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Mixed Media: Portraits unveiled

Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley © 2018 Kehinde Wiley and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama by Amy Sherald. Photographs courtesy of National Portrait Gallery.

This column usually focuses on regional art news, but I’d like to start this column by applauding the new presidential portraits unveiled this week. I know, I know, politics are not a subject to bring up in mixed company, but the art that memorializes the history of our country lives in a different realm and one that deserves of its’ own reviews. Former President ...

 
 

Mixed Media: Chinese New Year

February may have started off on a bummer note with the groundhog (aka dirt rat) seeing its shadow and thus condemning everyone to six more weeks of winter, but there’s plenty to entertain while you twiddle your thumbs waiting for the daffodils. Chinese New Year is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, arguably the best animal, period. Delaware Contemporary will ...

 

Mixed Media: Play and creativity

The surrealists of the 20th century gained a reputation for inventing quirky art games. Surrealism, as a genre, is an exercise in the absurd; turn everything on its head and laugh, or grimace at the futility of it all. It is from this dark sensibility that games such as Exquisite Corpse (nee “cadavre exquis”) arrived. It’s hard to escape even the most elementary art ...

 

Mixed Media: Contemporary art and chocolate

Last Wednesday I ventured out to the Delaware Contemporary for the Robert Straight Q&A which is part of an ongoing series entitled ON ART. Delaware Contemporary hosts this series. Admission is free, and it is open to public. On this occasion, we were joined by about 30 other art enthusiasts, many of whom were art students at Delaware College of Art and Design, or ...

 

Mixed Media: Old and new favorites

Last week, I wrote about artist Robert Straight, whose exhibition “Trifecta” debuted at Delaware Contemporary last Friday. I received a kind note from him last week, and as it turns out, he was a former professor at my alma mater, Connecticut College. Yes, yes the world is small, but when you find another connection to the art department at your college of 1,500 ...

 

Mixed Media: Winter exhibitions

I’d like to start off by congratulating anyone who braved the Siberian temperatures last weekend to partake in First Friday activities on their fortitude. I want you on my team if we ever have to adapt to a post-apocalyptic Hunger Games-esque living situation. Now that we’re back to a balmy just-above-freezing temperature, we can resume activity as usual. In Kennett, ...

 

Mixed Media: Art start to new year

Happy 2018 from Mixed Media! After a solid week of falling off the face of the planet while eating entirely too much cheese, I can say I’m ready to resume my regularly scheduled programming. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2018. Let’s start with some shows that are already up and running. Wayne Arts Center has two fantastic shows on right now. The highly ...

 

Mixed Media: 2017 comes to a close

This weeks’ article is a short but sweet one, dedicated to the last call of the fall arts season. Since I won’t be writing you until we are officially in 2018, here’s what’s coming before before year end! The Main Line Arts Center, located Haverford, PA, will be bringing two of their exhibitions to an end in January. The first, in their Welcome Gallery, features the ...

 

Mixed Media: Artist moves west

Video artist Lisa Marie Patzer and I met back in 2009 where she was completing her MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University with a friend of mine. She was living in South Philly and had been creating video art and new media pieces since 2001. In fact, I starred in her video “BLOW: Bubbles.” After moving away in 2011, we had lost touch, when I visited Heron ...

 

Mixed Media: Solstice season

It may not be typical Hallmark Channel holiday weather yet, but no one is Kennett Square was complaining this past weekend as the warm weather for First Friday Art Stroll and Kennett Holiday Village Market brought out the crowds! In fact, as a diligent worker bee for the event, I can confirm that Holiday Village Market brought out over 1,000 people before noon ...

 

Mixed Media: ‘Brandywine Roots’

Mala Galleria lights up December’s First Friday in Kennett Square with group show, “Brandywine Roots.” This exhibit showcases the work of Mark Dance, Karl Kuerner Jr, and Robert Dionne.  All artists incorporate the Brandywine Valley tradition into their art. Mark Dance will show alongside his father Robert Dance in this upcoming exhibit. “Father and son work toward ...