Synco-Poetic Jazzetry…The Swerve

October 4, 7 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave. First Saturday of every month!

Jazz that speaks to poetry and back…

performer080214_1000x644We’ve changed our name, we’ve changed our feel. We’re now a combo of live jazz and poetry (open mic). That’s right, open mic, for all you emerging and published poets. And some jazz backbeat to inspire…percussion, drums, and bass thanks to Tank Keitt and Charles Witherspoon.

Did we say the poetry is over the top? Well, it is. Did we say that some folks wrote their inspiration sitting at the table last month listening to others? Well, they did. Did we say we’re on to something really special? Well, we are.

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Susan DiPronioGuest poet this month is Susan DiPronio. Susan lives in Philadelphia and founded Pink Hanger Presents — a project dedicated to giving voice to the unique life experiences of women, transgender and genderqueer individuals. Susan’s poetry recently appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Corset Magazine, The Avocet, Defenestration and Spillway Literary Journal. Her memoir “Laurel” was included in the memoir chapbook from First Person Arts and her personal essay: “Damaged: A journey of healing from sexual assault” is included in the book “The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse.” Susan was a 2013 recipient of The Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. www.pinkhangerpresents.com and  www.susandipronio.com

MAAG Is A Destination Point for POST!

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Sat., October 11, Noon – 6 pm & Sunday, October 12, Noon – 5 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave.

Ever wonder what we do at the Mt. Airy Art Garage? With art lovers hitting the streets of Philadelphia for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of visual artists at work in their environments, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) @ MAAG is bound to be a feast for the senses. Among the various locations hosting the tour, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will be a special destination point (also the primary Northwest distribution site) on October 11 and 12, Saturday, noon till 6 pm, and Sunday, noon till 5 pm.

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Handmade leathercraft by Arleen Olshan

In its completely refurbished 5,200 square foot garage, located at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue, MAAG will open our resident artists’ studio doors (you’ll see work like Vita Tew’s “Remembrance,” left), as well as provide you with the most up-to-date festival information about participating artists and venue locations in the Northwest. The rest of our space will also feature MAAG member artists. Here, you’ll find a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, glass, jewelry, photography, woodwork, leather goods, handcrafts, and more.

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Artists participating in POST@MAAG include: Shernise Allen, Sarah Bond, Bill Brookover, Elizabeth Castiglione, Sharon Kenny, Jim Hay, Maisha Jackson, Marla Kachin, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Laurel Schwass-Drew, Michelle Sherman, Sara Steele, Vita Tew, and Susan Windle.

So, be sure to stop by and see why MAAG is both proud and excited to be included among one of the premier open studio tour events in the country. More importantly, come out and engage with Philadelphia’s art community, be inspired, and support your local artists – after all, it’s free and there’s bound to be something for everyone!

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Pink Window by Bill Bookover

For more information, call 215.242.5074.

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(c) Sara Steele

 

We’re Pulling Out All The Stops For Our 5th Anniversary Celebration!

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Saturday, September 20, 6 pm

Who would have ever believed it? A vision to create an Arts Hub where artists in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill could come out of isolation, meet each other, create opportunities, be inclusive, build community. A place where truthful content and genuine stories would unfold to build vision. An Arts Hub where people would feel acknowledged and received. Well, it’s happening at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG), and this is only the beginning…

We’re celebrating a huge 5-year milestone on Sat., Sept. 20, 6 pm at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave.! We believe, if you love the arts, you’ll have the time of your life. We invite you to join us for a glorious celebration while supporting MAAGs programming and growth.

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Ready to kick it up with John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel, and Arlyn Wolters? Oh yeah!

DANCE your heart out with musicians from the Dukes of Destiny… as in John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel and Arlyn Wolters!

EAT/DRINK to your heart’s delight with catered food from local businesses and wineries.

INDULGE your love for fine art and handcraft by bidding on work donated by MAAG artists to our Silent Auction. Preview all artwork while you “Sip and Stroll” at the Street Fare, Thursday, September 18th from 6-10 pm. Be sure to stop by MAAG for a special, free sneak peek. To see the growing list of work donated by MAAG artists, view the Artists Page HERE.

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Ceramic created and donated by Lou Ann Merkle

ENVISION gifts certificates all related to dining and the arts! Think dinner and museum memberships, theatre tickets, music performances, classes, and more. For a full and growing list of participating donors, see below.

In short, FEED YOUR CREATIVE SOUL! This amazing evening costs a mere $30 in advance/ $35 at the door.

For more information call 215.242.5074. Join us for this special celebration.

Heard enough? Buy your tickets now and save! 

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Want to know more? We said it was going to be a night focusing on the arts. So feast your eyes below on the initial list of donors!

