Mixed Media: Sharing is caring and…art

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By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times

This February’s show at The Palette & Page in Elkton, MD centers around artistic collaboration. Now, through the end of February, stop in to enjoy “Response,” an annual members show featuring collaboration between writers and artists. Visual artists created a piece as either an inspiration for, or response to, a writer’s piece. The exhibition featured the work of eight artists and seven writers. The Palette & The Page also hosts a variety of ticketed workshops each month. Check their “workshop” tab to see what tickles your fancy. This months workshops include: Intro to Social Media, Make Your Own Embossed Cards, or learn how to make Quilled Orchids.

Wayne Art Center has three shows opening on Tuesday, February 19th. (Get over there, while we are between snow squalls.) The first, “Expressions of Radnor,” features the artwork of local artists who applied for this exhibition and is juried by artist, Stephanie Lieberman. Lieberman graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and is an award-winning landscape and wildlife artist. Opening reception will be held Sunday, February 24th from 3 – 5pm.

Patsie McCandless: Paper solo show at Wayne Art Center

PaperSolo Works features paper art by award-winning watercolorist and paper artist Patsie McCandless. While she started her art career in watercolor, McCandless developed a passion of paper art. Her incredibly intricate work may have the appearance of watercolor, or oil but are entirely made of folded paper. Author of several children’s books, McCandless will host a talk and book signing on March 9th at 2pm.

Finally, Wayne Art Center presents “Three Painters, The Perspectives” featuring landscapes, figures and still life by three established local artists. Mary Graham, Julie Spahr, and Leonard Randolph join forces to create an exhibition that showcases their varied styles on traditional subject matter. Enjoy these three exhibitions through March 16th.

Henry Bermudez – Looking For Eve

Delaware Contemporary also has a few shows opening at the end of this month. First, the colorful, psychedelic paintings of Henry Bermudez transport us to a lush, exotic setting in his solo show, “Totally Mythological.” Exhibition opens February 28th, with the Opening Reception during the First Friday Art Loop on March 1st from 5 – 9pm. This exhibition features four of Bermudez’s colorful, vibrating pattern heavy paintings. Each explores themes of mythology, geography, and cultural study. The exhibition has been curated by Jorge Guterriez.

Two exhibitions ending this month include, “Somewhere Else,” a collection of photography from fifteen Chinese-born or Chinese-American artists exploring the concept of “homeland”. This exhibition is part of a larger initiative on behalf of the Delaware Contemporary. “The Delaware Contemporary continues the initiative to expand its reach in a cultural exchange with Chinese-based artists, designers, and curators. In a joint collaboration with The University of Delaware Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UD CSSA), The Delaware Contemporary will showcase an exhibition of photographs from the East Coast Chinese Community” This exhibition, which was on display during last weeks’ China Pop: Year of The Pig party at Delaware Contemporary, will end February 21st.

Karoline Wileczek’s solo exhibition, “Garland of Suchness,” will end February 24th. Wileczek’s uses grids to create something stationary in her paintings which feature paint pours which take on their own personality in each piece. Wileczek uses gravity to create unique compositions in each of her paintings. She has kept a studio at Delaware Contemporary since 2016 and contributes to the open studio events with Wilmington Art Loop.

As always, tune in to Art Watch Radio 1520AM every Wednesday from 1-1:30pm. Next week join Margaret Winslow as she interviews Roxanne Campbell, Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence at Chris White Gallery/Delaware Art Museum. Until next week!

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