Plein Air Paint Nite @ Supper Sessions

Wednesdays, Sept. 14 and 28, 6:30 pm. Look for us in the plaza of Lutheran Theological Seminary on Germantown Ave. across from Valley Green Bank. 

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We’ve finished our move! Now we’re getting ready for our Grand Opening Sat., Sept. 24 from noon till 6 pm at 6622 G’town Ave. But we couldn’t stay indoors for long. When MAUSA reached out to us, we said sure! We’d just LOVE to do a Plein Air Mt. Airy Paint Nite on Wednesday nights in September. #MAAGPopsup! 

So, for all of you who loved working with painter and MAAG member Stephanie Amma Young, she will be teaching Plein Air Paint Nite. Your canvas will be filled with the gorgeous orchids above, your palate will be satiated with dinner outdoors along the Avenue. You can do it all. Drink wine, paint,  savor wonderful local foods, make new friends.

Skill not required, only passion for creativity. Class starts at 6:30 pm. We’ll be socializing from 5 pm on. $30 per person. All materials are provided.

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You bring your enthusiasm and love for September evenings, and we’ll do the rest. Want to know more? You can reach out to Stephanie “Amma” at StephanieAmma.maag@gmail.com

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Painter, designer, dancer, and educator, Amma received her BFA in Fine Art from the Philadelphia University of Art. For more than 20 years, she has worked as a multidisciplined resident artist teaching visual and performing art to children and adults at PA schools and organizations. Educating people young and old about the importance of experiencing and developing creative skills and talents has been the driving force for her dedication in the Arts.

Stephanie Amma has worked as a Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Artist for more than ten years.  She has owned and operated a T-shirt Design Shop for 8 years and is an artist member of the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Her paintings, drawings, textiles and performances have been presented in residencies and exhibition venues with: The African American Museum of Philadelphia 2001 to present, Academy of Music, Kimmel, Dupree Gallery, UARTS, National Constitution Center, public, private and parochial schools and colleges.  Amma is a grant recipient from the Leeway Foundation, the Council on the Arts, and Philadelphia Board of Education.  

Sat., August 6 — Our Grand Finale Before We Move

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July 30 — Baila! Mt. Airy! A Night Of Latin, Caribbean, and Brazilian Music!

Saturday, July 30 @ 8 pm. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Dance to the beats of De Tierra Caliente!

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Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS) and MAAG are teaming up yet again to keep rockin’ the house. So, we’re going to dance up a storm and salsa the night away to the sounds of De Tierra Caliente, as they rev up their motors getting ready for the Philly Folk Festival.

We’re going to eat, drink and party. Tickets are $15 at the door. Are you a member of PFS or MAAG? Get in for $12 at the door too! And it’s all happening at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue.

It’s going to be a night of spice, sabor, and alegria!

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A Latin party band whose music fills the air with bright colors and gets everybody up and dancing. Catchy melodies and unaffected lyrics fuse with Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms to inspire an irresistible North/South American party. Since its formation in 2014, this flavorful group from Philadelphia and Puerto Rico has released 2 full-length albums and played over 125 shows in cities throughout the US and Colombia. De Tierra Caliente delivers the sabor, spice and alegría of warm-weather countries to American audiences, where formidable winters and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic sometimes overshadow simple pleasures like sharing a meal with friends or going out dancing. At a show you can’t help but heat up as intoxicating songs in Spanish, English and Portuguese sing out the bright colors and familial warmth of a South American kitchen.

July 16 — Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay

Saturday, July 16. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm.

Pointing webThe Mt. Airy Art Garage is proud to announce Fay Jacobs’ Philadelphia premiere to benefit MAAG in Action! “Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay” highlights the author’s insistence that nothing is ever so horrible if it’s worth the story you can tell. Jacobs’ signature humor tackles life, liberty, and lots of LGBT history.  It is comprised of two short acts with an intermission, and based on Jacobs’ four published memoirs, her magazine columns, plus an all-new narrative covering LGBT issues and the fight for marriage equality, Jacobs’ hybrid reading/performance has garnered rave reviews and terrific word of mouth, resulting in sold out shows. Tickets will benefit the MAAG in Action campaign, supporting MAAG’s movement to a new space in 2017! VIP tickets are available — with a front row reserved table for 4, and including a free glass of wine. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind, one night only performance, Saturday July 16th at the Mt. Airy Art Garage! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, or $100 for a front row VIP table. You can purchase tickets below or at the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

 

Sorry, no more advance tickets available. Make sure you come early, we expect a full house!