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Photography created and donated by Ellie Seif

List of Donors (and more is coming in daily!)

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

Arts 

1812 Productions — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Act II Playhouse — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Ambler Theater — 4 passes to the Ambler Theater — Value = $40

Anna Crusis Choir —  2 Season Passes — Value = $100

Annenberg Center for the Arts — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice —  Value = $100

Arden Theater — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $100

Ballet X — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $70

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $170

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Silk and batik created and donated by Kathy Robinson

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $145

Crossing Choir — 2 Tickets to each of 3 performances — Value = $200

Custom Picture Framers of Glenside — Gift Certificate for Framing — Value = $50

Dovetail Artisans — Gift Certificate — Value = $20

Eastern State Penitentiary — 6 Tour Tickets — Value = $84

Fabric Workshop — Family Membership + “An Industrious Art”—fabric and print book  — Value = $85

First Person Arts  — 2, 6-pack entry cards —  Value = $120

FringeArts  — 2 memberships  — Value = $100

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Abstract art created and donated by Lee Muslin

Gravers Lane Gallery  — Original Handblown Glass  — Value = $170

Grounds for Sculpture  — 4 guest passes  — Value = $48

Handcraft Workshop  — Beginner’s Sewing Class  — Value = $50

Institute of Contemporary Art — Family Membership — Value = $100

Interact Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice  — Value = $7

Keswick Theatre — 2 Tickets to Jad Abumrad, Host of RadioLab — Value = $75

Lantern Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $83

Mann Center for the Performing Arts — 2 VIP tickets to orchestral performance + parking pass + access to VIP Donor Terrace and Garden — Value = $165

Morris Arboretum  — 4 Passes  — Value = $68

National Museum of  Jewish History — Dual Membership  — Value = $72

Opera Philadelphia  —  2 Tickets to the East Coast Premier of “Oscar”…The Life of Oscar Wilde  —  Value= $300

Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts  — Family Membership  —  Value = $80

Philadelphia Folksong Society  — 2 Philadelphia Folk Festival Passes  —  Value =$312

Philadelphia Museum of Art  — 4 General Admissions —Value = $80

Philadelphia Orchestra — 2 Orchestra Level Seats — Value = $170

Philadelphia Theatre Co. —  2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $118

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Penscape created and donated by Andrew Walker

Piffaro Renaissance Band — 2 Season Subscriptions + CD + Book — Value = $180

Please Touch Museum — 4 Passes — Value = $68

Profiles Studio — 2 Professional Photos of Your Artwork — Value = $100

Quintessence Theatre Group —  2 Opening Night Season Tickets + Meet The Cast After-Parties — Value = $380

Stagecrafters Theater — 2 Season Passes — Value = $130

Woodmere — 2 Family Memberships  — Value = $70 per family membership

 

Buy your tickets now and save! 

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Catering

(More Still Coming!)

Far Hills Winery

Herschels East Side Deli

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Little Jimmies

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Photography created and donated by Charles Edwards

New Kings Deli

Night Kitchen

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Totos

Trader Joe’s

Weavers Way

 

Dining Certificates

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

(More Still Coming!)

Bacio Italian Restaurante — $50

Brunos — $60

Dimeo’s — $25

Earth, Bread, and Brewery — $75

Iron Hill Brewery — $25

McMennamins — $50

Mi Puebla Restaurant — $25

Stephen Starr Restaurants — Il Pittore — $200

Tavern on The Hill — $25

Trevi — $20

Trolley Car Diner — $100

Yu Hsiang Garden — $25

 

You won’t want to miss this celebration! Buy your tickets now and save! 

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Original Fine Art & Handcraft Shines For MAAGs 5th Anniversary Bash!

Save the Celebration date! Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave.

The visual & performing arts (plus dining) gift certificates keep pouring in. Sister arts organizations are in the mix, museums, you name it. You can find them right HERE. John Colgan-Davis from the Dukes of Destiny has a big smile on his face saying they are READY to get it on and celebrate with us. The food and wine commitments keep growing. So, what could possibly make this even better? How about fine art and handcraft donated by member artists for the Silent Auction segment of our big bash!

We continue to receive work by an impressive list of both established and emerging artists. Feast your eyes on the work coming in for the Silent Auction part of the evening.

And it’s all to support the growth and programming of the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Come celebrate with us…five years is a really big deal!

 

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Sweet Jazz And Open Mic Are Just Days Away

Open Mic, Sat., September 6 @ 7 pm $5 at the door

Jazz and Poetry—we liked it so much we’re doing it again.

When we first started our monthly poetry events, we envisioned a slam. We met some really cool poets, some emerging and others established. We had judges, some listened to the words, and others not.

