Brandywine Art Guide: October Arts & Events

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Magnolia in Dragon Vase by Barbara Rizza Mellin at the McNichol Art Gallery, Neumann University

October finally arrives, with perhaps a bit more rain than preferred, but so many fun events, shows, festivals, and fairs. Whether inside or out, the art shines through!

The Fall Gallery Walk in Downtown West Chester celebrates the thriving local art community at 22 galleries and one-night-only pop-up shows on Friday, Oct. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. With free on-street metered parking, refreshments, and light apps, it is a great chance to stroll through the town and explore! More information, including participating locations and artist information, can be found at DowntownWestChester.com.

100 Skulls, a new exhibition at Aston Mill Arts, celebrates life, death, and Memento Mori. Find out more in this article on Chadds Ford Live. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m., and is on view until Oct. 29. Multiple events, such as Skull Sketching and a Memento Mori Painting workshop, will be held throughout the month. Aston Mill Arts is located at 3100 Mount Road, Aston. More information about both the show, events, and the studios can be found at AstonMillArts.com.

A new artist to the Brandywine Valley, Barbara Rizza Mellin, is not only part of the 100 Skulls show at Aston Mill Arts, but also presents a solo show at the McNichol Art Gallery at Neumann University. Lasting Impressions, Relief Prints features a series of linocuts reinterpreting traditional art techniques for a modern audience. The show is on view from Oct. 26 through Dec. 4, with an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. The McNichol Art Gallery at Neumann University is located at 1 Neumann Drive, Aston. More information can be found at Neumann.edu.

Magnolia in Dragon Vase by Barbara Rizza Mellin at the McNichol Art Gallery, Neumann University.jpeg

The Main Line Art Center hosts an Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Purchase a handmade bowl from a local ceramic artist and help fight hunger in our communities. While there, check out Home is Where the Art Is from the Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society, on view from Oct. 4 to the 31 with an opening reception on Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and Back from the World; Part One from Resident Artist Ivan J. Felder III, on view until Oct. 31. The Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road, Haverford. More information can be found at MainLineArt.org.

Projected in Place lights up the Howard Pyle Studio with Photo Projections into the Past during the Wilmington Art Loop on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This special evening presents an installation of projected historical photos of Pyle and his students in the location where they were taken. Also on view is an exhibit of artworks by members of the Studio Group. The Howard Pyle Studio is located at 1305 North Franklin Street, Wilmington. More information can be found at HowardPyleStudio.org.

The highly anticipated exhibition Ann Lowe: American Couturier at Winterthur Museum is on view through Jan. 7. Referred to as “Society’s Best-Kept Secret,” Lowe designed stunning, iconic gowns for heiresses, actresses, and high society, including the famous wedding dress of Jacqueline Kennedy. Find out more in this article on Chadds Ford Live. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is located at 5105 Kennett Pike in Winterthur. More information can be found at Winterthur.org.

The David Katz Gallery is celebrating its third anniversary during the Fall Gallery Walk in West Chester! Local artist Rob Diteodoro will also be there with a selection of vibrant artworks. The David Katz Gallery is located at 128 East Gay Street, West Chester. More information can be found at DavidKatzGallery.com.

A Group Show of New Paintings is on view at The Station Gallery. An Opening Reception will be held Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m., and the show runs through Oct. 28. The Station Gallery is located at 3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville. More information can be found at StationGallery.net.

Grasshopper by Ellie Byrom-Haley at Church Street Gallery

Ellie Byrom-Haley has a new solo show, Transformations, at Church Street Gallery. An Opening Reception will be held during First Friday on Oct. 6 in Downtown West Chester from 6 to 8 p.m., and the show is on view through the month. The Church Street Gallery is at 12 S. Church Street, West Chester. More information can be found at ChurchStreetGalleryWC.com.

Rooted: Family and Nature in Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration is a new special exhibition at the Brandywine Museum of Art that explores the enduring bonds of nature and family through a lively selection of original artwork created for eight illustrated children’s books. It is on view from Oct. 14 through Feb. 25, 2024. Also on view is Abstract Flash: Unseen Andrew Wyeth through Feb. 18. Learn more in this article. The Brandywine River Museum is located at 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford. More information can be found online at Brandywine.org/Museum.

After Nightfall by Sandra Severson at Square Pear Gallery

Stop for A Moment in Time at the Square Pear Gallery, on view through Nov. 5. This show celebrates the beauty of fleeting moments through the art of 16 local artists. The Square Pear Gallery is located at 200 East State Street, Kennett Square. More information can be found at SquarePearGallery.com.

The annual Members Show at the Chester County Art Association showcases the creativity of the local art scene. Also on view is Symphonies of Memory and Place by Saurabh Oza. An Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the shows will be on view until Nov. 1. The CCAA is located at 100 North Bradford Avenue, West Chester. More information can be found at ChesterCountyArts.org.

The ARTsisters present Making a Mark at the Media Arts Council, while a new Perspective is on view at the 17th Annual Media Arts Council Juried Photography Exhibition. Both will have an opening reception on Oct. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. and run through Oct. 29. The MAC Arts Center is located at 11 E. State Street, Media. More information can be found at MediaArtsCouncil.org.

 Second Nature: The Flora and Fauna Paintings of Lynnette Shelley is on view at The Jeweled Warrior through Oct. 15. Then Sacred from Kenzie De opens with a Reception on Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and runs through Nov. 26. The Jeweled Warrior is located at 110 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs. More information can be found at TheJeweledWarrior.com.

Check out Figments at The Art Trust at the Exhibit Reception during the Fall Gallery Walk on Oct. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m., and the Artists’ Talk on Oct. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. The show is on view until Nov. 3. The Art Trust is located at 16 West Market Street, West Chester. More information can be found at TheArtTrust.org.

Artists Jan Wier and Ginny Lasco have a new show at Gallery 222. An artist's reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and it will be on view through Oct. 28. Gallery 222 is located at 222 East King Street, Malvern. More information can be found at Gallery222Malvern.com.

New pieces are arriving daily at the Strodes Mill Gallery, including from local artists Annette Alessi, Karl Kuerner, and others. The Strodes Mill Gallery is located at 1000 Lenape Road, West Chester. More information can be found at Facebook.com/StrodesMill.

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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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