Mixed Media: First Friday offerings

Bob's Bait & Tackle by Richard Chandler Hoff at the Station Gallery

For whatever reason, maybe because weather owes us one, it appears we will have a warm day on Friday. So get yourself up and out to the First Friday offerings! I’ll start in my own Kennett Square.

White Microcosm by Alan Soffer at the Blue Streak Gallery

Mala Galleria’s show, “Petals & Leaves.” brings together Sarah Yeoman, Doris Davis-Glackin, Frank DePietro, Monique Sarkessian, Jack Giangiulio, Madeleine Kelly, Katie Winters and Susan B. Meyers. Mala has been specializing in these group exhibitions since Corien Siepelinga took over in January. The common theme, florals, is treated differently by each artist. Doris Davis-Glackin, who exhibits locally and has participated in numerous national exhibitions, focuses on the translucent nature of watercolor to bring a brightness and levity to her florals, while focusing compositionally, on design. Her paintings have a stillness to them, a calmness that is anchored in the unwavering lines, and sharp contrast.

Frank DePietro’s paintings, almost photo-realistic in style, tend to focus on a singular subject. “My work is inspired by close observations of the natural world and encounters with still moments that give us pause,” says DePietro in his biography. This rings true in Waterlilies piece, as well as his Lotus Paintings which remind me of Ellsworth Kelly’s plant paintings, as the subject in the foreground takes up the focus of the entire composition. These plants could be a silhouette and still create the same effect, as the relationship between the foreground and background is one of positive vs. negative space. Take a closer look at this exhibition, and enjoy some mingling at the reception on Friday, April 6th from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 28th.

Falling a little shy of First Friday, Gallery 222 debuts it’s exhibition, “Subtle Grandeur,” and hosts their reception on Thursday, April 5th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This exhibition features the work of Robert Bohné, Jan Wier, and Gretchen Fuss. Join them and enjoy a glass of wine! Show runs through April 28th.

Tulips and Oranges by Rosemary Castiglioni at the Station Gallery

Blue Streak Gallery hosts Alan Soffer’s solo exhibition “Phantasmagoria”. The reception will be held Friday, April 6th from 5 -\to 8 p.m. Of this current exhibition, Soffer writes, “Phantasmagoria is an unconscious group of paintings and drawings which speak to mortality, illuminating subjects such as reincarnation, life after death, and other life cycle mythologies.. Every culture, every religion, every person will perceive this process in their own way.” His colorful, abstract paintings, often include unexpected curves and drips creating a sensual composition. This exhibition will be a good one to add to the mix, as it adds to the diversity of this First Friday, which is very floral, and natural in theme.

The Delaware Contemporary is hosting a few openings this Friday. First, the opening reception for The Figure: The Indicative and the Allusive, will be held from 5

to 9 p.m. in concert with the Wilmington Art Loop. Our own Katee Boyle of Scarlet Forge will be showcasing some of her work. Stick around for a panel discussion with the artists from 6 to 7 p.m. Delaware Contemporary will also debut their exhibition, Guardians and Makers of The Image from 6 to 9 p.m. This show runs through June 29th.

Station Gallery will also host the opening of their group show featuring Rosemary Castiglioni, Jim Gears, and Richard Chandler Hoff. Pop by for the reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Thanks for tuning in! 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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