Exhibitions

The Creative Vision Factory Presents: Penny Chelucci

Penny Chelucci Art Loop Image (May)

Opening Reception: Friday, May 1st, 6-9pm

 “Art has played an important role in my life, particularly in times of sadness or stress. I started painting when I was in elementary school and seemed to turn to it to express my feelings throughout my life. Because I often felt better when I was outdoors, I painted a lot of pictures of outdoor places. Later in life my pictures were inspirations for gardens I planted. Art is linked to my mental health and helped me get through challenges to my serenity. When I can paint my feelings into a picture I feel better.”

The work of Penny Chelucci will be on view from May 1st through May 29th.

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ZAKKIYYAH MU’MIN’S CREATIVE FLOW

April 10- April 30
Opening Reception: Friday, April 10th, 6-9pm

The Creative Vision Factory
617 North Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 397-8472

“There is a child inside all of us that loves dolls”. Zakkiyyah embraces her inner child by doing something artistic everyday. “A day without art is a day without joy. Tap into your creative flow”.

Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 5:00
Closed Saturdays
Closed Sundays

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IMG_0407   ABSTRACT REALITIES

March 6- March 31
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th, 6-9pm
(Snow Date: Friday, March 13th, 6-9pm)

This exhibition depicts the work of Robert Charles Lewis, also know as “Glitter Man”. Charles creates symbolic imagery to evoke stories that are personal to him through the use of glitter art.

Robert C. Lewis is also a writer who shares his thoughts about the world and his experiences in a variety of styles including Haiku’s.

Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 5:00
Closed Saturdays
Closed Sundays

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REFLECTIVE IMAGINATION

February 6- March 2
Opening Reception: Friday, February 6th, 6-9pm

The Creative Vision Factory
617 North Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 397-8472

REFLECTIVE IMAGINATION depicts Carl Bailey and Kenneth Carley’s work in geometric forms. The two painters work side by side at the Creative Vision Factory and are often engaged in dialogue around notions of the collective consciousness and the modernist tradition of painting.

Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 5:00
Closed Saturdays
Closed Sundays

 

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THE WORLD OF NEAKA

December 5 – January 30
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5th, 6-9pm

The Creative Vision Factory
617 North Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 397-8472

THE WORLD OF NEAKA features the artwork of Neaka Natay. These bold and colorful mixed media abstractions are reflections of her healing journey.

Come see Neaka’s work along with many others from the Creative Vision Factory community, and remember, original artwork makes the best Holiday gifts!

Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 5:00
Closed Saturdays
Closed Sundays

 

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November 7 – December 1
Opening Reception: Friday, November 7th, 6-9pm

The Creative Vision Factory is pleased to present THE POETRY OF LOSS.

THE POETRY OF LOSS features works of poetry by members of the The Creative Vision Factory and The Delaware Grief Consortium.

An open poetry reading will begin in our center studio space at 7pm.

Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 5:00
Closed Saturdays
Closed Sundays

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William Slowik, Expeditions in Time

EXPEDITIONS IN TIME 

September 5 – October 1
Opening Reception: Friday, September 5th, 6-9pm

The Creative Vision Factory
617 North Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 397-8472

EXPEDITIONS IN TIME features recent works by artist William Slowik Jr. which exhibit a range of artworks that reflect whimsical worlds that blend fantasy and reality.

William Slowik Jr. has been with The Creative Vision Factory since 2012. William has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions with Fliesher/ Ollman Gallery, Chris White Gallery, New Wilmington Art Association and The Creative Vision Factory.

William has been active with the community as both a teacher and muralist. He is acting Director of Creative Vision Works, which pursues public artwork projects within the surrounding Wilmington community. Previous projects include the Kalmar Nyckel Heritage Mural and a mural at Superior Electric Company. An upcoming project includes working with the Sarah Pyle Academy.

Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 5:00
Closed Saturdays
Closed Sundays

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Allen Hosking is the featured artist for the month of September.

This is Allen’s first solo exhibition. The show includes a mix of landscapes, seascapes, and ship paintings that all interact with a fleet of model aircraft constructed by the artist. The exhibition will be on view until Friday, September 28th. The Creative Vision Factory gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10-5. All the works are on sale– as always 75% of the sales goes directly to the artist.

APRIL-MAY 2012

The Creative Vision Factory is pleased to present the artwork of Ken Segal and Geraldo “The King of Transit” Gonzalez. These works will be on view through May 25th.

Geraldo Gonzalez has been making drawings of public transit vehicles for the past 8 years. With nearly 1,000 completed works, this exhibition will give you a taste of Geraldo’s extraordinary vision and passion for the public transit system.

At the receptions on Friday, April 13th and Friday, May 4th, the works of Ken Segal will literally glow off the walls! For the past couple years Ken Segal has been experimenting in fluorescent paint and black light effects.

Make an effort to get to this show!!!!!!!!!!

