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Abington Art Center is a community center focused on music, drawing, painting, oil, ceramics, metals, sewing, embroidery, pottery, and jewelry classes. It is an outdoor free concert venue, with theater, dance, jazz, and live music on stage. You can buy gifts, crafts, bracelets, necklaces, and rings at the unique holiday fair.

Memory Mountain II (detail), Grue Shackelford

COFFEE BREAK: Artist Talks | Grue Shackelford & Chau Nguyen

Saturday, May 11 2024 | 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.

FREE | In-Person Event

Our Coffee Breaks are sponsored in part by the Jenkintown Lyceum.
Bagels are generously provided by Fill-A-Bagel in Jenkintown.

Abington Art Center is proud to host this artist talk, featuring two of our 2024 Spring Solo Series artists, Grue Shackelford and Chau Nguyen.

Our Coffee Break series is a casual conversation with the artists featured in our exhibition programming. Learn more about the exhibiting artists’ process and technique through a talk and a Q&A. Coffee and bagels are provided for free.

This event will also be live-streamed in real time on our Instagram page for those who are unable to attend in person. The livestream will begin at 10AM EST on May 11.

Grue Shackelford

Grue Shackelford is a contemporary fiber artist based in Philadelphia, whose work explores the relationships between memory, intergenerational trauma, and the Appalachian identity.

A West Virginia native, Shackelford is familiar with Appalachian Fatalism, a “pervasive, inborn spirit that is found in everyone and thing that dwells in those hills”. This mentality juxtaposed with the never-ending cycle of trauma that befalls the Appalachian people is something that intrigues them. Through tufts and tangles of multicolored yarn and felt, each of Shackelford’s intricate wall hangings tells a story.

Chau Nguyen

Chau Nguyen is a first-generation Vietnamese interdisciplinary artist, whose work draws from concepts of translation, memory, symbols, affect theory, materiality, and research on Vietnamese histories. They work to convey this notable friction at the intersection of cultural identity, colonial fragments, and transnationalism through their art and their study.

Chau’s artistic practice allows for and relies on experimentation and material transformation as a way to combine their research into postcolonial transnationalism and their personal perspective as a Vietnamese immigrant. With an emphasis on material and its history, their work offers an open-ended and complex look into these concepts.

For more information on a particular artist or piece please call 215.887.4882

This event is produced as part of our 2024 Spring Solo Series, on view from April 27 – May 31.

Our Coffee Breaks are sponsored in part by the Jenkintown Lyceum.
Bagels are generously provided by Fill-A-Bagel in Jenkintown.