Mt. Airy Art Garage to Host POST (Philadelphia Open Studio Tours)

Web-POST-POSTER-#2-2013With audiences of 30,000+ hitting the streets of Philadelphia for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of visual artists at work in their environments, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 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 – as the primary Northwest distribution site – on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, from noon till 6 pm.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, affectionately known as POST, is a program of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), and is the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region. CFEVA is also one of the premier open studio tour events in the country.


Quilt by Sarah Bond

In its completely refurbished 5,000 square foot garage, located at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue, MAAG will open its resident artists’ studio doors, as well as provide you with the most up-to-date festival information about participating artists and venue locations in the Northwest. Yet, the rest of our space will also feature an art market with numerous local emerging and professional artists. Here, you’ll find a variety of mediums including clay, painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, woodwork, leather goods, handcrafts, and more.

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!


Claudia McGill

For more information, call 215.242.5074, visit, or stop by the Mt. Airy Art Garage’s POST table at the Chestnut Hill “Fall for the Arts” Festival on October 6th.

Post and Holiday Art Markets, Call For Artists



POST and Holiday Markets

Philadelphia Open Studio Tour (POST) @ MAAG

Open to MAAG Members Only

Holiday Art Markets

Open to All Artists

As we gear up for a dynamic fall/holiday season we’re thinking up new and exciting ways to have your juried work sold at MAAG! This is your chance to sign up from October through December, one month or more, at great table prices, and a wonderful, heated indoor artist’s community space. Some opportunities are for MAAG members only, others are open to all artists. So please read on! And if you’re not a member yet, this could be a great time to join right here.


Ceramic tile by Karen Singer

All artists are invited to submit your work for sale at our Holiday Shows. The shows will be held Nov. 16 & 17 (Chanukah Show) and Dec. 14 & 15 (Kwanzaa/Holidays). The cost for each weekend table is $100 for two days. For information and the artists’ application, please click HERE.


Jewelry by the Brown Family

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 50 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

Clay and collage by Claudia McGill

  1. POST: Friday, October 19-20. For wall/case renters delivery Monday, September 30 from 4-8 pm.
  2.  Holiday Art Market: Friday, November 16 – 17. For wall/case renters delivery October 26 & 27, noon till 5 pm.
  3. Holiday Art Market: Friday, December 14 – 15. For wall/case renters delivery November 23, noon till 6 pm.
Fused glass by Shernise Alen

Fused glass by Shernise Alen

Download your application HERE.



MAAG Silent Auction Is Ready & Waiting For You!

diptych by Sara Steele

(c) Sara Steele

Our 4th Annual Silent Auction is almost here. That’s right… Sat., September 21, 6 pm at 11 West Mt Airy Ave. And here’s what you’ll need to bring:

Your love for original fine art and handcraft!

50 local MAAG member artists have donated their work to support the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Feast your eyes on just some of the work you’ll have a chance to bid on… HERE.

Your love for the arts!

Museum memberships, musical instruments and recordings, art classes by reknowned local artists…all for a good cause.

Your love for a great meal at your favorite restaurant!

Yes, it’s true. Gift certificates galore!

Your love for live music and the performing arts!

bowl by Jeff Kohr

bowl by Jeff Kohr

Live music featuring Andy Trackman on piano with Gaille Hunter on vocals. Then we’re going to change it up with some klezmer by Objective Perspectives and friends. Get ready to kick it!

Quilt by Christiane Meunier

Quilt by Christiane Meunier

Your love for good food and drink!

With food ranging from Herschel’s East Side Deli to local specialties, cakes, delights and drinks…you’ll be feasting.

Your love for community, the arts,  and supporting MAAG.

 What better than an evening of art and  music combined with camaraderie, good food and drink, and community…all for a good cause.

Tickets $30 if you buy now. $35 at the door. 

4th Annual Silent Auction

Buy your tickets now. It’s going to be quite an event!


