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.
quilt, Mt. Airy Art Garage

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


Call For Member Artists: Summer Salon Show July 18 – Aug. 31



This is your opportunity to have gallery wall space, floor to ceiling, a salon style exhibit of your work (2-D works only or works that hang on walls). You can fill your wall with as many pieces as possible. As we sell pieces off the wall, you have the opportunity to rotate in more work. The walls vary in size from 6 – 12 feet horizontally with heights up to 12 feet. The rent is $100 per wall space (payment accepted via PayPal below).

Applications are available HERE. Gallery requirements for submission HERE. Once we receive payment along with your full application, you may select your wall (first come, first served basis).

Please send jpg selections of your work (300 dpi), along with your application and bio, to images@gmail.com. These may be used for promotional material for the show. Deadline is June 22.

Delivery and hanging of the show    

Sat. June 28, Noon – 6 PM

Sun., June 29, Noon – 5 PM

***Gallery will be closed July 1-15, 2014***

Show Opens  Friday, July 18, 6 – 9 PM

Closing Reception  Friday, August 29, 6 – 9 PM

Takedown of show  Wed., September 3, Noon – 7 PM


$100.00 Add to cart


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


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.


$130.00 Add to cart




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.


Totem I, reclaimed wood, acrylic, colored pencil, and oil on Brazil board, (c) Kirsten Fischler


“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

June Poetry Slam Is Coming & April Lynn James Wants To Talk About It!

Poetry Slam Saturday, June 7, 2014 @ 7 pm

PoetrySlam-artworkI came to Philadelphia in search of Communi-Tea. My immediate family had become toxic, and after taking a friend up on an offer of sanctuary and sharing her studio apartment in NYC’s East Village for the first half of 2013, I needed to find a home somewhere. I had to begin again. After traveling the northeast (Boston, Maine) and across the pond (France, the Netherlands, Germany), I moved to Chestnut Hill. Here in northwest Philadelphia, amid trees and stone, I hoped to heal my heart and find other artists.


Cohosts: April Lynn James (R) and Mary Ann Domanska (L)

I had heard that Philly was a town supportive of the arts and artists.  At a street fair in Mt. Airy in September 2013, I learned of the Mt. Airy Art Garage, and met Arleen, one of its founders. I became a dues-paying member the following month, and met Linda, MAAG’s President. I loved Linda and Arleen’s vision of creating a space for all the arts—visual, literary and performative. I attended events sporadically over the fall and winter, and got involved in planning the second annual International Women’s Day event. In March 2014, I had the opportunity to co-host that event and to perform some of my (and my alter ego’s) poetry. It was during the IWD event that I met Mary Ann, who was leading MAAG’s Writer’s Group. I was exhorted to attend the Slam, so I did. The vibe was so friendly that inaugural night: people brought their picnic baskets, filled with wine, cheese and other edibles and sat themselves around the candlelit tables. One entrant brought her entire family who cheered her on. The audience and participants were a mixture of young and old, black and white, gay and straight, and all things in-between. We had 60 plus people at that first Slam, exceeding our expectations, and challenging our supply of chairs. 

DSC_9020WEBREADYThe biggest surprise for me that night was that I won the slam! I had come simply to support a fledgling event and to share my work, yet here I was walking away with the top prize!  How about that? A Sonneteer wins in Mt. Airy! This would never have happened in gritty, cut-throaty New York City! Now, I co-host the Poetry Slam. Our audience for the second slam was also a vibrant and vocal mix of folk from Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and other parts of the city. Yes, some folks even came up from Center City! What, you say? People traveling into the Northwest for poetry? Yes, Virginia—yet again, something that would never happen in NYC.

I want to see this Poetry Slam become THE place to be the first Saturday evening of every month. 

This month our featured poet will be Kasey Jueds, author of The Keeper. Her poems have appeared in publications including Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Manhattan Review, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Women’s Review of Books, and 5AM. She’s been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation. Keeper, my first book, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. So, we expect an exciting evening!

DSC_9036WEBREADYThe slam starts at 7 pm and goes until 9pm. You can sign up at the door, or send an email to poetryslam.maag@gmail.com. Download the list of Slam Rules HERE. The poets are limited to five, count ‘em 5 entrants. At only $5, the MAAG Poetry Slam’s a deal that can’t be beat. And for those competition-shy amongst us, there is an Open Mic directly following the Slam at 9 pm. Come one, come all and spread the word!



Spring Classes @ MAAG: Photoshop For Artists, Rain Barrels, Creating Your Own Comics, Drawing & More!

DSCN1788_1489Looking for a way to beat those winter doldrums? Well, here at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, we’ve got the perfect solution and we’re busting loose for Spring. MAAG will offer an array of studio classes for both children and adults, which include quilting, drawing, painting Rain Barrels, plein air painting, and more. 

