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, February 8 (Jen McCleary) • Saturday, March 7 (TBD) • Saturday, April 18 (Juried Art Show) • Saturday, May 9 (Darlington Student and Teaching Artist Exhibit) 


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.


April 18 - Juried Art Show

Darlington Arts Center, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, seeks entries in all visual mediums for works that fit into our show theme: "Anticipation". After celebrating 40 years of Every Art for Everyone, we are looking forward to the future with great excitement and we want to see how YOUR anticipation is represented.  $100 prize for Best in Show!  Winner will be announced shortly before the gallery opening.  Official gallery opening reception will be at Darlington Arts Center on Saturday, April 18th @ 6:30pm. Official gallery closing on Monday, May 11th.

Eligibility: Entry fee is twenty dollars ($20.00) per person for up to three pieces. Entry fee for active Darlington Arts Center members is ten dollars ($10.00) per person for up to three pieces. Artists must be 18 years or older. Entries must not violate copyright laws. Entry form must be completed and attached to work. Maximum of three entries per artist. All pieces must be submitted to Darlington Arts Center by Monday, April 6th @ 8pm. After closing, all pieces must be collected by Wednesday, May 13th. All 2-D pieces must be framed and wired to hang. All 3-D pieces must be free-standing or mounted and wired to hang. All submissions are subject to approval as space permits. We can not display any works depicting nudity, violence, or graphic content. Photos of work in question can be sent to programs@darlingtonarts.org.

Additional contract agreements are required for any artist that wishes to make their work available for sale. For more details please contact Michael Hahn at 610-358-3632 (ext. 2) or at programs@darlingtonarts.org.

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