Art Live: No summer vacation for exhibits

It is hard to believe that it’s already August! This month is typically slower than most given so many are on vacation. But there is definitely enough going on to get your art fix in. If you would rather soak in some art instead of the sun, check out some of these events happening in and around the area this week.

If abstract painting is what you crave, you’ll want to head to West Chester where The Art Trust is presenting “Layered.” The show features artists Vicki Vinton, Portia Mortensen and Ken Karlic. Each of these artists are creating works that are saturated in rich colors. Mortensen and Vinton make great use of their materials to present purely abstract, earthy works that look aged with time. Karlic’s work has a tad more structure to them but his street scenes lean heavily towards expressionism. They seem to have a real sense of urgency to them. The new show will be on view starting Wednesday, August 7th. A reception will be held for the artists on September 6th and the show will run through September 20th.

In Kennett Square, Square Pear Gallery ushered August in with the exhibition “The Joy of Summer.” The show features works by Lauren Acton, Dan Burstein, David Eldreth, Lele Galer, Ann Guidera-Matey, Robert Jenkins, Sarah Bourne Rafferty, Lidia Rohutiak, Dane Tilghman, Patricia Walkar and Merrill Weber.

"Towers at the Connective" by Karen Delaney

In Oxford, The Oxford Art Alliance is featuring Karen Delaney “Towers at the Connective” through August 9th. Delaney is also exhibiting an outdoor sculpture installation as part of the outdoor juried exhibition “Gateways to Nature” at Tyler Arboretum through September 13.

In Malvern, see Under a Floral Spell at Gallery 222. The show is opening on August 7th and a reception will be held on Thursday, August 8th from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Artists will be showing both Plein Air and studio paintings of flowers. Featured are Alicia Asselta, Janice Balson, Barbara Berry, Randall Graham, Fred Jackson, Marybeth Kong, Georganna Lenssen, Stefanie Lieberman, Joanne Mark, Al Moretti, Judy McCabe Jarvis, Monique Sarkessian, Merrill Weber and Jan Wier.

The Community Arts Center in Wallingford is featuring the ceramic work of members of its Associates Program; Justin Benn, Lucy Edwards, Marna Elliott, Penny Emery and Peggy Martin. Their work is being exhibited in the Lounge Gallery through August 28th.  If you are a ceramics fan and it’s been a while since you visited The Clay Studio in Philly, here’s another chance to discover some new artists. The Emerging Artists 2019 Exhibition opened on August 2nd and runs through September 1st. The show is being held in the Bonovitz Gallery, and features the work of Olivia Tani, Neil Celani, and Dehmie Dehmlow.

If you are heading to Wilmington, The Delaware Contemporary has numerous exhibitions to choose from in a variety of media right now. Many of the artists are pushing boundaries with their work. If you like art that is cutting edge, this is the place for you. The MKT Place Gallery is hosting plein air oil painter Sarah Baptist. Baptist specializes in urban street scenes and industrial buildings. She’ll be painting live at the gallery on Wednesday 8/7 from  3 – 6 p.m. and Friday  8/9  from 4 – 7 p.m.

Has it been a long time since you’ve visited our state capitol? This might be the reason to visit again. Check out Art of the State 2019 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. It’s a beautiful show and features 110 works by 103 artists. Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showing Pennsylvania’s artists work since 1968. Many mediums are represented including ceramic, fiber, metals, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, and works on paper. The 2019 jurors were Janet Koplos, Contributing Editor of Art in America, Rachelle Mozman Solano, Artist and Marin R. Sullivan, Art Historian and Curator. Museum Hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The show runs through September 8th.

Other events worth checking out: Delaware Valley Art League @ Penn Medicine, at Radnor and The Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition at Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill on view till Sept. 2nd.

Whatever you do this week, support the arts!


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About Constance McBride

A native of Philadelphia, Constance McBride lived in Arizona for 16 years, where desert observations made a transformative impact on her work as a research based visual artist. Passionate about contemporary art, she was actively engaged in the local arts community. She served as a board member for several art organizations, managed an artist collective/gallery space, curated and juried several exhibitions and wrote for two arts publications in Phoenix. She taught ceramics at Shemer Art Center and Museum and exhibited her work both locally and nationally. McBride returned to Pennsylvania in 2018 and resides in Chester Springs with her husband and two dogs. In West Chester, she serves as a board member at The Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank and teaches ceramics at Chester County Art Association. She also teaches at Clay on Main in Oley, PA. She is a member of American Craft Council, Philadelphia Sculptors, and Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter.



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