There’s A Story To Be Told About Community Of Pride — It Starts With The Kids At Emlen.

There is a story to be told, and it’s unfolding at Eleanor C. Emlen School, a public school with lack of access to the arts. A public school where the children are guaranteed one meal a day, where many kids walk to school. But dreams are happening and possibilities are being introduced as the children immerse themselves in the creativity of the visual arts, (performing arts an unexpected bonus), while we add on the critical literacy component in Phase 2. Hope and opportunity, along with pride and tears of joy and celebration, are opening new doors — led by artists from the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG), teachers from Emlen, an inspired principal, Ms. Tammy Thomas, and, of course, the most amazing class of 4th and 5th grade kids ever.

The first word is children, the next word is pride, followed by creativity and making dreams happen. Year 1 of the Community of Pride (COP) Mural Project has been a year of exploration — talking, drawing, creating unique personal artwork incorporating self pride, family pride, and community pride. Finding artistic safe space that is accepting and creative. But even more… the stories:

· Denise Veronick, Emlen lead teacher, during the mural dedication: “We didn’t pick the best students (to be in the COP Project). We didn’t pick those with the highest grades or best attendance. We chose the ones we felt needed it the most, would be impacted the most, would affect their lives the most. I learned many important lessons. First, everyone is an artist in their own way. Everyone loves when another appreciates their work. These kids were brave and, in the end, reaped the benefits of putting themselves out there.

The group that came together to create this mural couldn’t have been more diverse. With our common goal in mind and our various abilities on display we created a beautiful and meaningful work of art. This is not something that happens in the School District of Philadelphia. This may have been a once in a lifetime opportunity for these young people. They learned to work with people who are very different from them. We shared a mutual respect for our differences. Even though I think we all witnessed the great learning opportunities throughout our time together, I can’t help but think of the lessons these students will take with them into their futures.”

· Touissant: “Toussaint came to Emlen as a 4th grader in the Autistic Support class. He was quiet and seemed to defer to the slightly older and slightly bolder children. In fact, I rarely heard him speak. I chose Toussaint to participate in this project as a 5th grader because of his artistic ability. When he put his mind to a project he saw it through to the end. He put all he had into his drawings, using every bit of space on the paper and using color like a pro.

As the project got started we watched Toussaint bloom into a whole new person. His confidence grew before our eyes. He made friends with a few students finding shared interests such as football and Pokemon. He was actually having full conversations, but that was only one example of his confidence. One class period we were going over a Powerpoint that consisted of words and pictures. When asked for a volunteer to read Toussaint’s hand shot up. (I knew he could not read all the words but he wanted to try.) He stood proudly and read the words out loud as I whispered them to him. He was able to put himself out there because he trusted the group to not make fun of him. He took a giant step in his social confidence that day. Plus he ended up selling his original framed piece.”  — Denise Veronick, teacher.
·  Ishaaq: “Ishaaq came to Emlen for 5th grade. He was a student with limited academic ability and many behavior problems. The first few months of school his teacher complained that he did no school work — all he did was draw all day. We later found out that he couldn’t do the work so he did what he did best, draw.

Whenever Ishaaq came to work on the mural he had perfect behavior and worked harder than anyone else. He had found his niche at Emlen School. His two drawings were a prominent part of the mural. Had he not been a part of this group I fear the growth we saw in June would not have happened. He carried himself with pride, his behavior was completely turned around and his school work was getting done. I saw him the morning of his 5th Grade Move Up Ceremony, he was bursting with pride and looking forward to getting awards in front of his classmates. (I gave him an Art Award and his teacher gave him a Most Improved Award)” — Denise Veronick, teacher.

Celebratory breakfast honoring the participants at Emlen for Mural Dedication Day.

· Naomi: Naomi showed she had a flair for showing what pride meant to her. She drew a picture of her uncle who is a firefighter along with his fire truck. She spoke about how proud she and her family are of her uncle. She also drew an excellent picture of a hip-hop dancer. This drawing captured the attention from an adult who wanted to own this drawing. They negotiated a price, discussed time spent and value, Naomi signed her work, and both walked away happy.

