Art Stroll

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.  The Art Stroll runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Celebrate the arts in vibrant downtown Kennett Square.  Please note, due the proximity to the Fourth of July holiday, this months art stroll will be somewhat constricted.

AFTER 5 p.m. on Friday, enjoy free parking anywhere in the PARKING GARAGE and at any street meter.

For more information about the art scene in Kennett Square check out the KennettArts facebook page.

Please join us for First Friday Art Stroll on October 4th from 6-9 pm

“Inspired by Nature”

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous

Sandra Severson
Sandra Severson feels a deep connection to animals. Their beauty, character, and essence are always inspiring to her as an artist. Her intention is to create artistically satisfying work which captures the mysterious bond that we share with animals. Sandra’s paintings come from a classical base, so she is interested in strong light, depth, form, and brushwork, and compositions which make good use of shadow and negative space. Ultimately, though, it’s the emotion and soul that she is striving for.  Sandra has shown her work at the Kentucky Derby Museum and the International Museum of the Horse, becoming an associate member of the Academy of Equine Art.  Her paintings have appeared on the covers of the Chronicle of the Horse, Oasis magazine and the American Lipizzan Registry.  Alternative art shown under her maiden name of Belfiore won her First Prize for Painting at Woodmere Art Museum and the Jamison Award at Wayne Art Center.  Internationally, Sandra won First Prize at Corso Nationale Arte Figurative in Salerno, Italy, and has been commissioned to paint the British steeplechase horse Tagamet, Brazilian cutting horse champion Magella, and other portraits in Belgium and Morocco.
Sandra has had solo shows at the American Artist Gallery, the American College, and Chester County Art Association. She is featured in the book, “The Four Seasons of Chester County; The Artists”.
John Slivjak
John Slivijak lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a BFA from The Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from Indiana University. His work includes landscape, figure, portrait and still life. Slivjak is a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Association and the Outdoor Painter’s Society and participates regularly in Plein air events across the country. John has been invited to many competitions as both artist and juror, and his art has been featured in such publications as PleinAir Magazine. His work is held in many private collections.
Lidia Kohutiak
“Many of us look without seeing, but it is essential to really absorb and assimilate what is around us or in front of us”.  Lidia believes painting is a celebration of the beauty that is around us  The act of applying paint to canvas has always been intriguing to her. To transform a two-dimensional surface and give it a feeling of space with carefully arranged brushstrokes using the right colors and values is pure magic. Lidia’s style is realistic, representational and sometimes close to impressionistic  She loves to paint fast in a loosely realistic manner with quick bold strokes that capture the essence of the subject matter  For her, every painting is a journey and a challenge.  She loves the way light changes at different times of the day and how the mood of the subject is affected by these changes.  Nature is a continuous source of inspiration.
Denise Vitollo
Denise Vitollo is a pastel artist living in West Chester, PA.  She is a Signature Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the Degas Pastel Society,  Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Maryland Pastel Society.  She is a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America and a Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Her work has been included in prestigious national and international exhibitions such as the PWCS Works on Paper, Pastel Society of America’s Enduring Brilliance, International Association of Pastel Societies’ Webshow, Connecticut Pastel Society’s Renaissance in Pastel, and Maryland Pastel Society’s Shades of Pastel.  In 2018, she took Fifth Place in the Animal and Wildlife Category for The Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100.  Denise enjoys Plein air painting and being outdoors. Some of her local Plein air events include Plein Air Brandywine Valley, Palette to Palate, Harvest Gathering, and Secret Gardens.  She enjoys teaching art privately as well as creating and exhibiting her work. Her degrees are BFA in Printmaking, MFA in Illustration, and MEd in Education.
Barbara Grant
Barbara Grant is an honors graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.  She has received many prestigious awards for her paintings including the J. Henry Schiedt Traveling Scholarship, The Thouron Prize for composition, The Robert Ricker Memorial Prize for landscape, The Cadwalader Prize for portraiture from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Samuel S. Fleischer “Challenge Exhibition” sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  A Chester County artist, her work is featured in “100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley”, by Philadelphia Inquirer art critic, Catherine Quillman. CNN Headline News featured her work on “Up Close Creativity”.  She has participated in over 100 juried shows and numerous solo shows. Her work now resides in the permanent collection of the State Museum of Pennsylvania as well as numerous private and corporate collections.   Barbara is a mother of two, grandmother of five.  She lives and works in Charlestown Township, Chester County PA.

