Art Live: Holiday Shows

Now that the election is over, there’s room to begin thinking about the holidays. Yes, the pandemic is still looming large and we may not be planning for large gatherings, but let’s not forego the timeless tradition of gift giving. This year both live and virtual shows and sales can be found around our area.

'Red Avadanat' by Rinal Parikh at The Art Trust

Gallery and online events are being planned at The Art Trust in West Chester to celebrate its 15th annual holiday exhibition, “Gifted 2020”. This year guests can browse works by both well-known and up and coming artists from all around the Delaware Valley. Artists include Stan Smokler, Rhoda Kahler, Erica Brown, Rinal Parikh, Cassius King, Sarah Baptist, Tim McFarlane, Hanna Vogel, Maggie Creshkoff, Rick Hildago and many more. A reception is scheduled for this Friday the 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Liz Ruff, president of The Art Trust’s board suggested folks make a reservation and provided more information, “We have a lot planned for this, both virtual and live. The virtual events include Instagram Live chats on Thursdays at 5 pm, Zoom Artist talks and ‘Wish You Were Here’ video shorts. Folks should subscribe to our emails or follow us on Instagram & Facebook for the latest updates.” Click here to reserve a time for all on-site events.

Down to Earth Happenings is a volunteer-based series of happenings to celebrate the connections between local food systems, artists, and community. According to its website, “Happenings are unique creations happening in real-time that cannot be repeated. Functional art and local produce can be found at small, sustainable farms in barns and greenhouses across Chester County.” This series ran from 2006-2010. Lucky for us, it’s been revived in 2020.

Chester County Potters is hosting the next happening, a pop up show this Saturday, November 14th and Sunday November 15th from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Two Gander Farm in Downingtown. You’re sure to find great pieces from ceramicists Susan Bankert, Jodi Davidson, Cara Graver, Jessica Greet, Nell Hazinski, Jackie Henisee, Rich Holck, Lyla Kaplan, Pam Lau, Susan O’Hanlon and Ryan Wheeler. Fifteen percent of proceeds will benefit the Chester County Food Bank.

Work from Artists at Heron Art Studios

Artists at Heron Art Studios in Aston are opening the doors for their annual holiday sale on Saturday November 14th and Saturday, Nov 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Jane Porter, Lorri Primavera and Annie Suchecki will be exhibiting their wares along with photographer Ed Hille. If you prefer to make an appointment, call: 610-283-6457. Visit here for more details.

Square with Orb by Ruth Ansel at The Delaware Contemporary

If you’d rather shop from home, visit InLiquid’s Virtual “Art for the Cash Poor” here, where an online shop continues to expand with small works created by artists from around the Delaware Valley. The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) has an online shop too. Visit here to peruse offerings from its members including pieces by Marguerita Hagen and Syd Carpenter. And, “25 Days of Minis” is gearing up to present its annual online collection created by artists living around the country. Visit here for details and to sign up for the daily email; you’ll receive one each day between December 1st and December 25th which will include one new piece of art from each of the artists in the program.

VIII by Agathe Bouton at Stanek Gallery

A three woman show titled “Common Thread” opened recently at Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia. It includes captivating works by Agathe Bouton, Barbara Fisher and Christina Weaver. Bouton, a printmaker and mixed media artist inspired by cities and architecture, is showing a new series titled “Seconde Peau” which blends nicely with Weaver’s abstract paintings of what look like crumpled tissues and Fisher’s Tangled Mapping series. Asked about her new work Bouton said, “In each of my series, I like to tell a story. This work refers to our skin but can be also seen as a fabric, a cloth and is inspired by how our skin renews itself and heals itself. The prints and papers I use are delicate and fragile and give a soft and fragile vision, like our skin. The addition of gold leaf and metallic threads gives the impression that our skin is precious and must be protected, there is also reference to seams, and repairs. Some works refer to the wounds that afflict our skin, in our jobs, our daily lives. We cut ourselves, burn, bruise and all this affects our skin and leaves traces, sometimes more visible than others. It is by the color and the seams that I reinterpreted these small wounds.” This exhibition runs through December 26th. Visit here for details.

Another live event worth checking out is “Kernel/Seed/Nut/Spore”, a solo exhibition of works by Ruth Ansel, on view at The Delaware Contemporary (TDC) in the Elizabeth Denison Hatch Gallery through November 29th. Ansel, one of TDC’s studio artists, has been devoted to exploring the medium of egg tempera painting for nearly forty years. For more details on all events at TDC visit TDC.

Whatever you do this week, support the arts!!









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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