October Art Roundup

Grab your jacket and pick your pumpkins, it is spooky season in the Brandywine Valley! There are events every weekend throughout October, from new exhibitions to one-of-a-kind shows to art walks. Check websites and social media for updated health and safety measures for each venue.

DelCo Arts Week

The DelCo Arts Week is taking it up a notch this year, with nine full days of events celebrating art in all its many forms. From October 1st through the 9th, the celebration includes two weekends to enjoy the exhibitions, workshops, concerts, films, dance shows, kid activities, and fests that are planned. The first weekend includes the Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival with over seventy juried artists, music, live performances and demonstrations, food trucks, and a beer garden. Also head over to Vinyl Revival in Lansdowne for Kids Music Day on Sunday, October 2nd! Then the next weekend is the Fall into the Arts Festival in Glen Mills on Saturday, October 8th from 12 to 3 pm. Located at Smithbridge Park, there will be more art vendors, music, food and drinks, demos, and more. Other events are planned throughout the week, check out the full Calendar of Events at DelCoArts.org.

Cool breezes mean it is time for the Fall Gallery Walk in Downtown West Chester. Over twenty locations will host artists for the event, from art galleries to banks to shops and more. From 4 to 8 pm on Friday, October 7th, toast to the local arts scene with fellow art lovers! Presented by Sunset Hill Jewelers and Fine Arts Gallery, the event includes free on-street metered parking starting at 4 pm. More information can be found at DowntownWestChester.com.

The Music of the Night, Doris Davis-Glackin, Howard Pyle Studio

A Retrospective Show of Doris Davis-Glackin will be held at the Howard Pyle Studio Friday, October 7th from 5 to 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 8th from 1 to 4 pm. A long-time member of the Studio Group, Davis-Glackin’s watercolor paintings have been exhibited in museums and other locations throughout the world. Live music and refreshments will be provided Friday evening during the monthly Wilmington Art Loop. The Howard Pyle Studio is located at 1305 North Franklin Street, Wilmington, DE. More information can be found at HowardPyleStudio.org. The Wilmington Art Loop is held every First Friday in Downtown Wilmington. A complimentary shuttle will run between the stops from The Delaware Contemporary, 200 South Madison Street, Wilmington, DE, DEContemporary.org. More information, including all the stops and featured artists and shows on the Loop, can be found at ArtLoopWilmington.org.

Great Pumpkin Carve, Chadds Ford Historical Society

The Great Pumpkin Carve lights up Chadds Ford again this year, with over seventy giant pumpkins carved by local artists. Watch the artists work Thursday, October 20th, then come back to see the finished products Friday, October 21st through Saturday, October 22nd. Kid-friendly activities, food and beverages, live music, and more will take over the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society throughout the event. The Great Pumpkin Carve is an outdoor event, so make sure to dress appropriately! The Chadds Ford Historical Society is located at 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA. More information can be found at GreatPumpkinCarve.com.

On Sunday, October 9th, from 7:30 to 9 pm, Projected in Place takes over the exterior of the Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford. Historical images will be projected on the museum, showcasing the history of the building and the people who have spent time there over the years, including famous local artists such as Andrew Wyeth. The Sanderson Museum is located at 1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA. More information can be found at SandersonMuseum.org.

The Philip Jamison Retrospective, now on view at the John H. Baker Gallery in the E. O. Bull Center for the Arts at West Chester University, celebrates the life and works of this beloved local artist. Beyond simply art, it is a chance to delve into the mind and the stories which lay underneath canvases and paint. Jamison may be known for his landscapes and floral still life paintings, but the exhibit shows that his interests and his work went beyond these themes; beyond, even, the atmosphere. The Philip Jamison Retrospective is on view through October 14th at the John H. Baker Gallery in the E. O. Bull Center for the Arts, located at 2 E. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA. For more information, check WCUPA.edu/arts-humanities/artdesign and on Instagram @artsatwcu.

Autumn Splendor is shown in all its artistic glory at the Square Pear Gallery, with works by over a dozen local artists. The Square Pear Gallery is located at 200 East State Street, Kennett Square, PA. More information can be found at SquarePearGallery.com.

Six artists use different mediums to widen climate communications beyond the written word in Risky Beauty: Aesthetics and Climate Change at The Main Line Art Center. Curated by Dr. Cynthia Haveson Veloric, the exhibition challenges viewers and highlights changing perceptions of our world. The show is on view through October 28th. And there is still time to check out Believe in Tomorrow: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition throughout grounds through October 14th. The Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road, Haverford, PA. More information can be found at MainLineArt.org.

