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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(c) Sharon Kenny

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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(c) Sara Steele

 

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

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Little Jimmies

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Photography created and donated by Charles Edwards

New Kings Deli

Night Kitchen

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Trader Joe’s

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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

 

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Original Fine Art & Handcraft Shines For MAAGs 5th Anniversary Bash!

Save the Celebration date! Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave.

The visual & performing arts (plus dining) gift certificates keep pouring in. Sister arts organizations are in the mix, museums, you name it. You can find them right HERE. John Colgan-Davis from the Dukes of Destiny has a big smile on his face saying they are READY to get it on and celebrate with us. The food and wine commitments keep growing. So, what could possibly make this even better? How about fine art and handcraft donated by member artists for the Silent Auction segment of our big bash!

We continue to receive work by an impressive list of both established and emerging artists. Feast your eyes on the work coming in for the Silent Auction part of the evening.

And it’s all to support the growth and programming of the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Come celebrate with us…five years is a really big deal!

 

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Sweet Jazz And Open Mic Are Just Days Away

Open Mic, Sat., September 6 @ 7 pm $5 at the door

Jazz and Poetry—we liked it so much we’re doing it again.

When we first started our monthly poetry events, we envisioned a slam. We met some really cool poets, some emerging and others established. We had judges, some listened to the words, and others not.

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Last month, in the slow month of August and vacations, we tried something new. Open Mic, just Open Mic…with a spoonful of jazz. Specifically Tank Keitt on drums and Charles Witherspoon on bass. And the poets came. And the soft beats of the music, followed suit. We had a really good time—intimate, safe space, to try on different kinds of words while the beats inspired. We liked it so much, we’re doing it again. Read just one of the poems that birthed from our August Open Mic.

So this Saturday, at 7 pm stop on by. For a mere $5, you’re in the mix whether you’re a poet or a lover of poetry.

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Tank, ending the evening, with a little bit of Langston Hughes.

Tank, ending the evening, with a little bit of Langston Hughes.

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Susan Windle

Susan Windle

We’ll start off the evening with Susan Windle, our guest poet, who uses her craft to explore and share the wonders of everyday life, to strengthen community, and to challenge the forces of injustice within and without. Susan collaborates with musicians, visual artists, spiritual leaders and activists. She writes poems for community choirs, for non-profit and progressive organizations, as well as for personal celebrations. Her most recent book, Through the Gates, is a memoir in letters and poems. Other books include Love Letters, Between the Doors, and Already Near You: Poetry in Concert, a compilation of poems performed with co-creator Ellen Ford Mason. With her performing ensemble Voices of a Different Dream, Susan has produced two recordings blending poetry and a capella song– Refuge for a Soul and You Know My Name. Find out more at www.susanwindle.com

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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Images on handmade paper (c) Nathalie Borozny

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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.

MAAG Launches Series Of Member Meetings As 5th Anniversary Approaches

Thank You Members and Supporters of the Mt. Airy Art Garage! 

On Wed. June 25th we had a wonderful turnout of members and community supporters eager to listen to our progress report and hopes for the future. This meeting is the first of a series that we will be holding as we move into celebrating MAAGs fifth year!

member meeting 2 We are so very pleased that many of you had questions and creative suggestions for our future as a vibrant arts organization in the Germantown Corridor. Folks had great ideas with constructive comments for MAAGs future visibility and organization. Board members spoke to upcoming Art Partnerships with neighboring universities in 2015, to Fall and Winter projections, and to MAAGs expansion. We now have a sound system which opens more doors of opportunity as a music and performance venue.

Participants stepped up and volunteered for many vital positions with MAAG—everything from helping to organize our upcoming September Silent Auction, to writing, to the daily tasks of staffing the gallery, to fundraising, to ongoing property maintenance…the list goes on. Do we still need your help? You bet we do! We need experienced graphic designers and marketing communications professionals, accountants, and others with solid skills willing to work on one project or several.

Member meetingWhen we completed our buildout, the work had only just begun. We need you even more now!

member meeting 3A number of members and supporters expressed their wish to help but couldn’t attend. Well, it’s not too late! Please email us at info@mtairyartgarage.org. Committees are forming and more gatherings will be coming. So email us, let’s talk about how you can help, and stay tuned.

Thank you all for your interest, commitment, and devotion to what we are trying to build at the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

In love and art,

The Board of MAAG

 

Special thanks to MAAG member Michael Albany for his photography of the event.

Quiltapalooza’s Right Around The Corner

Next Quiltapalooza Friday, July 25, 6 pm 

Sometimes people ask me (Sarah Bond) “What is Quiltapalooza? Is it an event? Is it a feeling? Is it a way of life?
 