Regardless of your desire, our accomplished teachers are bound to cultivate your creativity. Whether a novice or experienced student, you’ll find a welcoming and supportive environment where creativity can rule. 

Plus, with classes being oh so affordable, now’s the time to register! Until then, browse through the quilting class below, and stay tuned as we publish more classes. They’ll be here soon! Find what you like? You can enroll online with the button displayed under each class description.

Come to MAAG and indulge your creativity! Claim your inner artist now!


Original Ribbon Quilt Sarah Bond.Ribbon Quilts: Color and Fabric Fusion | Sarah Bond

2 Classes – Saturday March 22 & Saturday April 26 

2 pm to 6 pm

Class Fee $65

This is a workshop style class. Using solid fabrics as a starter, students will explore the power of strip piecing and experimentation with color gradations, size gradations and alternations of solid fabrics with other fabrics. Working with solids is a great way to really experiment with color without the interference of textures or patterns. We will incorporate some patterned fabric as the class progresses. Students can use their own ideas or instructor’s “recipes” for fabric constructions. Those constructions will then be cut and assembled into quilt tops. The title of the course refers to the ribbons of light and color that can be achieved with this technique.  

Students should bring basic sewing supplies, their sewing machine in good working order, and a variety of fabrics to work with. A detailed materials list will be sent to you upon enrollment.

This exercise in color play will translate into quilts of a variety of sizes and patterns and styles.  


Low resPlein Aire Landscape Workshop and Artists Gallery Talk|J. Jordan Klinefelter

Saturday, May 17 and Saturday, May 31

10 am – 2 pm

Each Session: $30

In celebration of “Earth Day, Every Day,” MAAG is showcasing the work of landscape painter J. Jordan Klinefelter, an award-winning graduate of the The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Ms. Klinefelter will speak to her exhibition and then outdoors to the creek! Adults, 17 and up. What better way to spend a glorious Spring day!




Profiles Logo for webPhotoshop Elements for Artists| Mike Zaikowski

Sunday, June 1

1 pm – 4 pm

Class Fee: $35

Join Mike Zaikowski of Profiles fine art printmaking studio for a live demonstration of a straightforward method for artists to prep their files for juried shows. Mike will begin by discussing the basic tools of Photoshop Elements and will demonstrate step-by-step how to import a digital file into Photoshop, adjust color, sharpen and crop an image, and save the adjusted file within any given size and format specifications.

A workbook will be provided for each participant and there will be time for questions and answers during the presentation and at the end. There will also be samples for review.  


Robert Finch Figure Holding KneeDiscover Drawing|Robert Finch

8 Sundays, June 8 – July 27

2 pm – 5 pm

Class Fee: $250 for all 8 classes. Once registered, we will notify you of materials you will need.

The Mt. Airy Art Garage presents an outstanding opportunity for artists who are interested in improving their ability to draw effectively in a personal and expressive manner. Your skill has always been there, some aspects of which are lying beneath the surface. Now is the time to realize your natural gifts and bring them to the fore. Robert Finch, a modern day master of the art of drawing, will act as the catalyst in your personal journey of discovery. We will work from both the human figure and still life arrangements while unraveling the traditions in drawing.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.

Students 16 and older are welcome. Open to all levels.


DSCN1608_1406Design and Create Your Own Rain Barrels For Spring|Arleen Olshan

3 Saturday Sessions, June 7 – 21

Noon till 3 pm

Class Fee: $150 includes up to 2 participants & all materials fees. Please bring your rain barrel.

With winter finally behind us, now is a great time to day dream about the beautiful greenery that surrounds us in the Germantown corridor. With the expertise of MAAGs Rain Barrel Project teachers behind you and leading the way, you will plan and create unique, sustainable works of art for your home and community.

We will draw our designs, prepare the barrels with primer, paint and finish our designs together, and seal them for the warm season ahead.

For our neighbors who have participated in the Water Dept./ECA classes, bring your barrels to the Garage. Don’t have your free rain barrels yet?  Easy! MAAG is partnering with GRinCH and the Water Dept. to host the May 17 Rain Barrel presentation at the Mt. Airy Art Garage. SIGN UP HERE and register directly on the Water Department’s website to save your space. You will have your barrel delivered in plenty of time to take the class.GRinCH Logo for Rain Barrel

Both adults and children are invited to participate. Children, ages 8 and up, must be accompanied by a parent. Cost of the class includes up to two students per barrel.


Ellen Marcus web photoCreating Your Own Comics|Ellen Marcus

6 Wednesdays, June 11 through July 23 (no class July 16)

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Class Fee: $120 for the series + $10 materials fee

Comic books are pages of illustrated panels that are placed together to tell a story. They became popular in America with the first publication in 1933, and have since grown in popularity for people of all ages. This class is instructed by an illustrator and animator with over 10 years of experience in the world of commercial animation and comics. You don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to learn about basic elements of comic book creation on paper and produce your own comic book at the end of class (space is limited to 15 students).

