner, Corien Siepelinga, the award winners will be announced at 6:15 p.m. Barbara Grant’s solo show will be exhibiting concurrently. Both exhibitions run through March 8.

While it may be a bit of a hike for the Pennsylvania crowd, as The Palette & The Page located in Elkton, Maryland, it’s worth the trip. Take in the variety of work that the gallery supports, including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and two dimensional work. Enjoy pieces from over fifteen different artists. The Palette & The Page hosts their annual Member Show, “Illumination” through February 23rd.

How have I written this much without even mentioning Valentine’s Day? Easily one of the most polarizing holidays, you either love it or hate it. You can still get your heart day fix at The Wayne Art Center with their featured show, “Heart Attack.” This exhibition, hosted in the ceramics gallery, features artwork inspired by love lost and found. Opening on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, “Heart Attack”  runs through March 9th.

While you’re there, three other shows are opening at Wayne Arts Center in February. “Shared Space: New Works by Martin Campos and Valerie Craig”, “Expressions of Radnor”, and “Landscapes by Carol Hardon”, all run from February 11 to March 10.

"Hero" by Andrea Snyder at Mainline Art Center

Mainline Art Center hosts a new exhibition in the Welcome Gallery by Andrea Snyder. This show runs from February 14 to March 25. Snyder’s abstract mixed media compositions blossom from her previous sculptural “anti furniture” work. Now she works primarily on a two dimensional canvas, paper, canvas, or mylar. Her work echoes the organized chaos of abstract expressionism.

Speaking of abstract, Delaware Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition “Point, Counter-Point: Alan Soffer, Brian Dickerson, Moe Brooker,” opens on February 10th. The works which explore texture, color, and the abstract compositions runs through April 29.

As always, tune into Art Watch 1520 AM  every Wednesday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. This Wednesday,  Mary Cronin, Head of Education and Public Programs at The Brandywine River Museum of Art hosts photographer Jim Graham. They will talk about upcoming public program at Brandywine of Jim’s photographs in Delaware and Chester counties, including those focusing on landscapes protected by the Brandywine Conservancy such as the Laurels Preserve.

 

 

 

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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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