Best Art Party Ever! Support MAAG!

Saturday, Sept. 19, 6 pm

Art BashIt’s going to be a night to remember. Donations keep pouring in. Everything devoted to the Arts—all to help us find a new home. You’ve asked how you can support the Mt. Airy Art Garage. This is how — come to ArtBash! Guaranteed best art party ever!

Join us for an evening of celebration! For starters, you’ll bid on fine art and handcraft in our Silent Auction. Contributing artists include: Kevin Bennett, Ellen Benson, Nathalie Borozny, Jeanne & George Bustard, Jackie Clifton, Kenneth Crimaldi, Laura Demme,  James Dupree, Robert Finch, William Hanson, James Hay, Jen Hemenway, Judy Levy, Jay McClellan, Phoebe Murer, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Kathy Robinson, Gloria Rohlfs, Mia Rosenthal, Edward Sargent, Laurel Schwass-Drew, Nettie Scott, Andrew Walker, Karoline Wallace, Larry West, Sheppard Williams, Stephanie “Amma” Young, Mike Zaikowsky, and the list keeps growing. Want to preview the artwork? Just look below. 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.

But that’s not all. We have received an outpouring of support from sister arts organizations throughout the city with gift certificates to some of the best visual and performing arts venues, theaters, museums, restaurants, and hotels! Find out what donations have already arrived (with more coming, so stay tuned for updates)! 

We’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. You’ll relax to the piano jazz of Dena Underwood. Plus delicious food from local vendors, refreshments, and more.Dupree

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

$50/pp at the door. Well worth the price of admission. 


Questions? Contact us at 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! (Initial List) 

Evening SongKevinBennettKevin Bennett —

Evening Song, 3-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 —

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 and in the book, FOUND OBJECT ART 2, by Schiffer Press.






NathalieBoroznyNathalie Borozny—

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.


Jeanne Z. Bustard —, (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 —, (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,

gbustardGraying Sky lShadow and substance,

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 —

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,


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

Robert Finch —


Figure Drawing, Mixed Media, $600

Wissahickon, Hand Colored Lithograph, $400

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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,

Garden 9, Pigment Ink Jet, $325






Jen HemenwayJen Hemenway —

Sun Smiles, mixed media, $60








Judith Levy —

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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.comMcClellan

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 —

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.comLee 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 —

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 —

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 —

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.


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 —

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!


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 —


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 —

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. 



StephanieAmma Behind The Veil 1of 10Stephanie “Amma” Young,

Behind the Veil, Oil on Canvas, $

For artists, their created work is the most revealing expression of their lives. Our bodies are temples for Spirit to reside in to guide us. Why do we go to temples, churches, or mosques? Is it to learn how to surrender to God and to love him with all our hearts and minds, and then to treat others as parts and parcels of God? Is religion meant to reawaken this realization and perception? When we see that, we are able to reconnect ourselves to God, or express our devotion, whether we go to a church, temple, mosque, or Cinegag. We will see they all have spiritual belief systems that direct us to look within our heart where truth lies and unwrap the veil, which hides the truth. 

These thoughts brought me to the realization that the only true temple is inside us. We can veil it with all kinds of imaginary concepts, perceptions, and beliefs, and dress it in satin, linen or polyester. But the truth still waits within our soul. The significance of the veil is symbolizing: binding, camouflage, a cloak, clothing, disguise, mask, masquerade, overlaying, pretense, screen, jail, tegument, umbrella, and veneer, hair, skin and flesh.

Mike Zaikowsky,

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

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.

You won’t want to miss ArtBash. See you there!


Make Art, Grow Food Mural Dedication This Week. Join us!

Mural Dedication this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 11 am at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (rear).


Mural Design (c) Daisy Langston Juarez. Photo (c) Michael Albany.

What an amazing intergenerational collaboration between children at Henry Houston Elementary School and elders at Homelink making their own kind of special magic. All drawings in the mural are original and created solely by the participants. The teacher artists of the Mt. Airy Art Garage compiled the images.

Now we are ready to celebrate! Join us this Wed., Sept 9, @ 11 am in the rear garden of the Mt. Airy Art Garage. We’ll be joined by all the artists in the project, both young and old, plus a host of sponsors who made this project possible.  Earth, Bread, and Brewery will concoct some tasty garden treats for all to enjoy.

So, let’s celebrate and keep on dreaming!


The Mt. Airy Art Garage Launches A Campaign To Find A New Home

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We have something important to share with you—our members, fellow artists, friends, supporters, our Northwest Community. Our lease will expire August 31, 2016, and unexpectedly, we have not been granted the option to renew it.

This means that, as we look toward next year, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will need to find a new home. It’s a big challenge—one we have every intention of meeting, with your support.

Just in 2015 alone, we engaged in more socially engaged art projects and creative thinking than ever before—My Son Matters!, the Gender Weave Project with Moore College, Make Art Grow Food , and a host of events, concerts, classes and gallery exhibitions. 2016 will see a city-wide quilt and fiber show. There will be more music, more murals and rain barrels, and more community projects. And that’s just for starters.

