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ART SCENE: Mark Art Museum Day, check out a studio tour and more local art


By Phyllis Rowan, For Digital First Media

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

To celebrate the 9th annual Art Museum Day, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will offer free admission and special programming on Friday, May 18, 2018. An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Art Museum Day gathers hundreds of institutions from across North America to recognize the arts and the important role that art museums play in their communities.

In addition to free admission on May 18, the museum will offer two special programs. At 11:30 a.m., visitors can join a docent-led tour of the Museum’s six galleries, exploring different highlights within the collection. At 2 p.m., Museum curators Christine Podmaniczky and Audrey Lewis will host a gallery talk focusing on “Three Generations of Wyeth Art.”

The theme for Art Museum Day 2018 is Hyperconnected Museums, a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person.

Other area museums participating in Art Museum Day are the Institute of Contemporary Art, Penn Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art, all in Philadelphia.

Art Trust: Artists featured on The Chester County Studio Tour will be on view through June 1; 16 W. Market St., West Chester, Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.; Contact thearttrust.org.

Brandywine River Museum: Through June 3 “The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth.” This exhibition of approximately 65 of Weymouth’s best works of art in all media will reveal the breadth of his visual investigations. Through July 8 “Southwestern Son: The Lithographs of Peter Hurd” 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road. Chadds Ford, Pa., Hours – Daily Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day. Admission $18 adults , $15 seniors (65+), $6 students with ID and children ages 6-18 and Free for children ages five and under. Contact (610) 388-2700 or www.brandywine.org/museum.

Chester County Art Association: Ken Gore will present a solo exhibit, “Meat: The Art” collection, a look at the “artists of meat” from his neighborhood butcher shop, through June 7 with an artist’s talk on May 17. Con“text”ual Art, a juried group show where artists are encouraged to incorporate words into their work, will be presented through June 7 with an artist talk on May 17 at 6 p.m. The galleries are located at 100 N. Bradford Ave., West Chester, Pa. Hours: - Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact (610) 696-5600 or chestercountyarts.org

Chester County Art Association Exton Square Gallery: Steve Koelsch is the featured artist through May 30. 260 Exton Square Pkwy, Exton, Exton Square Mall, First Floor near Boscov’s; Hours – Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact: (610) 524-1925 or chestercountyarts.org.

Chester Springs Art Show: Through May 13. This juried show features the work of artists living and working in the Delaware Valley and beyond. The event showcases over 200 artists, including 24 artists who are new to the show. Participating artists will exhibit paintings, drawings, graphics, and dimensional works in a variety of styles and mediums. In addition to fine art, the Art Show also offers a treasure hunt with prizes for the kids. The Art Show is an entirely volunteer driven event, with a committee of over thirty deeply committed volunteers hard at work putting together the best art show in our region. The show will be held at Historic Yellow Springs Chester Springs Studio, Art School Road, Chester Springs. Hours – Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays until 8 p.m.; Free. For information contact (610) 827-7414 or www.yellowsprings.org

Church Street Gallery: Tara Will will hold an opening reception for her work on May 11, 5 p.m.; 12 S. Church St., West Chester, Hours - Wednesday and Thursday 1-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Carol at (215) 989-1449 or churchstreetgallerywc.com

Duke Gallery at Community Arts Center: “Digital Original,” an invitation exhibition featuring digital art in physical space, opens on May 12 and runs through June 8. An artist reception will feature live music performed on digital accordion by Wilmington based experimental musician Paul Woznicki (Woz), wine and light refreshments and is planned for May 20 from 2 – 4 p.m. The exhibit is curated by Michelle Rothwell and Paul Downie. Exhibiting artists include Doug Bucci, Juan Dimida, Dan Hoffacker, Jonathan Laidacker, Rea Rossi, Michelle Rothwell, Jane Schultz, Lori Spencer, Erik Van Horn and Jen Zaylea. The gallery is at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Friday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. An artist reception for Priscilla Bohlen’s painting exhibition on the Bea Dazzle Gallery Wall will also take place on Sunday, May 20 from 2 – 4 p.m. Additionally, art by students in the ARTstart early childhood art program will be on view in the Stairwell Gallery. For more information or driving directions, contact Community Arts Center at 610-566-1713, online at www.communityartscenter.org.

Gallery 222: Painter Randall Graham’s studio will be open for Chester County Studio Tour May 19 and 20, stop #23. 222 E. King St., Malvern. Contact (610) 608-6636 or www.gallery222malvern.com

Ivystone Studio: Chester County Studio Tour stop. #16 featuring painter Lynnette Shelley, bronze artist Remo, and Ivystone owner / glass artist Justin Smith, May 19 and 20. The studio features fine art, sculpture, jewelry, furniture and crafts as well as hand-blown glass., 138 Moore Road, Downingtown Hours- Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-8 p.m., Saturday noon-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. First Fridays April to October 5-9 p.m. Contact (610) 458-2184 or ivystonestudio.com

Main Line Art Center: Accessible Art Exhibition through June 4, Art in Action through June 2; 746 Panmure Road, Haverford; Hours - Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Friday- Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact (610) 525-0272 or mainlineart.org

Media Arts Council Gallery: “Wanderers” features the work of abstract painter Dana Crosson and photographer Patricia Danzon through June 2 with an opening reception May 12, 4-7 p.m.; 609-B West State St., Media, Pa., Hours – Thursday through Saturday 4 to 7 p.m. Contact (484) 445-4161 or mediasrtscouncil.org

Oxford Arts Alliance: Chester County Studio Tour Stop K on May 19 and 20. Though May 25, “Art of the Forge,” with a closing reception May 25, 6-8 p.m. 38 S. Third St. Oxford; Contact (610) 647-0301 or oxfordart.org

Rosemont College: The work of Jean L. Blumberg will be on display through May 28. Lawrence Gallery. 1400 Montgomery Ave., Rosemont, Pa. Hours - Monday through Friday 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., or by appointment. Contact (610) 527-0200 ext. 2967 or www.Rosemont.edu

Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery: The Tribute to Harry Dunn exhibit is free to the public and available through May 26. Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery is located on the second floor of the Sunset Hill building, 23 N. High St. West Chester. Contact (610) 692-0374 or sunsethilljewelers.com

Villanova University: “Love Which Moves the Sun and the Stars: the Art of Brother Mickey McGrath OSFS, & a Collection of Papal Artifacts,” is the next exhibit coming to Villanova University Art Gallery, through Aug. 10, second floor, Connelly Center, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, Pa . Hours – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Contact www.artgallery.villanova.edu or (610) 519-4612.

West Chester University: The Department of Art & Design will hold its BFA Senior Exhibition through May 12 in both galleries. John H. Baker Gallery, Hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat, Noon-4 p.m. Knauer Gallery, Hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. E. O. Bull Center for the Arts, 700 S. High St., West Chester. Contact (610) 436-2872 or www.wcupa.edu/artdesign