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Art Live: Making ends meet

Chester County Art Association (CCAA) has been around longer than most of us. At the start of 2020, in its 89th year, CCAA was thriving. The organization was hosting several exhibitions monthly, running classes and workshops in several locations, and much more. But lately the organization has been struggling. Executive Director Wendy Kershner recently shed some ...

 
 

Art Live: Expanding on an idea

Before the pandemic, were we paying enough attention to nature? Many folks just didn’t have the time for it. But these days, a lot of us are finding solace in natural surroundings and longtime Chadds Ford resident and HOT•BED Gallery owner Bryan Hoffman, has been inspired. Now residing in Philadelphia, Hoffman’s plans include creating rich, immersive art experiences ...

 

Art Live: Bob’s world

When you need an escape from the ordinary, spend some time with the artwork of Bob Hakun. This maker is creating some of the most stimulating, thought provoking works of assemblage around. Hakun’s years as an artist are as varied as his pieces. After receiving his BFA from Kutztown University, he spent almost 20 years sculpting Halloween masks and screen printing ...

 

Art Live: The Sky Painter

If you’re having a bad day, go visit David Katz.   The infectious jubilance of his nature is bound to cheer you up. You’ll leave him with a smile, and maybe a new painting or two. He unlocked the door to his new gallery in West Chester on September 11, 2020. This is, of course, a date always remembered now but what’s more incredible, is the fact that he opened his ...

 

Art Live: On the farm

Scarlett Thicket Farm in Kennett Square is well known by locals for its annual spring art show hosted by Peter Welling and curated by Stan Smokler. It typically features works by well-known local artists in its majestic barn, including Katee Boyle. This weekend, the venue is opening its doors again for another unique art gathering. With safety measures in place, and ...

 

Art Live: Studio time

If you are driving at night around Birchrunville and you happen to see brilliant light illuminating the sky, you might be passing by artist Charles Emlen’s Run Amok Farm. “I make a good bit of kinetic/outdoor/installation type work and it is typically on display in my yard. Much of the work involves light. If you drive by my place in the evening and the power is on, ...

 

Art Live: Energized Art

Dr. Stephen Smith officially retired a few years ago but with all that he has going on, you’d never know it. After a long and successful career in dentistry, Smith pivoted to take on new challenges as a fine art photographer.  Photography wasn’t entirely new to him though. In his work as a medical professional he’d been using numerous types of 35 mm cameras, ...

 

Art Live: Home, farm and beyond

Artists are busy these days as they prep for the Chester County Studio Tour. Sure, there’s more to think about this year given the concerns around health safety, but folks are confident things will go smoothly. This year is Downingtown artist Joanne Orth’s first time participating and despite the obvious concern, she is getting excited about the tour. Her realistic ...

 

Art Live: County Studio Tour is on

The County Studio Tour is on! Well, at least for Chester County. While the pandemic put the kibosh on both the Delco and Montco tours this year, founder Jeff Schaller was able to keep the Chesco tour alive. This year 136 artists are participating at 55 studios. It’s the 10th Anniversary of this tour and that’s something to celebrate during this otherwise somber year. ...

 

Art Live: Success stories during the pandemic

Artists continue to cook up ingenious ways to share work during this seemingly endless pandemic. When opportunities were canceled, Montgomery County artist Susan Klinger didn’t have much hope for sales or even that she would be productive with such turmoil all around. “I think we all became creative, thinking outside the box, about ways to get our art in front of ...

 

Art Live: Summer exhibits

Yes, the Covid-19 summer surge is making it trickier to stick to a schedule for in-person, live art events but it isn’t holding folks back from finding creative ways to share art. Organizers are fast becoming as comfortable producing online exhibitions as collectors are in perusing them. The Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank in West Chester is taking things a step ...