It’s Time For MAAGs 3rd Annual Art Auction Gala!

The Mt. Airy Art Garage, a creative center for emerging and professional artists in Northwest Philadelphia, will host our 3rd Annual Art Auction Gala on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 6-10PM at our new home at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave.

This year’s Silent Auction will showcase over 45 of the Northwest’s most accomplished MAAG member artists such as Ellen Benson, Melvin Chappell, Robert Finch, Doris Grey, Andrea Abrams Herbert, Tom Herbert, Sol and Judy Levy, Amir Lyles, Paula Mandel, Gary Reed, Kathy Robinson, Diana Trout, and a host of others.

The Gallery will feature both 2 and 3-dimensional work ranging from sculpture to photography, fine art, and crafts. In addition to an array of artwork, the silent auction will also feature jewelry, gift certificates, and both services & classes by artists expert in their disciplines. Each year, the auction expands its array of fine art and handcrafts and attracts an even more diverse crowd of artists and art-lovers. This year’s no exception.

So, join us on Saturday, September 22nd, for our most fabulous evening of friends, fun, and incredible art. Plus, with live music by The Passage Jazz Band and food from Hershel’s East Side Deli at Reading Terminal, who can resist art for such a good cause?

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Mt. Airy Art Garage Building Fund and facilitate the completion of their Artist Studios.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to preview the auctioned work. We’ll be toasting our artists at the preview, September 7 from 6 – 8 pm in the Solomon Levy Gallery. The preview will continue Thurs.– Sat.,noon – 6 pm and Sunday, noon – 5 pm leading right up to the event itself.

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


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Quiltapalooza Strikes Again @ MAAG!

Are you a quilter? Have you always wanted to give it a try? Well August is hot! Quilters are hot! Join Sarah Bond as we jump into another Quiltapalooza @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave. from 6pm – 10pm.

Come on over and start a string quilt. This simple and quick method builds quilt squares on a muslin foundation using the scraps or “strings” left over from cutting fabrics for other quilts.  Sew, uninterrupted, for a few minutes or the whole evening. No interruptions… nobody else’s mess to clean up!

We will provide:

  • All the muslin foundation squares you will need for the evening’s sewing.
  • Cutting stations with large mats.
  • Scraps for new quilters to start off.

You should bring:

  • Your sewing machine if you want to sew all night.
  • Your own scraps if you want to use them.
  • Scissors, rotary cutter and ruler, if you have them.

For more information call 215.242.5074.

Share Your Work—Build Your Career—The Silent Auction Is Here

We’re excited about this year’s Silent Auction on Saturday, Sept. 22. It’s going to be better and more professional than ever. So we’re asking YOU, MAAG member artists, for a special piece of your artwork. And we promise to promote you, appreciate your work, and turn this into an opportunity. All member work will be juried by the MAAG Curating Committee (you’ll hear more about them another time).

Here’s what you get:

1. MAAG publicity. YOUR piece of artwork could be in our poster. Just imagine…

2. Exhibit in our Gallery. The month of September will open as a preview with all artists’ work on display.

3. Video for your own use. We will be interviewing all artists with their work prior to the exhibit opening on Sept. 7. We will then supply you with that video, uncut, at no charge.

Here’s what we get:

1. Our artists’ studios

2. Our artists’ studios

3. Our artists’ studios

All proceeds from this evening will go to help us build the artists’ studios. SO, pick something wonderful that you have created, both 2 and 3d work are welcome. Don’t even THINK about looking in your closet. You can download Artist Guidelines and Dates For The Silent Auction here.

To make your donation or get more information contact linda@mtairyartgarage.org or call 215.242.5074. DEADLINE is August 24.

Celebrate PRIDE With A Dance At The Mt. Airy Art Garage

The Mt. Airy Art Garage is celebrating Pride by topping off the month, on Final-ly Friday, June 29 at 11 W. Mt Airy Ave., with both a dance and live entertainment.

