Nine very talented local artists create one-of-a-kind works of art from a 108-lb., almost 3-foot tall, concrete mushroom. The results are stunning. Check them out for yourself at the Painted Mushroom Silent Auction booth during the Festival.
Want to take one home? The Painted Mushroom Silent Auction runs during the Mushroom Festival from Saturday, September 7 at 10 am until Sunday, September 8 at 4:00 pm. Bids are accepted at the Painted Mushroom Silent Auction Booth, located near State and Broad Streets.
2019’s Painted Mushrooms
The “Village of Kennett”
By Lars Farmer
Lars Farmer is an Industrial Engineer who recently discovered his artistic talent in painting while painting rocks as part of the Kennett Rock Hunt (a local group that paints and hides kindness rocks). Lars credits his artistic talent to genes inherited from his father, Mark Farmer, an advertising and plen air artist, and grandparents who led Stanford Universities art department through the Great Depression.
Lars is a Six Sigma black belt (process expert) and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Lars is also a Navy veteran, having served as an aircraft mechanic aboard carriers involved in Desert Storm, Bosnia and Kosovo. Lars has worked as an area manager for Amazon.com as well as an Industrial Engineer for Cessna, Sikorsky, Boeing and now at Pactiv, a major manufacturer of food packaging products, where he travels to 40 locations around the United States.
Although Lars is a war-weary veteran, he became a Quaker at a young age at Kennett Friends Meeting. He is currently serves on the Meeting’s Old Kennett Committee where he is the Cemetery contact and leads tours. He also serves a vice-chairman of the Kennett Township Historical Commission. Lars married his childhood friend Linda Melchoir in 2015 and has two daughters, two stepdaughters and a granddaughter.
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By Stephanie Przbylek
Stephanie Przybylek is an artist, writer and educator who holds a BA in Art from Gettysburg College and an MA in Art History from the University of Delaware. Fascinated by creatures and nature, she grew up in a family of artists. As a kid, she thought everyone used Prismacolors and modeling clay and had home art studios! After twenty years in the museum field as a curator, exhibit designer and administrator, she was compelled to return to fine art and creative pursuits.
Stephanie works in many mediums, including acrylic, watercolors, colored pencils and ink. She’s also known to scavenge driftwood from the Delaware River and use it in art, along with seashells, beach glass and other found objects. She loves traveling, using the experiences to gather new ideas and materials for her art.
This mushroom’s theme is “Nature’s Bounty.” Mushrooms come from the earth and from dark environments rich in moisture and nutrients. Such places also support many kinds of life, represented by a variety of creatures. The style is colorful and playful while also representing the natural world.
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“Feathered and Furry Friends of Kennett”
By Ronda Kwietniak
Ronda was born in Westchester County, New York and raised in a home filled with music, art and nature. Experiencing life and reflection through art helped her appreciate the beauty of her surroundings. She attended the York College of Pennsylvania where she earned a bachelor of science degree in education. Ronda has been a resident of Chester County for 23 years and is very pleased to be painting a mushroom for the Kennett Mushroom Festival!
As a mother and educator, she believes in teaching kids to express themselves through the arts. Her own children have shared their talents through school, performing at the Kennett Flash and being involved in productions at Longwood Gardens and Carousel Performing Arts Center. Locally, she is a big supporter of the The Kennett Rock Hunt which is a movement that spreads joy by painting rocks leaving inspirational messages of hope and kindness throughout the community. It’s a great activity for all ages and gives everyone an extra reason to be outside and on the move.
The mushroom she created is her adaptation of a tree filled with native birds and animals that she routinely encounters. She was inspired by Kennett Square becoming an “Audubon Bird Town”. This commitment to conservation should be embraced and celebrated by all!
Sponsored by- The Mushroom Cap 114 W State St, Kennett Square, PA 19348 www.themushroomcap.com
“Freshest Mushrooms in the Square”
“The Light of the Valley”
By Liliana Hernandez
By Carol Ohm
“I am a Penn State Alumni with a civil engineering degree and am a licensed Professional Engineer. I am frequently amazed at the opportunities and friendships afforded me as a result of my Alma Mater! Anyone that knows me knows of my love for Penn State! And therefore I was honored to be asked to create a Penn State themed mushroom. My sister, Lisa Arnold (also a Penn State Alumni) and my niece, Aly Arnold, helped me create our entry. We hope you enjoy it as much as we had fun creating it! WE ARE….PENN STATE!”
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by Max Savaiko
Max Savaiko was born and raised near Red Bank, New Jersey, a quiet town settled just between the Beaches of Sea Bright, and the Horse country of Colts Neck. From a very young age Max attended various art classes to further his natural talent. During this time, he was mentored in drawing, the arts, and composition by his sister, Lauren Savaiko, also a professionally accomplished artist. Max continued his lifelong passion of Art and studied under Neil Carlin at the Brandywine Atelier and Studio Rilievo. This further strengthened his knowledge of this complex craft, and classical realism. Max creates in oil paint in the tradition of the Old Dutch Masters using a variety of techniques that include strong use of light and shade, bold color, contrasts, and abstract shapes. His intent is to capture the viewer and elicit a visceral response, which brings them into the scene, and makes it feel as if they can touch the objects d’art. Max can be found painting in Kennett Square Pennsylvania, where he lives with his beautiful wife and twin daughters. Max’s work can been seen online at MaxSavaiko.com
Or in person at these Fine Art Galleries:
The Hardcastle Gallery in Centerville, Delaware.
Pop-Up Art Gallery in Greenville, Delaware
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