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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 12 (Rinal Parikh) • Thursday, November 7 (Garnet Valley High School) • Saturday, December 7 (Juried Art Show) • 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)
October Featured Artist & Art Gallery Opening
Works by Rinal Parikh
Opening Reception Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Rinal Parikh’s art reflects the heritage and vibrant culture of her native India.
Rinal is Bio-Chemist by profession and Artist by Passion. She draws on a childhood fascination with color and composition, portraying spontaneity and energy with saturated color in various media.
Her subjects are influenced by life in India, and she studies the many different styles of Indian painting that vary from state to state: “Although they are from the same country,” she says, “they are very different from each other- I find it intriguing.” Rinal’s work has appeared in India in group exhibitions and on magazine covers. In the United States, she made her debut with a solo exhibit at The Creative Living Room in Swarthmore in 2009, and since then her work has been featured in many juried exhibits at venues like Demuth Art Museum, Rittenhouse Square Art Festival, Swarthmore Borough Hall, The Plastic club, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Wallingford Community Arts Center, Mainline Art Center, Chester County Art Association, Art Association of Harrisburg to name the few. Her work can be seen all year long at Mala Galleria, Kenneth Square. Rinal has won several awards for her work including Loos award for Works on Paper at The Philadelphia Sketch Club and 1st place award for watercolor at Art Association of Harrisburg to name the few. She does Artist talks for adults on Indian folk art and her modern take on them. Recently, Rinal’s work has been published in Magazine like Philadelphia Stories and Rathalla Review. She teaches children’s and adult watercolor classes in Swarthmore. Rinal’s artwork is mainly found in the Private collection in USA, Canada, Uruguay, and India.
Rinal has served as a Treasurer for Swarthmore Friends of Arts for a decade. She currently serves as a Board member at Wallingford Community Arts Center, Associate at Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artist (MCGOPA). Rinal is juried Professional Artist Member of Mainline Art Center. She is also co-chair for Dimensions in the Art program at Swarthmore-Rutledge school in Swarthmore. Rinal holds artist memberships at Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Da Vinci Art Alliance, and Chester County Art Association.
“I believe in always improving myself, learning from every stage in life and from nature. I love incorporating several mediums into my art, and especially love Indian folk art.-Madhubani from Madhubani district, Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh, Warli from Maharashtra. My subject choice is directly influenced by my childhood memories in India. I also choose subjects that are based on my emotions, thoughts, and experience from my day to day life. All in all, my work is a modern adaptation of traditional Indian folk art.”
I believe in always improving myself, learning from every stage in life and from nature. I love incorporating several mediums into my art, and especially love Indian folk art.-Madhubani from Madhubani district, Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh, Warli from Maharashtra.
My subject choices are directly influenced by my childhood memories in India. I also choose subjects that are based on my emotions, thoughts, and experience from day to day life. All in all, my work is a modern adaptation of traditional Indian folk art. I enjoy portraying my subjects with intricate details to the extent that often times it is perceived as pen and ink work instead of gouache. Achieving this degree of details require using extremely fine point brush, for instance, a 000 brush.
I often use Kalamakari style to express my feelings through my paintings. Although it is a very decorative style, the style requires using a limited color palette that includes red, black and one additional color. I enjoy this particular style as it involves a unique challenge in using limited pallet.
Madhubani style is one of the most colorful styles of folk art that I use. I enjoy this style of folk art for portraying birds and other animals as it gives me the freedom to use as dynamic of a pallet as possible.
Join this vibrant artist for our gallery opening on Saturday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. and celebrate her continuing journey of artistic expression.