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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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


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 www.mtairyartgarage.org.

Shake Those Winter Blues With Our Valentine’s Dance

Valentine's Dance Flyer
With snow totals already piling up for the month of February, it’s no secret that many of us are dreaming of an escape from shovels, rock salt, and polar vortexes. So, we here at MAAG have the perfect release: Our Annual Valentine’s Dance Party.

We want to celebrate love and National Freedom to Marry Day with you and your closest friends! With DJ Teriyaki on turntables spinning all your oldies and favorites as well as  vivacious drag and burlesque acts, it’ll be an event you won’t want to miss. Now, who can resist that?

Plus, we’ve got some tricks and surprises up our sleeves, so come on out, warm up, and dance the night away. Stay tuned for updates and special guests!

So, get ready to shake loose those winter doldrums and celebrate love on Saturday, February 15th from 6-10 pm. Music starts at 6, show starts at 8. Admission is $10 at the door at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue, and ALL are welcome!

For more information, feel free to stop back here on our blog or check  us out on Facebook or Twitter.


MAAG’s “Assemblage” Exhibit Challenges Paper-Myths

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(c) Frank Burd

Many assume January to be a bleak and dreary month, one with no hope and vigor. Yet, for us here at MAAG, the month of January holds infinite possibilities as our first exhibit of 2014 “Assemblage: Paper Works” hits our gallery walls.

Ballet Underglass 3 Anthe

(c) Anthe

Officially open since January 16th,  “Assemblage: Paper Works” will feature both member and non-member work in an incredible breadth of mediums, ranging from drawings, collage, sculpture, assemblage books, hand-cut paper, charcoal, watercolors, multi-layer photography, letterpress, and more. Plus, with artists such as Ellen Benson, Anthe, Edward Sargent, Tom Herbert, and Yulan Mimmy San, you’ll be mesmerized by creativity that extends beyond traditional paper assumptions. 

Too often, paper is thought to be ephemeral – temporary, preliminary, and disposable. Yet, paper nonetheless has captured some of the greatest images, breathtaking sculptures, and intricate collages that the Art world has to offer. “Assemblage: Paper Works” seeks to dispel assumptions about paper art as medium and challenges notions of paper works’ place in Fine Arts.

An artist meet-and-greet and opening reception will take place on Friday, January 31st – “Final-ly Friday” in Mt. Airy – from 6-9 pm. Yet, the entire show continues until February 16th. Regular gallery hours are: Thursday-Saturday, Noon-6 pm and Sunday, Noon-5 pm. 

Admission is free and open to the public. Come in out of the cold and join us!


(c) Tom Herbert

Shameless Self Promotion…Digital Photos of YOUR work

self promotion: digital photos of your work

Ultra high-resolution digital scans of your artwork? You bet!Your chance is coming January 26 at @ Profiles Studio in Chestnut Hill.

Files will be saved to CD in two file formats; a hi-res TIFF file (75-100MB) suitable for any printing applications, and a lower-res JPEG file scaled for e-mailing or uploading to a website.


MAAG member     Single shot/$25      Single Shot + Detail/ $40

Nonmember          Single shot/$35      Single  Shot + Detail/ $50

Sunday, January 26, 2014 … 11 am till 2 pm

Profiles Studio, 8011 Germantown Ave. (19118) 

All proceeds will be donated to the Mt Airy Art Garage. Don’t miss this money-saving opportunity shot by some of the best professionals in Philadelphia.

Winter Classes @ MAAG Ready to Launch January 2014!

Finally, we’re ready to launch our Winter Class Series @ MAAG this coming January! From painting Rain Barrels, to Quilting, to Letterpress Printing, to Marketing YOUthere’s something here for both you and your family! Like what you see? Then download this form and mail in your registration. It’s that simple.

DSCN1788_1489Design And Create Your Own Rain Barrels For Spring!

Teacher: Arleen Olshan, Lead Artist—MAAG Rain Barrel Project

Classes run for 6 Sundays

Jan. 19 Feb. 23, 2014, 2:30 pm 5 pm

Class fee + Materials $150

Additional Barrels $100/ea. if not supplying your own.

