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.

 

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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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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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!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

The Gender Weave Project Challenges “Social Norms” of Gender & Identity

Opening Reception Feb. 27 @ 6 pm. Exhibition runs through March 29.

In observance of Women’s History Month, the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) will present The Gender Weave Project featuring the work of Moore College of Art & Design students. The exhibition will run February 27 – March 29 with an opening reception on February 27 at 6 pm. Admission for the exhibition and opening is free.

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(c) Lydia Nobles

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(c) Emilie Didyoung

On March 8, International Women’s Day, a panel, “Weaving Equality—Exploring Gender and the Arts,” building on the exhibition and featuring artists and educators throughout the city will be held from 3 pm – 5 pm. Panelists include Girls Rock Philly, Lascivious Jane, Van Nguyen, Arleen Olshan, Kathryn Pannepacker, E. Simon Ruchti, Spiral Q, and Chea Villanueva. Admission is $10. All events are at MAAG, located at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue.

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(c) Alexandra Mosoeanu

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(c) Nicole Melnicky

Moore is the first and only women’s visual arts college in the U. S. so it is fitting that MAAG is collaborating with the College on this exhibition, including the work of Jacquelyn Daley, Emilie Didyoung, Lydia Knopp, Lydia Nobles, Sabrina Salgado, Nicole Melnicky, Ava Mallett, Alexandra Mosoeanu, Mary Boran, Maryann Worrell and Caitlin Tschanz. The artists’ work will investigate their relationships to gender and identity. Some may make more traditional choices and some may challenge conventional norms while others may choose to address their intersecting identities. The Gender Weave Project, also featuring the work of invited guest professional artists such Carol Loeffler, Arleen Olshan, Kathryn Pannepacker, Kathy Robinson, Heather Ujiie, Carol Wisker, and Maryann Worrell, will examine “social norms” in its efforts to overcome prejudice and misconceptions and increase public awareness.

Support provided in part by:

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Philadelphia Through The Lens

Exhibition Runs Wed., Jan. 14 through Friday, Feb. 20. Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 16 @ 6 pm

Picture the collision of people, landscapes, and architecture that give Philadelphia

its unique essence—the hustle and bustle, the tranquility, community, isolation.

Capture the heartbeat of Philadelphia through the photographer’s eye.

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Abandoned Mt. Pleasant Garage on Lincoln Drive by Sheppard Williams

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Chinese New Year 2 by Dan Ravasio

    The Mt. Airy Art Garage presents various local photographers who share their vision of Philadelphia including realistic imagery, abstraction, black & white, color, 35mm, digital and all options that the artists’ eye can imagine.

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Lost Language of Cranes by Robert Silverman

  Join us as we celebrate Philadelphia through the eyes of the following artists: Denise Allen, Poppy Rae Bass, Kevin Bennett, Nathalie Borozny, Bill Brookover, Frank Burd, William B. Hanson, Elfie Harris, James Hay, Judy Levy, Dan Ravasio, Robert Silverman, Patricia Cousins Smith, Nicki Toizer, Joe Vescovich, Andrew Walker, and Sheppard Williams.

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Tulips by Poppy Rae Bass

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Out by Nicki Toizer

 

Add the Sweetness of The Summer Salon To Quench Your Thirst

Show opens Friday, July 18. Closing reception Friday, August 29, 6 pm.

On July 18, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will host its newest Summer Salon exhibition showcasing a body of work by eight local Northwest MAAG artists. Artists, ranging from emerging newcomers to award-winning professionals, display a wide variety of mediums and color, all of which are deeply personal. From abstract paintings bursting with color, to landscape photography on handmade paper, to serenely beautiful drawings of the human body, to collage that is both historical and spiritual, to geometric mandalas, there is something to delight everyone. The variety and quality of work is exemplary and continues to show that creativity abounds in Northwest Philadelphia.

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The artists on exhibit are Natalie Borozny, Bill Brookover, Colette Katz, Joyce Klinefelter, Michele Martung, Lee Muslin, Patricia Smith, and Kenneth Weiner.

The show opens Friday, July 18. We’ll be celebrating the exhibition and artists at a Closing Reception on Finally Friday, August 29th, at 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the entire family.

The Solomon Levy Gallery of the Mt. Airy Art Garage is open Wednesday & Friday from 12 – 6 PM, Thursday & Saturday 12 – 6 PM and Sunday 12 – 5 PM at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave. (19119).

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Photography (c) Patricia Smith

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Printmaking (c) Bill Brookover

Come back through the summer. Beat the heat. Bring your family. Share the vision. Feed your soul with art.

For more information visit www.mtairyartgarage.org or call 215.242.5074.

Come Feast Your Eyes On Our Summer Show Off!

Opening Reception Friday, June 6 at 6 pm

Exhibition runs June 6 through June 27

LayingTheGroundwork_muslinWEBREADYThe artists of the Mt. Airy Art Garage have been working hard in their studios through this grueling winter to show some of their best work. Feast your eyes on work by Kirsten Fischler, Carole Loeffler, Lee Muslin (image on the left), Kathy Robinson (image on the right),KathyRobinson WEB Yulan Mimmy San, Nicholas Thaete, and a host of other Northwest artists. This exhibition features an incredible breadth of mediums ranging from painting, photography, fiber, sculpture, woodworking, collage, jewelry, found objects, and more.

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Totem I, reclaimed wood, acrylic, colored pencil, and oil on Brazil board, (c) Kirsten Fischler

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“Dream,” sculpture, (c) Robert Silverman

So why not beat the heat with a trip to our air-conditioned gallery to view our “Summer Show-Off” group show. Join us at our opening reception Friday, June 6. The exhibition continues through June 27.

Copyright credit for the following images: (top left) “Laying the Groundwork,” acrylic on paper, (c) Lee Muslin, (top right) “River Angels” silkscreen from original photo (c) Kathy Robinson

Earth Day Every Day – A Year in the Life of a Creek

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Opening Reception Sunday, May 4

A creek and its environment are a dynamic metaphor for a spirit-filled life. The poet who writes haiku, the musician composing music, and the visual artist draw inspiration from our relationship with the natural world.    

In celebration of Earth Day, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will showcase the work of plein aire landscape artist Joyce Jordan Klinefelter. Klinefelter is a longtime Chestnut Hill resident and a 27-year Chestnut Hill art educator. She is a 1999 graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she won several landscape prizes and studied landscape with Louis Sloan, among others.

Klinefelter’s show opens with a celebration on Sunday, May 4, from 3–5 p.m. featuring the Tom Lawton Jazz Duo. The exhibition will end with a closing reception on “Finally Friday” in Mt. Airy on May 30, from 6–9 p.m.  All admissions are free.

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(c) J. Jordan Klinefelter

Klinefelter will offer two gallery talks, followed by plein aire workshops on Saturday, May 17, and Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Find out more here. She will also offer student gallery talks by appointment for local high school students. For more information and to register for workshops, go to our home page.

“Art of the Quilt” Show Embraces A World Of Possibilities

Art of the Quilt: Unfolding Our Stories, February 28 – April 25, 2014, Solomon Levy Gallery

Thoughts from Sarah Bond, Master Quilter/Teacher/ Co-Curator of “Art of the Quilt: Unfolding Our Stories”

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(c) Christiane Meuniere “Out of the Box”

The Art of the Quilt is the bringing together of all those quilts and quilters. It is our chance to share the vision and creativity expressed in each one. I love being a teacher of quilting for numerous reasons. It keeps me quilting. It creates new quilters for me to interact with. But I think the best thing is when someone shares a quilt and I look at it and think, “I never would have done that. I never would have thought of that. I never would have put those colors together. I can’t wait to do that.”

full house in backThis show is for the quilters so we can marvel at the art in all these quilts. And this show is for everyone else so they can be as amazed as the rest of us are at the beauty of these objects that become material parts of our lives.

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Quilt by Sarah Bond

 

In the Solomon Levy Gallery through April 25. Hours: Wed. & Fri. Noon – 7 pm, Thurs. & Sat. Noon – 6 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm.