Past, Present, Future

A Message From Arleen Olshan

I had a difficult experience last night. For the first time in a year, Linda and I walked together on Mt. Airy Avenue past our former building for the Mt. Airy Art Garage. We witnessed the lights being on, our logo being removed from the glass front and people working in the space.

As I looked at the walls that were the gallery, the pod that our architect designed for the bathrooms, the studio walls that were 1/2 rippled plastic, seeing the light and openness of the space with the fans turning, I realized how my heart was broken when this lovely creation was taken from us. The move probably affected all the artists, art-loving neighbors, and supporters who helped us build out the location too. The six years we celebrated the arts in that space was beyond all of our dreams and expectations. We have moved forward and are rebuilding, but neither of us expected the emotion that poured out when seeing the property once again.

So, where are we now? How have we been doing during this period of transition? The Mt. Airy Art Garage is currently operating a fine art and handcraft gallery at 6622 Germantown Avenue, in partnership with Mt. Airy USA. We are waiting for the promised buildout of our new space (across the street) at 6651– 59 Germantown Ave. with the current proposal for completion being Fall 2018. This new location will be transformed into a multi-use space for MAAG with new apartments above our digs.

We have been very active this year in local public schools, working with children on murals, partnering in a variety of artistic endeavors and businesses in our area. We have partnered with Philadelphia Theater Company and will deepen that partnership in 2018. We continue to work with artists of all disciplines, spreading creativity into Pleasant Playground, showing work in City Hall, and, of course, highlighting the work of Northwest artists, from emerging to professional.

Next week, Saturday, August 26th, we will be hosting our first fundraiser at Summit Presbyterian Church with Never Gonna Give You Up (particularly appropriate today) 80s Dance Party with DJ Robert Drake. We have reduced the ticket price to $20 to make it more affordable for everyone. It will be a great night of dancing, making new friends, and enjoying donations from local businesses like Earth, Bread, and Brewery, McMennamins, Night Kitchen, High Point, and more. Remember, in supporting MAAG, you are supporting community artists — your friends, neighbors and family members.

Visit us at the Gift Shop. We are open Wednesday–Saturday, from 12–6 PM. All are welcome. Artists, continue to bring your work. We will make space to show and market your creations. And tell your friends.

See you this Saturday night where we’ll all come together for the 80s and for MAAG and “Rock The Casbah.”

— Arleen Olshan

 

 

 

It’s A New Era For the Mt. Airy Art Garage

Community and creativity are truly an antidote to these challenging times. We, at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG), have had our own unique challenges. We’ve done some grieving, some assessing, some growing. We’ve started a strategic plan (thank you Dragonfly Partners!). We’ve also been quietly busy — new partnerships such as those with Philadelphia Theatre Company for “Having Our Say.” (Stay tuned as that partnership deepens.) We especially want you to know we are alive and well, we are moving forward, you’ll be hearing a lot more from us, and we want to hear from you.

Our Community of Pride Mural Project is forging ahead as children at both Houston and Emlen Schools are now working on their murals which explore the question “What Makes You Proud?” As this project continues, the next phase will add a literacy component!

Plus, our new flagship location and display space at 6622 Germantown Ave. (right next to Little Jimmie’s Bake Shop), is a joy to behold! Filled with unique handcrafts and fine art, all work is original and created by local artists. Some 30 artists, in a myriad of mediums, are showing and offering their goods for sale. Do come and visit.

We especially want to thank some key partners who have helped us make it through this difficult transition:

· The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund — your support for the last two years has allowed us the breathing room we so badly needed. We are grateful.

· Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA)— we’re so proud to have you as a partner. When we did not know what our next steps would be this past August, MAUSA stepped up. You have provided us with meeting and event space at the Hub; you provided our flagship location where we now reside; and a future home. We urge all our supporters to “show your love” by attending their upcoming fundraiser on Sat., April 1. As MAAG supporters you’ll even get a 50% discount. Just hit the link directly below and make sure you use the promo code MAAG!

We at MAAG intend to keep the momentum going. We want you to know we are back and moving forward with our eyes planted firmly on the future.

So come on by. Ask questions. Share your ideas. Stay tuned for community meetings we host. Grow your creative soul with us. We are back.

 

 

Grand Opening Of MAAGs New Handcraft Gift Shop

Saturday, Sept. 24, 6622 Germantown Ave., Noon till 6 pm

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We’re ready to show off our new Handcraft Gift Shop! And we promise you, you’re going to like what you see.