Diane Cannon

Inspiration for Diane’s paintings is drawn from children, the Brandywine Valley environment, her travels, and The Brandywine River Museum where she volunteers. She has been a frequent award winner in many juried shows, and has had her work featured in “Splash; The Best of Watercolor” – Volume 13 and Volume 16; Acrylic Works – The Best of Acrylic Painting, and Artists & Illustrators Magazine.  Diane served as President of the Studio Group, Inc. in Wilmington Delaware and has served on the boards of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts and Tthe Delaware Valley Art League as exhibition chairman.  She studies, paints and exhibits at the Howard Pyle Studio in Wilmington.  Diane is a former teacher of gifted students with an MA from Temple University.  She has used her talents developing and instructing lessons in architecture, archaeology, economics, and fine arts.

Alexis Kletjian
Alexis Kletjian is a neighboring artisan in Kennett Square. Her namesake gallery features Kletjian’s fine jewelry collections as well as curated Luxuries for your Soul. Before discovering her passion for jewelry, Kletjian originally pursued a career in fashion design where she developed a keen eye for detail and a fascination with texture and scale. Kletjian’s ability to design and curate wearable jewelry has earned her several awards and her gallery has become a destination for collectors to commission original pieces or re-design beloved heirlooms.
Kletjian joins us for the evening to give you a glimpse into her gemstone collection and to showcase her one-of-a-kind jewelry, inspired by nature.
We are honored to have Annie Strack joining us this Friday for the opening of “Inspired by Nature”.  She is a Plein air artist from Kennett Square and will be painting at the gallery during the evening.
Annie Strack is one of over 80 accomplished Plein air (open-air) artists from across the US who will be painting in and around the Brandywine Valley from October 13th-17th during the ‘Plein Air Brandywine Vallery 2019 presented by Children’s Beach House.
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Don’t miss the first ever Nocture event in Kennett Square on Thursday October 17th – part of the Plein Air Brandywine 2019 competition
For one night only, over 50 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Artists ‘Take to the Streets’ to paint in historic Kennett Square.  Come join us along and around East State Street between Broad and Union Streets from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.  This block of E State Street will be closed to vehicles.  Artists will paint anywhere between these blocks, along the streets.  Visitors can stroll along E State Street, interact with the artists, see their vision and watch them create wonderful works of art….LIVE!  All work is entered into competition, judged and presented for view and sale in front of La Verona Restaurant.  All proceeds from the sales of art benefit Youth Development Programs at Children’s Beach House. A special exhibit of Plein Air Brandywine Valley Quick Draw paintings from the competition held on Tuesday in Marshallton will be shown at Square Pear Fine Art Gallery.  Nocturne Kennett Square and the Fall Stroll is an event presented during Plein Air Brandywine Valley week by Children’s Beach House.
Visit us during regular hours, make an appointment, or stop by during Kennett Square’s monthly First Friday Art Walks and discover something new!




THE ARCADE AT THE KENNETT LIBRARY: THE ARCADE returns in all of its full gaming glory next Friday, October 4th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Kennett Library. 4th – 12th Graders are welcome to stop by as the library transforms into an after hours arcade featuring every gaming system (yes, they have EVERY gaming system) including VRFirst Friday Arts Splash for Kids!

ART SPLASH: All kids in grades K through 4 are invited to join us on Friday, October 4th, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. for our first First Friday Arts Splash of the school year! 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 and Fall Restaurant Week. The kids will enjoy dinner, games, music, and other arts 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