With the cold and quiet of winter settling in, this is a great time to daydream about the beautiful greenery that surrounds us in the Germantown Avenue 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 create and draw our designs, prepare the barrels with primer, paint together while finishing our designs, and then seal them for the warm season ahead.

For our neighbors who have participated in the Philadelphia Water Dept. Rain Barrel Program, bring your barrels to the Garage! If you do not have a barrel, you can either purchase them locally or we can order as a group for a slightly better price.

All ages are welcome to participate in this project. Children, ages 8 and up, must be accompanied by a parent. Cost of the class includes up to two participants per barrel.

About the instructor: Arleen Olshan has been the lead artist for the Mt. Airy Art Garage Rain Barrel Project for the past two years during which she worked with a diverse population of community members, artists, schools, and elder organizations ranging in age from 8 to 87!

Arleen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania of Fine Art and Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). Arleen is also a MAAG resident studio artist, a master handcrafter of leather accessories, and Cofounder of the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

two ladies at their sewing machinesStrips & Stripes

Quilting by Sarah Bond

Two-Session Class

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 2 – 6 PM

Saturday, February 15, 2014, Noon – 4 PM

Class Fee: $65

Are you a quilter who loves stripes but doesn’t know quite what to do with the striped fabrics in your stash? This is the quilt for you. This quilt lets you use all those striped and directional fabrics in an easy format to create a striking geometric quilt. The foundation of this design is nine patch. I will show you how to use the strip-pieced solids along with your stripes to assemble six-inch squares into eighteen-inch patch blocks. Simple strip piecing combining the solids and the stripes lends interest to the nine patch centers to create a truly interesting quilt.

This class is appropriate for quilters with some experience, but advanced skills are not required. Basic accuracy in cutting and sewing is all you need to create this quilt.

Students bring: Sewing machine in good working order and basic sewing supplies.

About the instructor: Sarah Bond has been a quiltmaker for more than thirty years. Her passion is demystifying traditional and modern quilt patterns and techniques to make them accessible to quilters of all levels.  She has been teaching at various locations in the Philadelphia area for over fifteen years. Sarah is currently an artist in residence at Mt. Airy Art Garage.

letterpress imageIntroduction to Letterpress Printing

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

10 AM – 5 PM

Class Fee: $80 plus $15 for materials

Teacher: Donna Globus, Resident Studio Artist

Explore the art of letterpress printing in this one-day introduction to printing from metal type. Students will learn the basics of setting type and printing with a small tabletop platen press. Get an overview of the basic tools of the trade, and learn how to use a pica rule, composing stick, leading, and spacing material. Become familiar with the layout of the California Job Case, and learn interesting facts like where the phrase “out of sorts” comes from. Learn how to mix ink, lock up a type form, and safely operate the press. Understand inking procedures, how to achieve proper impression, and press clean-up.

Class participants will have the opportunity to set and print their own name or a short phrase on a simply-designed card. There is a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor on the day of class, which includes supplies, tools, ink, and a small quantity of fine paper. Bring notepaper and pencil for taking notes, and an apron or smock that can get dirty. You will leave with multiple copies of your first letterpress keepsake!

Bring all your questions and curiosity about letterpress printing! Class is limited to six participants, so sign up today! No previous experience is required.

About the instructor: Donna Globus has been printing with metal type for 18 years, and has taught workshops in printing and book arts at the University of the Arts, Cedar Crest College, and the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Her work has been exhibited widely, and can be seen at www.darkroompress.com.

AJP_6972 webYou have created your Masterpiece! Now what?

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

1 PM 5 PM

Class Fee: $35

Teacher: Michael Albany

How can you generate buzz about your work as an artist? Topics will include:

  • Marketing your work.
  • Setting goals. Is it business or art?
  • Creating a website. Is Facebook enough? Etsy?
  • Networking. Where and with whom?
  • Partnering with community organizations.

About the instructor: Michael Albany is an award-winning photographer specializing in corporate and portrait photography. He’s a webmaster, a marketing maven, and a “go-to” person for marketing your work in the best light possible. You can find his work at www.michaelalbany.com

Like what you see? Download the registration form and send it in! See you in January!


Call for Artists…Assemblage: Paper Works

Funky February Weekend photos by Alix 062This show seeks to dispel assumptions about paper art as a medium. Paper is thought to be ephemeral meaning temporary, preliminary, and disposable. We challenge these notions and expect to present an exhibition that establishes paper works’ place in the fine arts.

