Get inspired by great art!

Darlington hosts art exhibits by regional and local artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Summer hours may vary). Free opening receptions are held each month during autumn through spring. Meet the exhibiting artist and discuss their latest works while enjoying complimentary light refreshments with fellow art enthusiasts! Gallery pieces are generally available for purchase.

Upcoming Gallery Receptions and Openings –

Saturday, October 6 (Kimberly Hoechst)  • Friday, November 9 (Garnet Valley High School) • Saturday, December 8 (T.J. Walsh) • Saturday, January 12 (David Katz) • Saturday, February 9 • Saturday, March 9 • April -May 13 (Congressional Art Show)

Featured Artist & Art Gallery Opening

Inside and Outside – Paintings by Kimberly Hoechst – Opening Reception October 6 at 7 PM

Kim Hoechst has enjoyed a passion for art, design, and creative endeavors throughout her life.  She pursued formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts after deciding to depart from an established career in Marketing and Branding in 2006.  Her paintings have been displayed at several juried shows, exhibitions, and venues in and around Philadelphia including PAFA, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Square Pear Gallery, Beauty Gallery, The Palette and the Page, Wayne Art Center, Chester County Art Association, Wallingford Community Arts Center, and Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery County Studio Tours.

“The greatest joy of having become a painter is going through each day perceiving things with an eye toward their potential to be expressed as art,” says Kim.  “The interplay of light and shadow inspires me to paint because this dynamic can make ordinary things intriguing or dramatic and reveal beautiful things in an unexpected way.  Bright light, illuminating certain areas of the painting creates excitement and emphasis and is strengthened by the juxtaposition with darker, more mysterious areas in the shadows. I often paint local places, but any location or object is fair game if the light and shadows dominate.” My works encompass architecture with landscape, cityscapes, interiors, and still life, but light and shadow, more than specific objects in my paintings, are my true subject.  I’m passionate about portraying the yin and yang of these elements.”  

“I work primarily in oils because I feel the vibrancy, malleability, and durability of this medium. I vary my compositions by working on a variety of surfaces including wood and hardboard panels, linen, canvas and metals such as copper, zinc, and aluminum.  My process involves direct painting done in multiple sessions. I am inspired by the looseness and freshness achieved in the first pass, but then return to discover new opportunities to develop and enhance the painting until I detect no more. Over time, I refine the depth and nuances of the shadows with transparency, strengthen the brightness of the light areas with opaques, and enhance the overall paint quality by building up the layers and textures of the surface.”

Please join us at the opening reception for this fine artist on October 6.

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