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 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 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!

2nd Annual Artist’s Garage Sale Days Away

FINAL Garage Sale (new)With the arrival of Spring, garage sale season is upon us and here at MAAG, it’s no exception. So, on Saturday, May 11, from 10 AM-3 PM, we’re holding an Artists’ Garage Sale and inviting all of YOU! 

Our artists are looking to lighten their loads and clean out their spaces—all to your advantage! And there is something for everyone, art lovers, parents of budding young artists, schools, and artists alike. If you’re an artist, especially those working on a budget, this is the place for you. You don’t have to be a starving artist to reap the benefits of this sale. Perhaps you’d like to start an art collection or maybe you’re a parent who needs to restock your kids’ crafts or an art-lover looking for a good deal. Regardless of your incentive, these deals will not disappoint! 

Most items will be priced to sell, ranging from only $1-$40 (for that extra special original piece), so be sure to stop by. Just look at the array of items that have already come in: 

  • Original artwork
  • Original glass work
  • Paints
  • Tins and storage boxes
  • 35 mm projector and screen
  • Sculpture stands
  • Art magazines and books
  • Art containers and display boxes
  • Tool Boxes
  • Drawing materials, inks, sketchpads
  • Frames
  • Canvas Stretchers
  • And much more…

They say, “One person’s trash is another one’s treasure” and, in this case, it truly applies! With materials and supplies priced this low, it would be foolish to miss out. So, bring your appetite for an aesthetic deal and get ready to find a deal that’s bound to please!

The Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Artists’ Garage Sale runs from 10 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, May 11 at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia PA 19119. Admission is FREE and all proceeds will support the Mt. Airy Art Garage. 

For further information, call 215.242.5074 or visit

Quilting Bliss At Our Friday Quiltapalooza!


Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time for lots of folks to come out of hibernation.  Whenever I do my spring cleaning, I always find what seems like dozens of projects in process. In quilters’  parlance, these are UFOs (unfinished objects). For some quilters, these are fabric manifestations of ADHD. For others, they are just proof of the oversupply of creativity that we suffer from and glory in. I’m currently in a finishing frenzy where I’m trying to reduce the oversupply of creativity that is stacked up in my studio. If you are a quilter with a few unfinished items, why not point your feet to the Mt. Airy Art Garage for April’s Quiltapalooza? You can use those four glorious hours of uninterrupted quilting time to make headway on an old project that is calling your name. Or you could start a new project in the form of a string quilt. Our bottomless boxes of beautiful fabric scraps are beckoning to you. Join us for an evening of quilting, conversation and community. Friday, April 18th from 6 to 10 pm, $15 at the door ($10 for MAAG members). Don’t miss it.

We’re Launching A Monthly Poetry Slam In April!

Poetry Slam and Open Mic, first Saturday each month @ 7 p.m.

And now a word from Mary Ann Domanska…

PoetrySlam artworkDo you appreciate the power of words? Are you a spoken word artist?  Would you like to read your original work out loud to an audience? Slams are noisy and interactive! The audience can hoot and holler when they like your work. The poets are there to entertain, to invite the audience in, and to have a good time!

Our first ever MAAG Poetry Slam and Open Mic will be held on Saturday, April 5 starting at 7 PM, and will continue on the first Saturday of every month, same time, same place.  Each month, we’ll be inviting special guest poets to start the evening off! This Saturday we’ll welcome Dr. Leif Gustavson, Interim Dean and Associate Professor at the School of Education, Arcadia University. He teaches literacy education, designing learning environments, and ethnography for educational practitioners. And, yes, he’s a poet and author as well! Find out more about Leif right HERE.

There will be prizes, food, atmosphere, and an enthusiastic group of fellow writers. If you’d like to participate in the slam event from 7-9 PM, please email to get your name on the list to (There may be additional openings on the day of the event.) Following the slam event, we’ll have an Open Mic for all until 10 PM. Suggested donation is $5 and you’re welcome to bring food and beverages to share. If you are a published poet, we invite you to bring your work to sell!

A list of SLAM RULES is right HERE!

See you this Saturday!


“Art of the Quilt” Show Embraces A World Of Possibilities

Art of the Quilt: Unfolding Our Stories, February 28 – April 25, 2014, Solomon Levy Gallery

Thoughts from Sarah Bond, Master Quilter/Teacher/ Co-Curator of “Art of the Quilt: Unfolding Our Stories”

Meunier Christiane Out of the Box $1200.00

(c) Christiane Meuniere “Out of the Box”

The Art of the Quilt is the bringing together of all those quilts and quilters. It is our chance to share the vision and creativity expressed in each one. I love being a teacher of quilting for numerous reasons. It keeps me quilting. It creates new quilters for me to interact with. But I think the best thing is when someone shares a quilt and I look at it and think, “I never would have done that. I never would have thought of that. I never would have put those colors together. I can’t wait to do that.”

full house in backThis show is for the quilters so we can marvel at the art in all these quilts. And this show is for everyone else so they can be as amazed as the rest of us are at the beauty of these objects that become material parts of our lives.

women and quilt

Quilt by Sarah Bond


In the Solomon Levy Gallery through April 25. Hours: Wed. & Fri. Noon – 7 pm, Thurs. & Sat. Noon – 6 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm.