Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art

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How do you define celebration in your work? Do you celebrate the earth? Appreciate the human experience?

Express the joy of creating? Humor? Inspiration? Excitement?

 Join us as at our opening reception Friday, Jan. 22 @ 6 pm

as we celebrate 2016 with our community of artists

and a new era for the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

Participating artists include:

Sara Allen, Nathalie Borozny, Josephine Bunnell, Robert Cox, Magdalena Elias, Robert Finch, Rob Foy,

Elizabeth Heller, Daisy Langston Juarez, Lea Koontz, Candace LeClair, Judy Levy, Sol Levy, Lori Anne Miley,

Phoebe Murer, Lee Muslin, Stepanie Nolan, Gloria Rholfs, Barbara Rosin, Caroline Sargent, Ruth Seeley,

Nicki Toizer, Andrew Walker, and Richard Williams.

Now, for just a small sampling…

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(c) Lee Muslin

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(c) Magdalena Elias

 

Ruth Seeley

(c) Ruth Seeley

 

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(c) Josephine Bunnell

 

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(c) Nicki Toizer

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art — Open Call For Artists

Exhibition Dates: January 22 — February 28, 2016

Opening reception Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Deadline January 11, 2016. 

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? Let’s celebrate 2016 and the new era of the Mt. Airy Art Garage. We have been building community here since 2009 and are excited to announce our continuation into the future.

Applications and jpegs to be submitted by 1/11/16

Jurying and acceptance by 1/11
Notification of accepted pieces 1/15 by email
Delivery of accepted work 1/20 to 1/21, 12 to 6 PM
Opening Reception 1/22, 6 to 9 PM

 

No more applications are being accepted.
Lee Muslin

 

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!

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Handmade scarves by Roberto Rashid

Artists Include:

Vicki Allen, Kevin Bennett, Denise Benrahu, Coletta Betancourt, Bill Brookover, Sheila and Debbie Brown, Timothy Caison, Jackie Clifton, Nick Corso, Suzanne Durand, David Jablow, Shari Johnson, Aisha Loeks, Michele Foster Lucas, Ian MacFarlane, Lee Muslin, Phoebe Murer, Roberto Rashid, Helene Richardson, Antea Roberts, Kathy Robinson, Edward Sargent, George Silvaney, Patricia Cousins Smith, Amanda Staples, and others.

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Vicki Allen Jewelry

Singer Songwriters Include:

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Photography by Kevin Bennett

David Cantor, Valerie Dupont,  Joe Fanning & Jim Black, Elgie’s Kitchen, Art Miron, Sarah Napolitan, Ron Kravitz & Friends, Rusty & Jan, and others.

So, join us for our last holiday celebration in this location! We plan to make it the best ever!

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Durand

Animal portraits painted by Suzanne Durand

DAvid Jablow(Baseball)

Graphic Art By David Jablow

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Kathy Robinson Batiks

 

 

 

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours — 15 Artists Shine @ MAAG!

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

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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.

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Jay McClellan’s Studio

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Due dates:

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

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

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

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

Want to pay online? You can do so right now.

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We look forward to sharing this special event with you.

 

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

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).

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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!

 

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.

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© 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.

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© Poppy Rae Bass

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

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS — Make Art, Grow Food Summer Show

Exhibition Runs June 26 Through September 6

Make Art Grow Food LogoGreat things are growing at the Mt. Airy Art Garage! In celebration of our Mural and Garden Projects we are inviting artists in all disciplines to submit works reflecting our relationship to the natural world. We are excited to see your work in fiber, sculpture, photography, mixed media, drawing, painting, printmaking, etc. (Photography above © Poppy Rae Bass.)

Applications and jpegs to be submitted by 6/17

Jurying and acceptance by 6/18
Notification of accepted pieces 6/18 by email
Delivery of accepted work 6/20-6/21, 12-6 PM
Opening Reception 6/26, 6 – 9 PM

Download your application HERE. 

Download our Gallery Guidelines HERE.

 

$10 jurying fee for members. Pay directly below.

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$15 jurying fee for nonmembers. Pay directly below.

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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? 

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(c) Sheppard Williams

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(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.

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(c) Sheppard Williams

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

 

 

Post Ferguson: My Son Matters!

Opening Reception April 17 at 6 pm. Solo exhibition runs April 10 through May 31, 2015. Admission free.

Post Ferguson. Denise Allen, photographer, deeply impacted, writes:

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(c) Denise Allen

“I am an African American single mother and I have a son. I have always taught my son to be respectful and to do what is right.  Now I realize that I also have to teach my son how to survive in a world where he will be treated differently because of the color of his skin.  All across this country, this is the heartbreaking discussion black parents are having with their teenage kids — telling them that being black in America means they must watch how they dress, how they move, how they behave. It means being deferential to authority and suffering indignities in silence rather than face the risks of speaking out.”

Quote1Ms. Allen, responds with My Son Matters, an exhibition consisting of 35 portraits of African-American single mothers and their sons, with written declarations by those women. It elevates and honors the relationship between mothers and their sons, while shining a loving light on the young men whose existence is often stigmatized. Not only does this exhibit document the concerns and the struggles mothers go through to raise their sons, but it gives engaged mothers a platform to re-envision their sons’ images. Images, that have been and continue to be portrayed as negative and demeaning.

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(c) Denise Allen

There will also be portraits of young men appearing in hoodies, set in an environment, which rings true to their individual strength and uniqueness. All photography in this exhibition is a response to an epidemic of police violence in the black community, particularly against African-American young men.

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(c) Denise Allen

This exhibition highlights photographic art borne of the love and concern that the featured mothers have for their sons. Join us as we celebrate mother’s voices and hopes for their children and their future. Admission is free and open to the entire family. 

More about Denise Allen…

Denise is a single mother, an Art and Social Change Documentary photographer, and an art teacher. Years ago, she use to describe herself as simply an art teacher, or depending on the year, a photographer. Today her life has come full circle, and she considers herself to be an Art and Social Change Photographer that advocates and celebrates young African-American children and diversity.

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Denise Allen and her son Jordan. (c) Denise Allen

Upon graduation from Columbia College, Denise started her photography career in Chicago as a catalogue photographer and quickly moved to New York as a freelance photographer. Fortunately, she did not have to wait long to receive catalog and editorial work and became emerged in the Fashion Industry. The unfortunate part of this experience was she experienced the death of so many talented and creative people from the outbreak of the AIDS Virus. Denise was devastated and felt her photography was frivolous. She decided to do something that could give her life more meaning. So she went back to school to receive a Masters Degree in Art Education. Denise has worked as an art teacher for 25 years. During this time she developed mentoring and leadership programs for African-American children. She continued with her photography, but it lacked direction.

Denise believes that we are living in a moment where another epidemic is striking and so many of our bright future stars are being killed physically, mentally, and spiritually. This time the epidemic is affecting our African-American young males — Denise realizes that she does have a voice and can do something. This realization was triggered when she learned about the circumstances in the death of Trayvon Martin. The difference between then and now is that she knows she has power and knows her photography is not frivolous. Denise documents and share stories of African-American young men and their parents. She raises consciousness about the stigma associated with African-American males. Denise uses her photography as her tool, her weapon, and PART OF THE SOLUTION!