Think of this new location as our hub. The place where you can delight in original work by local artists, and find out about our upcoming activities. Want to shop for unique original fine art and handcraft? We’ve got that. Want to find out what we’re up to? Where MAAG will be doing POST? Where’e the Holiday Art Market? We can tell you. Want to find out more about the Community of Pride Mural Project? Stop on in.

So, this weekend, come on by from noon till 6 pm. We’ll have some music, some wine, some food, and a whole lot of artists. Share your ideas, share your enthusiasm, and check out our new digs.

MAAG In Action! The Beginning of A New Era

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You may not have heard much about the goings on at MAAG lately. We’ve been quietly busy – very busy. As our August 31st move date approaches, and we get ready to launch #MAAGPopsUp mode, we’re thrilled to share some incredible news!

We have solid commitments that will ensure our continued success while anticipating the completion of our new space on the 6600 Block of Germantown Ave. Let’s just say, we couldn’t have done this without Mt. Airy USA as our community partner. Stay tuned for details on where MAAG will be popping up this Fall:

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1. We will be opening our handcraft gift shop on Germantown Ave. You’ll know where to find us, any day of the week, by following the hashtag #MAAGPopsUp on social media.

2. We have confirmed a location for both Philadelphia Open Studio Tour (POST) AND our Holiday Art Market! Thanks to Lutheran Theological Seminary, we will be hosting a big, beautiful, AND handicapped accessible series of events (with parking) right in Mt. Airy.

3. As artists in residence, we will be moving into Houston and Emlen Schools in October 2016 as we launch the Community of Pride Mural Project.

4. We will be hosting all of our monthly artist group meetings, classes, and figure drawing at confirmed locations starting in Sept. 2016.

5. We are deepening our partnerships with other arts organizations for some outstanding member exhibitions both indoor and outdoor in 2016-7.

So what can you do to help? For starters, you can become a member or rejoin. It’s so easy! You can make a donation to the MAAG in Action Fund. Your money will help us pay for movers, put our things into storage, and position us to be even more visible than ever before. We’re excited to begin a new era, but we can’t do it without you!

Be sure to follow MAAG on social media for details on our classes, workshops, exhibitions, and updates on our move, with the hashtag #MAAGPopsUp!

 

 

 

 

It’s Been A Roller Coaster Of A Year

We’ve explored gender with students at Moore College of Art in our International Women’s Day Celebration. We were honored to have the first citywide showing of My Son Matters! — a photo exhibition by Denise Allen that explored stereotypes and racism with positive imagery. We touched our community to make it a better place for children and elders with the Make Art Grow Food Project. More collaborations, more exhibitions, a small dream growing.

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Then we were faced with the dilemma of needing to find a new home. Unexpected challenges, momentary detours. We want to tell you, with smiles on our faces, that the Mt. Airy Art Garage will continue to grow in Mt. Airy.
 
We hope to have an exciting announcement next month about new partnerships and new beginnings. We know in our hearts that none of this would have happened  without your support.MAAG_Wall_Mural-001
 
We’re more experienced this time around. We’ve had successes beyond our wildest expectations. Each challenge has strengthened us and shown us that not only do we have community support, but there is a real need to continue this work.
 
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Thank you for your continued support and confidence in our work, and all the appreciation you show.
 
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Linda Slodki & Arleen Olshan
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The Mt. Airy Art Garage Launches A Campaign To Find A New Home

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We have something important to share with you—our members, fellow artists, friends, supporters, our Northwest Community. Our lease will expire August 31, 2016, and unexpectedly, we have not been granted the option to renew it.

This means that, as we look toward next year, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will need to find a new home. It’s a big challenge—one we have every intention of meeting, with your support.

Just in 2015 alone, we engaged in more socially engaged art projects and creative thinking than ever before—My Son Matters!, the Gender Weave Project with Moore College, Make Art Grow Food , and a host of events, concerts, classes and gallery exhibitions. 2016 will see a city-wide quilt and fiber show. There will be more music, more murals and rain barrels, and more community projects. And that’s just for starters.

So we will be launching a major campaign to help us find a new home and for paid staff. With your help and commitment, together, we can do this.

Please Mark Your Calendars and Join Us

·      Community & Member Meeting, Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 pm at MAAG. Next steps.

·      ArtBash, Sat., Sept. 19, 6 pm featuring James Dupree, Music with Dena Underwood

Here’s What You Can Do Right Now To Help

·      Join or renew your membership

·      Make a donation.

·      Come to the community meeting where we will layout projections and next steps.