So we will be launching a major campaign to help us find a new home and for paid staff. With your help and commitment, together, we can do this.

Please Mark Your Calendars and Join Us

·      Community & Member Meeting, Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 pm at MAAG. Next steps.

·      ArtBash, Sat., Sept. 19, 6 pm featuring James Dupree, Music with Dena Underwood

Here’s What You Can Do Right Now To Help

·      Join or renew your membership

·      Make a donation.

·      Come to the community meeting where we will layout projections and next steps.

Fundraisers? Marketing mavens, video artists, word noodlers, connectors? Strategic planners? Realty lawyers and realtors? Accountants? Admins? Architects? We need you all now. Lend us your skills.  Step up and volunteer. Let’s push ahead into this new phase together.

We know we can forge through this and move forward.

Linda Slodki, President and Cofounder





Word Play! The Swerve Returns With Poet Susan Windle

Saturday, Sept. 5, 7 pm, $5

swerve_fb_profileThe Swerve opens the fall season with poet extraordinaire Susan Windle returning to host the evening. On this Labor Day Saturday we’ll celebrate summer’s last gasps with Word Play!—your best poems, songs, short prose pieces, or anything new you want to try out on a warm and willing audience. Bring it on! A jazz back beat by Tank Keitt will become part of our verbal playground. Susan writes, “What a great way to create a spontaneous love song to summer, an invitation to the coming fall, or just to be together, turning, each of us, as the season turns.” 

Come as you are—to speak and listen. Or just to listen.  All good.Susan Windle





This Thing We Do
                   with homage to John Fox

When we listen deeply, each to each

you to me and I to you 


there is a bridge between us, stretched 

across a glistening gorge.


The bridge itself is lovely

a slender, swaying thing


lovely as the snaking river

lovely as the reaching rock.


You and I, a river and a bridge—

that’s what I mean by heaven. That’s


what I’ve been trying to say.

–Susan Windle

Time For African Drums & Dance At The Artist X-Change

Finally Friday, August 28, 6 pm.

Looks like we’re going to be drumming, dancing and sharing at our next Artist X-Change! Our newest resident studio artist, Stephanie Amma Young and Ishmael-El will engage you in West African drumming and dance to experience their expression in life.

Steph1Amma and Ishmael brings their love and passion for their cultural heritage through dance and drum wherever they go. maag_banner_art-x_v2Join us as we experience some expertly performed dance and drum that promotes the preservation of African dance and culture. It provides opportunities for lifelong learning and fortifies our communities with a sense of pride. Spreading “Peace, Love, and Respect for Everybody!”

It’s a night of building community and making connections. You’re even welcome to talk about your own projects. $5 donation.

Stephanie “Amma” YoungSteph2

AMMA, Stephanie Young is a native of Philadelphia who celebrates the African-American experiences and contributions through her art. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Amma is elated with opportunities that will allow her to fuse her visual arts with music, song and dance.   

AMMA has studied and worked as a visual artist and dancer for more than 30 years. She also studied and taught silk screen printing and mural painting. She has studied and performed as a dancer, of Traditional West African Folkloric. Amma studied West African culture through spiritual and religious training and art disciplines. 

stephanieAMMA, as a performing artist,  has performed in concert performances at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, Philadelphia Art Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Smithsonian Institute, New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, Odunde Festival, African American Festivals, Welcome Americas, and other venues.

AMMA  received her BFA in Fine Art from the University of Art Philadelphia. When she is not creating paintings and dancing, she can be found designing costumes for Kulu Mele, Adowaa Praise Drum and other Dance companies teaching and sharing her creative gifts with youth in Public Schools.

AMMA is an award winning artist who is a recipient of 2014 Council of the Arts Apprenticeship Grants to study songs and culture of Mali West Africa; a three-time LeeWay Grant Award Recipient; 2010 Presidential House: Commemorative Untold Story Quilt and Exhibit at Independence Mall and African American Museum of Philadelphia, among a host of other awards.

Ishmael-El, Percussionist/Singer

Ishmael is a percussionist and performer with over 30 years experience. He has performed in many venues including The Locust, The Academy of Music, Kimmel, Wilma, Zellerbach, Painted Bride, African American Museum of Philadelphia, University of Penn, The Barnes, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Philadelphia Odunde Festival, and New York Street Festival. He has studied and performed abroad in the Caribbean Islands—Puerto Rico and St. Johns; West Africa— Nigeria Benin, Guinea Conakry, and Senegal Gori Island.   

He has also played for EZIBU Muntu African Dance and Culture Ensemble and Elegba Society in Virginia, and presently Little Africa Drum Ensemble specializing preserving Afro-Cuban Rumba, Troupe D.A.D.A., Adowaa Praise Drum and Dance Ministry of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, and the premier Kulu Mele African American Drum and Dance Ensemble for 35 + years.


Turn Up The Heat! The Liberty City Kings Are Coming!

