Mixed Media: Decorus and Wilmington Art

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By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times

If you are looking for a reason to go to Philly (besides this months’ Fringe Festival!) go to Decorus at Space and Company just north of Fitler Square and just west of Rittenhouse Square.

Potsic, formerly of Main Line Art Center, and Center For Emerging Visual Artists, has been engaged in the Philadelphia arts for decades and is, as well as a curator, an internationally exhibited photographer and installation artist. I have the pleasure of co hosting alongside Amie with Art Watch Radio. I have known Amie since my college days of interning at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in 2008. We have crossed paths since, as she curated the summer exhibition at Third Street Gallery of an artist I interviewed, Agathe Bouton. Amie’s passion for the arts, excellent eye, and fascinating experience and background shine through in her curated shows.

Decorus, a group exhibition of Donald E. Camp, Aubrie Costello and Tom Judd

Saturday marks the closing reception for Decorus – group exhibition of Donald E. Camp, Aubrie Costello, and Tom Judd. This mixed media exhibition explores the raw and relevant topics in modern 2018 American society such as civil rights, women’s rights, and the panoply of elements that really make us Americans.

While all three of these award winning artists raise social awareness in their own style, Aubrie Costello’s silk graffiti intrigues me, specifically. Not only does her work speak to me as a woman, but the contrast of soft silk, a very feminine medium (also imbued with racial and colonial undertones) contrasts starkly with the word “graffiti” which has worked to expand beyond the taboo, the illegal, the novice art. Her pieces are simple in composition, centered, and text based on a fabric background–they literally drip as the ends and beginnings of her words overlap. This reception will be the last time to see this show, so stop by on Saturday, September 15 from 6:30 – 9pm at Space and Company.

Let’s return to our Delaware/Chester County region. Next Wednesday, Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum will be speaking at Delaware Contemporary’s monthly On Art presentation. Learn more about the 1968 Wilmington Riots and the Guardians of The Image Makers exhibition. Astute readers will notice than that exhibition, runs in tandem with the trifecta of Civil RIghts exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum and this is not a coincidence. The occupation and riots in Wilmington in 1968 are being remembered throughout the city through these exhibitions. Join Delaware Contemporary and Margaret Winslow to learn more on Wednesday, September 19 from 5:25 – 6pm.

Kirk McBride: Toward El Capitolio

Speaker of Delaware Art Museum, they just unveiled a new exhibition last week, “Wonders of Wilmington: Gifts from the Hotel du Pont Collection” which features watercolors by Andrew Wyeth, as well as work by N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and Edward Loper. This exhibition will be on display through January 13, 2019. On the way into Wilmington, stop by Station Gallery in Greenville to view the new exhibition by husband/wife artist duo Kirk McBride and Lynne Lockhart.  This exhibition which features Lockhart’s paintings of wildlife alongside McBrides cityscapes and nautical paintings, will be up through the end of the month.

Next Wednesday, tune into Art Watch on WCHE 1520AM from 1-1:30 when Rhoda Kahler, clay artist and teacher, interviews – Development officers Kelsey Rhodes, and another, from Philadelphia Art Museum. Until next time!

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