Want to know more about the class? Download the syllabus.


CALL FOR ARTISTS! Summer Show Off At The Mt. Airy Art Garage

ss_call4artists649x1000Summer Show Off Exhibition @ MAAG, June 6–27, 2014

Deadline May 29

The second annual MAAG Summer Show Off exhibition will open in the Solomon Levy Gallery on June 6, 2014. We know you have worked all winter in your studios (the weather was SO bad you had nothing else to do), and now is the time to bring out your best work and show off your efforts. This is a member only group show. The media is not restricted. This is your opportunity to exhibit drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, collage and/or mixed media (nothing larger than 4’ x 4’). 

Please send your application form, your entry fee (payable by PayPal below or by check) and the images of the pieces you are submitting via jpeg at 350 dpi (2100 pixels on the largest side) to images.maag@gmail.com. Include the Title, Media, Dimensions, and Price with the image submissions. The fee for participating in this exhibition is $10 for each submission with a limit of two submissions. Be advised that submitted images may be used for advertising and marketing if the work is accepted. 

We will notify you if your work has been accepted. Drop off of your work is May 31 from 12–6 PM and June 1 from 12–5 PM. This is a curated show, and you must be a member to submit.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All 2 dimensional works of art must be suitably framed and ready for hanging and installation. No saw tooth hangers will be accepted. All works on paper or photographs must be behind glass or Plexiglas. No clip frames will be accepted.
  • There are a very limited number of pedestals for 3 dimensional work. Please inquire during drop off of work or call ahead to make additional arrangements.
  • All art works must have an identification label attached with artist name, address, telephone number and current email address. 
  • Payment is required at the time you drop off your art work.
  • All work must be for sale. MAAG will receive a 30% commission on all work sold in the gallery.
  • If the art work is shipped to or from MAAG, the artist is responsible for all packing, shipping and insurance costs. The artist is responsible for settling all claims with the carrier.

MAAG assumes no liability for any damage that may occur during the exhibit. MAAG is not responsible for any artwork left past the pickup date.

All accepted work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.

You can download your application HERE and mail it, along with your check, to MAAG. Or call 215-242-5074.

You can pay via Paypal directly but don’t forget to send us your application. 

$10.00 Add to cart

You can also pick up an application at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue, during our regular hours Wed. & Friday, noon till 7 pm, Thurs. & Sat., noon till 6 pm, and Sunday, noon till 5 pm.

Earth Day Every Day – A Year in the Life of a Creek

Joyce photo for web PR

Opening Reception Sunday, May 4

A creek and its environment are a dynamic metaphor for a spirit-filled life. The poet who writes haiku, the musician composing music, and the visual artist draw inspiration from our relationship with the natural world.    

In celebration of Earth Day, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will showcase the work of plein aire landscape artist Joyce Jordan Klinefelter. Klinefelter is a longtime Chestnut Hill resident and a 27-year Chestnut Hill art educator. She is a 1999 graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she won several landscape prizes and studied landscape with Louis Sloan, among others.

Klinefelter’s show opens with a celebration on Sunday, May 4, from 3–5 p.m. featuring the Tom Lawton Jazz Duo. The exhibition will end with a closing reception on “Finally Friday” in Mt. Airy on May 30, from 6–9 p.m.  All admissions are free.

Pas De Deux Low res

(c) J. Jordan Klinefelter

Klinefelter will offer two gallery talks, followed by plein aire workshops on Saturday, May 17, and Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Find out more here. She will also offer student gallery talks by appointment for local high school students. For more information and to register for workshops, go to our home page.

The Slam Is Back! Saturday, May 3!

Poetry Slam Sat., May 3, 7 pm

April Lynn James

Over 60 people at our first slam last month? No way! Right? And what a night it was! Poets ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s speaking to life. Published poets, first time poets, each touching us in their own unique way. April Lynn James won the slam with sonnets and gaiety. Plus the poetry lovers came with picnic baskets filled with food and wine.

We loved our guest poets so we’re doing it again. This time, we’re starting the evening off with Iain Haley Pollock. His first collection of poems, Spit Back a Boy, won the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He is a Cave Canem Fellow. Want to find out more? Read on. 


Ian Haley Pollock

So, here’s what you need to know. Everyone is welcome to perform. Download the rules right here. Poetry lover? Come on down.

Saturday, May 3, Slam starts at 7 pm. Open mic at 9 pm.

11 West Mt. Airy Ave.

$5 at the door. It’s a really nice night… See you soon.

Nice setup for food and drink

These folks are starting a trend!