More about Fay:

Fay on stage webIn her solo performance of Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay, author and humorist Fay Jacobs has a growing reputation, in the words of one critic, as the “Last Comic Sitting.” Jacobs’ current tour of Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay has played to standing room audiences in New Orleans, Provincetown, MA, Ft. Myers, FL., Annapolis, MD, Allentown, PA and her home-base of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and a recently completed Olivia Cruise Lines engagement. She is making her upcoming NYC debut at The Duplex Cabaret on Christopher Street.

Her award winning essay collections—For Frying Out, As I Lay Frying, Fried and True, and Time Fries—plus her columns from Rehoboth Beach, have rewarded Jacobs with a nationwide following of devoted fans, eager ticket-buyers to her performances. So come along for the ride as Fay and her wife Bonnie share life in one boat, two condos, two houses, and an RV, a loving succession of Schnauzers, and being domestic partnered, civil unioned and married. From zip lines to skunk sprays, lesbian invisibility to marriage equality, join Fay Jacobs for a lifetime’s hilarious journey. Terry Plowman, publisher of Delaware Beach Life Magazine says “It’s a brilliant piece of work. Funny — of course! — but also insightful, moving… If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss the chance!”

The 4th Annual Artists’ Garage Sale Is Coming!

Saturday,  April 9, 10 am till 3 pm

MAAG-GarageSale-website_banner_v1Are you in the market for some much needed art supplies but low on cash? Is your studio overflowing with art supplies, artwork, and books that you no longer want or need? Then please consider donating to this important fundraiser for MAAG. Please drop off your donations during the week of April 4. Then, make sure you join us on April 9!

The 4th Annual Artists’ Garage Sale has everything for your creative needs! Pencils, paint brushes, canvas, stretchers, mats, frames, collage materials, art books, and much, much more! Why, you never know what goodies you’ll find! From sewing machines to dark room equipment, from retro posters and artwork, from cameras to flash drives, we have everything the modern artist, of any age, needs and at prices affordable for everyone!

Free admission. It’s guaranteed to make your day!

 

Launch Of Women’s History Month With “No Longer Anonymous” — A Fiber Exhibition By Women Artists

Opening Reception Friday, March 4 @ 6 pm. Exhibition Continues Until Sunday, May 1.

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In observance of Women’s History Month, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will present “No Longer Anonymous” — a series of exhibitions, panel discussions, writing circles, and a live concert in partnership with the Philadelphia FolkSong Society. The title of our month-long celebration comes from Virgina Woolf’s famous quote — “Throughout history, anonymous was a woman.” We’re here to shout we are “No Longer Anonymous!”

This exhibition, which launches a series of March events, will highlight the work of leading fiber artists including Sara Allen, Natalie Alleyne, Michelle Brown, Magdalena Elias (her work is on the right), Cynthia D. Friedman, Toni Nash, Kathy Robinson, Karoline Wallace, and Carol Wisker. It will run March 4 – May 1 with an opening reception on Friday, March 4th at 6 pm. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

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Quilt by Cynthia D. Friedman

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One thing for sure — this show will highlight some of the best work of women artists city wide. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       

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Women Who Love Women Who Make Music!

Saturday, March 12, 7 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm

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PFS logo mediumFINAL MAAG Logo translucentThe Mt. Airy Art Garage and the Philadelphia FolkSong Society are bringing you an amazing evening of music to celebrate International Women’s Day—you can bet this will be a night to remember!

“Women Who Love Women Who Make Music” —that’s what this night is all about, and everyone is welcome. Performers include Anna Crusis Women’s Choir, No Good Sister, Ashley Phillips, Sarah and The Arrows, and Silverton. Admission is $15 at the door/$12 in advance. This incredible night of music will be happening at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave.

Want to know who’s on stage Saturday night? Well, keep on reading. 

You can get your tickets here!

Performers:

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A child of the 1970’s grassroots feminist movement, ANNA was founded in 1975 by Dr. Catherine Roma. Her 8-year tenure built the foundation for ANNA’s musical passions and commitment to the peace and social justice movement, pulling together women from all walks of life and becoming a model for women’s choirs across the country.

ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir — women joining voices to build community, one performance at a time. Guided by a feminist sensibility to the richness and multiplicity of human experience, and to the power of collective creativity, ANNA strives for musical excellence to empower, challenge, and uplift its members and its audience with music that inspires and transforms. WIth over 70 singers, ANNA is diverse, vibrant and exciting. ANNA is every woman.

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Born out of a mutual attraction to all things Americana, Philadelphia trio No Good Sister’s dynamic songwriting and timeless three-part harmonies prove why they’re rising stars. Singers Meaghan Kyle, Jess McDowell and Maren Sharrow collaborate on familiar folk themes, resonating reliably, making it no surprise they can be found in front of audiences at venues like World Cafe Live (both in Philadelphia and Wilmington), The Bitter End (NYC), Club Passim (Boston), have been voted Best New Artist at WSTW’s Hometown Heroes Awards (2014), named 2015’s Artist to Watch by Ticket to Entertainment, earned a coveted Quad Showcase at the North East Regional Folk Alliance (2014), and at the iconic SXSW (2014). They are also 2015 Philadelphia Folk Festival Main Stage alums!

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Ashley Phillips

Ashley Phillips is a singer/songwriter/guitarist steeped in the tradition of Soul music. She describes her sound as APSoul: acoustic guitar led, soulful and spiritual storytelling that is both universal and timeless. As a vocalist, her pure tone dances between light and lyrical, earnest and compelling. Her often percussive and rhythm-driven guitar playing creates a full sound that adds depth and supports the delicacy of her delivery.

You can get your tickets here!

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Sarah and the Arrows emerged out of mutual and musical admiration between friends who were fortunate enough to overlap in the folk circles of Philadelphia, PA. Sarah and the Arrows includes Sarah Napolitan on the guitar, Rosie McNamara Jones on the violin, Stacy Weathers on the banjo, and Lee Vuotto on the bass. The group predominantly plays the original songs of Sarah Napolitan, as well as some by Stacy Weathers. The group also enjoys covering a wide variety of songs known well in contemporary, folk, and country circles.

 

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Silverton builds songs from the ground up, experimenting from all angles until it just feels right. The result is multi-layered harmonies, catchy melodies, and rhythmic interplay. The band released their first, self-titled, debut EP in October, 2013, within which listeners hear simultaneous nods to folk, funk, jam, and pop. Since the EP release, Silverton has been developing new material and packing DIY house shows as well as established Philadelphia venues like Johnny Brendas and Bourbon and Branch. In February, 2015, WXPN chose “Artichoke” as a Philly local song of the day, and in August, 2015 the band was honored to be selected to play the Philadelphia Folk Fest! 

The band is named after the town in Oregon which elected the nation’s first openly-transgender mayor. A Radiolab episode documents the town’s story in a touching tale of acceptance and change against all odds.

From Silverton’s heart to yours: be good to one another.

You can get your tickets here!

Celebrate International Women’s Day

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“The Struggle Continues! Women Artists Fighting For Our Rights”

Panel, Sunday, March 6 @ 3 pm

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In observance of Women’s History Month, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will present “No Longer Anonymous” — a series of exhibitions, panel discussions, writing circles, and a live concert in partnership with the Philadelphia Folk Song Society.

On Sunday, March 6, celebrating International Women’s Day, MAAG will host a panel— “It’s Not Over Yet! Women Artists Fighting For Our Rights.” Building on the fiber exhibition and featuring artists and educators throughout the city, this event will start at 3 pm. Leading women artists will be talking about challenges to success and the meaning of success, how things have changed (or not), and a host of issues pertinent to women and the arts. Panelists include Valerie Gay, Miriam Davidson, Trapeta B. Mayson, Dr. Sally O’Driscoll, and Tieshka Smith. Speakers will tell their stories and examine ways to overcome stereotypes, while inspiring empowerment.

Admission for the panel is $10/$8 in advance. Everyone is welcome.

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Speakers Include:

Valerie V GayValerie V. Gay is a performing artist as well as a civic leader and arts administrator. She has developed a unique blend of skills, which allow her to seamlessly interact in arts and business settings.

As classically trained singer, Val regularly performs in operas, special events, solo concert recitals and plays piano and organ as a church musician across the Philadelphia region, nationally and internationally. 

Since 2012, Val has served as executive director of Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia.  Prior to joining Art Sanctuary, she was Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement for the College of Education at Temple University, and Vice President and Portfolio Manager with PNC Financial Services Group.

Having been named one of Philadelphia’s “Most Influential African Americans” and “101 Connector Leaders,” Val serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Barra Foundation, the Marian Anderson Award, the Blues Babe Foundation and The Arts and Business Council Advisory Board.

Holding a Bachelor and Master of Music, Val is also a Certified Financial Planner. 

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Miriam Davidson, Artistic Director, is a contemporary folk performer, songwriter, instrumentalist, arranger and choir director. She has recorded and co-produced eight CDs, several of which have won national awards. She is the author of several books for Alfred Publishing on songwriting and instrumental performance skills. In addition to directing ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir, Miriam is the music director at the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, PA and choir director at Makhelat Micha’el: Mishkan Community Choir in Philadelphia.

