Women Who Love Women Who Make Music!

Saturday, March 12, 7 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm


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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ANNA Crusis Women’s ChoirANNAphoto

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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Photo by Lindsay Katt

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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 ArrowsSarah and the Arrows

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

Panel, Sunday, March 6 @ 3 pm


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. 




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.




Taken October 4, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA.

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


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…

Lee Muslin

(c) Lee Muslin

Magdalena Elias mona al-babi

(c) Magdalena Elias


Ruth Seeley

(c) Ruth Seeley


journey thru time and spaceJosie

(c) Josephine Bunnell



(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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(c) Timothy Caison

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

Roberto Rashid

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.

Vicki Allen

Vicki Allen Jewelry

Singer Songwriters Include:


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!






Suzanne Durand

Animal portraits painted by Suzanne Durand

DAvid Jablow(Baseball)

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. 


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. 


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!


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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Arleen Olshan’s Studio

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.

Jay Studio

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.


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







The Swerve Goes Down The Rabbit Hole

Sat., Oct. 3, 7 pm. A mere $5 at the door.

DSC_9045This October, the Swerve—Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Poetry and Jazz Open Mic—goes down the rabbit hole!

Come one, come all to the Wonderland of Whimsy: Poetry in Celebration of Lewis Carroll. 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

Bring your most whimsical, Tea-lightful (and G-rated) poems inspired by Alice and her adventures (in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass), childhood, Lewis Carroll, Snarks, Fairies or life in general to our Open Mic. Your hosts for the evening will be April Lynn James, PhD and her alter ego, Madison Hatta, Sonneteer. They will share selections from their new chapbook, Madison Hatta’s Book of Unreasonable Rhymes (forthcoming from Philly’s own Moonstone Press). Jazz backbeats to the spoken words provided by Tank & Co.

When? So glad you asked! Saturday, October 3 at 7 pm. $5 at the door. Don’t be late for this very important date!

An official Alice150 event. For more on Alice150 celebrations around the world, visit www.alice150.com.

“I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: “but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

                    — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Countdown to ArtBash! Show Your Support For The Arts!

Saturday, Sept. 19, 6 pm

We’re both exhilarated and humbled by the generosity that keeps pouring in from fellow artists and art organizations. What we need now is YOU. You’ve asked how you can support us in our search for a new home. This is it. Join us at what’s sure to be a night to remember!


(c) Laura Demme

For starters, you’ll bid on fine art and handcraft in our Silent Auction. Contributing artists include: Kevin Bennett, Ellen Benson, Nathalie Borozny, Sheila and Debbie Brown, Jeanne & George Bustard, Jackie Clifton, Kenneth Crimaldi, Laura Demme, James Dupree, Robert Finch, William Hanson, James Hay, Jen Hemenway, Maisha Jackson, Kwaku of Konadu, Katherine Krauss, Judy Levy, Donald Leong, Jay McClellan, Phoebe Murer, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Kathy Robinson, Gloria Rohlfs, Mia Rosenthal, Barbara Rosin, Edward Sargent, Laurel Schwass-Drew, Nettie Scott, Patricia Cousins Smith, Vita Tew, Andrew Walker, Karoline Wallace, Larry West, Sheppard Williams, Stephanie “Amma” Young, Mike Zaikowsky, and the list keeps growing. Want to preview the artwork? Just keep on scrolling down. Even better, stop by Thursday, Sept. 17  during Street Fair. If you love what you see, you can purchase it at the “buy it now” price. Go ahead, make our day!

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(c) Mike Zaikowski

But that’s not all. We have weekend getaways and gift certificates to some of the best visual and performing arts venues, theaters, museums, restaurants, and hotels in the city! Find out what donations have already arrived (with more coming, so stay tuned for updates)!  All bids will start at a 40% lower price than the donor value —prices so irresistible that you’ll want even more.

$50/pp at the door.  

Well worth the price of admission. And you’re helping us in our search for a new home.


