The holiday season will take center stage at Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley Saturday, Dec. 8.

The event-filled afternoon will begin with an art gallery opening, followed by student recitals, a festive community holiday jam and an evening coffeehouse concert featuring Liz Filios with Heath Allen.

“This is a time of year to brighten the spirits and create a festive mood by engagement with the arts,” Darlington Executive Director Eric Carter-Thompson said. “Our fourth annual holiday jam promises to be a big hit during an anniversary commemorating our 40th year of operation.”

Darlington invites the public to share in the music and merry-making with students and staff following a music recital.

The gallery opening for Philadelphia abstract artist T. J. Walsh will begin at 2:30 p.m. His colorful compositions will be on view during the month of December and early January at the center. Walsh is both a psychotherapist and painter with a private practice and studio in Philadelphia. His interest and modus operandi involve peering introspectively beneath the surface, probing what lies within, revealing masterworks of the human condition. Walsh’s equally inquisitive art mirrors his inner meanderings as he explores the unseen realm of the subconscious through immersive abstract paintings. As an artist, Walsh has garnered acclaim throughout the Philadelphia region, as well as across the country and other parts of the world. His work has been exhibited and published internationally.

The afternoon will shift into music with a student recital at 3 p.m., leading into the holiday jam featuring performances by several Darlington teaching artists and staff in collaboration with audience participation in a grand finale. The Darlington holiday jam also will include voluntary art projects suitable for display.

Later that evening, Filios will perform at Darlington’s coffeehouse concert at 7:30 p.m.

“Her vocals are a musical journey to savor,” Carter-Thompson said. “Liz is a performer not to be missed.”

Filios is an actor, musician, composer, sound designer and teaching artist. She has studied and performed around the globe in as diverse locations as Chennai, India, and Caracas, Venezuela, as well as throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe. Filios works in a variety of forms, including theater, opera, cabaret, jazz and folk music. Together, she and her pianist, Heath Allen, coalesce as a music duo of enchantment, rendering melodies that linger long into the night.

Darlington coffeehouse concerts are a relaxed venue to see performers in an intimate setting that includes table reservation options. Tickets and reservations are available at the center and online.

Darlington Arts Center is located at 977 Shavertown Road, Garnet Valley.

For more information, visit darlingtonarts.org or call 610-358-3632.

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