Art Live: In the new year

Did you include seeing more art as one of your New Year resolutions? If yes, you have to see the new show coming to Gallery 222 in Malvern this month. The “101 Artists Selected from the Fred Danziger Collection of Contemporary Art Showing”, or as Danziger has said, "The Fred (as it is becoming known) has it all!” The show opens this Thursday, January 6th and runs through the 30th.

Mrs. Cardinal by Rachel Altschuler - Danziger Collection at Gallery 222

This jammed packed show will feature the works of over 100 artists and all are pieces from Danziger’s personal collection. They have been purchased from a variety of galleries over the past several years and cover a wide array of styles including abstraction, photorealism, conceptual and a whole lot more. Danziger shared the following on social media, “Gallery222 in Malvern has generously agreed to host this non-sales oriented exhibition of over 100 contemporary artists for the month of January 2021. The idea to take the collection out of my studio where it is normally displayed was inspired by the disruptions to the art world during the pandemic. So many exhibits are now ‘virtual’ only. Shows have been cancelled, museums closed. What is at stake? For art to flourish, it needs to be seen. Virtual exhibits are at best, an adjunct to the real thing. We should not allow art to become nothing more than screen images. Too much is lost in the translation. A picture of a slice of cherry pie is not the same as a piece of cherry pie itself! The same with art... it needs to be experienced in person. It needs collectors, galleries and museums and art schools for the ‘art spirit’ as Robert Henri called it, to grow and thrive.”

Improv #44 by Ana Vizcarra Rankin - Danziger Collection at Gallery 222

Artists in the show hail from around the US including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Texas, Ohio, California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina. It promises to be an excellent survey of contemporary art. Danziger will be at the gallery during business hours throughout the run of the show, with easel and paints, developing his own work. “As I work here, framing, varnishing, and preparing the works for display, I want to invite you all to visit the show where I will be present, working on my own things. Yes, social distance and masks are needed- but I will be there: with the collection!” Make a point to see this eclectic show and talk with Danziger about his acquisition process, his own painting, or anything else related to art. For more information visit Gallery 222 here.

PuffedUp by Kirk McBride at Station Gallery

Station Gallery in Delaware will be kicking off the New Year with its “Winter Group Show” featuring works by a new gallery artist, Temre Stanchfield, along with paintings by Kirk McBride, Abigail McBride and more. Stanchfield’s landscapes come alive with her soft color palette. Her detailed flora and fauna paintings are reminiscent of vintage works you’d find in a beautiful European antique shop. It’s all about the life cycle for her. Kirk McBride’s work is inspired by light. Living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore provides him with ample scenes to capture, "Everything has a moment when light and shadow create something breathtaking to view." As a plein air painter, McBride looks forward to his travels to paint seascapes, mountains, and landscapes but is also comfortable painting city scenes, cars, architecture and the human figure. Abigail McBride paints primarily on location too. She enjoys documenting moments in time via landscapes and is an accomplished portraitist as well. It should be an exciting show to see. For all the details, visit here.

There is still time to catch the tail end of some December shows including Barbara Moore’s Fine Art Gallery’s Christmas in Miniature Art and Moore… which has been extended through January 9th. Visit on the web here.

Frida Kahlo at Reading Public Museum

"Gifted” at The Art Trust in West Chester remains on view until January 15th. Visit here to peruse small works by several local artists. Delaware Art Museum’s show, “Layered Abstraction: Margo Allman and Helen Mason” closes on January 17th.

Other events worth checking out:  At BRM, Victoria Wyeth will be sharing her personal thoughts on the art of her grandfather, Andrew Wyeth during a virtual gallery talk on Monday, January 25th. To register for this event, visit here.

Reading Public Museum is hosting a small photography show titled “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray” and is offering a virtual tour of it on its website. Click here to view an intimate look at Kahlo through the photographic lens of her long-time friend and lover, Nickolas Muray.

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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