Dupree photosWe’ll be honoring local artist James Dupree with our first Artist Trailblazer Award for his contribution not only to the arts but to the social consciousness of Philadelphia. James will also have his work for sale in the gallery. James is dynamic, just like his work. You won’t want to miss an opportunity to hear his story and speak with him.

You’ll relax to the piano jazz of Dena Underwood. Plus you’ll savor the culinary delights from local caterers like Between Friends Roasting Company, Catering by Design, Couch Tomato, Herschel’s East Side Deli, Night Kitchen, Linda’s Vegetarian Village, Malt House, Regi’s Dessert Bar, Herb Scott Catering, and more.Dena-Underwood

This will be a special evening to raise funds to help the Mt. Airy Art Garage find a new home.  



Questions? Contact us at info@mtairyartgarage.org or call 215.242.5074

100% of all proceeds benefit the Mt. Airy Art Garage, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.


Preview of participating artists, fine art, and handcraft! And more keeps coming in.

All prices listed are the original prices. Bids will start 40% lower. See something you must have? Add 30% to the original price, and it can be yours at the “Buy It Now” price.

Evening SongKevinBennettKevin Bennett — kevinbennett1@verizon.net

Evening Song3-shot HDR photograph printed on Hahnemuhle Bamboo fine-art paper, $170

Kevin has been a nature photographer since boyhood, over four decades now. He has lived in the Philadelphia area his entire life and in Manayunk for the last 29 years. In his early twenties, Kevin was encouraged by Bill Donaldson, former President of the Philadelphia Zoo, to photograph a variety of zoo projects. Kevin has photographically documented environmental concerns for the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Shenandoah National Park, many Pennsylvania Nature Conservancy sites and Wissahickon Park. He received honors in the John Heinz NWR photo competitions in both 2006 and 2007 and the Schuylkill River Heritage Association in 2009.

Within the past 10 years, Kevin decided to concentrate his photography in Pennsylvania, mostly within the greater Philadelphia metro region. In 2005, Kevin added a new dimension to his nature photography by working mostly from a kayak, which evolved from the decision to focus his work on the diversity, wonder, and fragility of Pennsylvania’s natural world. In early morning light, he eases himself down into the kayak, waist deep in water, connecting to fluidity of water and sky. Kevin feels as if he has entered another world where he captures vignettes to inspire stewardship for our future generations. It is soulful wonderment and other worldliness that Kevin shares with viewers as he captures the interplay of water, shadow, reflection, wings, eyes and geometric structure. Nature is nature: sometimes serene, sometimes visceral, and always compelling our respect and responsible stewardship.


“Are You There?”

Ellen Benson — ellenbenson519@gmail.com

Are You There?, Handmade Paper, Dominoes, Beads, Clay, Milagros, Found Objects, $140

Three Wise Women, Print, Paint, Mexican carving, $80  SOLD!

Pray For Healing, Handmade Paper, Beads, Vintage Letter & Diary Pages, Paint,  Mirrors,  Found Objects, $220


“Three Wise Women” SOLD!

I am a member of Philadelphia’s Dumpster Divers, a group of artists which focuses on re-claiming cast-off pieces of the world around us to make art, as well as to make use of things headed for the trash stream. To me and to many “divers,” art materials are everywhere!

My work is usually figurative, and for more than 6 years I have been moving towards my goal of creating 1000 figures that I call “divas”; for many of them I make an armature for their “bodies” from those ubiquitous plastic grocery and newspaper delivery bags. Three hundred of these figures were exhibited from October 2012 through May 2013 at the Phila. International airport.

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“Pray For Healing”

I love using materials accumulated or inspired  by my annual winter pilgrimage to Oaxaca, Mexico. My work reflects the colors of the houses, the food, the street murals, the indigenous clothing, the contemporary art and of course the fiestas. Every day there is a celebration honoring a church’s patron saint, or the baby Jesus, or the Virgen of Guadaloupe and there are whole shops and market stalls dedicated to religious articles.

