Mixed Media: March into spring

The old adage “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” may be appropriate for the progression of spring weather in these parts, but in the art world it’s reverse. Although we have a quiet March First Friday, there will be more offerings as the temperatures rise! We do have some openings, however, so let’s start in Kennett Square.

Mala Galleria will be hosting a reception this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.  for their March exhibition, “Wonders of Water” which runs through March 31. The group exhibition includes Madeline Kelly, Jill Beech, Peter Quarrancino, Meghan Bergman, Annette Alessi, Portia Mortensen, and Sarah Yeoman. The exhibition, which brings together the talent of several local painters and sculptors, is particularly apropos as the chill of winter is finally leaving us, and those April showers will be arriving shortly, too. Who doesn’t love a healthy dose of pathetic fallacy?

Peter Quarracino’s oil paintings, which explore the elements through the meditative repetition of trees, and water reflections, remind me of a syrupy homage to Wolf Khan combined with the striking colors of Maxfield Parrish. Quarracino has exhibited locally in West Chester, Philadelphia, and the Main Line.

Water and tree reflections by Peter Quarracino

Sarah Yeoman’s haunting watercolors, bridge the gap between sculpture and painting in this exhibition, as she describes her process as “sculpting and pulling the form out of the paper, much as a sculpture releases the form from the marble.” Yeoman creates a quality of light that cannot easily be created with the notoriously fickle medium of watercolor. Her work runs the gamut from figurative, still life, to landscape and cityscape. She has exhibited internationally, in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition, as well as all along the east coast and as contributed to a variety of publications. I could go on and on about the talent in this exhibition, but go check it out for yourself  Mala Galleria.

Moving into Delaware, the Delaware College of Art and Design will be hosting the closing reception for its 21st Annual Student DCAD Exhibition. The reception runs in conjunction with Art Loop Wilmington from 5:30 to 9 and will feature a workshop with a workshop on gouache with Donna Cusano from Jerry’s Artorama. I, personally, love gouache and am of the opinion that one could attend endless workshops on the medium and still learn something new every time. I’ve used it in multiple paintings, and gouache surprises me as the chameleon paint which can dress up as oil/acrylic or dress down, and keep it transparent, like watercolor. Whether or not you make it to the workshop, do enjoy the Art Loop!

To give you a taste of some of the upcoming offerings occuring later this month, let’s move to Gallery 222 in Malvern. On March 8th, join them for an opening reception featuring Pennsylvania artists Fred Danziger, Sarah Baptist, and Alicia Asselta. The reception is from 5:30  to 8:30 p.m. on March 8 and the exhibition runs through March 31.

The following week, Mainline Art Center unveils What Is and What If: The 14th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition featuring photography by James B. Abbott, drawing by Gregory Brellochs, and sculpture and mixed media installation by Samantha Holmes. Check out the Artist Talk and Opening Reception on Friday, March 16th. The Gallery Tour and Artist Talk will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 with a reception following. All of these offerings are free to the public and the exhibition runs through April 15th (tax day, just in case you need to make a note, like I do!). Until next week!











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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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