West Chester art galleries open doors for First Friday

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The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce will holds its Autumn Gallery Walk on First Friday, Oct. 2, 5-9 p.m. This marks the Chamber’s 25th anniversary celebrating the thriving community of artists and galleries that make West Chester their home.
One of Chester County’s most popular perennial events, Gallery Walk provides the perfect opportunity to experience downtown West Chester’s intriguing blend of urban sophistication and small town ambiance. The historic borough is home to an eclectic and exciting mix of galleries.
Enjoy the work of local, national and international artists featuring styles from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. Exhibits will include paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and more.
Five prominent galleries will combine with more than 20 additional one-night-only show hosts throughout the downtown business area. Brochures with walking maps will direct visitors to show locations. Look for signs that designate official Gallery Walk hosts and their status as Chamber of Commerce members.
Ample parking is available in garages offering two-hour validation, and meters will be free after 5. p.m. The walk showcases artists from the area before their work is distributed to galleries or private collections.

Life is often reflected in an artist’s brush strokes on canvas; many moments cause those strokes to shift and change over time.
Local artist, Gregory Blue has been painting for over 20 years. A portion of these years were tumultuous, affecting his perception of the world and his ability to express himself, which in turn negatively influenced how he approached his art. It wasn’t until more recently, Blue found a love that brought joy back into his life. His perspective on how life should be lived was altered for the better, as was his approach to art.
Gregory Blue’s painting style has evolved from what he considered “unintentional painting” to a now more premeditated, planned approach. Never losing sight of where he has been, the ‘unintentional painting’ does still play a role in his current pieces. “Unintentional painting taught me a great deal about color application of paint that informs the current work” says Blue.
The vitality and vibrancy that Blue strives to maintain from his original concept is evident in his most recent works of art. These new pieces will be on display at Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery at 23 N. High St., West Chester through the month of October. Opening reception will take place on Oct. 2 during the Gallery Walk.

Visual Expansion Gallery celebrates 40 years of business. The gallery is located at 132 N. High Street in West Chester. The event is part of West Chester’s popular October gallery walk. Kyle Whary is a selected artist for the annual event.
Whary celebrates life in his work. Exploring light, color, reflections and possibilities, his effort is to pinpoint real moments. The wine and spirit series illustrates romantic events and the subtle intricacies that create them. These moments are based in reality but deliver an often overlooked aspect what is going on within the glass, lending the work to near abstraction. In Whary’s words, “If you look into a glass of wine, whiskey or beer, the light hitting it creates a vast array of colors, spectacles, and possibilities.” The artist strives to reach out through a menagerie of different glasses, liquids, and ambiances.
In Kyle’s setting series, he’s chosen towns and cities that resonate with his life, and offer them to his viewing audience in an intimate way. Scenes at sunset and sunrise provide stunning colors over quaint rooftops. In a truly impressive way he captures water effects after rain showers with ‘streets like glass.’ Both of his series are the product of a long career in art creation and education. He has also been featured at Z Gallery in West Chester, Blank Canvas Gallery in New Hope, PA, and his work is on display decorating the walls of Pietro’s Prime Steakhouse and Saloon 151 in West Chester.
Kyle Whary is a long-time resident of West Chester and well known and loved on the streets. When not producing his art, he is an elementary art teacher in Chester County. His productions are inspiring and are spreading forth from local galleries. He and his fiancé, Hillary, live in West Chester with their dog, Millie.

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