It’s Not Just About The Food Anymore…Call For Artists For Night Market

If you haven’t already heard, Night Market is coming back to Mt. Airy on Thursday, August 16th. Last year, thousands packed Germantown Ave. for food and festivities. So, why not take advantage of those crowds by downloading your Application for Night Market  and showing your work in our juried show?

Plus, the ever-fabulous G’Town Radio will be live broadcasting from inside our 5,200 square foot garage with live entertainment from rockers’ Starving the Tsunami and Philly talk radio’s coolest geeks, The Black Tribbles.


G’town Radio + The Black Tribbles + Starving the Tsunami + MAAG Artists = One Slammin’ Night!

Solomon Levy Gallery Dedication and Opening Reception

For the last two years (as I’m sure you know), we’ve been working diligently to make MAAG a place where artists can learn, create, and grow together – a place where both art and community are fostered. Today, we stand closer to that goal than we’ve ever been before. Our doors are open, the gallery walls are up, and even our bathrooms are becoming a reality! During this exciting, transitional time, we’ve even managed to host numerous events: Exhibits, Dances, Breakfast Clubs, Markets, and most recently, Mural Arts Community Paint Days.

Yet, none of this would have even been possible without the encouragement and guidance of our dear friend, mentor, and avid photographer, Solomon Levy. A staple to the Northwest landscape, Sol resided in Mt. Airy for over four decades and had played a leading role in many community organizations such as Weavers Way, Habitat for Humanity, Mt. Airy Learning Tree, Project Learn, and others.

As MAAG’s Vice President and founding Board member, Sol Levy was instrumental in making our dreams a reality. After all, it was Sol who discovered our incredible space here at 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue – who saw past twenty-odd years of dust and envisioned a bustling center for the Arts. When doors were closed to us, he opened them; when we got stressed, he reminded us that nothing worthwhile was ever easy. Sadly, Sol left us too soon (nearly a year ago at this point); yet, his legacy will carry on forever through his memory and art.

So, join us for the opening reception and dedication of our permanent gallery, the Solomon Levy Gallery of Art, on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 6-8PM. The Gallery’s first exhibit, “Travels Through Life,” will feature Sol’s work and will span his earliest landscapes through his most recent abstractions. Whether capturing the grand terrain of Europe or a few inches of cracking paint on a city door, no scene was too vast or insignificant for Sol’s lens. All work will be for sale.

Sol Levy’s “Travels Through Life” opens on Friday, April 27th and continues through May 20th. Regular hours are: Thursday – Saturday, Noon till 6 pm and Sunday, Noon till 5 pm. In addition, private appointments are available.

Come celebrate the legacy of Sol Levy’s retrospective photography. What better way to celebrate his life among so many friends and family than with the dedication of our new gallery! Join us!

Come Share Your Talents: Call for Teaching Proposals…

Now that construction is underway for our long-awaited bathrooms at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, we are thinking about what comes next. In addition to developing the Solomon Levy Gallery, MAAG will strengthen our ties to artists and the community by beginning to offer classes and workshops! All MAAG members are eligible to propose a class or workshop. If you have a talent to share, now is the time to let us know!

MAAG’s mission and focus is on fine art and handcrafts, but classes may also be proposed for related topics such as creative writing, poetry, acting, music, and other performance art. We do have a few restrictions related to noise and safety (no forging or glass blowing, for example), but we are open-minded! Based on the Proposals received from our membership, we plan on launching MAAG’s first “semester”—and we hope you will be a part of it.

Please print and fill out the attached form, then mail your Proposal to Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19119, attention Donna Globus. While Proposals are welcome on an ongoing basis, please note that the deadline to be considered for the first round of classes and workshops is April 15, 2012. Get your Proposal in the mail now!

Questions? Email

Funky February Art Market…Call For Artists

Calling all artists! It’s time for Funky February. Remember last year’s popup on Carpenter Lane? Well this year we’re home—which means bigger and better. Look for the return of the Friday Night Artists’ Café (more coming soon) on Feb. 24, and a celebratory Art Market on Feb. 25 and 26.

Artists’ scoop—2 day show. Saturday, Feb. 25 from noon till 6 pm and Sunday, Feb. 26 from noon till 5 pm. Like what you hear? Download the application and send it in. It’s a time to show off and sell your winter work, meet other artists, and have a great time.

You know, our Art Market (like everything we do) is never just about selling and promoting; it’s not just about the lighting and space. It’s not just about meeting other artists, sharing skills and knowledge. It’s about, and always has been, building community. Barb Danin, one of our members puts it just right. She says “We bring the arts to the community and create a community for artists.” Join us at the Funky February Art Market.

An Invitation To Artists! We’re Launching The MAAG Breakfast Club Thurs. Oct. 13 @ 9:00 am!

Have you ever noticed that the people you most relate to are in the arts? Remember the artist cafes in Paris? Well, neither do we! But we heard they were cauldrons of creativity and support. So, fellow artists, let’s stir up the pot and get cookin’ with art, philosophy and general mischief. Meet your peers.

All present at the initial gathering will help determine the course of the group. Do we present techniques or ideas to each other, invite guest lecturers, do artists “crits” or simply shmooze? Each of you is encouraged to invite artists, both members of the Mt. Airy Art Garage or not, to join in the creation of Philadelphia’s newest ART SALON—The Mt. Airy Art Garage Breakfast Club.

Please bring some breakfast to share, whether coffee or other goodies. We will meet each month on Thursdays, from 9 –10:30 am at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 West Mt. Airy Ave. Admission is free. See you there!


Mt. Airy Art Garage Launches Weekend Arts and Crafts Market at 542 W. Carpenter Lane

Northwest Artists Create Unique One-of-a-Kind Art While Building Vision With Northwest Community Mt. Airy Art Garage started out as a vision for cofounders Arleen Olshan and Linda Slodki:

  • To launch an ongoing weekend Fine Arts and Handcrafts Market where neighbors can bring their families and friends to eat, drink, buy special gifts, and support artists.
  • To create an art cooperative where art, studio space, and galleries would become a reality in 2010.
  • To highlight artists and bring neighbors into a new venue that is part of the developing Northwest Village of Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill.

Last week this vision began moving toward becoming a reality. Twenty artists met at Weavers Way, representing custom leatherworkers, jewelers, mixed media and fiber artists, sculptors, photographers, painters, you name it—talent all from the Northwest! They rolled up their sleeves and are working hard to make this a reality. The Mt. Airy Art Garage already represents new faces, familiar faces, professional artists, emerging artists, older artists, younger artists. Linda Slodki added, “You may just find a rainbow of work, culture, and experience. We believe we are in the beginnings of a truly diverse and cooperative effort.” The Market will launch it opening in December. It will be open from 10 am-6 pm on Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13, Dec. 19-20. We invite artists to attend our meetings, and join us. Be a part of our vision. Become a volunteer. Help us to make this vision a reality.