 

DJ Lady Di will spin your favorite oldies and 80s tunes—with a special performance of Drag King and Burlesque that will bring class, passion, and sophistication.

 

New member exhibition opens at 6 pm with music starting at 7 pm. Free admission to the gallery and $10 for the party. We welcome LGBTQ and allies. In short, everyone is welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

String Quiltapalooza This “Final-ly Friday” At The Mt. Airy Art Garage

Come on over and join Sarah Bond in making a string quilt. Sew, uninterrupted, for a few minutes or the whole evening from 6-10 pm on Friday, May 25th at 11 W. Mt. Airy Ave. We’d love to see you there for the small price of a $10 donation.

We will provide:
• All the muslin foundation squares you will need for the evening’s sewing
• Cutting stations with large mats
• Scraps for new quilters to start

You should bring:
• Your sewing machine if you want to sew all night.
• Your own scraps if you want to use them.
• Scissors, rotary cutter and ruler, if you have them.

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

Make It A Mother’s Day Weekend To Remember!

An Evening of Sophisticated Elegance at MAAG

 

C’mon, just ask us what you get when you mix a crooner (voted Best in Philly®: Cabaret by Philadelphia Magazine) with a jazz trio? A very special cabaret evening with Northwest resident, Michael Richard Kelly, at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, of course!

 

On Friday, May 11th at 7:30PM, MAAG will welcome Michael Richard Kelly with the Tamer Tewfik Trio for an evening of cabaret with Northwest sensibility, new renditions of old standards, and an array of ballads and songs from the 1930s and 40s.

 

A Northwest neighbor with a passion for song (who was recently featured in the Chestnut Hill Local), Michael will be performing selections from his show entitled “I Sing for My Father,” where he’ll pay homage to the legacy of his father, Leon E. Kelly, who was a singer, radio and television broadcaster, and news anchor.

 

A professional singer for over thirty years, Michael has performed at multiple venues across the country, and his career has encompassed many facets of performance. Some of you may have seen him in Forbidden Broadway or at Danny’s Skylight Room in NYC. Regardless, whether Michael is rubbing elbows with Broadway stars like Liza Minnelli during his run in “The All Night Strut” or singing cabaret at Odette’s in New Hope, PA, he brings a passion to the stage that is quite incomparable.

 

So, rest-assured, it’s going to be quite a night. Plus, our gallery will be open where you can still admire the Sol Levy photography retrospective. Tickets are $40 and all proceeds benefit the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

 

Yet, why not make an entire night of it in Mt. Airy? Start your evening with dinner and drinks at: Avenida, Earth Bread + Brewery, Geechee Girl, or Wine Thief Bistro. Then, come and enjoy the smooth sounds of Michael Richard Kelly and his Jazz Trio. Seating is limited so reserve tickets now.

An Evening of Sophisticated Elegance at MAAG

C’mon, just ask us what you get when you mix a crooner (voted Best in Philly®: Cabaret by Philadelphia Magazine) with a jazz trio? A very special cabaret evening with Northwest resident, Michael Richard Kelly, at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, of course!

On Friday, May 11th at 7:30PM, MAAG will welcome Michael Richard Kelly with the Tamer Tewfik Trio for an evening of cabaret with Northwest sensibility, new renditions of old standards, and an array of ballads and songs from the 1930s and 40s.

A Northwest neighbor with a passion for song (who was recently featured in the Chestnut Hill Local), Michael will be performing selections from his show entitled “I Sing for My Father,” where he’ll pay homage to the legacy of his father, Leon E. Kelly, who was a singer, radio and television broadcaster, and news anchor.

A professional singer for over thirty years, Michael has performed at multiple venues across the country, and his career has encompassed many facets of performance. Some of you may have seen him in Forbidden Broadway or at Danny’s Skylight Room in NYC. Regardless, whether Michael is rubbing elbows with Broadway stars like Liza Minnelli during his run in “The All Night Strut” or singing cabaret at Odette’s in New Hope, PA, he brings a passion to the stage that is quite incomparable.

