Art Watch: head to the MainLine this weekend

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By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times

While all over Chester County there are wonderful gallery and museum art shows and events happening all week long, this weekend head north to the Wayne Art Center, The Main Line Art Center and Malvern’s Gallery 222 for a wide variety of visual treats and artist receptions.  On Saturday, take the opportunity to visit the experimental contemporary art exhibition space “Street Road Artist’s Space” for a fun and interesting set of exhibitions and installations in their location south of Kennett Square.

Wilmington by Georganna Lenssen, Wayne Art Center

In Wayne, The Wayne Art Center opens a new painting show ” Imprint and Mark – The Language of Perception” this week at their location at 413 Maplewood Avenue.  The exhibition is of paintings by Roger Chavez, Mashiul Chowdhury and Georganna Lenssen. All three artists graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and offer uniquely personal responses to their environment through their rich, complex textures and surface treatments. The artist’s opening reception for the show is this Sunday, October 15th from 3-5pm.

Release Me by Erica Zoe Loustau, Main Line Art Center.

The Main Line Art Center, at 746 Penmure Road in Haverford, opens their new exhibition “Happily Ever After; Investigating the Female Gaze” this weekend Friday October 13th with an artist talk from 5:30-6:30  and opening reception thereafter. Installation artist Erica Loustau’s “Rapunzel’s Longing” flies through the gallery from floor to ceiling, and multimedia artist Emily Smith shows her fascinating combinations of female portraiture with vibrant floral fabrics.

Existential Sadness by Emily Smith, Main Line Art Center

From a variety of female viewpoints through a variety of artistic mediums, “these female artists address the human experience through the female lens of the 21st Century – a post-feminist era rife with demands for a new feminism… Cinderella is breaking the glass slipper and ‘happily ever after’ remains elusive” writes Amie Potsic about this exhibition.  The Main Line Art Center always does a brilliant job at showing and hanging a body of work, and I look forward to seeing this multi artist exhibition “Happily Ever After.”  The show is curated by Executive Director Amie Potsic, who will be my guest  on this week’s Art Watch Radio, Wednesday October 11 from 1-1:30 on radio WCHE 1520. Stay tuned!

This is the last week to see Gallery 222‘s Anniversary show “Graham, Galer and Durnin” located at 222 East King Street in Malvern.  From brilliantly colored sky landscapes by artist Nate Durnin, plein air vistas, raindrop paintings and impressionistic still lifes by Randall Graham to expressionistic steel sculpture nests and forest and temple paintings by Lele Galer; this is a wonderful show that celebrates a very successful first year in business for Andrea Strang’s Gallery 222 in Malvern.

This Saturday October 14th is a perfect opportunity to head out to Street Road Artist’s Space at 725 Street Road in Cochranville (in between Route 41 and Route 926). Two exciting new exhibitions open up, “Ceramic Sanctuary” and “The Dust: American Matter.”  “Ceramics Sanctuary is curated by clay artist Emily Manko, who showed her work recently in Clay Days at CCAA. The reception for the show is October 14th from 1-5pm, with a live art performance by clay artist and WCU assistant art professor Andrew Snyder. Other clay artists include, Rachel Eng, Bryan Hopkins and Mark Errol. Each artist challenges the viewer to see clay in a new way, with interesting textures, forms and structures that show passion and daring experimentation to this age-old medium.

Also opening on Saturday at Street Road Artist’s Space is “The Dust: American Matter” which is a specific site installation by artist Shandor Hassan that brings together recycled materials from metal and auto recycling plants to create a “large-scale American wasteland-dreamscape.”  Always pushing boundaries to excite our imagination and make us think in new reflective ways about our area and American cultures, Street Road Artist’s Space is a great place to visit every weekend, especially this one!

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