Eight very talented local artists are in the process of creating one-of-a-kind works of art from a 108-lb., 30-inch tall, concrete mushroom. The results are stunning. They will be on display at the Painted Mushroom Booth at Broad and State Streets during the Festival.

Want to take one home?  The Painted Mushroom Silent Auction runs during the Mushroom Festival from Saturday, Sept.10 at 10 am until Sunday, September 11 at 4:00 pm. Bids are accepted at the Painted Mushroom Silent Auction Booth, located near State and Broad Streets.

Proxy bids will be accepted through Thursday, September 10. Please call the Festival Office at 610-925-3373 or email themushroomfestival@gmail.com for details.

Grown In Darkness, They Shine Nonetheless
Kathryn Brede
Lincoln University, Pa.
Kathryn received her BA in art education from Purdue University and taught elementary art both in Indiana and New Jersey. “When I stopped teaching to have children, I began painting murals and furniture,” she says.

Kathryn paints now simply for the joy of it. She is constantly inspired by the naturally occurring patterns found in nature- in trees, leaves, grasses, dark and light. “Painting allows me to combine my two favorite things: art and nature,” she says.

Queen of the Lost & Found
Britney Bautista Peña
Kennett Square, Pa.
“I like to make things blend in together but at the same time I like then pop out in their own way,” says Britney on her style of painting. “I gave the concrete mushroom two different sides but the top ties it all together. I named the mushroom “Queen of the Lost &Found” because is like when you get lost but then get back home with something better than what you already had.”

The stone mushroom represents all the new things that we can try and the adventurers we can unlock. Even if those things are old things that have been there all along.

“I think that what inspired me was “Alice in Wonderland” and my family,” she says. “I believe this because how Alice forgot about the magical world she used to visit, we forget about the magical things that surround us. I think that “Queen of the Lost & Found” reminds us of how beautiful the world around can be.”

Britney is a sophomore at Kennett High School.

Tattooed Mushroom
Jeanna Bissinger
Oxford, Pa.
Jeanna Bissinger is a free lance artist and tattoo apprentice. She studied illustration and design at Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She currently works in a creative environment as an apprentice at American Art Tattoo, located in Newark Delaware. She enjoys taking on unique tattoo ideas and projects. Her preferred style of tattooing is neo-traditional and modern day tattoos, however, Jeanna doesn’t limit herself, and is open to exploring all styles of tattooing. Jeanna has been showcased in quite a few galleries for her photography and paintings, and has designed custom logos featured in numerous magazines. Looking forward she’s very excited about what the future holds for her as an artist. Please contact Jeannabissinger@gmail.com if interested in artwork or a new tattoo.

Fresh Mushrooms
Liliana Hernandez
Wilmington, Del.

 Liliana Hernandez loves to draw and paint. She has a degree in Information Technology and also took some art and design classes. Participating in the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square PA is an opportunity for her to express herself.

The title of her artwork “Fresh Mushrooms” is because she wanted to paint something that is valuable for this town. “I was inspired by the motifs on beautiful blue Talavera pottery from Puebla Mexico and the colorful terracotta color of Mexican ceramic art,” she says. “At the top of the mushroom I painted fresh mushrooms and in the front part a sunset with some mushrooms. On the other side, I painted the hands of a mushroom harvester showing that in Kennett Square you will always find fresh mushrooms harvested and packed by the most valuable workers in the Mushroom Capital of the World.

Hongos Frescos

Soy Liliana Hernández y me encanta dibujar y pintar. Estudie informática y tome algunas clases de arte y diseño. Participar en el Festival del Hongo en Kennett Square PA es una oportunidad para expresarme. El título de mi pintura es “Hongos Frescos” pues quise pintar algo muy valioso para este pueblo. Me inspiré en la hermosa talavera azul de Puebla México y en el color terracota de las artesanías de ceramica Mexicanas.  En la parte superior del hongo pinte champiñones frescos y un paisaje de sol con algunos hongos en la parte de enfrente. En el otro lado pinte las manos de un piscador de hongos.

Enchanted Forest
Arieta Kadrioski
Kennett Square, Pa.

Arieta Kadrioski is 25 years old and originally from Newark, Del. “I fell in love with Kennett Square after working the Farmers Market over 6 years ago,” she says. She now calls Kennett Square home. One of her passions is foraging for wild mushrooms all over Chester County, PA with her boyfriend.

“This town has shown me how important it is to support locals and pursue your dreams,” she says. “Everyone’s hard work, compassion, and dedication pushed me to do the same.”

Arieta has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Art is her escape from all the stressors that life can bring. Hence, she created an “Enchanted Forest” from her concrete mushroom. “It symbolizes my love for mushrooms and nature and the escape that art brings me.”

Elephant Mushroom
Gina Diaz Perez
Lancaster, Pa.

“As life gets more complicated and as I grow as an artist my art has shifted,” says Gina. “My art is currently focused on things that make me happy in life. Subject matters that are important to me, which is what makes us (humans), I think. Also I am inspired by other subject matter that is simply nice to look at.”


Beauty in Kennett Square
Viviana Diaz Perez
Kennett Square, Pa.

Viviana has lived in Kennett Square since she was 3 years old. Every year she would enjoy the Mushroom Festival held in town and volunteered for the event in high school She is currently a Art Education student at BYU-Idaho.