Pop-up art shows and galleries are not a new concept but they have been gaining in popularity as artists and curators take advantage of the hype that often surrounds an exhibit that either shows up in an unexpected place or intends to be short-lived.
Local artist Anne Jenkins sees the potential for just such a show in Milford. With a gaggle of local and regional talent, she hand-picked four artists to join her in a show that will be brief but intense.
The five artists, all women, will display five works for three days. The women and their work couldn't be more diverse. Meet them here first, then, stop in the Anne Jenkins Gallery (127 N.W. Front Street) to meet them in person and check out their work.
MEDIA: ACRYLIC MIXED MEDIA
In the short time that Jenkins has called Milford home, she's been on a mission to unite and publicize the art community. She's a self-taught artist, whose world travels and life experiences speak loudly through her art.
Her last endeavor, "The Vukuzakhe Project," recalled her South African roots and her current call-to-arms for orphaned children there. She's on a different track these days, though.
"I actually did five new paintings for this that are completely different to anything else I've done," Jenkins said. "I did some pretty figurative and abstract stuff."
Jenkins added that she's also been making an effort to make her art "more than just pretty pictures."
"I just want my art to be something more," Jenkins said. "For instance, I included one I call 'Love Sound' and in it you can see three genderless people. And, the reason is because I think there's always multiple people involved in any relationship. It's not just two people."
Unlike Jenkins, Abel has lived and worked in central Delaware most of her adult life. She completed her education at Wesley College in Dover and first picked up a camera in January 2009.
"With practice and study, I began to discover and fully enter the artistic medium that had been waiting for me," Abel said. "The visual world is rich with tone and shape, texture and color."
In the spring of 2012, Able set out to photograph the marshes and wildlife of central Delaware. She rose early every morning and stayed out late after work trying to capture images of the coastline, the sunrises and sunsets, and the migratory birds, otters, muskrat and deer that make their home here.
Page 2 of 3 - "The solitude and experience of those early mornings and warm evenings full of sunlight, water, birds and animals changed me as a person and as an artist."
Abel added that the work she shot over the spring and summer doesn't just chronicle the landscape changes, it has also left her with "a profound sense of connection to place and to the birds here."
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Like Jenkins, Connelly has not lived in Milford long but she's made her presence known by becoming an active member of the art community. She regularly teaches classes through the Mispillion Art League and curated an exhibit at Abbott's Grill earlier this year.
Her philosophy is to "live cheap and make art" and she lives out that philosophy everyday. It allowed her and her husband to live in Italy for two years and currently affords her the opportunity for finding inspiration locally with "aging barns and the beauty of the eastern shore."
She paints primarily in watercolor but often utilizes pen and ink and acrylics. She also finds herself as comfortable working in a studio as she does working en plein air (outside, on site).
"My passion is watercolor journaling and I love teaching it as well as doing it, whether I am away on vacation or in my own home," Connelly said. "There is something magical about concentrating on an interesting object or place and capturing that moment in a journal with your own words and images."
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Frey took her first painting workshop in 2004 and immediately fell in love with the vibrant colors and techniques of painting with acrylics and collage.
"When I step into the studio, I am so excited to have the freedom to sling paint," Frey said. "The splash of paint on a blank canvas, the application of textures, the collaging of other materials is my personal bliss. I clear my mind and I create."
Her objective is beauty and she prefers vibrant colors.
"Directness is an important part of my painting," Frey said. "Each part of the process is initiated by instinct, not by detailed planning."
Most important, she wants her audience to have a range of emotions and reactions, from visual to physical, that makes them want to reach out and touch the surface of the work.
And, while the work is instinctual, she says that it's not random or accidental.
"My art is like music," Frey said. "I play the canvas as if it were an instrument."
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Jenkins describes Johnson as an artist with a boundless talent, who can create something from multiple mediums, from painting to weaving and everything in between.
Johnson has called Delaware home for a decade and it's here that she began to include fiber to her repertoire.
Known for her tapestries that are often constructed with her own handmade paper, porcelain, kiln-formed glass and cast resin, Johnson feels that each media has a unique voice, which speaks to different aesthetic goals.
Jenkins thought her work would add a wonderful contrast to the show.
"Fiber art is so under-appreciated," Jenkins said. "By including it in the show, I get to show a contrast of styles between artists that do different things."
The exhibit hours are as follows:
11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9
11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11
The opening reception is Thursday night (Nov. 8) from 5 to 8 p.m.)