· Mom, crying at mural dedication: “I am so happy that my child is going to Emlen. Thank you so much for doing this.”

And yet, there was more… what we lovingly refer to as the “icing on the cake”:

MAAGs exhibition of “Having Our Say” at PTC! Kids are loving every minute.

· Free tickets and a bus to see “Having Our Say” at the Philadelphia Theater Company (PTC) was a highlight. Thank you PTC for your partnership with MAAG! Most of the students had never been to see a live play. They were all dressed up and on their best behavior. They made us all proud! And at the end of the performance they all got to see MAAGs art exhibition in the gallery. Even better, one child texted her Mom during the entire show — it was her first time ever going to a live performance in a theatre. And Mom said, for her daughter’s birthday, they were next going to see “Wicked,” and we were sworn to secrecy!

For most of these kids, it was their first time for live theatre. And they turned it out! Proud of YOU!

· Art At City Hall student showcase: A special invitation from the Philadelphia Office of Arts and Culture to showcase the work of the children from the COP Mural Project where art is making a difference in the community. Exhibition runs from August 7 – Sept. 29 with the reception on Wed., Sept. 27 in Rm 116.

Hip Hop Girl — SOLD!

· Young artists selling their work: We never saw it coming. Framed original artwork, ready to go to City Hall, were all over the COP artroom. Two students sold their work. So, next year, part of the program will involve framing all artwork, creating their own artists bio’s, with sale prices attached. In short, curating and selling their work!

So, you may ask, what’s next? We can barely contain ourselves we are just that excited. As children chase the teachers and principal at Emlen to be in Phase 2 starting this September, we proudly announce we are adding a literacy component. You will be hearing more about the Community of Pride Mural and Literacy Project.

Just know this. Maybe, just maybe, you may be able to attend Emlen’s “Welcome Back to School” night on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5:15 pm. Mt Airy Art Garage will be launching Phase 2 and featuring Arielle Baril (now 14 years old) who will be telling her story and singing for the entire school. Don’t know who she is? Well, check this out, and believe that you WILL want to be at Emlen on that night.

Stay tuned. There’s so much more going on. You won’t want to miss a thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for MAAG Member Artists! Jazz On The Sidewalk Juneteenth Sidewalk Sale!

Call for MAAG Member Artists

Application Deadline — June 14 

June 17: Jazz On The Sidewalk, 12 – 3 pm

Hey all you MAAG member artists. Have you noticed all the commotion going on around our new location? There’s new housing going up, new businesses opening, Holistic Health Fairs, and a whole new attitude. 

So we’re trying something new — a way to get more connected with our local community. We’re going to start up some summertime strolling, buying, eating, and all around appreciating the “South Side” of Mt. Airy! Little Jimmie’s and Malelani are going forces with us to make this an exciting kickoff. High Point is excited too. In fact, all the local businesses are “in,” and we are ready to turn out some art and bring it into the street. The event will be short, fun, and we think a sign of more robust “happenings” to come in the future. So join us, and get in on the ground floor. It’s a new experiment, one we think you’ll want to be part of, with very reasonable member-only exhibition fees.

MAAG will host an outdoor and indoor exhibition during Jazz ON THE Sidewalk, and we invite MAAG members to participate in a Clothesline Outdoor Fine Art and Handcraft Show. Download your application here.

We offer two ways to participate: 

1. Hang your art work on the MAAG wall. Each artist may submit one piece of art no larger than 4’ x 4’. MAAG will take no commission on work sold, so all artists must be present 3 – 6 pm on June 17. Entry fee is $10. 

2. Set up your own table in a maximum space of 4’ x 4’. Each artist/crafter must bring their own table, chairs, supports, etc. MAAG will take no commission on work sold, and participants must remain with their work during the event. Entry fee is $15. 

Download your application here.

Love the idea? You can pay your exhibition fees right now if you choose.

Hang your artwork on the MAAG Wall (1 piece) $10 (plus a $1.50 service charge)

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Set up your own table with your original work $15 (plus a $1.50 service charge)

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Due Dates: 

June 14: MAAG’s Submission form, JPG and Jury Fee are due. 