 

TrapetapicTrapeta B. Mayson has read her poetry widely and worked extensively conducting poetry and creative writing workshops. She is a recipient of a 2002 Pew Fellowship, 2007 Leeway Transformation Award, 2014 Leeway Art and Change Grant, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants. She is the author of two books, She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies. Her other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review, Aesthetica Magazine, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry and Lavanderia, among others. She is a native of Liberia and has spent most of her life in Philadelphia. Her work sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people. Trapeta earned degrees from Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (MSS) and Villanova University School of Business (MBA). She resides in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and is the Executive Director of Historic Germantown in Philadelphia. www.trapetamayson.com

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Sally O’Driscoll, Ph.D., is Professor of English and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Fairfield University.  She specializes in eighteenth-century British culture, focusing on gender and sexuality issues.  She writes about women novelists and about women and queer people in popular culture.

 

 

 

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Tieshka Smith is a Philadelphia-based photographer, blogger, community activist and creator of the #RacismIsASickness art and social action project. Her overall body of work incorporates street/documentary digital photography in the photojournalistic tradition of Henri Cartier Bresson, Gordon Parks, Jamel Shabazz, Vivian Meier, and others; social media, blogging, collaborative mapping, and interactions with people, organizations and coalitions working at the intersection of race, class and gender. It is her goal to use her art to facilitate dialogue and action around a range of socioeconomic issues that impact urban communities and to promote the use of as many tools at her disposal to challenge the status quo. 

Smith has contributed work to a number of online and print publications. Also, her work has been exhibited in galleries and other community spaces both on the East Coast and in the Midwest. A Chicago native, Smith is a graduate of Northwestern University and Keller Graduate School of Management.   

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Celebrate International Women’s Day 

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Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art

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How do you define celebration in your work? Do you celebrate the earth? Appreciate the human experience?

Express the joy of creating? Humor? Inspiration? Excitement?

 Join us as at our opening reception Friday, Jan. 22 @ 6 pm

as we celebrate 2016 with our community of artists

and a new era for the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

Participating artists include:

Sara Allen, Nathalie Borozny, Josephine Bunnell, Robert Cox, Magdalena Elias, Robert Finch, Rob Foy,

Elizabeth Heller, Daisy Langston Juarez, Lea Koontz, Candace LeClair, Judy Levy, Sol Levy, Lori Anne Miley,

Phoebe Murer, Lee Muslin, Stepanie Nolan, Gloria Rholfs, Barbara Rosin, Caroline Sargent, Ruth Seeley,

Nicki Toizer, Andrew Walker, and Richard Williams.

Now, for just a small sampling…

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(c) Josephine Bunnell

 

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(c) Nicki Toizer

 

 

 

 

The Holiday Art Markets Are Coming!

Sat./Sun., Dec. 5-6 and Sat./Sun. Dec. 19-20, Noon Till 6 pm. Free Admission.holiday-market_website_banner_v21Two, count them, two fabulous weekends guaranteed to take your breath away and put you headlong into the holiday spirit, no matter what you celebrate. More than 40 artists spread out over two shows with live music, food, and festivities. So now, with less words and more visual delights, we’re going to dazzle you with some of the upcoming work and the fabulous music to put you in the mood. Bring the family. Free admission. You just can’t go wrong.

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Now feast your eyes on some of our coming holiday delights!

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Handmade scarves by Roberto Rashid

Artists Include:

Vicki Allen, Kevin Bennett, Denise Benrahu, Coletta Betancourt, Bill Brookover, Sheila and Debbie Brown, Timothy Caison, Jackie Clifton, Nick Corso, Suzanne Durand, David Jablow, Shari Johnson, Aisha Loeks, Michele Foster Lucas, Ian MacFarlane, Lee Muslin, Phoebe Murer, Roberto Rashid, Helene Richardson, Antea Roberts, Kathy Robinson, Edward Sargent, George Silvaney, Patricia Cousins Smith, Amanda Staples, and others.

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Singer Songwriters Include:

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Photography by Kevin Bennett

David Cantor, Valerie Dupont,  Joe Fanning & Jim Black, Elgie’s Kitchen, Art Miron, Sarah Napolitan, Ron Kravitz & Friends, Rusty & Jan, and others.

So, join us for our last holiday celebration in this location! We plan to make it the best ever!

 

 

 

 

 

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Animal portraits painted by Suzanne Durand

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Graphic Art By David Jablow

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Kathy Robinson Batiks