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Last month, in the slow month of August and vacations, we tried something new. Open Mic, just Open Mic…with a spoonful of jazz. Specifically Tank Keitt on drums and Charles Witherspoon on bass. And the poets came. And the soft beats of the music, followed suit. We had a really good time—intimate, safe space, to try on different kinds of words while the beats inspired. We liked it so much, we’re doing it again. Read just one of the poems that birthed from our August Open Mic.

So this Saturday, at 7 pm stop on by. For a mere $5, you’re in the mix whether you’re a poet or a lover of poetry.

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Tank, ending the evening, with a little bit of Langston Hughes.

Tank, ending the evening, with a little bit of Langston Hughes.

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Susan Windle

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We’ll start off the evening with Susan Windle, our guest poet, who uses her craft to explore and share the wonders of everyday life, to strengthen community, and to challenge the forces of injustice within and without. Susan collaborates with musicians, visual artists, spiritual leaders and activists. She writes poems for community choirs, for non-profit and progressive organizations, as well as for personal celebrations. Her most recent book, Through the Gates, is a memoir in letters and poems. Other books include Love Letters, Between the Doors, and Already Near You: Poetry in Concert, a compilation of poems performed with co-creator Ellen Ford Mason. With her performing ensemble Voices of a Different Dream, Susan has produced two recordings blending poetry and a capella song– Refuge for a Soul and You Know My Name. Find out more at www.susanwindle.com

And Now A Word From A Poet…

Next Open Mic on Sat., Sept. 6, 7 pm $5 at the door

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(a poet’s review)

And even tho’

I’ve made a practice of

hiding in plain sight

safe in the knowing

that no one really knew

what they were looking at

when they saw me,

I heard there would be jazz

 

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soulful songs from

singing hearts

accompanied by bass notes

and rhythmic drums.

 

And there were.

 

Every wild woman in town

who heard the call

who had something worth saying

something

they were compelled to say

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that emerged from the cracks

made by the wear and tear of

living and

 

dying

of keeping a candle lit

in the darkest days,

in the violence of storms,

in the irretrievable nothing

left by loss,
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It was lightning.

It was a blazing

spectacle

of soul.

 

So come

and slam

your poetic self

down on the table

naked and writhing

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lightness

and darkness.

Show yourself,

bear witness here.

History is being made.

You won’t see it on the news

but it’s quake

can change your destiny.

 

This poem written and contributed by Alison Nappi, founder of Write With Spirit.

 

Want to read at our next open mic/slam? Contact poetryslam.maag@gmail.com

 

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Call For Member Artists: 5th Anniversary Celebration!

Celebration Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Submissions due Sept. 6-7.

Call for Member Artists

Can you believe it? We’re approaching our Fifth Anniversary! We’re going to throw a celebration like no other coupled with a Silent Auction! And it’s your turn to shine. On Sat., September 20, 2014, the Solomon Levy Gallery will highlight both 2- and 3-dimensional work of all disciplines. There will, of course, be live music, dancing, food and beverage. But this year we are introducing something new—our Silent Auction will focus entirely on dining and the arts. That’­s right—original fine art and handcraft, museum and arts organization memberships, tickets to the performing arts, fine arts classes, and more. The evening will shine with the diversity of talent at MAAG. All artists that donate to the continued success and growth of MAAG will receive one free ticket to the event.DiamondHead R sara steele

We need your help to make it a success and are asking you for a special piece of your artwork (nothing over $500 in value). We promise to promote you (and you know we’re really good at doing that) and turn this into an opportunity. All member work will be juried by the MAAG Curating Committee.

Here’s what you’ll get: 

  • MAAG publicity. Your artwork will be listed on our website and virtual media.
  • Exhibit in our Gallery. This show will be previewed from September 10 through the evening of September 20. PLUS, extra added bonus! Your work will be viewed at Mt Airy USA’s Sept. 18th Street Celebration where thousands of people are expected to attend to “sip, savor and stroll” the Mt. Airy scene.
  • Display on our Web site. All Silent Auction artwork will be displayed on the MAAG web site along with artist bios and contact information, at no charge.

Artists, here’s what we need from you:

  • One jpeg of your work, 300 dpi. Please send to daisy.maag@gmail.com
  • No more than 250 words telling your story for the website.
  • One page bio that we will share with the patron purchasing your work.
  • Delivery of work is Sat., Sept. 6 from noon – 6 pm and Sunday, Sept. 7 from noon – 5 pm.

For more information on donating artwork, services or classes, contact arleenolshan@yahoo.com or call 267.240.3302.

Painting above, top right, (c) Sara Steele.