Fundraisers? Marketing mavens, video artists, word noodlers, connectors? Strategic planners? Realty lawyers and realtors? Accountants? Admins? Architects? We need you all now. Lend us your skills.  Step up and volunteer. Let’s push ahead into this new phase together.

We know we can forge through this and move forward.

Linda Slodki, President and Cofounder

 

 

 

 

Art Really Does Change Everything…What A Great Year!

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In five years we’ve seen pop-up’s, build-outs, completion of
the Solomon Levy Gallery, studio rentals, classes, Artists’ Garage Sales,
Annual Art Auctions, Rain Barrel Projects, exhibitions, musical performances, and much more. All with your support! Let’s keep dreaming together.
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  Big News! We want to inform you of our latest hurdle and achievement! We are now proud to announce that MAAG is a standalone nonprofit registered with both the state and IRS as a tax-exempt 501c3. We can now forge ahead with grants previously closed to us. We want to thank Mt. Airy Community Services Corporation for being our fiscal sponsor. It’s been a wonderful partnership, and we couldn’t have gotten this far without their support and experience.
Long-Awaited Expansion
We expect our nonprofit status this will impact us in new ways, some of them still uncharted. We know we’ll need our own accountant and insurance policies. We’ll begin to staff our organization with salaried personnel. So, for starters, we want to expand our board with business experts who have a love of the arts. If this challenge excites you (as it does us), please send your resume to info@mtairyartgarage.org or call us at 215.242.5074.Gallery Rental-Sized
 
Support MAAG’s Annual Fund
We’re also asking you to support the Mt Airy Art Garage with an end-of-year donation to our Annual Fund. Every gift you give ensures we can continue to expand. 2015 will include a special “Grow Food/Make Art” intergenerational project MAAG is leading with Houston School, Homelink’s Elder Community, Earth Bread & Brewery, and other community partners focusing on creating art murals, nutrition, and sustainability. We are also partnering with Moore College for a special exhibition at MAAG, during Women’s History Month, called the “Gender Weave Project.” Photo Clubs, Writers’ Clubs, The Swerve, musical performances, classes, Quiltapalooza’s…these are only the beginning. And your support makes all the difference. Become a member (if you haven’t already) or make a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund. Please donate now.
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Art Really Does Change Everything
We are humbled and filled with joy knowing we continue down the right road. Thanks to all who have donated their time and financial support, who appreciate, who create, who continue to dream with us. It is truly a life changer. So stay tuned, as we forge into 2015. There’s one thing you can count on. It’s going to be an exciting year ahead.IMG_5393-1
 
 
 
 

Fall Classes @ MAAG! Treat Yourself!

New York Beauty Quilt Technique Class | Sarah Bond

2 Sessions — Saturdays, October 25 & November 22, 2014

2 pm — 6 pm

Class fee $65

bond157_010ProvenceBeautyThis is a workshop style class designed for advanced beginners and beyond. This is a great technique for creating those perfect points every time. We’ll start the class with a basic, simple New York Beauty block and we’ll walk you through the basics of paper piecing. We’ll continue on to variations including flying geese, multiple sets of points and triangles, and long points with narrow outlines. You can try all the variations or just stick with the ones you like. We’ll provide new pattern sets at each class. During the last class, we’ll experiment with placement of the blocks so you can see how the different sets and arrangements of the blocks can create the contemporary or traditional quilt that is perfect for you.

It is not necessary to have all your fabric for the first class. You can add in fabrics as you go as the colors and textures start to develop together in your quilt.

Download your enrollment form here.

Sign me up for the NY Beauty Quilt class!

$65.00 Add to cart

 

Drawing Workshop | Robert Finch

2 Sessions — Sunday, October 26 & Sunday, November 2

2 pm – 5 pm

Class Fee $60

drawing by Robert FinchWe will learn to draw using multiple mediums, i.e. pencil, charcoal, crayon and pastels. Any medium can be used to express just how you feel. There are no rules to drawing and no right or wrong way, only your way. The purpose of this workshop is for you to become familiar with the traditions of good drawing. We believe that anyone can draw, with one major proviso— you have to really want to. You can learn when you let go of your inhibitions. There is no end to the possibilities. This workshop will consist of both still life setups and posing the human figure. The medium is open, however, we believe the student should choose one that they are most comfortable with. Students 16 and older are welcome. Open to all levels.

Robert Finch, a modern day master of the art of drawing, will act as the catalyst in your personal journey of discovery. Drawings by Robert Finch are in many public and private collections, including the Potsdam Museum in New York, and, in Philadelphia, the Free Library and the Pennsylvania Law School.

Download your enrollment form here.