Saturday, August 22, 7:30 pm

logowebLiberty City Kings, aka LiCK, is Philly’s multi award-winning only queer drag and burlesque performance troupe. And they’re back in Mt. Airy to delight you with a full show! LiCK explores and… explodes the performance expectations of drag and burlesque. LiCK’s drag hotties will make you squirm, laugh, and sing along with their lowbrow humor, while their burlesque beauties captivate audiences with their fun, sexy, and downright raunchy shake-and-shimmy numbers proving that drag and burlesque doesn’t need to be high class to be fun! Plus, we hear that there’s going to be a tassle twirling contest during intermission…heather

Liberty City Kings are all about blending, bending, and blurring gender, politics, and satire with music, drag, burlesque, and good, old-fashioned, raunchy fun! You won’t want to miss this full show.

Doors open at 7:30 pm for general admission. $15 at the door.

See you at the show!




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We’re Launching The Artist X-Change


Finally Friday, July 31, 6 – 9 pm. 

We’re throwing a monthly event where you can meet other artists and hear about their work, talk to gallery owners, even learn about professional art services that you need to market yourself. We’re calling it the Artist X-Change! You just might meet some very cool people you may want to know better.

We’re inviting guest artists from galleries, artist cooperatives, studios, arts organizations, and more. This month, invited guests already include Charles Todd Woodworking, Mike and Janine Zaikowski from Profiles Studio, and others. Relax with live music. Share resources and ideas. Engage and make new connections. Socialize. Chill out and bring something to share, eat, and drink.

2014-02-09 12.41.39The Artist X-Change is a casual, relaxed time for exchanging ideas with other artists, learning something new, making connections, relaxing and just having a good time.

Finally Friday (last Friday of every month)

First X-Change Friday, July 31

6 – 9 pm

11 West Mt. Airy Ave. (19119)

$5 donation

For more information call 215.242.5074 or like us on Facebook or Twitter @MtAiryArtGarage.

Make Art, Grow Food Summer Exhibition Opens It’s Doors

Opening Reception Finally Friday, June 26 @ 6 pm. Admission Free. Exhibition runs Friday, June 26 — Sunday, Sept. 6

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© Gloria Klaiman

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© Nathalie Borozny

We’re flying high on the tails of the Make Art, Grow Food Project which is moving full steam ahead. We’re finishing off a mural filled with artwork created by elders at Homelink and kids at Houston School while the urban garden continues to thrive. So what better way to celebrate our luscious urban garden and a mural that is exploding with color and creativity than to toast the world that surrounds us.


© Lee Muslin

You’ll feast your eyes on an array of painting, photography, sculpture, found objects, and fiber. Participating artists include Meri Adelman, Poppy Rae Bass, Ellen Benson, Nathalie Borozny, Bill Brookover, Robert Finch, Bill Hanson, Shari Johnson, Gloria Klaiman, Judy Levy, May Lomax, Jay McClellan, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Patricia Smith, Vita Tew, Karoline Wallace, and Larry West. It’s a feast for the eyes and senses.


© Poppy Rae Bass

So, stop in to our gallery. Cool off, maybe even help with the mural. And, of course, enjoy the show!

The Swerve Returns!

Saturday, June 6th, 7-9 PM, $5

It’s our final Swerve for the season till September! (We’re taking off July and August.) Please join April Lynn James and Mary Ann Domanska as they host yet another fun Open Mic Poetry event here at the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Barone_Amy_COV (2) - TW background Amy BaroneOur special guest poet for the evening is Amy Barone, a native of Philadelphia.  She’s excited to share with us her new chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, which was published by Finishing Line Press where she is a finalist in their New Women’s Voices Competition. We are happy to have her join us and hope to hear from many other voices as well. Plus, it’s never a dull moment with Tank Keitt and guests doing live jazz backbeats as we appreciate the power of words and music.

More about Amy Barone:

Her poetry has appeared in CityLitRag, First Literary Review-East, Gradiva, Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets, and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among others. Her first book is Views from the Driveway from Foothills Publishing. She spent five years in Milan as Italian correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily and Advertising Age. A board member of the Italian American Writers Association, she co-organizes and promotes their monthly readings in New York City. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Barone lives in New York City. 


My Son Matters! TALKBACK…A Plea From One Mother To Another

TALKBACK Friday, May 15, 6 pm, @ 11 W. Mt Airy Ave. $5 Donation. Everyone welcome.

Post Ferguson—My Son Matters! Post Baltimore—My Son Matters! 300 people at Denise Allen’s opening reception—My Son Matters!  Check out this video! The main question on everyone’s lips—when can we talk more about this? 


(c) Sheppard Williams


(c) Sheppard Williams

TALKBACK is our response. A roundtable discussion with Denise Allen and the mothers in the Exhibition. A safe space, amidst the most positive imagery. As Vashti Dubois says “It’s a chance to speak through motherhood to all mothers regardless of race or status.” A time to talk, to listen, to share, to understand. For all of us. Men, women, and children.


(c) Sheppard Williams

You won’t want to miss this. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring yourself. Why? Because My Son Matters!