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Spring 2023 Artessa Alliance News

Artessa Alliance members wish you a bright & creative spring!
We’d like to share some ongoing and upcoming news including exhibits, residencies, and events.

Artessa Alliance spring newsletter

Maker-in-Residence Studio Hour at the Makerspace
in collaboration with the Chester County Library

Member and Maker-in-Residence, Megan Raab Greenholt, invites you to learn about natural dyes and observe her current work in progress using naturally dyed materials. Weekly during her residency, Megan will host hands-on maker experiences creating a textile collage during studio hours. She will also present Saturday indigo workshops that celebrate Chester County Librairies’ Juneteenth theme “Journeying Towards Freedom” by learning about the history of indigo in our country and its use in the creative practices of contemporary African American artists. Workshop participants will create a unique indigo-dyed fabric piece and contribute to a textile banner to be displayed in the library branches.

For more information on dates and registration, see CCL Calendar.
Sessions run now – June 28, 2023

At the Chester County Library
450 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA 19341


Henrietta Hankin Library
215 Windgate Dr
Chester Springs, PA 19425.


Crafting Nature at Inliquid Gallery
On view April 20 – June 3, 2023

The artists in Crafting Nature all depict the various ways humans interact with the natural world, whether collaborating, admiring, pondering, or designing, shaping, and constraining nature. The artists ask us, what is our impact on the earth? Or perhaps more significantly, how does the earth shape and change our own permeable selves?
Member Karen Hunter McLaughlin will have four new mixed media works exhibited in Crafting Nature.

InLiquid Gallery
1400 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Opening Reception Thurs, May 11


Assembled Trace, DaVinci Art Alliance
On view until April 23, 2023

An Assembled Trace brings together 5 artists who incorporate found and repurposed materials in their work to challenge the landscape of waste and precarity we face in Philadelphia and around the world. Each piece highlights the importance of noticing what exists around us and how material and ideas can be gathered, accumulated, and transformed.

Member Nancy Agati is exhibiting several pieces in Assembled Trace at the DaVinci Art Alliance until 4/23/23.

Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Nectar ll” – wasps nest paper on black paper with india ink drawing – stitched.


Mapping Our Watershed
May 6 – August 31, 2023

Mapping Our Watershed, led by Member Rebecca Schultz, is a participatory art and community science project that aims to connect residents with the complex ecology of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania.

For this project, Rebecca is collaborating with the Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) and Cheltenham Center for the Arts, to co-producing six free, family-friendly workshops, which will take place from May 6-August 31, 2023

Workshops start May 6th!

For full details and to register for the workshops visit Rebecca’s website


Shifting Ecologies: Contemporary Artists & the Environment
On view May 6 – June 21, 2023

Did you know that St. Joseph’s University is opening a new museum at the old Barnes building? The Maguire Museum is set to open on May 6.

Member Julia Way will be a part of the inaugural contemporary art exhibition entitled Shifting Ecologies: Contemporary Artists and the Environment. Her installation will be displayed both inside the gallery space and outside in the Barnes Arboretum.
Shifting Ecologies brings together fifteen artists whose work engages with the natural environment and how humans interact with it.

Check it out sometime between May 6 and June 21, 2023.


MKC Photography at Clover Market(s)
Lucky Finds for the Home

Member Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes will be popping up at the May 21st (Bryn Mawr) and June 4th (Kennett Square) Clover Markets this spring season 🍀 In addition to your favorite art blocks, she’s bringing a charming selection of brand-new collectible little houses and indoor plant markers that are only available at her retail pop-up events – you definitely won’t want to miss this!