You can see more of my work at www.inliquid.com and in the book, FOUND OBJECT ART 2, by Schiffer Press.






NathalieBoroznyNathalie Borozny— nborozny@gmail.com

Vineyard Leeks, print on handmade paper, $150

Nathalie Borozny attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Design, Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati. She has spent most of her professional life as a teacher and program director with three and four year old children and their families where she tried to make it possible for them to make art. In addition, she has and continues to study the art of paper and handmade books with Sandy Bernat in Martha’s Vineyard. In Philadelphia she is a student and admirer of Winnie Radalon and also continues to learn from the women with whom she makes paper. Nathalie’s work has been shown in exhibits by the Guild of Papermakers, Mt. Airy Art Garage and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Nathalie lives in the Germantown section of Philadelphia with her retired husband, Jim, near Rittenhouse Town where paper was first made in the United States and where she walks along the Wissahickon Creek amassing another amazing collection of twigs, stones, bark. She occasionally makes forays into Ridley Creek State Park, and every autumn she photographs Martha’s Vineyard. Her photographs are printed on her handmade paper; cotton/abaca, gampi and kozu.


Bill Brookover — bill.brookover@gmail.com; billbrookover.comBill Brookover Rotating Triangles (Light Red on Black)

Rotating Triangles, Constructed Collage, $260

This piece is a demonstration of my love of making. It starts with designing an intriguing pattern that is then transformed through printmaking into layers of paper. These are then cut apart and collaged together to create this dynamic image.

Bill Brookover is a printmaker whose work is based in his training in design and architecture.  Born in West Texas, he studied art and architecture at Rice University, historic preservation at Columbia University, and printmaking at Fleisher Art Memorial. His prints explore design, color, texture, and geometric structure. 

Brookover is a teaching artist at Fleisher Art Memorial, a community art center in South Philadelphia, where he has taught printmaking since 2010. In 2014 he began leading tours of Hidden Print Collections for Fleisher printmaking students. He volunteers at the Print & Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia building a digital catalog of the Fine Art Print collection. In 2014 he served as Independent Curator for Eugene Feldman Offset Lithographs, Print & Picture Hallway Gallery, at the Parkway Central Library. He is a member of Second State Press, Mt Airy Art Garage, and The Print Center in Philadelphia.


Sheila and Debbie Brown — sheilabm7@gmail.com

Kumhimino Braid Necklace & Earrings, Glass seed beads with Sterling Silver Clasps & Ear Wire  — $46


Jeanne Z. Bustard — jeannebustard@verizon.net, (215) 242-4529

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Enchanted Garden, Acrylic on Canvas, $75

In these paintings, I experiment with a variety of tools for applying paint to canvas in order to create texture and motion.  I thoroughly enjoy the process of painting, the tactile quality of the paint itself, and the physical sensation of applying paint to canvas.

I am fascinated by the constant surprises that occur as I paint the world through the filter of my internal vision, and by the responses of viewers who look through a lens of their own.

George Bustard — gibustard@verizon.net, (215) 242-4529

Graying Sky, Acrylic on Canvas, $150

There is, you see, this loop:

I look.  I feel.  I reflect.  I remember.

So, when the time comes to face another empty canvas,

And look with fresh and newer eyes,

I dip into those remembered meanings.

Then, through muscle and medium, ground and detail,

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mountains and mist emerge,

Sea and sky and evening shadow.

Or, simply, form and color, standing alone.  Standing together.

Do I paint what I see with my outer eye?  Sometimes.

Do I paint what I see with my inner eye?   Always.

So… an invitation:  You look.  You feel.  You reflect.  You remember.

Do you see what I see?  

Do you feel what I feel?

You do?

May the loop continue.


Jackie Clifton — jackieclifton@gmail.comJackie Clifton

Ceramic Plates, Set of three, $75

I’ve been making wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery since 1996 and currently own and work from a studio in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to my Etsy store, I sell my work through galleries, gift shops and shows.

For many years I lived in the southwest and much of my work reflects the colors, culture and dramatic landscape of that area. I also love the beautiful changing seasons in Southeastern Pennsylvania and am working to incorporate that beauty into my newer pieces.

I produce functional and decorative pieces intended for use in daily life. Home and garden decor as well as functional dishware, bird houses and feeders, garden markers, indoor or outdoor wall pieces are among my most popular work.

Ken CrimaldiKenneth Crimaldi — crimaldi@verizon.net

Red Leaf, print, $75

Many of my images are of signs or remnants of signs or other objects on surfaces, and also other types of abstract and/or minimalist scenes.  Another photographer once told me I was “obsessed” with this subject matter – he meant it in the best possible way (I like to think). Images of this type are intended to be abstract, not necessarily in the sense that one can’t tell what was photographed, but in the sense that they were not made to depict what was in front of the lens, but instead to present patterns, textures and compositions for their own sake. One might consider them “semi-abstract” or some other term, but I don’t believe categorization is really helpful.

This interest in patterns, textures, etc. carries over somewhat when I’m photographing nature as well.  A lot of what I do with natural subjects is macro work emphasizing their more abstract qualities over literal depiction. The images often end up being about pattern, texture, color, composition or some combination of these.


Laura Demme, laurademme.comDemme2

Raku Vessel, $150

Raku is a form that offers endless ephemeral possibilities. Consistently surprised by the results, somehow the Raku surface speaks to me most eloquently.  The glaze sits lightly on the surface of the clay, enhancing the texture, rather than concealing it. When I describe to my students what the results will be, I tell them the range of possibilities, not the definite outcome. If you are not pleased with a piece, put it away for a week, a month, a year. Then look at it with fresh eyes!

Too many times as artists we try to control the results, leaving us closed to other possibilities. Raku firing frees me from that, giving new ways to look at art, the mysterious ways of fire and glaze, the accidental happenings, the gifts of the kiln goddess!

I teach Hand Building, Sculpture and Raku and Alternative Firing at Cheltenham Center for the Art, Wayne Art Center and Community Arts Center in Wallingford, Pa.  I also teach Encaustic Painting, Concrete Sculpture and Doll Making.

We are on a voyage, trying to see and learn the most possible in our short time here. Don’t Stop!! Keep Moving!!!

Laura shows her work regionally and nationally, a juried member of the Pa Guild of Craftsmen in Ceramics and a Potters Guild Member. You can see more work on www.thepottersguild.com.


Robert Finch — suemfinch@aol.com


Figure Drawing, Mixed Media, $600

Robert-Finch-2Wissahickon, Hand Colored Lithograph, $400








James Hay — jahphotos.orgJamesHayweb

Purple Bells, Pigment Inks on Archival Paper, $52

I enjoy photography because it forces a different way of looking at the world. Nature photography requires that I be more tuned-in to the moment…watchful for opportunities of subject, color, and light to reveal themselves. Then it becomes a matter of being patient enough, lucky enough, quick enough, and skilled enough in using the tools (camera, lens, computer, etc.) to try to capture and frame images in a way that conveys something of what I’ve seen…perhaps just a documenting of paths that crossed or perhaps distilling some small wonder or simple beauty of the natural world.



BillHanson_MAAGsummershowWilliam Hanson, hansonwg@aol.com

Garden 9, Pigment Ink Jet, $325

Bill Hanson is a sculptor, photographer and painter. He began his art education while in high school in Newburyport, Massachusetts with the painter and muralist Richard M. Gibney. He studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1966 to 1970, where he majored in sculpture and earned a four year certificate. He currently lives in Philadelphia. 

Garden 9 is part of an ongoing series of plant photography inspired by my love of the natural world. It recently showed in Artists in the Garden: PAFA at The Morris Arboretum, as well as the summer exhibition at MAAG. It began as a positive color digital photograph, then inverted to a negative in photoshop and further manipulated in color and tonality.


Jen HemenwayJen Hemenway — rootsup@hotmail.com

Sun Smiles, mixed media, $60



Maisha Jackson — mjack11@verizon.net

Two Handmade Fabric Bags, Bucket Bag $60, Shoulder Bag $50


Kwaku of Konadu, amma159@outlook.com

Wake Up, Ink Jet On Paper, $40

I am inspired by nature and feel at peace and one in woodsy places like our natural reserves in Valley Green. While on hiking trails, I take pictures to archive the beauty and intriguing life of Mother Nature. I like to look close at nature’s designs on the planet or outside the planet. 75% of my work is about the circle of life. I am exploring many territories and I never know what I might create. At 21 years I am still learning about my life and how we are all connected to nature. I am intrigued by flowers, rocks, trees, water, elements of life and the forces in nature.



Contemporary Flying Geese

Katherine Krauss — kit.krauss@gmail.com

Contemporary Flying Geese, Quilt, $500





Donald Leong — donaldleongarts@gmail.com

Outer Banks Sunset, Watercolor, $75


misty-fjords-LevyJudith Levy — judy.levy@verizon.net

Misty Fjords, Alaska, ink jet print, $180

I have been a landscape photographer for 15 years. I have traveled widely in the United States and to other countries in search of the landscape. I particularly try to capture the details, the bits that are often overlooked.



Jay McClellan — www.jaymcclellan.com


White Dog, Ink on Paper, $150

In painting I examine the visual concept of “flat space” by moving objects back and forth on the canvas’s two-dimensional plane. Juxtaposing bold colors with graphic pattern and unique designs, my visual combinations excite my audience’s attention to the calm and earnest dogs that surround me in my everyday life. Indebted to modern and contemporary painters such as Alex Katz and Fairfield Porter, my large-scale paintings allow me to reveal the uniqueness of my family, which are primarily portraits of my dogs and my wife in our home. The calmness that it brings to me, and the happiness that they bring to me, I want to paint those ideas. 


PhoebemurerPhoebe Murer — pcmurer@aol.com

Greenhouse, oil on canvas, $250      

As an artist, I show many sides, like Laura Palmer in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” If you’ve seen the show or movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

My oil paintings typically show the brighter side of me, so they are vibrant. Inspired by Salvadore Dali, Andy Warhol and David Hockney, they are reminiscent of pools and theme/water parks. I like pop art, such as video game characters and movie scene satires, like what one may see in Mad Magazine — a woodcut of Gremlins taunting E.T., for example. I do this to amuse myself and others.

For prints, sculptures and drawings, the topics are usually psychological and deal with my dark side. Like the art of Edvard Munch and Toulouse-Lautrec, which typically involve illness and death, mine reflects upon social problems, trauma, despair, conflict and afflictions with a twist of sarcastic and dark humor.  Currently, I am working on a hand drawn graphic novel, using Adobe Photoshop. It’s a dark story about a trip to Europe with conflicting morals and life styles.


Lee Muslin — www.LeeMuslin.com

Lee Muslin

Wherever you are is the entry point, mixed media collage, 24” x 18”, $195

Lee Muslin is an explorer constantly discovering new ways to create. She has an intuitive, organic approach to art making whether she is creating abstract paintings or mixed media collages. Transparency and layering plays a major role in all her artwork. Color, rhythm and texture are the supporting concepts. Lee’s collages usually start with a recycled photograph or photomontage as a base. Just a hint of the original may remain at the end of the process. A selection of found papers, fabric, fine art papers, tissue paper, transfers and acrylic paint are some of the ingredients that may be added bit by bit, like a puzzle, until the composition evolves. Creating something visually exciting from unrelated items, each with its own texture and dimensionality, is Lee’s challenge. Although the works are abstract, they may nevertheless imply the passage of time or suggest a landscape.


ArleenOlshanArleen Olshan — arleenolshan@yahoo.com

Figure Study, Charcoal on Paper, $150

The Mt. Airy Art Garage was initially Arleen’s goal to have a studio with other artists, a gallery, classroom and performance space and room to collaborate with other artists. This dream from 2009, with the tremendous partnership of her wife Linda Slodki and the support of the Northwest Community, has come to fruition. 

Arleen is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with a BFA in Painting from the University of Arts (then the Philadelphia College of Art). She is also a master in handcrafted leather accessories, which she has worked in for over 50 years.


Kathy RobinsonKathy Robinson, Batik Wearables Designer — www.kathyrobinsonbatik.com

Kimono-Style Jacket, batik and hand painted silk, $320

“Often when asked to provide a written description of my work, it never fails to remind me of the fundamental preference for speaking through the work itself. I continue to find comfort in the simple tools and techniques of batik that I first encountered on the banks of the Delaware in the early Seventies. At first, now as then, I seem to see color and its emotional nuance in a piece; line and texture to follow.”

Kathy Robinson is a professional Batik artist and designer working out of her studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Relying heavily on the ancient wax resist method of Batik and using the Tjanting, the traditional Indonesian wood and metal tool, each piece is worked on as an individual canvas. The design of the garment, how it fits and flows on the body also play an important role in her “Wearable Art.” Recent studies in painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts have influenced her use of color and also led to more “painterly” techniques on the silk. Her work has been carried by museum shops and galleries across the country, including The Michener Art Museum Shop, Woodmere Art Museum Shop, Brandywine River Museum Shop, Portfolio at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Gloria Rohlfs — coachgdr@gmail.comchakraMeditation Gloria Rohlfs 6 by 8 300 dpi

Chakra Meditation, acrylic on canvas with lace, 16″ x 18″, $100

Rohlfs creates her art utilizing acrylics, fabric, photography and found objects. Her early work was influenced by quilting. Her art is inspired by her interest in the environment, peace, human rights and earth-based spirituality. Rohlfs’s work has been exhibited in group shows in upstate New York; New York City; and Philadelphia. Gloria Rohlfs has lived in Iowa; Munich, Germany; New York City and the Catskill Mountains.  


phone_scott_insidemiarosenthalMia Rosenthal — mia@miaonpaper.com

iPhone (Scott),  4 ½ x 2 ¼ inches, ink, pencil and gouache on paper, $300

Mia Rosenthal will be having her first solo museum exhibition Mia Rosenthal: Paper Lens at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the fall of 2015. She was awarded a 2014 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund Grant for the Performing and Visual Arts and a 2015 fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Her drawings are included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, the Progressive Collection, Fidelity Investments and Wellington Management.

Rosenthal’s recent exhibitions include Keeping It Real: Recent Acquisitions of Narrative and Realist Art, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 12th National Drawing Invitational: Outside the Lines, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, A Little Bit Every Day at Gallery Joe, Philadelphia and Here and Now: Prints, Drawings and Photographs by 10 Philadelphia Artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


BobbyRosinBarbara Rosin, rosin.b@gmail.com

Minion of Peace, Ink Drawing, $125







Edward Sargent — sibeliusop118@gmail.comSargent

The Angels of Our Better Nature Visit The Shenandoah, 28” x 14” x 4”, collage, $150

Age 74, graduated from Chestnut Hill Academy 1960, attended Tyler School of Fine Art 1960-63. Otherwise self taught. Exhibited at the Vis-à-vis Gallery in Philadelphia in 1963 and then at the Mt. Airy Art Garage 2013-14, but not during the intervening years.

Everything presents points of reference to me from the religious art of the Renaissance to the old Flash Gordon serials. I try to reach what I cannot reach.



