Art Watch: Jazz in the Vineyard

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By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times

This Friday, The Oxford Arts Alliance celebrates “Jazz in the Vineyard” at their wonderful annual Garden Party fundraiser at Galer Estate Winery in Kennett Square and on Sunday The Clover Market has a full day explosion of the arts, food and refreshments from 10-5pm in Kennett Square. You have a great art weekend ahead, with “Jazz in the Vineyard” on Friday and The Clover Market on Sunday!

This year, the Oxford Arts Alliance’s “Jazz in the Vineyard” art party features the talented Wendi Grantham and her jazz accompanists.

Wendi Grantham is well known as an actress from the tv show “The Wire” but she has always had a passion for singing jazzy, beautiful renditions of classic favorites. From 5-8pm at Galer Estate Winery Wendi will be performing, and there will be dancing, a live art auction, local sculptures and paintings exhibited for sale, delicious food catered by Brandywine Prime and wine from award-winning Galer Estate. This will be a really fun event, that also helps to support a wonderful local organization. The Oxford Alliance fundraiser is always a much anticipated event, well attended and full of art, artists and a great vibe out on the deck over-looking the vineyard. For tickets, go online to www.oxfordart.org until Thursday the 15th.

Starburst by Stan Smokler, Jazz in the Vineyard.

The Oxford Arts Alliance is a small community art association non-profit located in Oxford Pennsylvania that offers an extensive music program, gallery exhibition space, and two art studio spaces for art classes. Board member Rob Sigafoos says that the Oxford Arts Alliance is a very special community center for the arts that “brings in such a diversity of different artists and programs..to a community that is not so exposed to the arts as say West Chester or Kennett Square.” Rob will also be heading up the live art auction at the “Jazz in the Vineyard” party this Friday, and will have several sculptural works for sale at the show. Last week Rob’s huge steel sculpture “Kennett Squared” was unveiled in downtown Kennett Square to a huge crowd and a lot of public acclaim. Other artists showing and selling their work on Friday at Galer Estate, are Stan Smokler, Vickie Vinton, Dan Boxler, Lele Galer, Rachel Romano and many more.

“Jazz in the Vineyard” this Friday is the Oxford Arts Alliance’s largest fundraiser for the year, and raises critical funds for this small organization to keep its doors open. It is difficult for community arts organizations to maintain their free programming and open community interaction without the support of donors. Chester County recently lost the wonderful Phoenix Village Art Center after many years of being the center for arts in the town of Phoenixville. “Jazz in the Vineyard” is from 5-8pm at Galer Estate Winery, located at 700 Folly Hill Road in Kennett Square. A limited amount of tickets are still available.

A montage of photos for Clover Market, credit Carrie Hill Photography.

On Sunday June 18th, Kennett Square’s Clover Market celebrates its final market of the season, from 10am -5pm at the Genesis Healthcare parking lot at 600 South Broad Street. This is an enormous crafts, vintage antiques ,art, food, beer, wine, music and whole family fun day with over 120 local vendors! What a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. There are also food trucks serving everything from tacos, to barbeque, ice cream and homemade lemonade. Most of the artisan vendors are local artists and crafts people – too many to list – but so very exciting to see them all in one place for the afternoon!

There is also live music by “Couple Days”, face painting, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, a Tiny Tin Photo Booth and a crafts project arranged by Chester County Art Association. Kennett Square is the place to be this Sunday! While you are downtown, check out the latest show at Mala Galleria, the newest cool items at Metamorphosis, and grab a coffee at Philter which always has local paintings, sculpture photography on display. I can’t wait!

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