The Glitter Man, Robert C. Lewis is The Creative Vision Factory’s featured artist for the month of March. In addition to his poetry, Robert has been making art out of glitter for the past 14 years. These works tend to focus on transcendent religious symbols and figures from the world’s major religions.

Robert’s work is always on view and available for purchase in The Creative Vision Factory’s Flat Files.

Barry Schlecker is one of the most supportive, funny, and insightful mentors that a young cultural worker can have. Over coffee and pancakes at Libby’s, the past 50 years of Wilmington’s history pours forth in a commentary that’s all at once skeptical, critical, and filled with promise. When Barry sees talent, he supports it, and more importantly, he talks about it. He’s a networking machine and thanks to him our arts and cultural community is all the more connected.

When I first accepted the contract to develop an art program for the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, I set up a meeting with Barry. That was the first time I saw his collection of outsider art. It made perfect sense that Barry would be attracted to these works. As a facilitator of talent, these objects embody the discipline, ingenuity, and passion that Barry has recognized in workers throughout his career.

C.M. Laster

“A word…” acrylic on wood- C.M. Laster

As I began to make selections for this show, I was struck by the recurrent themes of language, work ethic, material ingenuity, and patriotism. These artists seem to be acutely aware of an American creative legacy laid down by Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. There’s hope in these objects. There’s an understanding that our position will improve, and it will be due to our ability to adopt a more effective language as we freely imagine new solutions.

Bebo

“Paint can heads” mixed media- Bebo

The Creative Vision Factory seeks to be one the solutions coming out of Governor Markell’s historic Delaware Psychiatric Center settlement with the US Department of Justice. This settlement will move Delaware away from the unnecessary institutionalization of patients to a system of community-based solutions.

The Creative Vision Factory will foster the creative potential of individuals with behavioral health disorders in a studio art environment that cultivates integration with the local art community through a program of exhibitions, workshops, and communal workspace. At the Factory, individuals will be able to identify with something other than their mental health diagnosis. It will be a place where creative individuals can share their experience, strength, and hope. It will promote a community that is free of stigma, where the creative vision of all individuals is valued. We recognize that creative solutions often come from outsider perspectives. We seek to create a space where those perspectives are shared and the solutions are realized in a social atmosphere promoting recovery among peers.

Please join us for our inaugural exhibition and grand opening celebration on Friday, December 2nd from 6-9pm.  -Michael Kalmbach, Curator / DSAMH Art Director

The American Way features the work of Butch Anthony, Bebo, Benny Carter, Dr. Bob, Big Chief, Paul Darmafall “the Baltimore Glassman”, Pat Elder, C.M. Laster, Grace Kelly Laster, Eric Legge, Donald Mitchell, Gregory Warmack “Mr. Imagination”, Chuckie Williams, and Mary Zeman.

Barry Schlecker was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1961. He entered the Personnel Placement business in 1968, started a personnel and temp business in 1970 called The Barry Companies, and was in the personnel business for 40 years. Barry served on the board of the DCCA for 12 years. He started collecting primitive furniture in mid 80’s, and began to collect “outsider art ” in 2000. This collection now consists of over 600 pieces of art. He routinely travels to Central and South America collecting native art and crafts. Presently, Barry is the founder and producer of the Brandywine Festival of the Arts and 3 film festivals: the Newark Film Festival, WilmFilm Fest and Outflix

Mary Zeman

“15 Minutes” mixed media- Mary Zeman

Big Chief

“Talking Heads”, 2003, acrylic on wood-Big Chief

Benny Carter

“When #367” acrylic and marker on paper- Benny Carter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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8 Responses to Exhibitions

  1. thecvf says:

    Wonderful stuff! “Primitive,” “Visionary,” even “Child-like,” but created with the mind of adult artists. Some of the pieces are intriguing and “challenging.” I am very excited about opening up already! I think the CVF is going to be a great enterprised!

  2. delainey says:

    Wow! What an amazing collection of work, I can’t wait to see it in person.

  3. segalstudios says:

    As usual, the photos don’t do the works justice. In person you can see the brushstrokes, the subtleties of layered meanings, the details and image resolve into feelings of surprise, great pleasure, and admiration. Please tell people far and wide, come see this great show, on First Friday, December 2, 2011 from 6-9PM.

  4. Anne Oldach says:

    Congratulations!

  5. Francis Duszak says:

    Looks good

  6. The opening tonight was a great success!
    We had more than 100 guests, who enjoyed
    a catered repast, a wonderful exhibit of
    “outsider art” and lively conversation.

    We collected some contact info, sold a few t-shirts, took some donations, “signed on” several volunteers, possible future staff-members and guest speakers and enjoyed
    fantastic promotion and exposure. We even
    had a sale of original art!

    Just a great time and hopefully an indication
    of wonderful things to come.

  7. Work like this, from the deepest sides of oneself, is at once, jarring, mysterious, beautiful and always authentic!

  8. this is an amazing opportunity for voices that are usually shunned, to be heard.. namaste’

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