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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“Domestic” by Carol Wisker

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

Sally O'Driscoll Professor English Womens Studies

 

 

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 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) Magdalena Elias

 

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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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Vicki Allen Jewelry

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

 

 

 

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS — 6th Annual MAAG Juried Holiday Show

Sat./Sun., Dec. 5-6 and Sat./Sun. Dec. 19-20, Noon Till 6 pm. 

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It’s getting close to the Holiday Art Market at MAAG. And if you know MAAG, you know we can really host quite a bash. This is our 6th Annual and we intend to celebrate with fine art, handcraft, live music, food, and a wonderful time for all. 

All artists are invited to submit your work for sale at our Holiday Shows. There will be two separate shows. The Dec. 5/6 show is still accepting applications. The Dec. 19/20 show is full. All work must be your own original work. Anything you submit must reflect what has been juried (no add-ons). Download your application here.

The cost for each weekend table is $100/members and$115/nonmembers for two days.  We are also offering wall space in the gallery (members only). Not a member yet? Now could be a great time to join!

Special for MAAG members only! Now is the time to display a wall in the Solomon Levy Gallery at MAAG. We are offering ½ walls to show and promote your work. Any member artists displaying their work on the walls may also participate at the December 5/6 Art Market at no additional charge. The artists retain 100% of their sales when selling during the Art Markets.

We’re planning on throwing one heck of a holiday bash! Join us, join MAAG.

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Artists Vs. Gentrification—A Dialogue

Friday, October 30, 6 pm

maag_banner_art-xwebIt’s the age-old story of artists being the vanguard in a community, building out where rubble exists, and then being displaced. What are some of the reasons behind these closures? How can artists safeguard themselves to avoid being caught in the middle of a space being closed? Who are potential partners for figuring out where to go next? What spaces are available in the city? Dialogue with invited guests from Center for Emerging and Visual Artists (CFEVA), artists from 915 Spring Garden, the Mt. Airy Art Garage, MaKen Studios and others. It’s an evening of informal conversation — a necessary discussion within a community of artists and the city as a whole. 

Speakers:

Bailey Chick, Crane Arts

Dora Ficher, Artist Formerly at 915 Spring Garden

Cait Kenny, Outreach and Project Manager at MaKen Studios

MaKen Studios provides rentable space and resources to interdisciplinary artists, businesses, and manufacturers. The MaKen Studios brand consists of two industrial buildings that sit a block away from each other–MaKen North and MaKen South–that can accommodate a multitude of businesses and special events.

In June 2014, the MaKen North building received a stop-work order due to permitting issues for an event that was to be held at the building, Force Field. This is how the event started. And this is how it ended.  As a result, the event was forced to relocate and our management team had to work with the businesses within the North building to relocate as well. In addition, we’ve faced negative and positive experiences working with L&I to get the project off-the-ground. Now, we’re almost out of the clear and are getting ready to bring artists and businesses back in to the buildings, after a year and a half of renovations.

Marnie Lersch, CFEVA

Marnie Lersch has worked as an arts administrator and curator for over 7 years and is currently the Program Associate at the Center for Emerging Visual Artist (CFEVA). She is responsible for facilitating exhibitions, arts programming and the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Marnie is a recent transplant to Philadelphia from the Finger Lakes region of New York where she co-founded FFL Artist Collaborative which provides exhibition opportunities for emerging artists in the Finger Lakes. Additionally, Marnie has worked in an administrative capacity assisting with the curation, installation and community programming at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (Rochester, NY), The Memorial Art Gallery (Rochester, NY) and the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY). She was the 2013- 2014 Gallery Assistant at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University.

Marnie is currently working towards a Master’s of Science in Arts Administration at Drexel University, focusing on the interdependency of artists, arts organizations and tourism in rural communities economically dependent on seasonal tourism. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in painting and printmaking.

Arleen Olshan, Mt. Airy Art Garage

 

 

 

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours — 15 Artists Shine @ MAAG!

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Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) is the largest tour of artist studios in the region and one of the premier open studio tour events in the country.

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The Mt. Airy Art Garage is honored to again be a community sponsor and host 15 artists, including our resident studio artists as well as artists displaced from 915 Spring Garden. Visit artists in their creative workspaces, learn about their techniques, and support their ongoing efforts in their work.

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Jay McClellan’s Studio

Participating artists include Kevin Bennett, Bill Brookover, Elizabeth Castiglione, Shari Johnson, Itzik Lorant, Jay McClellan, Phoebe Murer, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Kathy Robinson, Mia Rosenthal, Laurel Schwass-Drew, Larry West, Shu Wu, and Stephanie Amma Young. 

Our location will be among the largest concentration of visual artists under one roof. Admission is free and open to the entire family. You won’t want to miss this event.

 

The Abyss Is Calling!

2nd Sunday of every month. This Sunday, Oct. 11 from 4 pm till 6 pm.

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Close your eyes, look in your soul, and step outside yourself as you go to Sketching in the Abyss — the monthly life drawing class that you never had in art school! Think short poses, monthly themes, music, a bit of cosplay, refreshments, and a raucous, rowdy gang of artists. And we’re going to hold it every month, 2nd Sunday. For this month’s Goth inauguration, Oct. 11, it runs from 4 pm till 6 pm. Bring your supplies. Early comers can use our easels.

$15 for non-members, $12 for members, and tons of fun for everyone! Come out Sunday!

For more information contact Larry.maag@gmail.com or call 215.242.5074

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Member Artists & Artists From 915 Spring Garden — POST!

West of Broad, Sat., Oct. 17 & Sun., Oct. 18

POST logo 2015MAAG is the Northwest hub for POST — Philadelphia’s premier festival of visual arts. This is your opportunity to show your work within a well-publicized, citywide arena. Our resident artists will have their studios open in addition to MAAG member artists plus invited artists from 915 Spring Garden (recently closed). Our location will be among the largest concentration of visual artists under one roof.

All submissions will be considered including: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, collage, found objects, handcrafts, textile, mosaic, furniture, textiles, etc.

This is your opportunity to either rent wall space + table for the entire month of October or table only for this weekend event.

Due dates:

Sunday, October 4 – Applications, jpgs, Pay Pal/Checks

Thursday Oct. 8 – Sat., Oct. 10 — MAAG members using Gallery Walls  

Friday, October 16, Noon – 7 pm — set up for POST show, all other artists

The work submitted will be curated and decisions will be made regarding both quality and professionalism. Work not following MAAG Guidelines will not be accepted. Download your guidelines here. All work must be your own original artwork and must reflect the type of work submitted in your application.

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We look forward to sharing this special event with you.

 

(c) Lee Muslin, above, who will be among the POST artists at MAAG.