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!

 

Heard enough? Buy your advance tickets now.

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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.

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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

Jazz backup with Tank Keitt and Charles Witherspoon

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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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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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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.

MAAG Launches Series Of Member Meetings As 5th Anniversary Approaches

Thank You Members and Supporters of the Mt. Airy Art Garage! 

On Wed. June 25th we had a wonderful turnout of members and community supporters eager to listen to our progress report and hopes for the future. This meeting is the first of a series that we will be holding as we move into celebrating MAAGs fifth year!

member meeting 2 We are so very pleased that many of you had questions and creative suggestions for our future as a vibrant arts organization in the Germantown Corridor. Folks had great ideas with constructive comments for MAAGs future visibility and organization. Board members spoke to upcoming Art Partnerships with neighboring universities in 2015, to Fall and Winter projections, and to MAAGs expansion. We now have a sound system which opens more doors of opportunity as a music and performance venue.

Participants stepped up and volunteered for many vital positions with MAAG—everything from helping to organize our upcoming September Silent Auction, to writing, to the daily tasks of staffing the gallery, to fundraising, to ongoing property maintenance…the list goes on. Do we still need your help? You bet we do! We need experienced graphic designers and marketing communications professionals, accountants, and others with solid skills willing to work on one project or several.

Member meetingWhen we completed our buildout, the work had only just begun. We need you even more now!

member meeting 3A number of members and supporters expressed their wish to help but couldn’t attend. Well, it’s not too late! Please email us at info@mtairyartgarage.org. Committees are forming and more gatherings will be coming. So email us, let’s talk about how you can help, and stay tuned.

Thank you all for your interest, commitment, and devotion to what we are trying to build at the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

In love and art,

The Board of MAAG

 

Special thanks to MAAG member Michael Albany for his photography of the event.

Quiltapalooza’s Right Around The Corner

Next Quiltapalooza Friday, July 25, 6 pm 

Sometimes people ask me (Sarah Bond) “What is Quiltapalooza? Is it an event? Is it a feeling? Is it a way of life?
Quiltapalooza started four or five years ago at Fabrics on the Hill. The idea was to bring quilters together for a marathon session of sewing, quilting and community. We started at six and sometimes went past midnight! It was a liberating experience for everyone to have a block of time to indulge in our shared passion without interruption or need for justification. It doesn’t seem like a big thing to many people, but to us it was heaven.
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MAAG Quilt Club

After Fabrics on the Hill closed, I ran the Quiltapalooza out of my house. I opened up the dining room table to full capacity. I put up folding tables in the living room. I could cram twelve happy quilters into the first floor of my house. Still a blast. Still a creative bonanza.

Then, one day, I happened upon the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Shortly thereafter, Linda was looking for an artful activity to promote on a First Friday. I suggested the Quiltapalooza. There were giggles (ok, the name is a little silly), but it was generally a positive response. At the time, MAAG had just put in their bathrooms and was still acquiring equipment. When I asked about tables and chairs, Linda said there were a couple of tables and maybe eight chairs. (How far we’ve come!) She thought it was plenty. It was my turn to giggle. I sent out the email and brought in tables and chairs. I don’t remember how many were there, but we were in double digits and the MAAG era of Quiltapalooza had begun. That was more than two years ago and we’ve been rocking the Quiltapalooza ever since. Every other month on the third Friday, quilters from all over Northwest Philadelphia and beyond come together at the Mt. Airy Art Garage to stitch and sip and share and laugh and create.

Join us Friday, July 25, from 6-10 pm. Bring your sewing machines, your work, something to eat or drink. It’s time to create more quilts, meet other artists, and build more community. It’s a great way to spend an evening, doing what you love, with others who share a passion with what you do. $15 at the door. $10 MAAG members.

 

Big Changes Ahead For MAAG. We Need Your Input. We Need You Now.

Ceiling SplendorSpecial Member & Supporter Meeting—Wed., June 25, 6:30 pm

Can you believe it? The Mt. Airy Art Garage is turning five years old this fall. It’s been an amazing journey and so gratifying—from our earliest 2009 Art Markets on Carpenter Lane, to a pop-up storefront exhibition, clothesline fundraisers in Ned Wolf Park and the build out of our glorious barn of a space (remember this famous pic on the left by Alix Passage?). Now we house changing exhibitions and events, monthly groups of writers, quilters, and visual artists, ongoing drawing groups, Quiltapaloozas, Poetry Slams, workshops, dances, and our resident artist studios.

We thank each and every one of you for your support, helping hands, belief and confidence in our vision for the Mt. Airy Art Garage. This continued expansion would not be possible without all of you. 

We are now at a crossroads for MAAG. We have some major decisions ahead of us and want to hear your feedback, suggestions, and concerns. We also want to share our vision for the future and the groundwork we are laying to implement an ongoing arts hub within and by our community.

In the same way, we started off in 2009 by calling neighborhood meetings of artists and art lovers to get your input and commitment, we are inviting you now to a member gathering at the Mt. Airy Art Garage at 6:30 pm, on Wednesday, June 25 to plan the next five years. And we can’t do this without you!

Think about what we’ve accomplished so far, and what the future could hold. Please join us in bringing about the next phase.

Linda & Arleen