Art Watch: Jeremy McGirl, Katie Naber

Pop-Up Art shows are a popular new part of the Chester County Art scene

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times

UTColLogoGaler-250x300What exactly is a Pop up Art Show? Pop up Art Shows are  temporary art exhibits that are set up and taken down in a short amount of time in an unusual location. Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery in Kennett Square has been holding successful Pop up Art shows every Thursday for over a year, with a different artist every week who shows in the winery from 4-8pm. This kind of show gives some added exposure to a local artist, brings in business to the winery, and also contributes to a local charity….and they are a lot of fun for everyone. 

The Oxford Art Alliance is taking Pop ups to a new level every third Friday of the month in downtown Oxford. Oxford businesses will be transformed into mini galleries from 5-8pm every third Friday, highlighting the work of different local artists in each location. What a great way to see the town, enjoy art, and grab a bite to eat or a glass of wine. If you are an artist wishing to take part in the Oxford Pop-ups, contact Christine Grove at The Oxford Art Alliance, and she will coordinate your work with a local business.

This week’s Pop up show at Galer Estate features the mixed media work of artist Jeremy McGirl. Jeremy’s art is constantly in flux, and you never know what to expect, except that it will always be interesting and gently beautiful. Whether Jeremy is painting in oil, drawing in pencil, cutting out designs in paper, or all three at once, he always bring the art of making art to the viewer’s attention. His art universe is quiet, and made up of the small, beautiful things that he focuses on.  His work is in many different sizes, all thoughtfully and purposefully constructed, and his prices are affordable. His next show is at Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery this coming Thursday, August 21 from 4-8pm.


Katie Naber

Next week’s Pop up Art Show at Galer Estate, Thursday August 28th from 4-8pm will exhibit the three-dimensional ceramic work of local artist Katie Naber. Katie’s ceramic work is clever and artfully designed, with a sense of fun in every piece. Katie received her BFA from West Chester University and works primarily in 3-Dimensional art mediums including clay and plaster. Her sculptures draw inspiration from nature, but have a very individualized, quirky and whimsical sense that make piece unique.

Balance is a recurring theme within her artwork- creating simple ceramic and plaster forms that are augmented and transformed into harmonious vessels and sculptures.   Katie says that she ,” takes on various new areas of art as an adventure” which also includes woodworking, print-making and soldering. Now working as an Art Curator in Phoenixville, PA, Katie is developing an industrial, multi-use building into a gallery space to promote local artists. Come and meet this wonderful artist at  next Thursday’s Pop up at Galer Estate, and visit her any week at her incredible Art Gallery at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville.

The Art Trust, which exhibits every month at The Meridian Bank in downtown West Chester, is currently showing “Finishing Touches” which showcases the ceramic work of four talented local artists: Emily Wilkins, Heather Ossandon, Katherine Radomsky and Phillip Yannella.

Come check out that unique gallery space on West Market Street, and then make your way down to the new Church Street Gallery which is showing “The Art of Cycling” which continues through August 30th.  John Suplee has some wonderful paintings on exhibit, as well as a beautiful painting by local artist Carol Lesher entitled “Five Percent”, and a whimsical steel sculpture by Karen Delaney called “Vue du Monde”.  Next month’s show at Church Street Gallery will feature the stunning work of artist Monique Lazard.


Lele Galer is an artist who has chaired numerous art shows, taught art history and studio art, public art and has chaired, written and taught the Art in Action Art Appreciation series for the UCFD schools for the past 12 years. She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and wrote for the Asociated Press in Rome.  She has been dedicated to Art History and art education for most of her adult life. Lele and her husband Brad own Galer Estate Winery in Kennett Square and she co-Chairs the CCAA’s New Building Campaign.

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