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Share ‘The Subtlety of Spring’ in Kennett Square

05/06/2019 09:19AM ● By J. Chambless

‘Wildflower Series IX’ by Nicholas Serratore.

By John Chambless
Staff Writer

Signs of warm weather are everywhere this month at the Square Pear Gallery’s “The Subtlety of Spring” exhibit in Kennett Square.

The front room has a selection of abstract paintings by David Eldreth that will suggest ocean vistas, hillsides and a wide range of other interpretations, each viewer seeing something different.

There are several exuberant watercolors of daisies by Jack Gianguilio, as well as some glowing pastels of fields of lavender by Ann Guidera-Matey that make the most of the eye-popping hue. Nicholas Serratore’s two pastels – “Cherry Blossom” and “Spring Glade” -- are more subtle, but just as effective.

Patricia Walkar’s three large floral paintings on silk have a lovely, soft palette and an intriguing technique, and Stephanie Ryan has a portfolio of floral paintings that translate gracefully to the pillows she shows along with them.

John Slivjak’s oils of local landscapes have a strong summer light, particularly “Morning Light-Fox Chase Farm,” which has a cool foreground shadow that makes the slanting sunshine beyond really pop.

The five pencil drawings of birds and branches by Jeremy McGirl are dazzlingly well done, with engraving-like details of feathers executed with the most exacting technique. There’s a whole wall full of oils of animals by Sandra Severson that give dignity and grace to her subjects.

The two large pastels of fields of wildflowers by Nicholas Serratore have a vivid, dreamlike intensity that draws your eye in to explore the endless stalks and vibrant petals.

Dan Boxler has some impressive fountains made of steel and copper that would be the centerpiece of any garden. His birdbath is a wonderful design, with a burnished copper pan resembling a curled autumn leaf, and his bird feeder elevates itself to the level of art as well. In the center of the room is the sculpture “Planting Time,” by Rob Sigafoos, fitting perfectly into the show’s theme.

The show is augmented by a selection of brightly colored birdhouses, ceramics and other lovely items by the gallery’s roster of artists, so you’re sure to discover something you love.

“The Subtlety of Spring” continues at the Square Pear Fine Art Gallery (200 E. State St., Kennett Square) through May 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email [email protected].