“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”

Meunier Christiane Out of the Box $1200.00

(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.

women and quilt

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.

“Art Of The Quilt: Unfolding Our Stories” Opening Reception Finally Friday, Feb. 28 @ 6 pm

quilt, Autumn Spice

“Autumn Spice” by Libby Harman

The Mt. Airy Art Garage’s first city-wide quilt show is here! The Art of the Quilt: Unfolding Our Stories (February 28 – April 25, 2014) will feature an array of 40 textiles by contemporary artists and quilters. We were just amazed at the details of traditional and contemporary quilting techniques and their application to creative expression. We’ll also be highlighting a special quilt created by the second graders at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) in Germantown. Working with Sarah Bond, master quilter and MAAG member, as well as art and science teachers at PSD,  Bond and MAAG orchestrated a communal quilt project that allowed the children, who are studying Weather Cycles, to express their understanding of science projects in a creative way. This finished quilt will be on exhibition at the Quilt Show in addition to a quilt specially made for the show, by 21 artists, belonging to the MAAG Quilt Club.

We also want to thank all of the participating artists, both emerging and professional, who are making our first city-wide Quilt Show at the Mt. Art Garage one that will be memorable and take your breath away. We have blended traditional quilts, modern quilts, and art quilts into an incredible collection of artistic expression. Artists include: Lydia Allen-Berry, Evon Bennett, Sarah Bond, Marcellette Ellison, Kathleen Grandis, Maryellen Gryzewicz, Melissa Maddonni Haims, Libby Harman, Andrew Joslyn, Chrisitiane Meunier, Janet Meyers, Tricia Patton Scott, Ruth Penning, Sheila Randall, Carolyn Rahe, Janet Sampson, Jill Stafford, Gail Tower, Diana Trout, Karoline Wallace, and Monica Wolfe.

So join us Finally Friday, Feb. 28, 6 pm at 11 West Mt Airy Avenue for our opening reception and a evening of celebration. Admission is free.

quilt, A Place to Go

“A Place To Go” by Karoline Wallace

March 9th, as part of the Quilt Show and International Women’s Day, we will host a community discussion titled “Ain’t I An Artist?” with distinguished women in the fields of art and material culture, including Sarah Bond (quilter), Diana Trout (mixed media and needlecraft artist),  Carol Loeffler (Professor, Arcadia University, fiber artist), Elena Dilapi (Tailler Puertorriqueno, former head of U Penn’s Women’s Center for 23 years), and Heather Ujiie (Professor, Moore College, textile artist).  This event will address the role of art forms traditionally associated with women’s work, in this case quilt art and needlecraft, and the place they occupy in the sphere of fine art. The panel will also provide a community forum for the continuing discussion of the role women play in enriching visual culture, both locally and internationally. The panel will occur on Sunday, March 9 at 3 pm at MAAG. Admission $10.


quilt, Shot at an Angle

“Shot At An Angle” by Andrew Joslyn

And we’re not forgetting the 21 members of the MAAG Quilt Club who made this extra special quilt, with a whole lot of love and artistry:  Neleta Alexander, Debbie Allen, Evon Bennett, Sarah Bond, Beth Castiglione, Penny Colgan-Davis, Sheila Colson, Jo Countley, Judy Grant, Maryellen Gryzewicz, Winnie Jenkins, Janet Meyers, Christiane Meunier, Renee Norris-Jones, Ruth Penning, Sheila Randall, Delphine Simpson, Rosemarie Stewart, Melvina Taylor, Cynthia Watson, Elyse Wayns.

quilt, Mt. Airy Art Garage

MAAG Quilt Club Show Submission 2014

Please join us for a series of events that are sure to beat the winter doldrums and make your heart soar. You can find out more at www.mtairyartgarage.org, join us on Facebook and Twitter, or call 215.242.5074

MAAG’s “Assemblage” Exhibit Challenges Paper-Myths

Frank Burd 1

(c) Frank Burd

Many assume January to be a bleak and dreary month, one with no hope and vigor. Yet, for us here at MAAG, the month of January holds infinite possibilities as our first exhibit of 2014 “Assemblage: Paper Works” hits our gallery walls.

Ballet Underglass 3 Anthe

(c) Anthe

Officially open since January 16th,  “Assemblage: Paper Works” will feature both member and non-member work in an incredible breadth of mediums, ranging from drawings, collage, sculpture, assemblage books, hand-cut paper, charcoal, watercolors, multi-layer photography, letterpress, and more. Plus, with artists such as Ellen Benson, Anthe, Edward Sargent, Tom Herbert, and Yulan Mimmy San, you’ll be mesmerized by creativity that extends beyond traditional paper assumptions. 

Too often, paper is thought to be ephemeral – temporary, preliminary, and disposable. Yet, paper nonetheless has captured some of the greatest images, breathtaking sculptures, and intricate collages that the Art world has to offer. “Assemblage: Paper Works” seeks to dispel assumptions about paper art as medium and challenges notions of paper works’ place in Fine Arts.