June 15: Submissions will be juried. We will notify you if your work has been accepted. 

June 17: 12 – 3 pm is delivery and setup, and 3 – 6 pm all artists must be present at the event. 

 

Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery

Looking for a unique gift or a one-of-a-kind treasure?  The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) is proud to offer original, handcrafted merchandise created by over 30 local artists.  Drop in and browse our shelves and bins filled with a variety of art and fine crafts. The selection includes photography, art cards, books, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wearable and fiber art, woodwork, and more. Also available is MAAG paraphernalia – t-shirts, buttons, cards, etc. 

Solomon Levy Gallery:

When you visit, be sure to look up and check out MAAG’s revolving exhibition walls of original paintings and prints, which serve as a temporary venue for the Solomon Levy Gallery.  Till we move into our new home on Germantown Avenue, not far from our current address, these walls will perpetuate MAAG’s mission of offering artists communal space for creative expression.

Proceeds from the Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery help support MAAG programs and activities; so please drop in and browse. After all, supporting local artists in your community surely beats going to the mall!

MAAG Gift Certificates: Gift Certificates for $10, $25, $50 and $100 may be purchased in the Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery. They may be used to purchase items in the Gallery, MAAG membership, and event entry fees.

Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery

6622 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, Noon to 6 pm. Sundays by appointment.

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Artists and Artisans: Mt. Airy Art Garage invites MAAG member artists and artisans to submit applications for consigning unique handmade articles for sale at a variety of price points. Space is limited, so inventory is always changing to keep the shop’s displays fresh.

If you are interested in having your work considered for MAAG’s Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery, send a message to info@mtairyartgarage.org. Mt. Airy Art Garage will not share your personal information with any third party. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

MAAG & Philadelphia Theatre Company Partner For “Having Our Say”

“Having Our Say” — Art That Speaks to Empowerment

Opening Reception, Saturday, Feb. 4, 4-8 pm, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad St.

The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) opens 2017 with a special popup exhibition in partnership with Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of Having Our Say. The exhibition will run January 27th to February 19th, with a Community Open House/Exhibition Opening on Saturday, February 4th from 4 pm to 8 pm, located at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (480 South Broad St.)

Resilience by Tim Gibbon

Having Our Say tells the inspiring story of the Delany sisters, African-American women who were both civil rights activists and pioneers in the fight for equality in this country. Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem’s Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a high school teacher. Their extraordinary story makes an important contribution to our nation’s heritage—and an indelible impression on our lives. Based on the award winning book, the Delany sisters’ extraordinary stories of racial injustice and personal strife, and eventual success, is as poignant today as ever.

Women’s Liberation, Jen Hemenway

Photo by Melvin Chappell

Comfort by Carol Wisker

This Mt. Airy Art Garage special exhibition seeks to further highlight empowerment through the collective experience of overcoming obstacles and barriers. Featuring works by local artists including Frank Burd, Melvin Chappell, Lucretia Coleman, Rob Cox, Tim Gibbon, Jennifer Hemenway, Ruth Joray, Daisy Langston Juarez, Arleen Olshan, Kathy Robinson, Gloria Rohlfs, Ellie Seif, Patricia Cousins Smith, and Carol Wisker, this exhibition provides a fine art platform focusing on themes of pride and empowerment even in tough times.

Through community partnerships and exhibitions such as the Having Our Say, the Mt. Airy Art Garage continues its mission to provide a communal space for creativity, collaboration, and self-actualization, while utilizing creative expression as an instrument for social change. Now more than ever, MAAG invites the community to have its say, visit the exhibition, and see this tremendous production.

Citizens by Daisy Langston Juarez

For more information visit our handcraft gift shop at 6622 Germantown Ave. or mtairyartgarage.org or call 215.242.5074. #MAAGPopsUp.

