Follow the Artists In The book, 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley copy

100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley Book CoverSince the publication of  100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.),  I have either promoted the activities of the artists in the book or have been part of joint book signings and art exhibits.

One on-going joint venture is my participation in the annual Chester County Studio Tour.  http://www.chestercountystudiotour.com/

Jeff Schaller's studio
Jeff Schaller’s studio and home open on the Studio Tour, 2008

 From my post from West Chester FIg magazine: It’s a “must” for anyone who enjoys seeing beautiful properties and meeting interesting people.  I’m referring to both the artists and the people you tend to meet along the way, but full disclosure:  I will be signing copies of my book, 100 Artists of the Brandywine.

 According to the organizer, Jeff Schaller (who is one of the “100” in my book),  the annual tour grew out of several years of discussions when  a group of local artists held monthly meetings at their studios to critique each other’s artwork.  

Another annual event for many of the “100” artists is the Historic Yellow Springs Art Show. 

Academy Students at Yellow Springs, encaustic on board
This painting was created using a multi-step process that included a silkscreen print made from a pen & ink drawing and securing the image to a board with encaustic paint.

Surprisingly, I was juried into the show in 2011 and have enjoyed many sales there.  Click here to view my work and that of the other exhibitors at Historic Yellow Springs.

 

I created this encaustic painting from photos I took from the Justice Center's parking garage in downtown West Chester. I several scenes taken from this spot.
I created this encaustic painting from photos I took from the Justice Center’s parking garage in downtown West Chester. I completed several scenes taken from this spot.

 Me in Jamaica

Some of the paintings shown here were completed during one of my five art trips to Treasure Beach, Jamaica
A message from my teachers Alan and Libbie Soffer: We just can’t keep away from the balmy, musical sweetness of Jamaica. This year’s trip, February 7th to 14th, 2015 marks the 7th workshop at “Calabash House,” an all-inclusive B&B overlooking the lovely warm waters of Treasure Beach.
For more information about the Soffers’ “Art Incubator,” visit Alan’s site at www.alansofferart.com

 

 

 

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This work, “A Seat for My Ancestors,” was photographed as a work-in-progress. It was created in Jamaica using stencils made from ordinary contact paper used to line shelves

 

 

 

Yellow Springs gazebo  Shower

Household Help, collage by C . Quillman
My collage, “Household Help” was accepted into the “Reigning Cats And Dogs” art show at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA. Opens April 5 and continues through May 4, 2013

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It’s A Book Signing (actually for two books!)

Announcing the publication of two walking tour booklets featuring historic African-American and Civil War era sites in West Chester, Pa.

Local author and historian Catherine Quillman completed the histories with the help of grants from the Leeway Foundation and research by co-author Sarah Wesley, who grew up in the “East End,” West Chester’s historic African-American community.
A book signing is planned for Wednesday evening, October 1st , from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. at the Chester County Book Co. , at 967 Paoli Pike West Chester, PA 19380. (chestercountybooks.com.)

The authors will be signing copies of newly released history, Walking the “Uptown” of West Chester, Pa. They will also be signing the new expanded second edition of Walking the East End: the historic African-American community of West Chester, Pa.

The new edition is designed to be a scholarly resource (and walking tour) and features a new appendix  and  special section documenting the lives of former slaves and free black residents in 19th century West Chester and their activities before and during the Civil War. 

The unusual stories of free black men like Abraham D. Shadd, whose image is found on a commemorative stamp in Ontario, Canada, are also featured.   Shadd was one of three black “agents” involved in West Chester’s Underground Railroad. He was also a mentor to  the sole black survivor of the famous Harper’s Ferry raid who went onto help publicize John Brown’s actions in the book,  A Voice from Harper’s Ferry.

Walking the Uptown  is illustrated with numerous old postcards and photographs, many of them offering a rare glimpse into the lives of early black entrepreneurs.

The authors will be happy to personalize your copy. Be the first to own these limited-edition booklets.  Each book features a pull-out map that can be used as walking tour guide.

One of two recent publications completed with the help of the Leeway Foundation
One of two recent publications completed with the help of the Leeway Foundation