An artist meet-and-greet and opening reception will take place on Friday, January 31st – “Final-ly Friday” in Mt. Airy – from 6-9 pm. Yet, the entire show continues until February 16th. Regular gallery hours are: Thursday-Saturday, Noon-6 pm and Sunday, Noon-5 pm. 

Admission is free and open to the public. Come in out of the cold and join us!


(c) Tom Herbert

Storefront Renovation: “Doesn’t it feel good to be done?”

992837_512363032165487_778931709_nIf you haven’t yet heard or noticed, the Mt. Airy Art Garage received a brand new set of front doors, and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. Sure, the old ones had their charm, but these new ones — well, they’re truly fabulous and reflect the diverse and talented spirit of our member artists.

With the arrival of this new facade, we’ve been hearing this question a lot: “Doesn’t it feel good to be done?” 

Well, why yes, it does feel good to finally achieve our exterior renovation; however, to be honest, we here, at MAAG, are never quite done. While it may seem that the completion of our facade symbolizes the end of our progression, we are far from long-term sustainability. Trust me, we love doing what we do. We love hosting exhibits, events, and programming that makes art a vital and essential part of the community. Just see for yourself a few of the things we’ve accomplished since the beginning of 2013 besides ushering in our new front doors…

  • Remained home to five talented, working-artist studios
  • Continued our monthly Jazz Jams, Artists’ Breakfast Clubs, and Quilt Clubs
  • Boasted talented performers and a packed house at our International Women’s Day Celebration!
  • Hosted an ol’ fashioned and affordable Artists’ Garage Sale
  • Entertained Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque for the Valentine’s Day Dance
  • Participated in an on-site CultureBlocks Philadelphia discussion
  • Offered Live Model Drawing classes, a Plein Air class, and Art for Kids classes
  • Painted 25 rain barrels in association with the Environmental Protection Agency and our great community  of Northwest artists (ranging in age from 10-85!).
  • Became home to the Love, Twelve initiative for cancer survivors
  • Become the home for Northwest Community Paint Days for  Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • Hosted several exhibits such as “Faces, Families, and Relationships”,  “Earth Day Through the Artist’s Eye”, and “Summer Show Off”, our first open call, nonmember show
  • Loved every minute of it…

2014 holds even more exciting events already in the worksa city-wide quilt show, film series, and ongoing community partnerships. Yet, at the end of the day, all of this programming costs money,  and we’re still a young nonprofit doing our absolute best to make it in a tough economy. So, we’re asking you to show your financial support and commit to a tax-deductible donation to MAAG.  

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, without YOU, there is no US. There never has been, and there never will be. We’ll show our gratitude on our next projectthe MAAG “Thank-You” wall for our gracious supporters.

If you share in our dreams, and believe, as we do, that MAAG is really making a difference, then support us.  Donate generously, donate now.

MAAG Silent Auction Is Ready & Waiting For You!

diptych by Sara Steele

(c) Sara Steele

Our 4th Annual Silent Auction is almost here. That’s right… Sat., September 21, 6 pm at 11 West Mt Airy Ave. And here’s what you’ll need to bring:

Your love for original fine art and handcraft!

50 local MAAG member artists have donated their work to support the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Feast your eyes on just some of the work you’ll have a chance to bid on… HERE.

Your love for the arts!

Museum memberships, musical instruments and recordings, art classes by reknowned local artists…all for a good cause.

Your love for a great meal at your favorite restaurant!

Yes, it’s true. Gift certificates galore!

Your love for live music and the performing arts!

bowl by Jeff Kohr

bowl by Jeff Kohr

Live music featuring Andy Trackman on piano with Gaille Hunter on vocals. Then we’re going to change it up with some klezmer by Objective Perspectives and friends. Get ready to kick it!

Quilt by Christiane Meunier

Quilt by Christiane Meunier

Your love for good food and drink!

With food ranging from Herschel’s East Side Deli to local specialties, cakes, delights and drinks…you’ll be feasting.

Your love for community, the arts,  and supporting MAAG.

 What better than an evening of art and  music combined with camaraderie, good food and drink, and community…all for a good cause.

Tickets $30 if you buy now. $35 at the door. 

4th Annual Silent Auction

Buy your tickets now. It’s going to be quite an event!


With special thanks to our community sponsor:

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4th Annual MAAGart Silent Auction!

Photography by Ellie Seif

(c) Ellie Seif

Mark your calendars for the Mt. Airy Art Garage’s 4th Annual Silent Auction. Back and better than ever, we’re going to immerse ourselves in an evening filled with music and art on Saturday, September 21st from 6-10 pm at 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue.

This year’s Silent Auction will showcase the diversity of MAAG member talent from visual to performing arts. The Solomon Levy Gallery will highlight both 2 and 3-dimensional work including painting, photography, sculpture, mosaic, encaustic, clay, jewelry, fiber, woodwork, found objects, and more. Live music will feature MAAG member musicians Andy Trackman, Dave Kutzik, and a host of other performers bringing both jazz and maybe even some klezmer to the evening!

In addition to an array of artwork, the Silent Auction will also feature gift certificates as well as services and classes by artists, experts in their disciplines. Each year, the auction expands its array of fine art and handcrafts and attracts an even more incredible crowd of artists and art-lovers. This year’s no exception. 

Before the Auction begins, you are all are welcome and encouraged to preview the artwork. While you “Sip, Savor, and Stroll” at the Street Fare,  Thursday, September 19th from 6-10 pm, be sure to stop by MAAG for a special, free sneak peek!

Clay Figurines

Claudia McGill Clay Figurines

So, join MAAG on Saturday, September 21st, for a most fabulous evening of friends, fun, and incredible visual and performing art. Plus, with live music as well as catered food and drink from local and citywide restaurants, who can resist art for such a good cause?

2013 has been a banner year for the Mt. Airy Art Garage. 2014 boasts even more amazing things to come—a city-wide Quilt Show, a Film Series featuring local filmmakers, ongoing exhibitions, live music, and much more. And it’s your support that makes MAAG a showcase for the arts in Northwest Philadelphia and keeps us going. All proceeds from this very special event will benefit the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

Recycled necklace by Ellen Benson

Recycled necklace by Ellen Benson

Silent Auction tickets are $30 in advance (buy now and save) and $35 at the door.

For more information, call 215.242.5074 or buy your tickets now.

painting by Doris Grey

(c) Doris Grey

Citywide Selection of Artists in “Summer Show Off” Exhibit

(c) Daisy Juarez

(c) Daisy Juarez

Are you looking for a way to beat the heat this season? If so, MAAG has the perfect solution to overcome those dog days of summer: A trip to our air-conditioned gallery to view our city-wide selection of artists in our new “Summer Show Off” exhibit. 

As MAAG’s first open-community exhibition, “Summer Show Off” will feature both member and non-member work in an incredible breadth of mediums, ranging from painting, photography, sculpture, mosaic, encaustic, clay, jewelry, fiber, wood, found objects, and more.

So, don’t spend those summer days sweltering. Instead, come to MAAG and indulge your creativity! What do you have to lose except boredom?

(c) Nicki Toizer

(c) Nicki Toizer

MAAG’s “Summer Show Off” opens on Friday, June 28th with an opening potluck reception from 6-8 pm and continues until Friday, August 30th, with a closing reception. Regular hours are: Thursday-Saturday, Noon-6 pm and Sunday, Noon-5 pm. 

For further information, visit www.mtairyartgarage.org or call 215.242.5074. 

(c) Patricia Smith

(c) Patricia Smith

But to satiate your appetite now, just check out some of the work that’s been pouring in…

painting by Elizabeth Castiglione

(c) Elizabeth Castiglione


Celebrate Earth Day Through The Artist’s Eye

EllenMarcus_planet_cornSMApril and May, what better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a new exhibition and a plein air (outdoor) painting workshop in May. Feast your eyes on a wealth of work from local artists expressing their vision through sculpture, painting, found objects, works on paper, and sustainable art. Work by both professional and emerging artists including Sara Steele, Robert and Sue Finch, Ellen Benson,  Michael Albany, Ellen Marcus, Melissa Hamilton, Daisy Juarez, Barb Danin, and a host of others.

Images celebrating the beauty and serenity of undisturbed nature. Landscapes with and without human influence. The delicate balance of humanity and the environment.

Whiting Community Church by Michael Albany

Whiting Community Church by Michael Albany

We will also be celebrating Spring with a plein air outdoor painting workshop on Saturday, May 25 at 10 am @ MAAG. Find out more and enroll online HERE!

Opening reception Friday, April 26, 7 pm.

Closing Reception  Friday, May 31, 7 pm.  We will also be holding an exhibition for the MAAG Rain Barrel Project-an evening you won’t want to miss! Join local area participating  schools and elder communities , ages 10-85, us as we celebrate art, sustainability, and community.

Gallery Hours: Thursday- Saturday, noon till 6 pm and Sunday, noon till 5 pm.


Tod by Sara Steele

Tod by Sara Steele

Opening Exhibition: Faces, Families, and Relationships — A Legacy of Diversity and Harmony


Copyright Doris Grey

Copyright Doris Grey

The Northwest section of Philadelphia is notorious for being diverse in all facets of family & community life: young, old, single, coupled, Black, Caucasian, Latino, Asian, LGBTQ, heterosexual, single parent homes, dual parent homes, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Quaker, Buddhist, and so many more categories. But always creative and an exciting place to live!

Share family faces and neighborhood relationships as seen through the eyes of MAAG member artists in various media. Join us.

Copyright Christiane Meunier

Copyright Christiane Meunier


Opening reception Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 pm. Closing reception Friday, March 29 at 7 pm. Gallery hours Thursday through Sat., noon till 6 pm and Sunday, noon till 5 pm.






Michele Courchene Trackman…A Life Of Art, Love, and Healing

Opening reception Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 pm at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 West Mt. Airy Ave. I’ve been watching the show being curated today. It’s quite powerful. Coming full circle for Michele and Andy.

Runs till the end of the month with closing reception on Finally Friday, Oct. 26. Make sure you stop by.