The First Friday Opening Reception event from 5 to 8 p.m., May 5, at The Palette & The Page gallery, features the opportunity to meet two local artists - John Chickadel and Kimberly Hoechst - and to speak with author Michele Chynoweth. Joe Paulus and friends will be sharing their music during the opening.

John Chickadel, lapidary and metalsmith artist, along with Kimberly Hoechst, a local painter, will be present “Facets: Of Stone, Of Paper.” These two artists visiting The Palette & The Page for the month of May look forward to sharing paintings, cut stones and jewelry. Their work will be featured in the Special Exhibit Gallery through Friday, May 26. Guitarist Joe Paulus will be joined by a friend or two to perform live music, and author Michele Chynoweth will be on site signing her books.

A lifelong Delawarian, John has a degree in Geology, a penchant for rocks and minerals, and a creative side having also studied photography, graphic design, cartography and art history. In addition to cutting and polishing stones for his personal jewelry designs, John also provides unique stones to many jewelry designers in the area. John has won numerous stone cutting awards.

Kim Hoechst began her pursuit of formal training in fine art eleven years ago when she left behind an established ca-reer in marketing and branding. She has exhibited her oil paintings in many juried events in and around Philadelphia, showing her work at PAFA, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Newman Galleries, The Wayne Art Center, the Chester Coun-ty Art Association, Beauty Gallery, Heron Crest Studios’ Annual Show and Sale and The Delaware County Studio Tour.

Michele Chynoweth writes modern-day novels based on Old Testament stories filled with the same suspense, drama and romance found in the Bible yet written so that today’s readers can easily see themselves in the characters. The Event is free and the exhibit will continue through Friday, May 26th.

Established in November 2009, The Palette & The Page is a woman owned gallery that carries art by local artists, books by local authors, the music of local singer/songwriters, and gently used books. The gallery also offers work-shops in the arts. It is located in Elkton, a designated Arts and Entertainment District in the State of Maryland. For more information, go to www.thepaletteandthepage.com.

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