Mixed Media: Time for submissions to local art shows

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By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times

It’s back to school season! Which means it is also submission and call for entry time for artists. I’d like to start today’s article off by introducing some opportunities and deadlines to artists in the area.

First, the much anticipated Fourth Annual National Juried Show with Oxford Art Alliance will be accepting applications through August 31. (The deadline has been extended from the original August 24th deadline). This exhibition will debut in October and feature works of artists from all over the country. Juror Al Gury, Chair of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, will host a Gallery Talk and Award Presentation on October 21st. So, finish up those brush strokes, add that last layer of matte medium, and submit your work before times up!

Next up, we have a submission deadline for Chester County Art Association’s upcoming exhibition, Before The Fall. Drop off dates are 8/24 and 8/25. This show is not juried and will be featured in the West Chester galleries during the month of September. Reception will be held Thursday, September 6 from 5 – 7. The show will coincide with Linda Braceland’s Solo Exhibition. She will present an artists talk on Thursday, September 13 at 6pm. Exhibition runs from September 6 – October 6.

John Suplee’s Gestural Landscape

Gallery 222 will unveil a new exhibition, Mortenson, McAndrews and Sedor, on August 29. Named for the three contributing artists, Portia Mortenson, Mick McAndrews, and Denise Sedor, this show features their paintings. Stop by on August 29th, 7-8:30pm, for a complimentary glass of wine and light bites while Mick McAndrews provides a painting demonstration. McAndrews is currently a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society (Crest Award), the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (Sylvan Grouse Guild) and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Mortenson is also an Artist Member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. The reception for this exhibition will be held Thursday, September 6th from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

John Suplee’s work from the 1980’s and 1990’s is on display now at Church Street Gallery through September 1st. I stopped in last week to take a look for myself. Pop in and enjoy the colorful beach scenes, or the more abstracted bovine paintings. One of my favorite, is a simple, gestural landscape from the artists collection which greets you a you enter the space

While you’re in West Chester, stop by the Art Trust gallery. Their new mixed media exhibition, “Mixed,” features work by Jim Roberts, Jennifer Hartz, and Sharon Bartmann. The show is on now through September 28th. Stop by for the reception on First Friday, September 7 from 5 – 8:30pm and the artist talk on September 27th at 7pm.

Tune in next (and every!) Wednesday to Art Watch on WCHE 1520AM from 1 – 1:30. Next week John Chambless, journalist hosts local singer/songwriter Adam Back. Until next time!

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