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.
2018’s Painted Mushrooms
Fantasy in Fractals
By William Basciani
Sponsored by Artistic Edge
William Basciani is a Chester county artist, who started taking private lessons at the age nine. At the age of 12, William took an apprenticeship with local artist Bill Ewing and there he was taught the traditional ways of oil painting and frame making. After graduating high school he was accepted into the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Soon after, William opened up his own studio in Chadds Ford, Pa and has been displaying and selling his work in galleries. His work is highly collected by art lovers in the states and abroad.
Stained Glass Garden Enchantment
By Guenevere Finley
Sponsored by Calabrese Performing Arts
Guenevere is a mother, a wife, a teacher, a learner, a musician, an artist, and an eternal optimist. She believes in the power of the arts for life enrichment and feels called to bring music and art to the world around her. For more than a decade, Guenevere has used her talents to inspire children through teaching music and art enrichment programs in elementary, middle and pre schools and through after school programs in the community. Guenevere is a native of Kennett Square and a Kennett High School alum, Class of 2000. Since graduating, she married her perfect partner, had two amazing little boys, mentored young local talent, performed her original music with her sister, taught general music in two area private schools, and started a Kennett Square based performing arts company. Guenevere loves to spread joy and share her artistic abilities through performing children’s programs, painting faces and creating custom henna designs. Check out her current artistic endeavors.
The reason why I love to participate in the Mushroom Festival is because it unites families and friends. It brings joy and light to the Brandywine Valley. I have also participated in other events with various organizations and businesses to benefit the town. My artwork has been displayed in the community in various art galleries, festivals and religious events. I am grateful to The Kennett Glass for sponsoring me and inviting me to participate in this wonderful and unique festival.
Ode to Joy
By Eva Hozinez
Sponsored by the Kennett Symphony
Ode To Joy! Our mushroom represents one of the world’s greatest musical achievements: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It’s music that celebrates universal brotherhood and the common bonds that we all share. You’ll recognize the tune of Ode To Joy in lots of places in our world today – and not only at a symphony concert! For example, it’s a song that ushers in the new year in many countries, is the tune of Joyful Joyful sung by Lauryn Hill in Sister Act, and even is sung by Ringo Starr in a Beatles’ movie. If you want to sing it yourself, just check out our musical mushroom – our friend and artist, Eva Hozinez, has woven the Ode To Joy melody throughout her mushroom masterpiece.
Eva was born in Peru in 1991 but raised in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, where her grandmother became her inspiration at an early age. Eva’s work spans multiple painting mediums including oil, acrylic, and watercolor. She uses her culinary background as a source material for new paintings of fine cuisine since 2015. This year Eva was accepted in The Gallery at Devon during the Devon Horse Show. Recently she has been captivated by ceramics work and has been focusing on making functional ceramics.
Eva received an AFA at Montgomery County Community College and is currently pursuing a BFA at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Kennett Square native Hannah Kelleher graduated from Delaware College of Art and Design in 2011 with an Associates in Fine Arts for Studio Arts, then continued her bachelor’s degree at West Chester University. Her formal training specializes in graphite/charcoal drawing and oil painting, but she has discovered a strong love for watercolor. Working with the versatility of watercolor paints allows her to reach the whimsical feel that her work holds, very often working in themes that combine nature and fantasy. She currently has work hanging at Philter Coffee, located in Kennett Square Borough. Aside from freelance painting and design, Hannah is currently working as a product photographer for a local antique auction house.
Life in Dark Waters
By Guadalupe Martinez-Ray
Sponsored by The Mushroom Cap
I left Mexico 23 years ago and since then live in Oxford Pa, I love all about living in Chester County a beautiful place with friendly people that had welcomed immigrants like me by giving us the opportunity to be part of the great America, my first job in this country was in the mushroom industry working for Basciani foods. Right now I work as a customer service representative for International Paper .
I appreciated art since I was a little girl; loved drawing, paint and poetry.
I had participated in this event in the past, and a recent visit to Longwood Gardens inspired me to paint this Mushroom ( we are very lucky to live near such a beautiful place). The Water Lily’s garden is one of my favorite spots and gave me the ideas to use in my painting.
By Ryan McBride
Sponsored by Tree Tops Kitty Cafe
Hello! My name is Ryan McBride. I am currently a sophomore at Avon Grove Charter School. I’m taking many different art classes and am looking into making my passion for art my professional career.
My family has lived in the area for a long time! My dad is a Kennett graduate and my mom is a Unionville graduate. I currently live in Landenberg with my parents and two younger siblings as well as many assorted pets, including 4 cats! I love working at Treetops Kitty Cafe and I’m very excited that I am able to represent them by painting a mushroom! We’re grateful for the community support and please come visit if you haven’t already!
By Patty Moshanko
Sponsored by Kennett Design
Living in rural Chester County serves as a constant inspiration for visual and written expression. I trained as a Printmaker but most of my recent work has been in painting mixed media images.
I have taught Design, Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at the university level and I have also worked with high school students. Teaching is truly a passion and I am constantly in awe of the creative process.
The idea for my mushroom began with the small cluster of mushrooms on the base which reminded me of brain coral and the entire undersea image began to take form. The mushroom’s cap became a tide pool with hands holding an oyster, the Earth as the pearl. Embracing diversity in all life is the key to preserving the future of the earth and all who dwell here.
By Anne Pizzini
Sponsored by Kennett Symphony
I am currently an undergraduate student at Emory University entering into my junior year. I am pursing a dual degree in Integrated Visual Arts and Business Administration within the Goizueta Business School. Although I am far from home most of the year, I took with me the love to create art all the way to Georgia. I began painting around the age of twelve, and allowed my passion for art to grow from there. I tend to work mostly in oil paintings, but have been well acquainted with acrylic and charcoal work. Understanding the influence of art has become a relevant and crucial part to my development as an artist. Art’s ability to make beauty from nothing transformed how I perceived my work. I discovered that neither the finished product nor the process was the force behind my continued relationship with art throughout the years; it was the way my art moves the people who experience it. The greatest satisfaction an artist can attain is knowing the significant happiness their piece can bring others. Kennett Square has brought happiness into my life, and this painted mushroom is a way I can thank the community.
Even though I never lived in Kennett Square, the familiar ties here had made the area a second home. My earliest memories were roaming the mushroom farms that both of my grandfathers, my uncle, and my great uncles worked for their livelihoods. To me, Kennett Square became a place of tradition. It began through holidays and visits to my grandmother’s and uncle’s homes, and continued with my favorite old book store in the center of town. It is where I felt most connected to my family in my young age, and where I continue to find joy as I mature. I have found that my existence has been a part of the history of my family in this area. My father grew up in this town, and it held his memories of childhood as well as it did mine. It’s imprinted in the old tree where he crashed his car years ago, and the people who watched him grow into the man I call dad. And my existence here renews that tradition. Now I proudly continue the history of my family in this town, leaving behind the mark of a paintbrush.