 

End of Summer Dance Party Blowout!

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Sunday, August 24, 5-9 pm

Coming back from the Shore and want to shake it up? Staying in town and ready to party a little before summer’s end? Missing DJ Sandy Stabler who always spun at Sisters? Well, she’s ready to rock the house out and everyone in it! Lights down low, tables set and ready. So let’s party and shake it up! It’s a perfect cap to a weekend of summer fun.

Bring your honey, bring your friends, make new ones—it’s all good! Because we want to celebrate with YOU! Put on your high tops, your high heels, your dancing shoes. Just dance your heart out.

So, get ready to celebrate the end of the summer with us on Sunday, August 24 from 5-9 pm at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue (19119). $10 at the door. Everyone is welcome!

For further information, visit www.mtairyartgarage.org or call 215.242.5074.

 

 

Add the Sweetness of The Summer Salon To Quench Your Thirst

Show opens Friday, July 18. Closing reception Friday, August 29, 6 pm.

On July 18, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will host its newest Summer Salon exhibition showcasing a body of work by eight local Northwest MAAG artists. Artists, ranging from emerging newcomers to award-winning professionals, display a wide variety of mediums and color, all of which are deeply personal. From abstract paintings bursting with color, to landscape photography on handmade paper, to serenely beautiful drawings of the human body, to collage that is both historical and spiritual, to geometric mandalas, there is something to delight everyone. The variety and quality of work is exemplary and continues to show that creativity abounds in Northwest Philadelphia.

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Images on handmade paper (c) Nathalie Borozny

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The artists on exhibit are Natalie Borozny, Bill Brookover, Colette Katz, Joyce Klinefelter, Michele Martung, Lee Muslin, Patricia Smith, and Kenneth Weiner.

The show opens Friday, July 18. We’ll be celebrating the exhibition and artists at a Closing Reception on Finally Friday, August 29th, at 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the entire family.

The Solomon Levy Gallery of the Mt. Airy Art Garage is open Wednesday & Friday from 12 – 6 PM, Thursday & Saturday 12 – 6 PM and Sunday 12 – 5 PM at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave. (19119).

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Photography (c) Patricia Smith

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Printmaking (c) Bill Brookover

Come back through the summer. Beat the heat. Bring your family. Share the vision. Feed your soul with art.

For more information visit www.mtairyartgarage.org or call 215.242.5074.

An August Summer Night of Poetry and Lemonade

August Open Mic Sat., Aug. 2, 7 pm

And now a few words from Jen Hemenway, cohost of the Poetry Slam

Back in April the Mt. Airy Art Garage hosted it’s first poetry slam. The event went so well, we were ready to keep it going. We liked watching it grow in poet participation, with both published and emerging artists turning out their work. The audience members? They come, perhaps stuck in a writer’s block, and become inspired. Or they come to find the eclectic hub of Northwest artists— where networking and socializing thrive under one roof.

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Katrina Smith

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We’re taking a break in July but MAAG is coming back in August with a warmup, getting ready to bust loose in the Fall.  We’ll be hosting an Open Mic event Saturday, August 2, at 7 pm. Extra added bonus! We’ll be trying something new…background jazz featuring the D&B combo with Tank Keitt on drums and Charles Witherspoon on bass. We expect that it will be an awesome evening of writers, artists, and folks looking for a nice spot to chill and relax on a fine summer Saturday night. August will be the time to try out new work and share written thoughts in a relaxed atmosphere while we get ready for Fall.

The event will be hosted by Mary Ann Domanska (poet and actor), April Lynn James (sonneteer and poet), and Jen Hemenway (cartoonist/painter and poet)…all MAAG members. We expect to bring high energy, laughter, and talent to the table.

We hope that artists and poets will escape the walls and confines of their homes and come to this event at the Mt. Airy Art Garage and be inspired to create, share and explore. This event will be an open mic. So come one, come all and share your poetry talents on stage with other fellow artists. Picture this…a cluster of tables in a lounge-like setting, with candles, and a stage…with lights beaming down, mics ready and waiting, and words being spoken that floor you, pull you, center you, intrigue you, move you, inspire you! Come solo, bring a date, bring friends, family, or loved ones. It will surely be a night to remember.

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Andre Saunders

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Slam Winner Sarah Killian

The Mt. Airy Art Garage is a hot spot for Northwest artists and writers with a beautiful wide, open space and gallery, always showing new work on its walls. There is always something to be seen there, always people to be intrigued by, and always interesting conversation to be heard. Once again, save the date for this night of open mic poetry! Saturday, August 2, 7 pm.  $10 at the door.

For more information you can contact us at poetryslam.maag@gmail.com.