Art Watch: The Magic of Metal

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times

The 2nd Annual Magic of Metal Show is this weekend, November 10th from 6-9pm, and Saturday November 11th from 10am-5pm.  This exciting metal sculpture show features the work 9 local artists who work with metal to create their art, including: Rob Sigafoos, Dave Beck, Laurie Murray, Lele Galer, Hattie Weselyk, Jeff Bell, Ellen Durkan, Karen Delaney and Stan Smokler. The art show is located at Rob Sigafoos’s studio location, Vinewoods Forge Studio at 376 West Street Road in Kennett Square and is curated by acclaimed metal sculptor and teacher Stan Smokler.  

The artists of Magic of Metal.

The studio is tucked away along a gravel road just before the main entrance to New Bolton Veterinary Center.  The location will be well- marked, with signage and lights, but be prepared to walk a bit as the event should be well-attended.  All of the artists are displaying sculptural works throughout the two-floor space which is linked by a jaw-dropping hand-forged spiral staircase. You can climb up and down the wondrous hand-forged tree-spiral staircase that took 7 years for artist Rob Sigafoos to complete, and chat with each of the artists who will be there with their newest works.  Rob Sigafoos says that he “is honored to have these eight spectacular metal artists showing their work at the Vinewoods Forge studio this weekend.”

Rob is famous for his beautiful public art sculptures in Kennett Square, and Stan Smokler is an internationally famous steel sculptor who has taught, mentored and inspired most of the new metal artists on the East Coast. This is an exciting sculpture show for anyone who loves metal sculpture.

At Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, at 700 Folly Hill Road in Kennett Square ( just behind Longwood Gardens) art shows are scheduled for every weekend in November .  The delightful and eclectic Blue Streak Gallery of Wilmington Delaware sets up shop inside the winery for this entire weekend, November 10-12th.  From paintings to the most amazing jewelry, scarves, pottery and sculpture,  Blue Streak Gallery owner Ellen Bartholomaus will recreate the winery tank room into a pop up gallery store with something for everyone! The Galer Estate Anniversary weekend is next weekend, November 17-19, when John Hannafin will set up a show all weekend long that includes many new images of the vineyard and winery. The last weekend in November, “Lele Galer and Friends” will have a fun mix of paintings, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics for a celebration art party and show to finish off a very busy November month.

A montage of images from artists from Heron Studios show.

This Friday, November 10th from 6-9pm is the Annual Open House and Holiday Sale at Heron Studios, located at  3100 Mount Road in Aston Pennsylvania. This is always a very popular show, so I am very glad that they offer such ample parking. The show continues through the weekend of the 10th as well as the 18th, with another festive art party November 18th from 11am – 5pm, with live music, food trucks and more.  The seven resident artists of Heron Studios, including: Lorri Primavera, Mary Gordon, Melanie Errico, John Moser, Jane Porter, Amy Ralston and Sean Roach.  For the two weekend Holiday Sale, 9 local artists will join the resident artists, including well-known painter  Sarah Baptist and ceramic artist Bob Deane.

Saturday November 11th, from 10 am – 3pm,  is the 4th Annual Artisan Fair at the Church of the Advent, located at the Episcopal Church of the Advent at 401 North Union Street in Kennett Square.  12 unique artisans will sell their artworks, that range from fiber arts, ceramics, glass fused pieces, wood turned bowls and paintings. The holidays are closer than we think, and this may be a great opportunity to find that one-of-a-kind gift.  It always helps, I think, to be able to talk to the artist who has made a piece; you can learn about the care and attention paid to creating each work of art, and it make the piece more special for you to keep in your home or give as a gift.

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