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!

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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

MAAG Is A Destination Point for POST!

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Sat., October 11, Noon – 6 pm & Sunday, October 12, Noon – 5 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave.

Ever wonder what we do at the Mt. Airy Art Garage? With art lovers hitting the streets of Philadelphia for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of visual artists at work in their environments, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) @ MAAG is bound to be a feast for the senses. Among the various locations hosting the tour, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will be a special destination point (also the primary Northwest distribution site) on October 11 and 12, Saturday, noon till 6 pm, and Sunday, noon till 5 pm.

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Handmade leathercraft by Arleen Olshan

In its completely refurbished 5,200 square foot garage, located at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue, MAAG will open our resident artists’ studio doors (you’ll see work like Vita Tew’s “Remembrance,” left), as well as provide you with the most up-to-date festival information about participating artists and venue locations in the Northwest. The rest of our space will also feature MAAG member artists. Here, you’ll find a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, glass, jewelry, photography, woodwork, leather goods, handcrafts, and more.

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Artists participating in POST@MAAG include: Shernise Allen, Sarah Bond, Bill Brookover, Elizabeth Castiglione, Sharon Kenny, Jim Hay, Maisha Jackson, Marla Kachin, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Laurel Schwass-Drew, Michelle Sherman, Sara Steele, Vita Tew, and Susan Windle.

So, be sure to stop by and see why MAAG is both proud and excited to be included among one of the premier open studio tour events in the country. More importantly, come out and engage with Philadelphia’s art community, be inspired, and support your local artists – after all, it’s free and there’s bound to be something for everyone!

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Pink Window by Bill Bookover

For more information, call 215.242.5074.

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We’re Pulling Out All The Stops For Our 5th Anniversary Celebration!

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Saturday, September 20, 6 pm

Who would have ever believed it? A vision to create an Arts Hub where artists in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill could come out of isolation, meet each other, create opportunities, be inclusive, build community. A place where truthful content and genuine stories would unfold to build vision. An Arts Hub where people would feel acknowledged and received. Well, it’s happening at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG), and this is only the beginning…

We’re celebrating a huge 5-year milestone on Sat., Sept. 20, 6 pm at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave.! We believe, if you love the arts, you’ll have the time of your life. We invite you to join us for a glorious celebration while supporting MAAGs programming and growth.

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Ready to kick it up with John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel, and Arlyn Wolters? Oh yeah!

DANCE your heart out with musicians from the Dukes of Destiny… as in John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel and Arlyn Wolters!

EAT/DRINK to your heart’s delight with catered food from local businesses and wineries.

INDULGE your love for fine art and handcraft by bidding on work donated by MAAG artists to our Silent Auction. Preview all artwork while you “Sip and Stroll” at the Street Fare, Thursday, September 18th from 6-10 pm. Be sure to stop by MAAG for a special, free sneak peek. To see the growing list of work donated by MAAG artists, view the Artists Page HERE.

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Ceramic created and donated by Lou Ann Merkle

ENVISION gifts certificates all related to dining and the arts! Think dinner and museum memberships, theatre tickets, music performances, classes, and more. For a full and growing list of participating donors, see below.

In short, FEED YOUR CREATIVE SOUL! This amazing evening costs a mere $30 in advance/ $35 at the door.

For more information call 215.242.5074. Join us for this special celebration.

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Want to know more? We said it was going to be a night focusing on the arts. So feast your eyes below on the initial list of donors!

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Photography created and donated by Ellie Seif

List of Donors (and more is coming in daily!)

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

Arts 

1812 Productions — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Act II Playhouse — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Ambler Theater — 4 passes to the Ambler Theater — Value = $40

Anna Crusis Choir —  2 Season Passes — Value = $100

Annenberg Center for the Arts — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice —  Value = $100

Arden Theater — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $100

Ballet X — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $70

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $170

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Silk and batik created and donated by Kathy Robinson

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $145

Crossing Choir — 2 Tickets to each of 3 performances — Value = $200

Custom Picture Framers of Glenside — Gift Certificate for Framing — Value = $50

Dovetail Artisans — Gift Certificate — Value = $20

Eastern State Penitentiary — 6 Tour Tickets — Value = $84

Fabric Workshop — Family Membership + “An Industrious Art”—fabric and print book  — Value = $85

First Person Arts  — 2, 6-pack entry cards —  Value = $120

FringeArts  — 2 memberships  — Value = $100

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Abstract art created and donated by Lee Muslin

Gravers Lane Gallery  — Original Handblown Glass  — Value = $170

Grounds for Sculpture  — 4 guest passes  — Value = $48

Handcraft Workshop  — Beginner’s Sewing Class  — Value = $50

Institute of Contemporary Art — Family Membership — Value = $100

Interact Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice  — Value = $7

Keswick Theatre — 2 Tickets to Jad Abumrad, Host of RadioLab — Value = $75

Lantern Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $83

Mann Center for the Performing Arts — 2 VIP tickets to orchestral performance + parking pass + access to VIP Donor Terrace and Garden — Value = $165

Morris Arboretum  — 4 Passes  — Value = $68

National Museum of  Jewish History — Dual Membership  — Value = $72

Opera Philadelphia  —  2 Tickets to the East Coast Premier of “Oscar”…The Life of Oscar Wilde  —  Value= $300

Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts  — Family Membership  —  Value = $80

Philadelphia Folksong Society  — 2 Philadelphia Folk Festival Passes  —  Value =$312

Philadelphia Museum of Art  — 4 General Admissions —Value = $80

Philadelphia Orchestra — 2 Orchestra Level Seats — Value = $170

Philadelphia Theatre Co. —  2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $118

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Penscape created and donated by Andrew Walker

Piffaro Renaissance Band — 2 Season Subscriptions + CD + Book — Value = $180

Please Touch Museum — 4 Passes — Value = $68

Profiles Studio — 2 Professional Photos of Your Artwork — Value = $100

Quintessence Theatre Group —  2 Opening Night Season Tickets + Meet The Cast After-Parties — Value = $380

Stagecrafters Theater — 2 Season Passes — Value = $130

Woodmere — 2 Family Memberships  — Value = $70 per family membership

 

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Catering

(More Still Coming!)

Far Hills Winery

Herschels East Side Deli

Jyoti

Little Jimmies

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Photography created and donated by Charles Edwards

New Kings Deli

Night Kitchen

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Totos

Trader Joe’s

Weavers Way

 

Dining Certificates

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

(More Still Coming!)

Bacio Italian Restaurante — $50

Brunos — $60

Dimeo’s — $25

Earth, Bread, and Brewery — $75

Iron Hill Brewery — $25

McMennamins — $50

Mi Puebla Restaurant — $25

Stephen Starr Restaurants — Il Pittore — $200

Tavern on The Hill — $25

Trevi — $20

Trolley Car Diner — $100

Yu Hsiang Garden — $25

 

You won’t want to miss this celebration! Buy your tickets now and save! 

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