Nettie ScottNettie Scott — nettie@scottshanis.com

Mosaic turquoise and spiral copper pendant necklace, $55

The crab agate and antique copper pendant necklace, $50NettieScott2

Nettie Scott, a retired social worker, spent thirty happy years in Alaska, working in the field of cross cultural mental health and addictions as well as teaching at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  She has lived in many places around the globe, always fascinated by ethnic arts and crafts. An amateur potter when she moved to the Alaskan “bush” she found that the harsh environment was not friendly to pottery making. A few years later she discovered polymer clay and began making her own beads, as well as fashioning jewelry from ethnic findings, porcelain, pearls and semi-precious stone beads. Now she is exploring mixed media polymer clay work, creating mostly functional art and using polymer clay as a painting medium. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Dan Shanis, occasionally teaching the basics of working with polymer clay and jewelry making.


Laurel Schwass-Drew — http://lsdrewgraphics.etsy.comLaurelSchwasdrew

Gift Certificate for a T-Shirt, $26

Laurel Schwass-Drew, aka L.S-Drew Graphics, is a Northwest Philadelphia-based printmaker who specializes in producing her own line of wearable textile imagery, mostly in the form of hand-pulled screenprints on T-shirts, and on hand-dyed scarves made of cotton or silk. Her wearables can be found in the personal collections of a growing number of loyal fans, both locally and across the world.

My line of hand-screen-printed T-shirts — hand-dyed & screenprinted silk, cotton scarves, all featuring my eclectic imagery for a touch of local artisan-produced little luxuries. Treat yourself or a friend!


SmithPatricia Cousins Smith — patjoylisa@aol.com


South African Zulu Mother and Child Weaver, Photographic Print, $110




Vita TewVita Tew www.vitatewartist.com

Industrial Series #1, Ink Jet Photo Print, $85


This is one of a series of industrial photographs of elements be it metal, glass, brick, paint and so on. Often we pass by things and never really see them or the beauty in them. I tend to work in the surrealist or abstract, and much of this series has that as an undertone. This one is a digital photo that has not been changed. The rust can still be seen in the metal and the time of day in the overall photo.




Andrew Walker — www.andrewrwalkerartist.comAndy Walker

Strawberry Mansion Bridge, digitally manipulated photography, 18″ x 24″, $300

My work has always addressed the universal issues of illness and the recovery/transformation of human beings and of our environment.

Early in my artistic career my primary medium was painting and the subjects were personal. My early worked addressed my own chronic illness as a child which resulted in a renal transplant.

My most recent work has been focused in the arena of public art. I use large-scale prints and installations to create awareness of urban blight and environmental damage. My work also addresses the potential for recovery and transformation. Another theme in my work is creating awareness about the environment, so most of my work is made out of recycled material.

Throughout the many years that I have lived in Philadelphia, I have been documenting the health and welfare of the Schuylkill River in my series The Schuylkill River Project. Originally inspired by artists such as Thomas Eakins and Thomas Moran, I created oil paintings depicting the river within the limits of Philadelphia.

For the past few years I have been focusing on combining photography, painting, and computer manipulation of my documentation of the river, in its beauty and sickness. Most recently I have been using Photoshop to alter a specific photograph by layering many images together, including abstracted photos of my own skin cancers as a source of texture in certain areas. The next step in this process is to create installations that include images that are able to invoke the physicality of the Schuylkill River: bridges, fences and the surface of the water itself.

My work will always address recovery and transformation.


Karoline Wallace, MA, MCIT — karoline@karolinewallace.net


Tree Stump Quilt, Wissahickon Studies, Fiber Art, $150

Conduit, Wissahickon Studies, Fiber Art, $150

WallaceConduitThese pieces are made up of an original image printed on 100% cotton fabric, machine quilted and sometimes hand beaded. This series is based on photos I have taken during my hikes up in the Wissahickon Valley with my dogs, over several years. The photos are manipulated using editing software then printed on high-quality cotton. I then free-motion quilt and sometimes hand beaded them.