Drop by the David Katz Gallery during First Friday in Downtown West Chester from 5 to 9 pm to see new works, including from their popular Cloud Formations series. The David Katz Gallery is located at 128 East Gay Street, West Chester, PA. More information can be found at DavidKatzGallery.com.

On Saturday, October 1st from 4 to 7 pm, there is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to honor the achievements and fabulous steel sculptures of local artist Stan Smokler at the Celebration Art Sale. Smokler, a sculptor who has influenced and cultivated many artists through his work and by teaching out of his unique Marshall Bridge Studio, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) several years ago. Proceeds from this show will be used to defray medical expenses. The afternoon will include food, wine, music, and, of course, art. Marshall Bridge Studio is located at 275 Marshall Bridge Road in Kennett Square, PA. Questions can be directed to madelinelewis440@gmail.com.

The Station Gallery will host a Group Show from October 7th through the 29th, featuring artists Kim Hoechst, Abigail McBride, and Mary Pritchard. An Opening Reception will be held Friday, October 7th from 5 to 8 pm. The Station Gallery is located at 3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE. More information can be found at StationGallery.net.

The Wild Clay Exhibit opens at The Art Trust September 28th and runs through November 4th. The Art Trust is located at 16 West Market Street, West Chester, PA. More information can be found at TheArtTrust.org.

The Oxford Arts Alliance will host its 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition during October. The juror for this year’s exhibition will be Kyle Staver, a professional artist from New York City. The exhibition will be on view from October 7th through the 28th. An Opening Reception will be held during First Friday in Oxford on October 7th from 5 to 8 pm. A Juror Talk will be held on Sunday, October 9th at 1 pm via Zoom. The Emerging Artist Gallery will show Dwelling, a solo exhibition by Holly Dudley, the Carlson Cultural Trust Grant PAFA Student, from September 2nd through October 28th. The Oxford Arts Alliance is at 38 S. Third Street, Oxford, PA. More information can be found at OxfordArt.org.

A solo exhibition of the work of H. M. Levan will be shown through October at the Church Street Gallery. Explore this gallery and others during First Friday in West Chester. The Church Street Gallery is at 12 S. Church Street, West Chester, PA. More information can be found at ChurchStreetGalleryWC.com.

Gallery 222 steps into fall with a new show featuring artists Valerie Craig and Nathan Durnin. On view from October 12th through November 15th, there is an Opening Reception Thursday, October 13th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Gallery 222 is located at 222 East King Street, Malvern, PA. More information can be found at Gallery222Malvern.com.

It is time for the annual Members Show at the Chester County Art Association, on view from October 6th through October 26th in the Allinson Gallery. In the Huston Gallery, travel back to the future with Newstalgia: Modern Paintings. Retro Subjects. by Karen McCool. An Opening Reception for both exhibits will held Thursday, October 6th from 5 to 7 pm. A Jewelry Showcase will be held in the ShopArt store in the CCAA from September through November as well. The CCAA is located at 100 North Bradford Avenue, West Chester, PA. More information can be found at ChesterCountyArts.org.

Starting October 7th, two new shows are on view at the Media Arts Council. Visual Conversations, a group show celebrating storytelling via art, includes works by seven artists, curated by Sandi Neiman Lovitz. You can also take in the 2022 PhotoEx Juried Photography Exhibit, which will host speeches and awards during the Opening Reception on Friday, October 7th from 5 to 7 pm. Plus don’t miss Media Fright Fest, with events throughout October. The MAC Arts Center is located at 11 E. State Street, Media, PA. More information can be found at MediaArtsCouncil.org.

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About Victoria Rose

Victoria Rose (she/her) is an editor, writer, avid reader, self-described geek, and fan of all things creative. Her passion for words has led to her current career as a freelance editor, and she is the owner of Flickering Words, an editing service. When not wielding a red pen (or cursor), she loves reading books of all genres, playing video, board, and word games, baking ridiculous creations to show off on the internet, or enjoying the gorgeous outdoors. She is a board member of the West Chester Film Festival and part of the Thirsty Monsters, a team of streamers from around the world who fundraise for various charities supporting LGBTQIA+ and accessibility rights. She can be found online @WordsFlickering or the Brandywine Art Guide @BrandywineArtGuide.



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