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"The Problem with Function" by Andrew Snyder at the Art Trust

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 ...

 
 

Uptown! partners with World Cafe Live

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center and World Cafe Live have announced an entertainment partnership, bringing classic artists to West Chester, new theater. Following its first year, Uptown! caught the attention of World Cafe Live promoters as the ideal venue to serve up world-class concerts to patrons west of Philadelphia and those who remember World Cafe Live at ...

 

Escape winter at Orchid Extravaganza

Longwood Gardens provides a colorful escape from the winter blues this season during Orchid Extravaganza, running January 20 through March 25. The heated 4-acre conservatory transports guests into a warm oasis featuring thousands of vibrant orchid blooms displayed in extraordinary ways. In addition to the one-of-a-kind horticultural display, Orchid Extravaganza ...

 

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, ...

 

Mark Bowden to read from Hue 1968

Hadley Presents a free book discussion with acclaimed local author Mark Bowden Sunday January 14  at 2 p.m. Bowden, author of best seller Black Hawk Down, will read a passage from his book, Hue 1968:  A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.  Karl Marlantes of the Wall Street Journal has called this book “an extraordinary feat of journalism.” The website for ...

 

Chocolate: taste and learn

The Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Tavern Talks will kick off its third season on Thursday, February 15th from 7 to 9 p.m. with “Chocolate and Courtship.” If you are looking to bring dating back to the basics – the 300-year-old basics – then you will not want to miss out! Guests will have the opportunity to watch chocolate-making demonstrations by Mars’ American ...

 

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 ...

 

Weymouth: Master of many mediums

Riding the crest of last summer’s visitor tsunami that was Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, perennial favorite A Brandywine Christmas, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is poised for the next wave of visitors with The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth, which opens on January 27. Sixty-five works in the exhibition demonstrate the breadth of the artist’s ...

 

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 ...

 

Art Watch: Stella’s last Dance

"Our Brandywine Roots" opened the First Friday to a packed crowd of art admirers, at Mala Galleria in Kennett Square.  Featured painters include Mark Dance, Karl Kuerner, Robert B. Dance, Robert Dionne, and sculptor Alejandro Lemus. Two of the artists represent another Brandywine tradition of families of artists, father Robert and son Mark Dance. This is the last ...