An Inside Look at Kennett Square’s First Town-Wide Art Stroll
For those of you familiar with the town of Kennett Square, you know that the coming summer months mean walking through town, exploring the shops and boutiques, and the start of First Friday and Third Thursday. And if you’re anything like me, you know that means there will be awesome culture, good food, and great times with friends and family while experiencing all that Kennett Square has to offer.
The first of the First Friday festivities this year will take place on June 2, starting at 6pm and ending around 9pm. This particular event is so especially important because it honors the lively art scene that Kennett Square is growing to be so known for.
For the first time, all of downtown Kennett will be participating in this First Friday Art Stroll event making it the first of it’s kind. The Arts Alliance, and newly formed group working with Historic Kennett Square, has worked to pair downtown businesses with a variety of artists to display works all throughout town. Shops and restaurants participating will note their participation with a balloon outside their storefront.
Thanks to Claire Murray of Historic Kennett, I was lucky enough to get in contact with the very talented—and also very busy with gallery preparations—Zvezdana Scott, known to many as Stella, of Mala Galleria. She was able to guide me through the Art Stroll festivities and the art that visitors of Kennett Square will find there.
She shared with me that Mala Galleria, a premier art gallery that is perfectly-sized and situated nicely on Kennett Square’s East State Street, will be showing the works of Linda Celestian. Her exhibit “Confluence” pays homage to natural waterways and the link between humanity and nature. Celestian has said about her work, “I’m in partnership with the laws of nature. I allow the paint to run and puddle forming river like patterns that emulate the earth’s surface. The correlation between these imaginary waterways and our own circulatory system illustrates the connection between earth and mankind.” As someone who loves creeks, rivers, and lakes a little more than the average person, I’m especially excited to see this exhibit open at the Art Stroll. Mala Galleria also has a remote art showing at Grain, the newest of the restaurants in town, where the works of local artist David Katz will be on display.
Around 6pm, sculptor Rob Sigafoos will be introducing his gift to Kennett Square, which is a sculpture to be displayed in the Genesis Walkway. A dedication ceremony will ensue, and afterwards, Art Stroll-goers will be invited to make their way around town to see the other artists on display. Visitors should follow the balloons around town to know which merchants are participating in the event!
Many local businesses, such as Philter Coffee and Salt & Stone, have already taken part in presenting local artists by displaying their works around their shops, allowing patrons to view and purchase any displayed pieces, or get in contact with those artists for commissioned works, as well. Places such as Mushroom Cap, Kennett Brewing Company, State & Union, and many, many more will also now be involved in showing pieces for the Art Stroll.
There will be a wide variety of different types of artists and mediums used, from Hannah Kelleher’s watercolor paintings to Rob Sigafoos’s and LeLe Galor’s sculptures, ensuring that there’s something around town for every art admirer. For those who know a little less about the art and the influence it has had on Kennett Square, I would highly recommend checking out this event to learn a little something about creative nature, grab a bite to eat, and connect with the many talented people who inhabit this town.
In the two years that I’ve worked in Kennett Square, I’ve seen so many unique opportunities crop up for my fellow friends and artists, whether it be an introduction to writing groups, the ability to hang work for purchase at local shops, or just being able to have a business card on a bulletin board in the Market. This town has grown so much creatively thanks to the work of Historic Kennett Square, the newfound Arts Alliance, Mala Galleria, and the dedication of all the wonderful artists who donate so much of their time and creative efforts to making beautiful works for all of Kennett Square and beyond to enjoy!
For a list of all businesses participating and their artist pairings, please visit www.historickennettsquare.com and for more information of the exhibit at Mala Galleria, check out their website at www.malagalleria.com.