Sign me up for the Drawing Workshop!

$60.00 Add to cart

 

Beginners Collage Workshop | Edward Sargeant

1 Class — Saturday, November 8

1 pm – 5 pm

Class Fee $40

020_WebEver wonder how collage is made? What methods are used? What materials are best to use? Come join Edward Sargeant, professional collage artist, and learn methods, share ideas and make your own piece at this workshop. You can bring your own board (size doesn’t matter) and some raw materials such as old magazines, damaged books, photos, fabric, thin tracing paper and construction paper and any other stuff on paper. Don’t forget your scissors, mat knife, and glue. Workshops can go wherever the participants take it. So let’s start a collaging adventure.

Board can include wooden craft boards, prepared artist’s canvas or other favorite flat board you feel comfortable with. We will provide all other materials and tools.

Collage can tell a story, make a statement, or provide a memory to share. So think about your subject that you want to make a statement about and let’s make it happen.

Download your enrollment form here.

Sign me up for the Collage Workshop!

$40.00 Add to cart

 

Everyone Deserves Origami | Yulan Mimmy San

1 Class — November 15

1 pm – 3 pm

$30 plus $5 materials fee

Dance of the Light-hearted Parasols, mixed media paper, by Yulan Mimmy SanOrigami is the art of paper folding — transforming paper into an endless array of friendly objects both practical and charming. Endlessly fascinating, origami offers a bit of magic. Imagine a single sheet of paper, folding and folding, transforming bit by bit into a bunny or bird or maybe a frog, even an elephant or a heart. The possibilities are endless. Origami promotes creative thinking and imagination, enhances visual awareness, develops manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, improves memory skills, and builds self-esteem through personal accomplishment. No previous experience is necessary. This workshop is for novices to experts who want to develop new skills and experiences.

Mimmy is an experienced professional artist and teacher who has worked with all ages to learn and enjoy the art of Origami.

Download your enrollment form here.

Sign me up for the Origami Workshop!

$35.00 Add to cart

Open Call for Artists — MAAG Juried Holiday Art Market

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Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 6-7 and Sat./Sun. Dec. 20-21. 

It’s getting close to the Holiday Art Market at MAAG. And if you know MAAG, you know we can really host quite a bash at our Annual Holiday Art Market. We’re talking fine art, handcraft, live music, food, and a wonderful time for all.

ArtMarketAll artists are invited to submit your work for sale at our Holiday Shows. There will be two separate shows Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 20-21, 2014, Saturday, noon — 6 pm & Sunday, noon — 5 pm. All work must be your own original work. Anything you submit must reflect what has been juried (no add-ons). You can access MAAG guidelines for submission here.

The cost for each weekend table is $100 for two days.  We are also offering wall space in the gallery (members only). Not a member yet? Now could be a great time to join!

Special for MAAG members only! Now is the time to display a wall in the Solomon Levy Gallery at MAAG. We are offering ½ walls to show and promote your work. Any member artists displaying their work on the walls may also participate at the December 6-7 Art Market show at no additional charge. The artists retain 100% of their sales when selling during the Art Markets.2000-01-01 00.01.52

We’re planning on throwing one heck of a holiday bash! Join us, join the artists, join MAAG.

Download your application here.

 

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Synco-Poetic Jazzetry…The Swerve

October 4, 7 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave. First Saturday of every month!

Jazz that speaks to poetry and back…

performer080214_1000x644We’ve changed our name, we’ve changed our feel. We’re now a combo of live jazz and poetry (open mic). That’s right, open mic, for all you emerging and published poets. And some jazz backbeat to inspire…percussion, drums, and bass thanks to Tank Keitt and Charles Witherspoon.

Did we say the poetry is over the top? Well, it is. Did we say that some folks wrote their inspiration sitting at the table last month listening to others? Well, they did. Did we say we’re on to something really special? Well, we are.

2014-08-02-20.06.36You’re the ones who make it happen. Bring a friend, bring your words, bring it on. $5 @ Door.

Susan DiPronioGuest poet this month is Susan DiPronio. Susan lives in Philadelphia and founded Pink Hanger Presents — a project dedicated to giving voice to the unique life experiences of women, transgender and genderqueer individuals. Susan’s poetry recently appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Corset Magazine, The Avocet, Defenestration and Spillway Literary Journal. Her memoir “Laurel” was included in the memoir chapbook from First Person Arts and her personal essay: “Damaged: A journey of healing from sexual assault” is included in the book “The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse.” Susan was a 2013 recipient of The Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. www.pinkhangerpresents.com and  www.susandipronio.com