STORY WRITTEN BY MONICA THOMPSON FRAGALE
For Digital First Media
A new exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum showcases work by artists whose inner inspirations meld with their outside creations.
“Inside Out: Carol Tippit Woolworth, Catherine Drabkin, Paul Alexander Hluchan, Colleen Randall, Daniel Jackson” is part of the museum’s Outlooks Exhibition Series.
The exhibition “brings what is inside, out,” said Dr. Mary Holahan, the curator of Outlooks Exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum. “The artists all have different styles, and as a result there is a nice variety of styles, moods, and emotive qualities.”
“We are all working on the same sense of place and time, but we experience different dimensions of the common theme,” said Woolworth, who is the exhibition’s guest coordinator as well as one of its exhibitors.
Since 2008, the Outlooks Exhibition Series has featured regional artists and other groups exhibiting themes such as ethnic heritage, still life, and sculptures, Holahan said. Art teachers from two school districts had exhibitions in the series featuring their own work; other exhibitions featured shows by disabled artists from the Elwyn Institute and Bryn Mawr Rehab.
“We’ve had great luck with it,” Holahan said.
Woolworth, a Wilmington artist and teacher, first proposed “Inside Out” to the museum almost five years ago. Since that point, two of the artists she had contacted to be part of the exhibition had moved to Pittsburgh, and she had been planning a move to Sante Fe, N.M.
But when Woolworth received the e-mail from the Delaware Art Museum last year announcing the exhibition had been approved, “I just about fell off of my chair,” she said with a laugh.
The original name was “Sacred Places Sacred Spaces,” but Holahan and Woolworth pondered other titles until they came upon Inside Out, which Holahan said “captured the sense of exterior and interior. It’s the link between exterior objects and the internal life of the artists.”
Woolworth and the other artists – Drabkin, Hluchan, Randall, and Jackson – have been preparing for the exhibition for the last year. Each artist will display five to six works featuring his or her own diverse take on the theme.
Woolworth describes herself as mainly an “outside” artist, while Drabkin is more of an “inside” artist whose abstracts deal with her inner life, Woolworth said. Drabkin’s husband, Hluchan, has more of a gothic internal and external style, and Jackson’s oil paintings showcase his photo realism. Randall’s work is abstract and deals with both physical and spiritual elements of place, according to the Delaware Art Museum’s Web site.
“We’re a very diverse group,” Woolworth said.
The end result – Inside Out: Carol Tippit Woolworth, Catherine Drabkin, Paul Alexander Hluchan, Colleen Randall, Daniel Jackson – will, she added, “expose people to a new way of thinking about their own interior and exterior lives.”
The show runs until April 24. Tickets are free for museum members and children 6 and under; $25 for families; $12 for adults; $10 for seniors ages 60-plus; and $6 for students with valid ID. Admission is also free from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call the Delaware Art Museum at (302) 571-9590 or go online at www.delart.org/exhibits/interiorexterior.