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Every year during the month of March I celebrate my birthday with some whimsical make believe adventure. Last year I “cruised” around the world sailing to various countries on multiple continents (a virtual bucket list of vacations) and posted gorgeous pics that I borrowed from the internet. The year before was filled with very colorful hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes and colors, photographed during spectacular sunsets, beautiful sun rises, rainbow colored skies, and over breathtaking landscapes.
I like to refer to this year’s fun as the celebrity edition (My brother said I had too much time on my hands, :-p) So for every day in March this year, I chose a celebrity whose birthday was that day and inserted myself into photos with them. Each with a caption that identified them via song lyrics, movie titles, or quotes and together we sent out birthday wishes to all of my friends.
This little exercise was particularly therapeutic for me as I had been experiencing a mental block with creating my own original art and this proved to be cathartic while providing me a creative outlet needed to maintain a daily routine – and my sanity. For everyone that played along thank you. I hope to be back to creating new original works real soon.
William “Chilly” Bramlet
Enjoy a laugh, a story, a glass of wine and light refreshments while taking in the spectacular artwork of William “Chilly” Bramlet.
With no formal training, Chilly began painting and experimenting with different media and techniques just 5 years ago and has accomplished a stunning collection of paintings and objects d’art that will simply awe you.
Please join us in giving Chilly a warm welcome during his premier exhibit at Handy Concepts Art Gallery on October 7, 2012, from Noon til 4:00 pm. We are located at 150 Country Club Road, Red Lion, PA on the lower level of Kerry’s Green. This event is open to the public and we hope to see you all there.
“Tree Aerobics” by Chilly Bramlet – 12×16″ mixed media on canvas
“Once upon a time in a land far, far away…” This is what comes to mind when I look at William (aka Chilly) Bramlet’s work. He returns me to a childhood full of wonder and imagination. His woody landscapes are full of color and sparkle and mystery. I can totally see myself, skipping through his incandescent forests looking for mythical creatures to have adventures with.
Although Chilly’s paintings are by no means all child’s play, they do appeal to all ages. My 5-year old granddaughter delighted in his rendition of “Scream” (my title) “What the…?” (his title) while her father was captivated with the light literally flowing through the paintings. You see, many of Chilly’s paintings glow in the dark or shine brightly under black light. It’s very much like getting two paintings in one.
As an added bonus Chilly is not all whimsy and surrealism. There is also a very realistic side to Chilly, evidenced in his portraits with eyes that shine and hair you can touch, all created with stunning detail. Realistic or fanciful, all of his works are pieces that require more than just a passing glance. Spend a few minutes in front of one and you’ll find yourself pulled in and swallowed up by the sheer fun of it all.
Please come out on October 7, 2012 and let us introduce you to William “Chilly” Bramlet. Enjoy a glass of wine and some light fare while losing yourself in these wonderful paintings. If you come early, for a nominal fee you can enjoy a full brunch buffet put on by Kerry’s Green before you head downstairs for an exhibit of a lifetime. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Date: Sunday October 7, 2012
Time(s): Sunday Brunch, 10 am 2 pm – exhibit only, Noon – 4 pm (Gallery open during brunch)
Place: Handy Concepts Art Gallery at Kerry’s Green, 150 Country Club Road, Red Lion, PA 17356
Handy Concepts Art Gallery is now located in the lower level of Kerry’s Green at 150 Country Club Road, Red Lion, PA 17356. Please make note of the change of venue and stop by and see us.
The Gallery is OPEN Monday through Friday from 9 am til 5 pm. and open for each event held including open mic, comedy shows, battle of the bands and other engagements that are open to the public. Not to be outdone, private parties can also visit the Gallery during your event or better yet, have your event IN the Gallery! Wedding showers, baby showers, birthday parties, graduation dinner, or any other reason you can think of to have a party, if yours is a small crowd of 60 or less, the gallery is THE place to be. When you make your reservations, tell them you want to party in the Gallery!
We would love your feedback on the new location. It has a whole different feel to it – I think I’ll call it quiet elegance. Let us know your thoughts. We look forward to seeing you there.
PHOTOGRAPHERS – bring in your best photograph, framed and ready to hang, from March 14 – March 31, 2011 with a $10.00 entry fee for each photo. All contact information should be affixed to the back of the frame. Voting will take place between April 1, 2011 and April 29, 2011 by visitors to the gallery. The photograph with the most votes will earn a $100.00 cash prize for the photographer.
VOTERS – come into the gallery April 1-29 and cast your vote for your favorite photograph. Voters who voted for the winning photograph will be entered into a drawing to win that photo. Remaining photographs may then be available for sale. Voting is free and open to all. You may vote for more than one photo and come in to vote often. However, multiple votes for the same photo on the same day is not allowed.
Winning photograph will be announced on April 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Voters’ drawing will be held immediately afterwards. Light refreshments will be served.
It’s time again!
- Date Night at the Gallery
Shake off winter and welcome spring by joining us for SPRING FLING – another Date Night at the Gallery. Enjoy wine, light fare, and dancing to the music of local jazz band “Midnight Samba.” Great original artwork is the backdrop for an evening of fun. Meet caricature artist Robert Clark and take home a portrait of you.
Come alone to socialize or bring a friend/date/spouse or significant other, but be sure to come out and see the art, meet the artists, and enjoy a night of dancing and good company.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Call 717-417-6341 to purchase tickets or visit www.handyconcepts.com. $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple.