It’s Time For MAAGs 3rd Annual Art Auction Gala!

The Mt. Airy Art Garage, a creative center for emerging and professional artists in Northwest Philadelphia, will host our 3rd Annual Art Auction Gala on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 6-10PM at our new home at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave.

This year’s Silent Auction will showcase over 45 of the Northwest’s most accomplished MAAG member artists such as Ellen Benson, Melvin Chappell, Robert Finch, Doris Grey, Andrea Abrams Herbert, Tom Herbert, Sol and Judy Levy, Amir Lyles, Paula Mandel, Gary Reed, Kathy Robinson, Diana Trout, and a host of others.

The Gallery will feature both 2 and 3-dimensional work ranging from sculpture to photography, fine art, and crafts. In addition to an array of artwork, the silent auction will also feature jewelry, gift certificates, and both services & classes by artists expert in their disciplines. Each year, the auction expands its array of fine art and handcrafts and attracts an even more diverse crowd of artists and art-lovers. This year’s no exception.

So, join us on Saturday, September 22nd, for our most fabulous evening of friends, fun, and incredible art. Plus, with live music by The Passage Jazz Band and food from Hershel’s East Side Deli at Reading Terminal, who can resist art for such a good cause?

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Mt. Airy Art Garage Building Fund and facilitate the completion of their Artist Studios.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to preview the auctioned work. We’ll be toasting our artists at the preview, September 7 from 6 – 8 pm in the Solomon Levy Gallery. The preview will continue Thurs.– Sat.,noon – 6 pm and Sunday, noon – 5 pm leading right up to the event itself.

For more information, call 215.242.5074 or visit


Solomon Levy Gallery Dedication and Opening Reception

For the last two years (as I’m sure you know), we’ve been working diligently to make MAAG a place where artists can learn, create, and grow together – a place where both art and community are fostered. Today, we stand closer to that goal than we’ve ever been before. Our doors are open, the gallery walls are up, and even our bathrooms are becoming a reality! During this exciting, transitional time, we’ve even managed to host numerous events: Exhibits, Dances, Breakfast Clubs, Markets, and most recently, Mural Arts Community Paint Days.

Yet, none of this would have even been possible without the encouragement and guidance of our dear friend, mentor, and avid photographer, Solomon Levy. A staple to the Northwest landscape, Sol resided in Mt. Airy for over four decades and had played a leading role in many community organizations such as Weavers Way, Habitat for Humanity, Mt. Airy Learning Tree, Project Learn, and others.

As MAAG’s Vice President and founding Board member, Sol Levy was instrumental in making our dreams a reality. After all, it was Sol who discovered our incredible space here at 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue – who saw past twenty-odd years of dust and envisioned a bustling center for the Arts. When doors were closed to us, he opened them; when we got stressed, he reminded us that nothing worthwhile was ever easy. Sadly, Sol left us too soon (nearly a year ago at this point); yet, his legacy will carry on forever through his memory and art.

So, join us for the opening reception and dedication of our permanent gallery, the Solomon Levy Gallery of Art, on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 6-8PM. The Gallery’s first exhibit, “Travels Through Life,” will feature Sol’s work and will span his earliest landscapes through his most recent abstractions. Whether capturing the grand terrain of Europe or a few inches of cracking paint on a city door, no scene was too vast or insignificant for Sol’s lens. All work will be for sale.

Sol Levy’s “Travels Through Life” opens on Friday, April 27th and continues through May 20th. Regular hours are: Thursday – Saturday, Noon till 6 pm and Sunday, Noon till 5 pm. In addition, private appointments are available.

Come celebrate the legacy of Sol Levy’s retrospective photography. What better way to celebrate his life among so many friends and family than with the dedication of our new gallery! Join us!