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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. 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.
Be sure to stop by our Gallery Case to shop our rotating collection of jewelry, ceramics, and gifts.
Upcoming Gallery Receptions and Openings –
Saturday, December 9 • Saturday, January 13 • Saturday, February 10 • Saturday, May 19 • Thursday, June 14
Gallery Reception & Opening on Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 PM
Lois Schlachter is an Abstract Expressionist, a spontaneous painter. Her paintings are filled with defined images and a conglomeration of forms enlivened with handsome, vibrant color. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and received her BFA at The Philadelphia College of Art. Lois has exhibited extensively throughout the Northeast.
She is prolific and lets her imagination guide her hand as playful images emerge while her subconscious reveals itself directing the flow. Working primarily in acrylics, her work is bold, vibrant, inquisitive, yet soothing. Classical music serves as catalyst. “While listening, I begin drawing, applying paint to the canvas,” says Lois.
Seldom does she do a preliminary drawing. Instead, she utilizes intuition and instinct, covering the canvas while working the lines and shapes, always mindful of the negative space. Music gives her paintings rhythm and movement. While painting she contemplates the colors, the lights and darks. This process often takes weeks, months and then the composition begins to breathe and come to life, rewarding her.
“There are certain themes and threads that run through my work, fun trips, activities and not so fun events like illness, suffering and death,” she states. “As I step back, study the drawing, a recognition dawns, hopefully the title comes to me, then the journey continues.”
Her paintings provide viewers a comfortable space in which to move around and explore multi-hued labyrinths that prove both evocative and inviting, a harmony of form and color. Spatial relationships, balance, movement via line and color, mingled with lights and darks are her touchstones, the compositional elements she skillfully manipulates to create memorable works of art.
“I try to evoke an emotional response in my paintings by expressing what I am feeling at that particular moment,” says Lois. “Life experiences endow me with a limitless reservoir of ideas. I cannot consciously extract these ideas at will but they emerge unencumbered when I set my hand to work.”