So, rest-assured, it’s going to be quite a night. Plus, our gallery will be open where you can still admire the Sol Levy photography retrospective. Tickets are $40 and all proceeds benefit the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

Yet, why not make an entire night of it in Mt. Airy? Start your evening with dinner and drinks at: Avenida, Earth Bread + Brewery, Geechee Girl, or Wine Thief Bistro. Then, come and enjoy the smooth sounds of Michael Richard Kelly and his Jazz Trio. Seating is limited so reserve tickets now.




For more information, call 215.242.5074.

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!

Cocktails, and Dances, and Markets – Oh My!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been hosting a slew of events: A Valentine’s Day Dance Party, a Winter Cocktail Fundraiser, a Funky February Art Market, and a handful of Artists’ Breakfast Clubs.

Undoubtedly, we’ve enjoyed these events just as much as the people who attended them. Whether we were dancing on our concrete floors for equality, enjoying the premiere of MAAG’s very-own theme song by St. Mad at the lovely home of Frank and Betsy Steel, or supporting local artists through conversation and collaboration, a great deal of laughter and fun was had.

Yet, in the midst of all these happenings, we’ve been pushing full steam ahead with one very substantial, serious goal in mind: Opening our doors full-time. However, before we can do that, we must first complete the second phase of our construction – our bathroom buildout.

Thanks to the generosity of those who attended our Winter Fundraiser (please see our “Thank You” letter here), as well as a $10,000 matching donation, we’ve been able to start this second phase which will include two handicap-accessible bathrooms.

Although this fundraiser catapulted us towards our goal, we’re not quite there yet. That being said, we still need your sustained support and generosity. If you haven’t donated to our Building Fund, please consider it by clicking on the aforementioned link or downloading this pledge form.

 

If you’ve already donated, please consider a second time ‘round. And if donations aren’t your thing, perhaps a membership is more your style. Regardless of which type of support you may choose, every donation (no matter how great or small) pushes us closer to opening full-time – and for that, we’re eternally grateful.

In that same spirit of giving, MAAG can promise you this: Our loyal and undying passion to enrich the Northwest community. Not only will MAAG be a place where artists gather to create, exhibit, teach, and sell their work, but it will also be a locale for community, in all its diverse and wonderful forms. Plus, here is just a taste of some upcoming events:

  • Workshops and Classes
  • Art Installations/Gallery Shows
  • Artists’ Breakfast Clubs
  • Solomon Levy Gallery Opening and Exhibit
  • Mural Arts Program Community Paint Days
  • After-School Programming
  • Cabarets
  • Live Model Drawing and Painting
  • Quilters’ Circles
  • Apprenticeship Programs for Young Adults
  • Photography Shoots
  • Writers’ Weekends
  • Poetry Readings

As Dorothy once said, “There’s no place like home.” So, with that sentiment in mind, please contribute whatever you can today and bring us closer to establishing our permanent artistic space – a place we can surely call “home.”

Second Annual Funky February Weekend Celebrates Local Artists

What is Funky February at the Mt. Airy Art Garage? Why it’s a celebration of local talent! Want to find out what some of your favorite artists have been up to? Then stop by 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue this weekend to celebrate the arts, and support your local visual and performing artists.

 

Friday night, Feb. 24 at 7 pm we’ll launch the weekend with our Artists’ Café—a place to hear what other artists are up to and share information. You know us, MAAG is the place where artists come to tell their stories…people like Charles Todd (Mt. Airy Custom Furniture), Karen Lightner (Philadelphia Center For The Book), Jon Laidacker (MuralArts), Profiles Studio, Gravers Lane Gallery, Kathleen Bonnano (Musehouse), and more! $5 suggested donation at the door and open to all artists.

 

Then Saturday, Feb. 25 from  noon–6pm and Sunday, Feb. 26 from noon–5pm celebrate the new winter creations of our member artists. Glass blowers, painters, photographers, ceramic artists, you name it. Our gallery will be stocked full by our members to delight your eyes. Admission is free and open to the entire family.