Artist of the Month

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This month we honor the efforts of Linda Braceland for her vision of helping to revitalize Chester’s downtown business district through the arts. The Visual Arts Committee invited Art on Avenue of the States to display art from November 4 through December 9. Linda opened a small, but vibrant gallery in the middle of Chester in 2011 in what was once a children’s clothing store. She invited local artists to participate and eventually many became members of the board. As it has grown, many Chester residents and students of Chester schools have gained support by showing and selling their paintings and sculptures in Linda’s gallery.

Linda says, “One of our primary goals from the beginning was to bring art and art education to the community. In the spring of 2012 we held our first student art show, desperately reaching out to the local schools, 1st through 12th grades. However, at that time Chester had no art programs in their schools, so reaching the children was difficult. Our first year we had around fifty students in the show. However, we have continued to make connections with the schools and now most of the schools have some type of art program. This year we had 222 students in our show. We award cash prizes to the students, with donations from local businesses, both at the elementary and high school levels in this juried show. In addition, our board members teach art at local schools as an after school program. In 2013 we were invited by Harrah’s Casino in Chester to start a second gallery in their main lobby.”

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Music by John Braceland. All are invited..

Fireside Room Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri;  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Past Exhibits

Summer Appreciation (June 15 - September 1)

Ann Keech (May 12 - June 11)

Souls Shot Art Exhibition (February 8 - April 1)

Center for Creative Works (December 15 - January 30)

Tiantian Li (November 8 - December 13)

Enzhao Liu (September 21 - November 2)

Nasty Women Art Show 

Alice Dustin (March 12 - April 17)

Linda Dubin Garfield/Elsa Wachs (January 15 - February 20)

Center for Creative Works (December 4 - January 8)

Edwina Brennan (September 11 - October 16)

Visual Arts Group (July - September 10)

David Gerbstadt (June 1 - June 26)

Members Art Show (April 5 - May)

Mickie Rosen (February 24 - March 17)

Elynne Rosenfeld (January 13 - February 21)

Barbara J. Zucker (October 22 - November 30)

Constance Cullpepper (September 12 - October 8)

MLUC Visual Arts Group (July 1 - September 10)

Robin Hotchkiss (June 3 - June 29)

Brian H. Peterson (May 8 - May 31)

Members Art Show (April 9 - May 3)

Barbara Bugliani & Mary Kane (April 9 - May 3)

Ellen Carver (February 11 - March 9)

Ted Ellis (December 21 - January 25)

Center for Creative Works (November 25 - December 14)

Ruth Wolf (October 19 - November 23)

Pam McLean Parker (September 5 - October 12)

Visual Arts Group Made You Look (July 5 - August 31)

Noah Addis: Future Cities (June 1 - 29)

Members Art Show (May 1 - June 6)

Nancy Agati (April 2 - April 27)

Mark Mellett (February 26 - March 31)

Select Invitational Show and Fabric of Peace Quilts (January 17 - February 23)
Featuring paintings by Leslie Bowen, Giuliana Calabi, Mary Kane, Sandi Neiman Lovitz, and Valetta

ArtWell Group Exhibit (December 7 - January 12, 2014)

Laszlo Bagi: Almost All Trees (October 27 - December 1)

Betsy R. Miraglia: Paper / Print / Collage (September 15 - October 20)

Members Art Show (May 4 - September 8)

Amie Potsic: Made in China and Endangered Seasons (March 21 - April 28)

ARTsisters: Recycled, green art (February 16 - March 17)

Dumpster Divers: Upcycling Trash to Treasure (January 5 - February 10, 2013)

Emmy Lou Packard: Retrospective presented by her son Don Cairns (November 25 - December 31)

Kassem Amoudi: Narrative figure and color field paintings (October 13 - November 18, 2012)