Cherrie’s Tanager,  Caroline Coolidge Brown

Cherrie’s Tanager, Caroline Coolidge Brown

Bald Eagle at Bombay Hook , Scott Alan McClurg

Bald Eagle at Bombay Hook, Scott Alan McClurg

BLUE-SKY THINKING
Caroline Coolidge Brown and Scott Alan McClurg

May 1 - 31, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop

Caroline Coolidge Brown

The dawn chorus begins and sunlight brightens my room. The blue sky calls my name.

“Birds display an incredible variety of color, shape, and size. They are a joy to study, in the park or in my studio. My birding friends have introduced me to the delight of birdwatching and I have started to study their different patterns in plumage, flight, and voice. Lately I’ve been lucky to play hide and seek with beautiful birds along the coast in Delaware and in the rainforests of Costa Rica.

“Through layers of collage and rhythmic organic shapes, I invite the vitality of the natural world to my canvas. I can feel the wind in grasses and the flapping of wings. Added collage allows me to exaggerate the birds’ colorful markings. I find special bits of paper and text to glue into an imagined story of each piece.”  

Caroline Coolidge Brown is happy to be a new studio artist at The Delaware Contemporary, working upstairs in studio 2Q. A painter,  printmaker, visual journal-er, and urban sketcher, she teaches at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington and at General Theological Seminary in New York. She has studied art at Duke University, Penland School of Crafts, and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.

Scott Alan McClurg

“I became interested in photography with the digital revolution around 2000. I have found photography to be a spontaneous medium that enables me to create rich, abstract images while revealing details that are difficult to see with the naked eye. Over the years, my subject matter has evolved. As I began photographing wildlife, I became interested in capturing the personalities of the animals, not merely their abstract beauty, with images that are engaging on many emotional levels.

“Though I did not study photography much in school, my grandfather was a photographer, as are my father and sister. So, it's a family tradition. I can't tell you how much I've learned from my father.”

Scott Alan McClurg received his BFA in printmaking and ceramics in 1995 from the University of Delaware. He maintains a studio and has exhibited at The Delaware Contemporary since the opening of the Wilmington Riverfront facility in 1999.

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