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, January 11 (Rebecca D'Angeli) • Saturday, February 8 (TBD) • Saturday, March 7 (TBD) • Saturday, April 18 (Juried Art Show) • Saturday, May 9 (Darlington Student and Teaching Artist Exhibit) 


January 11 - Rebecca D'Angeli

ARTIST STATEMENT:

A number of years ago, I made the conversion from painting in oils to acrylics. It began as an exercise of different painting techniques and transformed my hand from traditional glazing to broad layered washes of vibrant colors to create depth. With this new approach, I struggled to discover a narrative path. Until one summer evening I looked up and fell back in love with the night skies of my childhood. Ever since, I’ve been exploring the vastness of the sky and clouds through color and washes.  The progression of washes of colors tend to hint towards secrets suspended within the structures of the cloud formations. A juxtaposition of lights and darks found in sunsets, full moons, and bright blue skies have left emotional impressions on my mind’s eye. I’ve navigated these emotions utilizing the mindful approach to Japanese ink wash painting (sumi-e). You can witness this emotional transformation through the series I’ve created. While not wholly developed, the spontaneity of the washed strokes mimic the meditative intentions of an ancient tradition.

“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.” – Neil Gaiman (Stardust)


February 8 - Jen McCleary

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ARTIST STATEMENT:

The roots of my art lie in the process of collecting images, ephemera, and found objects, which I layer, alter, or arrange to create something complex and symbolic. I work both digitally (photo-collage and graphic design) and in more traditional forms (mixed-media collage/painting and jewelry made from found and vintage objects). No matter the medium, I prefer to work intuitively, letting each piece evolve over time and in unexpected directions. My work is more a form of meditation or playful exploration than a deliberate attempt at communicating a concept, although I do believe that images and objects can act as carriers of meaning and emotional resonance. My work is inspired by science, wonder, and dualities including manmade/natural worlds, light/dark (metaphorically and literally), and complexity/simplicity. In 2019 I began to learn the craft of wheel-thrown ceramics, which I alter through decoupage and the traditional Japanese art of kintsugi (repairing broken items with gold and lacquer). For me, this process of creation, destruction, and repair mirrors the ups and downs of life and treats the inevitabilities of damage and healing as something beautiful to be celebrated.

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