Photo by Ellie Self

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Call For Artists — “Having Our Say” Exhibition with Philadelphia Theatre Company

Deadline for submission: Jan. 16, 2017

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Philadelphia Theatre Company during the run of the play “Having Our Say” — a play adapted from the book written by the Delany sisters, African American women who were both civil rights activists and groundbreakers in the fight for equality in this country. Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a high school teacher. Their extraordinary story makes an important contribution to our nation’s heritage—and an indelible impression on our lives.

Photography by Ellie Self

We are honored to be curating a special exhibition that will highlight our struggles to overcome barriers. We are soliciting artwork that speaks to struggle, pride in your culture or other cultures, and speaks to people overcoming barriers. All submissions will be juried. Each artist may submit no more than two pieces ($15 per submission), with a total space, per artist, up to 4’ x 4’. No work requiring pedestals can be accepted.

The exhibition will run January 27th to February 19th, with a Community Open House and Exhibition Opening on Saturday, February 4th from 4pm to 8pm.

Photography by Ellie Self

Deadline for submission: Jan. 16, 2017

You can download your information and forms HERE.

 

 

 

 

Open Call For Artists — MAAG Holiday Art Market

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TWO weekends, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3/4 (deadline Nov. 28) and Dec. 17/18 (deadline Dec. 12) from Noon till 6 pm. #MAAGPopsUp at our newest spot at 7301 Germantown Ave., Lutheran Theological Seminary Hagan Center Gym).

It’s our 8th Annual Holiday Market — an even larger location than ever before! We’ve been spreading the word in other publications, online, and on the street! Local fine art and handcraft, your original artwork, will be amidst a celebration for the holidays that neighbors love to attend. We’ve got singer songwriters in the mix, music, food to taste, goodies to sip…it’s a community of holiday fun!

So don’t miss this opportunity to reach an even larger audience. This year, we launch a special student rate (with proof of ID) to give young, emerging artists a venue. Sharing a table with another artist is OK too! Deadlines are fast approaching, and we’d love to have you in the mix.

Want more details? Check them out HERE. Ready to apply? Just download the application HERE.

Ready to pay for your table fee online?

MAAG members pay below. Table fee is for one weekend only. Jury fee does not apply.

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Nonmembers pay below. Fee includes complementary MAAG membership. Jury fee does not apply.

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Special student table rate! $75 per weekend with option to share with other student artist (with proof of ID).

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You can also mail in your check or stop by our gift shop at 6622 Germantown Ave. Any way you do it, you won’t want to miss selling at this well attended and exciting holiday show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Call For Artists — Philadelphia Open Studios Tour

Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hagan Building, Gym, 7301 Germantown Avenue, October 8 – 9, 2016, Saturday/Sunday, Noon Till 6 pm.

Deadline for submission Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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“Merce” by Bill Brookover

The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) will again be a key destination point during Philadelphia Open Studios Tour (POST). As #MAAGPopsUp, we will be hosting you in a location larger than ever before, thanks to our friends at Lutheran Theological Seminary. 

We are welcoming both member and nonmember artists. This is your opportunity to show your work within a well-publicized, citywide arena. Our new pop up location, featuring up to 30 artists, will be among the largest concentration of visual artists under one roof.

All submissions will be considered including: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, collage, found objects, handcrafts, textile, mosaic, furniture, etc.  Space up to 10’ x 10’ will be made available to each applicant. Entry fee for both days is $100 for members/$150 for nonmembers (includes MAAG membership).

Download your application HERE.

Due Dates:

September 27: Submission form, JPGs, Entry Fee, Artist Bio & Statement are due.

October 7: Delivery and setup (Friday 6 – 9 pm)

October 8 – 9: POST weekend (Saturday Noon – 6 pm & Sunday Noon – 6 pm)

NOTE: For the duration of the weekend, all artwork must remain on display, and all artists must be present with their artwork.

WE Are MAAG! A Celebration Of MAAG Member Artists & A New Era!

Opening Reception, Friday, July 1, 6 – 9 pm.

Exhibition runs July 1 – August 21. Free admission.

 

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Gaga Fish by Ellen Marcus

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(c) Kathy Robinson

We’ve turned lemons into lemonade! An owner’s notice to vacate from a property we built with community support, has turned what could have been our final dirge into a celebration of our future.

It’s our last exhibition in this current location, and the artwork is pouring into the gallery — photography, painting, drawing, watercolor, fiber & textile, sculpture, you name it! It’s our way of toasting all of the wonderful artists who have made MAAG what it is today and what it will become tomorrow. Our intention is to fill all of MAAG, (yes all of it!) with glorious artwork as we prepare ourselves for popups and our new retail space at 6622 Germantown Ave.

The list of participating artists keeps growing — sculpture, pottery, fiber, painting, watercolors, photography, collage, and more. Artists include:

Sara Allen, Sherman Aronson, Kevin Bennett, Denise Benrahou, Ellen Benson, Nathalie Borozny, Bill Brookover, Frank Burd, Nick Corso, Rob Cox, Kenneth Crimaldi, Taddy Dawson, Evvy Edinburg, Robert Finch, Carlos Gil, Lisa Haun, Shari Johnson, Daisy Langston Juarez, Judith Levy, Sol Levy, Donald Leong, Ellen Marcus, Katherine Moore, Phoebe Murer, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Emma Olshan, Kathy Robinson, Gloria Rohlfs, Edward Sargent, Ruth Seeley, Ellie Seif, Patricia Cousins Smith, Vita Tew, Nicki Toizer, Andrew Walker, Karoline Wallace, Lawrence West, Janine Zaikowski, Michael Zaikowski, and others.

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Bridge Tower, ink, by Sherman Aronson

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Textiles by Evvy Edinburg

Join us, celebrate with us. Immerse yourself in the most glorious art. This is a show you won’t want to miss. 

 

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Awaiting by Carlos Gil

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(c) Ellie Seif

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Hawks head Show, watercolor by Ruth Seeley

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Canyon, oil, by Emma Olshan

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Photography by Kevin Bennett

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Abstraction by Vita Tew

 

 

We Are MAAG! Call For Member Artists.

Exhibition Dates: July 1 – August 21, 2016

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 22

Our last exhibition in this space as we enter a new era of MAAG in Action!

 

grfx_wearemaagweb“We Are MAAG” is a celebration of all Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) member artists who have supported and made MAAG what we are today. Now that we are moving, come share your artwork once again. Our community/ family has been working, building, dreaming and creating together for seven years. As we plan the new era, let’s pause and celebrate where we are today!

This is a non-juried MAAG members-only exhibition with all mediums and large-size pieces accepted. You may submit up to 4 pieces depending on size. No work may be larger than 6’ x 6’. All work must be for sale. The fee for participating in this exhibition is $10 for each submission.

Exhibition Submission form, JPGs, Jury Fee, Artist Bio and Statement deadline: Wednesday, June 22.

Delivery of artwork: Friday – Sunday, June 24 –26

Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 6 –9 pm

Download your Exhibition Submission Form HERE. 

$10 jurying fee ($1.50 service fee per piece) submitted for members.

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“Community Portrait” — A Photo Journey Through Our Community

Opening Reception: Friday, May 20, 6 – 9 pm, Free Admission

Exhibition Runs May 11 through June 12, 2016

The Mt. Airy Art Garage is celebrating the wonders and diversity of our Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods from Chestnut Hill, to Mt. Airy, to Germantown, to Manayunk. Locations are sure to look familiar, as will families and children. Some images will entice you to explore the Wissahickon. Some will make you think. But no matter what, we’re confident you’ll appreciate, even more, why you chose to live here.

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Charles Edwards

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Roz Dutton

Both professional and emerging artists (many members of the MAAG Photo Club) will be sharing their photography. Participating artists include Frank Burd, Rob Cox, Kenneth Crimaldi, Rosalind Dutton, Charles Edwards, Elisa Goldman, Solomon Levy, Judith Levy, Jackie McAllister, Arleen Olshan, Ellie Seif, George Silvaney, Nicki Toizer, Andrew Walker, Sheppard Williams, and Mike Zaikowski.

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Mike Zaikowski

Join us at our Opening Reception — it’s free and open to the entire family.

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Ellie Seif

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George Silvaney