Art Live: ‘Art Works for the Holidays’

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Quetzal by Seren Morey and Christina Massey USPS Mail Art Project

There are still a few ways to get your art fix in this month, despite virus restrictions tightening up. Station Gallery in Greenville, DE is hosting a small works show titled “Art Works for the Holidays!” In addition to paintings, you’ll find hand crafted jewelry and holiday ornaments on display.

Mermaids Kiss by Molly Carpenter at Station Gallery

Molly Carpenter’s work will catch your eye; using a combination of clay, glass, semi-precious stones and more. Carpenter’s pieces take you to another place and time. Of her latest, Carpenter said, “it combines many materials in a process, blending mediums to create a fine art curio reminiscent of icons and retablos, with a nod to Della Robbia.” Carpenter is referring to the pottery factory, named after the famous family workshop founded by Luca della Robbia in 15th-century Florence, Italy. Her pieces are lovely jewels of art. Mitch Lyons’ ceramics are also available as are paintings and more by Terry Anderson, Jim Anderson, Sue Ciccone, Jim Graham, Richard Chandler Hoff, Lynne Lockhart and Laura McMillan. Visit here for a sneak preview.

Roger Waters Mini by Al Moretti at Gallery 222

Gallery 222 in Malvern is featuring a small works show now through December 24th. Al Morretti’s vivid paintings of rock legends and Jeremy McGirl’s series of feathered creatures are some of what you’ll discover. Take a look soon because works are going fast. This is a cash and carry show so you’ll have your purchase in time for holiday gift giving. Other artists include Randall Graham, Jan Wier, Elise Phillips, Kristi Gilfillan, Beth Bathe, Valerie Craig, Fred Danziger and more. Shop here or make an appointment to visit here.

Cardinal Pair by Jeremy McGirl at Gallery 222

The USPS Art Project, a fascinating collaborative show hosted by InLiquid in Philadelphia, is opening virtually this Wednesday, December 9th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Register here to see the works on display and hear more about the project from its creator, Christina Massey. According to InLiquid, “it is a mail-art artist collaboration project created by Massey in April of 2020 as a way for artists to feel connected while practicing social distancing and supporting the United States Postal Service (USPS) by sending and receiving packages.” Mail Art has been around for a long time but supporting the USPS seems especially important today during what has been a trying time. Participating artists raise money for the USPS by buying postage and shipping artworks to co-artists and galleries. It’s also been a lifeline for many artists who have been cooped up in their studios for what’s become a much longer duration than initially expected. The project gives them an opportunity to work with others, albeit, long distance and to foster new relationships. Seeing the final pieces is energizing for each artist involved. Massey who also runs the successful initiative WoArtBlog, started this project by texting a single friend, then a small group and before she knew it, the project took off. As of October, over 1,000 artworks have been created by hundreds of artists.

Intangible Economies of Desire by Anna K.E. at TDC

Other shows worth checking out: The Delaware contemporary (TDC) debuted its latest public art installation, “Intangible Economies of Desire” this past weekend featuring the work of Anna K.E. on the Platform Gallery’s large scale banners. The work will be on view through May 23, 2021. It’s fascinating work. According to TDC’s website, “K.E. used her own knee and elbow joints to create the smooth three-dimensional renderings of elongated limbs which transform TDC’s metal clad structure into a gigantic body emitting streams of light from digitally-modeled, futuristic armor… K.E., who represented Georgia in the 2019 Venice Biennale, is a former dancer who draws upon her own body and background to imagine the appearance and functioning of the human body in the future.” Visit here for details and to peruse what else is on view at 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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