Saturday, November 7, 2009

Glad Tidings

Primitiques, Ltd. Retail Holiday Open House
Friday, Nov. 13th (5:30pm-9pm), Saturday, Nov. 14th (11am-6pm) and Sunday, Nov. 15th (11am-4pm)

Primitiques' 5th Annual Holiday Open House
Primitiques is open to the public just this one time a year! We are hosting our annual Holiday Open House in collaboration with our neighbors at the Heron Gallery Studios (The Heron Studios Art Show). If you would like to come, please send us an email or call us so we can assess our catering needs. Event's Press Release: The Heron Studios' Annual Holiday Art Show and Primitiques Reproduction Furniture Open House will be held Friday, November 13th and Saturday 14th 2009. Featured at Heron Studios are fifteen Delaware County artists exhibiting one of a kind works in a multifaceted array of media. Ceramics, jewelry, oil paintings, pastels, photography, wrought iron work, watercolors, fine woodwork, and wearable art are all on display within the inviting atmosphere of a converted cotton mill. The name Heron was chosen after a great blue heron was seen gliding through the intimate Chester Creek watershed nearby. Just up the stairs from Heron Studios is Primitiques, the venture of Beth and Bill Merryfield, creators of reproduction Early American Colonial furniture & Upholstered Make-Do's. Every piece is hand crafted then finished with hand-mixed milk paint to bring an authenticity and individuality to each furnishing. Their current inventory includes bowls, wooden smalls, candle accessories, tables, butteries, large cupboards, plate displays, Make-Do Chairs, and various shelving and cubbies. They are constantly building their inventory and reviewing new ideas with their dedicated staff.

Principle artists of the Heron Studios include Mary Gordon from Ruteledge, Marion Kassab from Media, and Lorri Primavera from Wallingford, PA. Now, the old mill, now called The Rockdale Industrial Center, is a creative retreat for seven women artists.

Mary Gordon's oil paintings of small towns and disappearing farming communities evoke a timeless quality in a contemporary realist style. Marion Kassab, a full time Art teacher at Hill Top Preparatory School, paints abstracted landscapes with an invigorating palette. Lorri Primavera's original works of contemporary jewelry are made of sterling silver, precious and semi-precious stones with a juxtaposition of colors and forms that gives her work a quirky beauty and diversity.

The other resident artists will also be featured. Donna Cusano, of Middletown, produces energetic pastel paintings of semi-abstracted landscapes and still life objects such as hot peppers and pastries. The whimsical and brilliantly colored ceramic tiles and mosaics by Carol Rydel, from Boothwyn, instill a sense of fun and humor that every member of the family can enjoy. Rounding out the roster are invited artists Joyce Berger, oil paintings, Camille Leavitt, wrought iron work, Pam Pawl- weaving & wearable art, Annie Sucheki, ceramics and Rob Porter, photography.

History buffs will love viewing this fine art and craft work in the mill, which has changed very little since it was first used to make cotton cloth and yarn over 150 years ago. Today, the artists at Heron and Primitiques depend on each other for friendship and artistic opinions as did the mill owners from long ago depended on many people's cooperation to make the mill run smoothly. This charming venue is the perfect place to see contemporary artists working in a historic setting.

Primitiques Holiday Open House: 739 Mount Road (2nd Floor) Aston, PA 19014

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