Quiltapalooza started four or five years ago at Fabrics on the Hill. The idea was to bring quilters together for a marathon session of sewing, quilting and community. We started at six and sometimes went past midnight! It was a liberating experience for everyone to have a block of time to indulge in our shared passion without interruption or need for justification. It doesn’t seem like a big thing to many people, but to us it was heaven.
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MAAG Quilt Club

After Fabrics on the Hill closed, I ran the Quiltapalooza out of my house. I opened up the dining room table to full capacity. I put up folding tables in the living room. I could cram twelve happy quilters into the first floor of my house. Still a blast. Still a creative bonanza.

Then, one day, I happened upon the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Shortly thereafter, Linda was looking for an artful activity to promote on a First Friday. I suggested the Quiltapalooza. There were giggles (ok, the name is a little silly), but it was generally a positive response. At the time, MAAG had just put in their bathrooms and was still acquiring equipment. When I asked about tables and chairs, Linda said there were a couple of tables and maybe eight chairs. (How far we’ve come!) She thought it was plenty. It was my turn to giggle. I sent out the email and brought in tables and chairs. I don’t remember how many were there, but we were in double digits and the MAAG era of Quiltapalooza had begun. That was more than two years ago and we’ve been rocking the Quiltapalooza ever since. Every other month on the third Friday, quilters from all over Northwest Philadelphia and beyond come together at the Mt. Airy Art Garage to stitch and sip and share and laugh and create.

Join us Friday, July 25, from 6-10 pm. Bring your sewing machines, your work, something to eat or drink. It’s time to create more quilts, meet other artists, and build more community. It’s a great way to spend an evening, doing what you love, with others who share a passion with what you do. $15 at the door. $10 MAAG members.

 

Big Changes Ahead For MAAG. We Need Your Input. We Need You Now.

Ceiling SplendorSpecial Member & Supporter Meeting—Wed., June 25, 6:30 pm

Can you believe it? The Mt. Airy Art Garage is turning five years old this fall. It’s been an amazing journey and so gratifying—from our earliest 2009 Art Markets on Carpenter Lane, to a pop-up storefront exhibition, clothesline fundraisers in Ned Wolf Park and the build out of our glorious barn of a space (remember this famous pic on the left by Alix Passage?). Now we house changing exhibitions and events, monthly groups of writers, quilters, and visual artists, ongoing drawing groups, Quiltapaloozas, Poetry Slams, workshops, dances, and our resident artist studios.

We thank each and every one of you for your support, helping hands, belief and confidence in our vision for the Mt. Airy Art Garage. This continued expansion would not be possible without all of you. 

We are now at a crossroads for MAAG. We have some major decisions ahead of us and want to hear your feedback, suggestions, and concerns. We also want to share our vision for the future and the groundwork we are laying to implement an ongoing arts hub within and by our community.

In the same way, we started off in 2009 by calling neighborhood meetings of artists and art lovers to get your input and commitment, we are inviting you now to a member gathering at the Mt. Airy Art Garage at 6:30 pm, on Wednesday, June 25 to plan the next five years. And we can’t do this without you!

Think about what we’ve accomplished so far, and what the future could hold. Please join us in bringing about the next phase.

Linda & Arleen

 

Comic Book Class? You Bet! All You Need Is Enthusiasm!

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6 session class starting Wed., June 11 at 6:30 pm

We’ve been getting inquires about Ellen Marcus’s upcoming class, and we wanted to share some of Ellen’s thoughts. So read on and join us!

Question: I am not a painter/illustrator. I am creating characters and writing it up. I have a composite pic of my character but I was going to use a friend to do my drawing. Would this class work on storyboards? Is it worth it for a person who cannot draw?

Ellen responds: Comic books and graphic novels relate very much to storyboarding, and there’s absolutely no need to know how to draw for this class. The first class will cover story structure and the following 2 weeks will be spent focusing on bringing “stick figures” (or rough sketches) and your words together to form a story. The other 3 weeks will be spent on “fleshing out” your characters with some inking/character design exercises, but it’s up to you how much you want to do that. You are more than welcome to spend more time on story structure and character composition. I expect some participants will want to spend more time on one thing over another and I’ll be there to give as much guidance as I have to offer for the needs of everyone. The end goal will be to glue your organized “panels” on paper and bind them together in a physical book format.  We’ll be working primarily with physical materials (paper, rulers, pencils), though, I do plan on giving a brief demo with Manga Studio on my laptop. I’ll have a few things pre-printed and prepared for your use (like story board sheets/note cards/basic character design sheets), but you’re more than welcome to draft your own if you need to.

If you’ve been thinking about attending, we hope this whets your whistle a bit and you’ll join us.

SIGN ME UP FOR CREATING MY OWN COMICS! 

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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