Sunday, March 8, International Women’s Day, 3-5 pm
It’s our third year of celebrating International Women’s Day! What better way to dialogue with fellow artists and art lovers than under the umbrella of the Gender Weave Exhibition. We are delighted to mix it up with an unfolding list of participants including Lascivious Jane (Liberty City Kings), Van Nguyen (performance artist), Arleen Olshan (painter), Kathryn Pannepacker (fiber artist), E. Simon Ruchti (Asst. Prof. Women’s and Gender Studies, Westchester U.), Jennifer Turnbull (Spiral Q), Chea Villanueva (writer), and others.
Artists will examine the intersection of sexuality, gender identity, women’s equality and “social norms” within their work and lives. It’s an interactive and empowering afternoon celebrating International Women’s Day and the Gender Weave Project. Build community, be part of the conversation. Join us. $10 donation.
Lascivious Jane is a full time producer and performer. She has been performing and producing burlesque for more than 8 years and is the founding member and Artistic Director & proud Glitter Mama of Philadelphia’s multi award-winning Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque AKA LiCK, Philly’s largest and most diverse performance troupe. She is a Canadian transplant to Philly who moved here 13 years ago for grad school and never wants to leave. When she is not working on her Ph.D in Human Sexuality or working out new numbers for the stage, she can be found covered in dirt on her organic mini urban farm or standing over a hot canning pot in the kitchen preserving the harvest. She is the producer of LiCK’s monthly Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret, the longest running drag (and burlesque) show at her home bar Tabu, every 1st Saturday and recently won the title of Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2015.
Van is a genderqueer Vietnamese-American educator, activist, and performing artist raised and rooted in Philadelphia. She is a board member of the Leeway Foundation, a performer and web coordinator of the Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque troupe, steering committee member of Hotpot!, Philadelphia’s queer Asian/Pacific Islander women and trans folk gathering, and a former Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Kids Camp program director.
The Mt. Airy Art Garage was Arleen’s brain child. Initially her goal was create a space where artists could collaborate—have studios, a gallery, classroom and performance space to build community. With the tremendous partnership of her wife Linda Slodki and the support of the Northwest Community, this dream, launched in 2009, 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.
Kathryn Pannepacker is a textile/visual artist living in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Penn State University with a major in English and a minor in art. Afterwards, she apprenticed with 3rd generation French tapestry weaver, Jean Pierre Larochette and his partner, Yael Lurie, a painter and designer for tapestry. Kathryn then went to Aubusson, France to continue weaving as an artist-in-resident. She also had the opportunity to be an artist-in-resident in Hachioji, Japan, through the Japan Foundation.
Though still weaving pictorial tapestry, she also weaves with unusual materials. Through the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, Kathryn painted a 7′ x 500 ft. wide mural called Wall of Rugs: the global language of textiles at Girard and Belmont Avenues featuring the textiles of 42 countries. Part 2 was completed at Broad and Lehigh Streets. Her most recent painted-to-look-like-knitting & crochet-mural, Nana Blankets, can be seen in North Philly.
Kathryn exhibits locally, nationally and internationally, and has work in private and public collections. In the summers of 2010 & 2013, she was in Canada doing an outdoor textile installation for the international textile arts event at Moon Rain Center. She is committed to the transformative power of art in people’s lives and the sustainability of such transformation by involving the community.
See her featured on the cover/Spring 2009 issue of AMERICAN CRAFT.
E. Simon Ruchti, Ph.D.
Simon is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy at West Chester University. After completing a Bachelors in Theatre and Dramatic Literature at Mount Holyoke College, Simon went on to earn her Masters in Performance Studies at New York University and her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. Both her master’s thesis and dissertation examined the relationship between gender and performance. Simon has also worked as a director and dramaturge for theatrical productions, spent five years in the film industry, and even had the opportunity to direct a baroque opera. Her areas of expertise include queer theory, feminist theory, performance theory, and masculinity studies. Currently, however, Simon’s scholarship focuses on her work with fraternity men to fight rape culture.
Jennifer Turnbull uses art, the most powerful tool of communication, to transcend man-made boundaries. Inspired by the everyday, Jennifer Turnbull illuminates stories with the strongest themes and sometimes most difficult experiences relevant to all audiences. Over 30 years ago Jennifer began formal training in Ballet and expanded to Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop & West African dance. Almost 20 years ago, choreography became an integral part of her expression, earning her awards for Excellence in Choreography from Deerfield Academy and Tufts University.
Turnbull seeks to redefine the terms of art-education, believing in the power it harnesses, to revolutionize our formal education systems. Jennifer teaches Dance and Visual Arts in Philadelphia with Spiral Q Puppet Theater and the Barnes Foundation. Collaboratively she works with visionaries making music, dance and site-specific performance with SWARM and BARETEETH.
Chea Villanueva’s fiction and poetry has been published in numerous anthologies throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe and is the author of two books of short fiction—Bulletproof Butches and Jessie’s Song. Villanueva identifies as a male or male identified Stone Butch and was featured in the late Christopher Lee’s film, Trappings of Transhood, a documentary about gender identity.