They are part of my Wissahickon Studies Series (c. 2014), a fiber art series which represents the most salient and memorable slices of time and space that I have had in that wonderful park. In this series, I explore the thrilling beauty of nature, the magnificence of decay, and the magical play of light that seems to be everywhere in that place. Through quilting in various thread colors and hand beading the pieces, these individual quilts reflect the beauty and my feelings of wonder at this local slice of nature. In Tree Stump, the upturned tree fascinated me as I took my weekly hikes on the trails in the park. The flower-like beauty of the decay inspires me. In Conduit, the image features a typical cement tube which forms a path to cross certain areas of the park. I was most interested in the play of light on the surface of this magical bridge.


LarryWestLarry West — www.larrywestproductions.com

Forged by Satan: Goatwhore 2015 Gig Poster, Digital Print on Archival Stock, 24″ x 36″, $100

Larry West is a commercial illustrator and designer from the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. He’s worked for the high profile band Wednesday 13, designed a shirt for the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign, and has had his work featured in “The Art of Heavy Metal.”






Sheppard “Van” Williams — svan50@me.comHummingbird feeding on AgastacheVanWilliams2

Hummingbird Feeding on Agastache I, photograph, $75

Hummingbird Feeding on Agastache II, photograph, $75

Since his childhood in the 50’s, S. Van Williams has been a “shutterbug” capturing family, friends and his environment.  Since moving to the Mount Airy neighborhood in 2002, Van has been an avid photographer of hummingbirds, flowers and scenery throughout northwest Philadelphia and Center City.  He is a member of the MAAG Photo Club. Besides his passion for photography, Van is an avid gardener and enjoys practicing yoga. 


Stephanie Amma 2Stephanie “Amma” Young, stephanieamma@gmail.com

Ashanti Gold Series #2: Raine, Pencil and gold leaf on bristol board, $200

Ashanti Gold Series celebrates the richness of our African Heritage and Culture. All we have to do is glance back at ancient times when we measured our own Gold with Gold, Sankofa. The Ashanti people of Ghana West Africa adorn themselves with Gold, recorded as far back as 15th century. On paper with pencil, gold leaf and ink, I adorn my family, friends and acquaintances.

It is a promise to our ancestors for us to prosper and be in health. It is my hope that we see the richness in our support systems and I thought it would make someone happy to see themselves as Royalty.

Natural gold resources are in the dense forests of southern Ghana and brought wealth and influence to the Asante (Ashanti) people. Asante wealth was increased by transporting gold to North Africa via trade routes across the Sahara. In the 15th and 16th centuries this gold attracted other traders, from the great Songhay empire (in today’s Republic of Mali), from the Hausa cities of northern Nigeria and from Europe and European interest in the region.

Mike Zaikowsky, profilesstudio@verizon.netMike Zaikowski Portal

Portal, sepia photograph printed on satin fabric and mounted on bamboo hanger, 33”Hx18”, with hanger 36”x28”, $180

When Mike Zaikowski opened Penguin Photo one-hour lab in 1991, he was warned that that was the surest way to kill his interest in photography. When 10 years later he sold that business and opened Profiles fine art printmaking studio, naysayers told him that he’d have no time for his own work after printing other people’s images all day. Well, turns out they were wrong. Very wrong.  Mike shot the image he calls ‘Portal’ many years ago, with a film camera, at the crack of dawn, on one of his rare days off. It was always a favorite image, but one that he was never able to made a truly satisfactory print of on photographic paper. This led to a series of attempts to coat watercolor paper with photographic emulsion (in the dark, of course!), which produced uneven results and no small amount of frustration. It wasn’t until the advent of digital printing in the late 1990’s that the means became available to transfer photographic images onto fine art papers with beautiful tones, stable inks and consistent results. And so Mike sold the photo-lab and jumped into the new world of digital fine art printmaking where he was finally able to realize the kind of print he had always striven for in his own work. Recent innovations now make it possible to print ‘Portal’ on satin fabric so that it can be presented as a wall hanging, without glass or frame to detract from the immediacy of the image’s impact. He hopes you enjoy the end result.

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