Kennett Square’s Art Stroll is a monthly celebration of the local art scene as it is showcased in the galleries, shops and restaurants throughout town. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to stroll the tree-lined streets and browse the many businesses that stay open late. The Art Stroll runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Please note some of the First Friday activities are running from 5-7/8pm.
AFTER 5 p.m. on Friday, enjoy free parking anywhere in the PARKING GARAGE and at any street meter.
Brandywine traditionalist Mark Dance with the exceptional Karl J. Kuerner have both committed to provide original pieces for their joint show “Our Brandywine Roots” at Mala Galleria in Kennett Square. Join both artists for the opening and cocktails on December 1st, 2017 at 6PM to 9PM.
Dance lives in the Chadds Ford Area, where the collection at the Brandywine River Museum and the masters of the Pennsylvania Impressionists movement are key to his focus. The artist is also the son of renowned maritime artist Robert B. Dance, who will also be there to present some recent works at the show.
Kuerner is an exceptional painter who has contributed greatly to the tradition of American realism and has been recognized as a major force in American art. The Kuerner legacy in Chadds Ford is renowned not only for his own artistic talents but his family’s historical connection to the area.
The beauty of the Brandywine, which we are rapidly losing to development, is a focus for the artwork of both artists. Each painter brings us home to our Brandywine roots. Please join us on December 1st at Mala Galleria for a great evening and the art event of the year.
LOOKING BACK: COME ENJOY THE SPECIAL EXPANDED NOVEMBER FIRST FRIDAY ART STROLL!!!
Pick up a map by the “Kennett Squared” sculptor in the Genesis walkway and enjoy art and activities throughout the shops, galleries and even a few homes. Make sure you check the many scarecrows adorning our street lamps and signs. And for those interested in a traditional Dia de los Muertos festival–swing by the American Legion Hall for this amazing celebration of Mexican culture.
MALA GALLERIA– Featured artist for November is Lynnette Shelley with her show “Zoological ” Opening exhibit and reception November 3rd 6-9pm
Lynnette Shelley is an award-winning Pennsylvania artist specializing in contemporary mixed media animal paintings. Having a great love of wildlife, folktales, tribal art and world mythology, Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique artworks. Her paintings strike a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her complex compositions and zoomorphic and totemic animal art and folklore-inspired creations are both primitive and sophisticated, and have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.
Shelley’s animal and mythological-themed artworks have been displayed nationally as well as regionally at museums, art galleries and other venues. Most recently, she was one of 28 artists selected to participate in the Donkeys Around Town public arts initiative in Philadelphia. She painted two of the 57 fiberglass donkeys that were displayed in Center City Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. She also recently had four of her artworks licensed and installed as large prints in Nemours duPont Pediatrics new facility in Deptford, NJ.
Originally from Delaware, Shelley lives and works out of Ambler, in addition to a studio in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
“Home Is Where The Art Is”, a FREE pop up art walk in conjunction with First Friday Extended Art Stroll, will take place at four different residences along State, Union and Magnolia Streets in Kennett Square, PA from 6 – 9pm on Friday, November 3rd 2017. STOP BY THE KENNETT SQUARED SCULPTURE TO PICK UP A MAP.
The event will feature artists: Lauren Mulhern, John Burdumy, Wylie Florence-Bushnell, Kyle Kentzel, Caroline Roosevelt, Adam Wallacavage and Caitlin Kelley. Small bites will be provided by Sarah Bates of Brewer’s Farm. Each space will feature live music, an art exhibition and refreshments. Kennett Township is generously sponsoring the event.
Kennett Township and Historic Kennett Square are partnering to create an experimental addition to the already popular First Friday Art Stroll. The event has been created and managed by local artists Caroline Roosevelt and Caitlin Kelley.
Torrey Kist at Philter Join Torrey Kist at Philter for a family-friendly pop-up exhibit of new work. New paintings and prints of various sizes for sale. 20% of sales will be donated to hurricane relief through Americares.
Light refreshments and beverages for kids & adults 🍷🍪 Art supplies will also be provided to keep little hands busy!
Part of downtown Kennett Square’s November Art Loop, stop in on your way to/from dinner and be sure to check out the other participating merchants in charming KSQ!
Trover Nine Studios
BEYOND THE ART STUDIOS AND GALLERIES:
Casa Guanajuato‘s Day or the Dead – Dia de los Muertos Celebration 5-8pm
First Friday Arts Splash for Kids at the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square!
All kids in grades K through 4 are invited to join us this Friday, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. for our monthly First Friday Arts Splash! Parents, drop off the kids at PCKS (the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square at 211 S. Broad Street) and enjoy two hours of art, dining, and shopping during Historic Kennett Square’s First Friday Art Stroll. The kids will enjoy dinner, games, music, and arts and science activities. There’s no cost, but spaces are limited and preregistration is required. If you’d like to reserve a place for your child or have any questions, please email Tara Smith, Director of Children’s Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garage Community and Youth Center-volunteer info happy hour
At the Kennett Square Farmers Market: First Friday’s at the Kennett Square Farmers Market always includes a variety of special craft vendors.
First Friday Featured Vendors
- Sarah of Atwater Designs brings gorgeous cyanotype prints, home goods & cards, inspired by & created from botanical elements. All plants used in her prints are collected from her home garden or Southeastern PA, and 10% of proceeds are donated to the Brandywine Conservancy.
- Sherri of Botanical Bubbles joins us every other week with handcrafted soaps, lotion, lip balm and more. She combines organic and local ingredients as much as possible to make natural, nourishing body products that are gentle on your skin. She also has natural laundry soap, products for wo/man’s best friend, and roll-on essential oil blends!
- Bill with Briarhill Woodcraft gives new life to fallen trees and reclaimed wood, carefully crafting functional items such as bowls, serving trays, gorgeous cutting boards, ice cream scoops, mushroom bottle stoppers, yarn bowls, salt cellars, rustic tablet stands and more in his Chadds Ford wood shop.
- The Kitchen Garden Series is an heirloom quality line of kitchen textiles made with linen remnants & scraps. Replace your disposable napkins, bags & coffee filters with items that will last. Aprons will be in abundance this Friday! Get yours ahead of the holiday cooking season, or pick one up as a gift for the foodie on your list. A portion of Heidi’s sales always supports Urban Agriculture.
Kennett Resale Book Shoppe-enjoy the beautiful handcrafted jewelry of Carmella and Robert on display inside the book store.