We are seeking works in all media of paper. We encourage submissions of professional quality works of sculpture, collage, book arts, constructions, installations, mobiles, drawing, print making, photography, painting and all experimentation. Open to all artists.  

Funky February Weekend photos by Alix 061

Photo by Alix Passage

Applications are due January 4, 2014. Show opens January 16. Find out more about gallery guidelines here. Download your application here. 


MAAG December Holiday Market Is Fast Approaching! You Won’t Want To Miss It!


Jewelry by Martha Martin

December is fast approaching! Our gallery is open for holiday business (Thurs-Sunday). And our Holiday Market is bursting at the seams with over 25 local artists ready to share their work with you! With one of a kind work, live music and food, you won’t want to miss this! Saturday and Sunday, December 14th – 15th from Noon – 6 PM, we’ll  be hosting a free weekend of holiday art markets.

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(c) James Hay

During these days, we’ll burst open our doors to you and offer our community a diverse selection of fine art and handcrafts created by local Northwest artists. Artists will fill the 5,200 square foot gallery with one-of-a-kind items, for both adults and children, made by woodworkers, sculptors, fabric artists, painters, leathercrafters, jewelers, photographers, ceramic artists, and more.

Plus with free admission, food and drink, as well as live music from local favorites Art Miron, David Cantor, Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, Mike & Dan, Sarah Napolitan, Cliff Numaninblak,  and more, there’s bound to be something to please every name on your list.NThornton_SundaySchool-web

 So, stop in!  All are welcome to browse the unique display of original artwork and enjoy the holiday festivities. After all, supporting local artists (in the community you already love) surely beats going to the mall.

Feast your eyes on the artists who will be in our Holiday Show:

Kevin Bennett—Photography

Sheila and Deb Brown—Jewelry

Jackie Clifton—Pottery


Watercolor by Daisy Juarez

Daisy Juarez—Watercolor and Charcoal

Jim Hay—Photography

Bettie Kleckley—Jewelry

Jeff Kohr—Woodworker

Martha Martin—Printmaking and Jewelry

Michelle Martung—Mandala works on paper

Lou Ann Merkle—Sculpture

Jeff Kohr

Woodwork by Jeff Kohr (his son not included)

Diane Podolsky—Woodcut prints

Kathy Robinson—Scarves

Janet Sampson—Fabric Art

Edward Sargent—Collage 3D Boxes

Laurel Schwass Drew—Handmade/Designed Tees & Scarves

Nettie Scott—Jewelry and Polymer Clay

Karen Singer—Tile

Patricia Smith—Photography

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Kathy Robinson handpainted scarves & wraps

Karen Stevens—Tile

Natline Thornton—Drawings

Nikki Toizer—Photographer

Renate Woessner—Painting

For kids AND the Young at Heart

Robert Best—Soft Sculpture

Emily Finegold—Handmade Toys

Tiles by Karen Singer


Photography by Nikki Toizer

Open Call: Applications for MAAGs Juried Holiday Shows in Nov./Dec.

 Original Fine Art and Handcraft Show

There’s Still Room In This Juried Holiday Show

Open to All Artists


Our gallery is filling up for both the November and December shows. Live music will abound (artists + music = party!). The word is out… MAAG is THE place for Thanksgivukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa gifts, especially when the work is Northwest artists. And there’s still room for you.


Brown Family Jewelry Designs

All artists are invited to submit your work for sale at our Holiday Shows. All work must by your own original work. Shows will be held Nov. 16 & 17 (for Thanksgivukah) and Dec. 14 & 15 (for Kwanzaa/Holidays). 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!


Karen Singer Tilework

 Special for MAAG members only! Have you been hoping to display a wall or a case of your work in the Solomon Levy Gallery at MAAG? This season is your time!

We are offering ½ walls and cases for up to 10 more artists to show and promote your work. There will be a 30% commission for work sold during regular Gallery hours each month. Any member artists displaying their work on the walls (tall cases do not apply) may also participate at that month’s art market at no additional charge. The artists retain 100% of their sales when selling during the art markets.

sized Claudia McGill

Claudia McGill clay, collage, and painting

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

Download your application here.