With special thanks to our community sponsor:

Trolley Car Diner logo



Citywide Selection of Artists in “Summer Show Off” Exhibit

(c) Daisy Juarez

(c) Daisy Juarez

Are you looking for a way to beat the heat this season? If so, MAAG has the perfect solution to overcome those dog days of summer: A trip to our air-conditioned gallery to view our city-wide selection of artists in our new “Summer Show Off” exhibit. 

As MAAG’s first open-community exhibition, “Summer Show Off” will feature both member and non-member work in an incredible breadth of mediums, ranging from painting, photography, sculpture, mosaic, encaustic, clay, jewelry, fiber, wood, found objects, and more.

So, don’t spend those summer days sweltering. Instead, come to MAAG and indulge your creativity! What do you have to lose except boredom?

(c) Nicki Toizer

(c) Nicki Toizer

MAAG’s “Summer Show Off” opens on Friday, June 28th with an opening potluck reception from 6-8 pm and continues until Friday, August 30th, with a closing reception. Regular hours are: Thursday-Saturday, Noon-6 pm and Sunday, Noon-5 pm. 

For further information, visit or call 215.242.5074. 

(c) Patricia Smith

(c) Patricia Smith

But to satiate your appetite now, just check out some of the work that’s been pouring in…

painting by Elizabeth Castiglione

(c) Elizabeth Castiglione


Summer Show Off! Open Call To ALL Artists!


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The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) is opening up our Solomon Levy Gallery to all artists throughout the Philadelphia area for our Summer Show Off.  And we want to feature your work—whether you’re a MAAG member or not. We’ve had so many artists asking to show in our gallery…this is your opportunity to be seen. 

All media will be considered, both 2 and 3 Dimensional—no larger than 4’ x 4’.

Submissions will be accepted on Saturday, June 15, from 12 – 6 PM, and Sunday, June 16, from 12 – 5 PM. All work will be juried. We also ask that you submit jpegs of  your work to (up to two submissions per artist).  If you are accepted, we will use them for MAAG marketing purposes.  The Summer Show Off will open on June 28 and close Sept. 6.

You can download your application HERE or call 215-242-5074. You can also pick up an application at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue, during our regular hours Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 6 PM and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.

Join us for a hot summer of great art as we celebrate our Summer Show Off!


Jazz Jam…This Might Be The Start Of Something Big!

Jazz Jam groupSo we thought, what better way to tell you how our monthly Jazz Jam’s are going (next one is Wed., June 12) then to hear from our MAAG jazz musicians! This one’s from Dave Kutzik (aka Dave the Klezmer guy!)

Take it away…Dave!

Jazz Jam groupAs you know I’m a member of MAAG and a regular participant of the monthly Jazz Jam. 

I was very much encouraged by the last jam session held this past Wednesday May 8th.   This was the second session of the new format which features a guest artist in addition to the house band and other musician participants.  Based on what I saw and heard last Wednesday, it seems that the level of both performance and the musicians attracted to the session were on a much higher level. 

Jazz Jam friendsThe performance compared favorably with what one would expect at the best jazz venues in and around Philadelphia.  Talking to fellow musician participants, the jam session is of sufficient quality to become a real attractor for the kind of high level artistic interaction we have been hoping for.  Speaking with non-musician audience members from the neighborhood it was clear that they felt the experience was well worth the small price of admission and that the venue was truly excellent in its warmth and informality.  In the opinion of the featured guest artist in conversation with another musician, this was the kind of session that musicians can come to in order to “think” as opposed to the kind of automatic playing one does at a standard gig.  This is exactly the kind of comment you want to hear from a musician.

Jazz JamSo, fingers crossed: if these sessions continue to move in the same direction and continue to gather momentum you might well have, in words of Steve Allen’s most famous jazz standard, This Might be the Start of Something Big.

Jazz Jam guitaristBravo and kudos to you and Arleen and Tank and his houseband mate, Richard.

Dave Kutzik


Celebrate Earth Day Through The Artist’s Eye

EllenMarcus_planet_cornSMApril and May, what better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a new exhibition and a plein air (outdoor) painting workshop in May. Feast your eyes on a wealth of work from local artists expressing their vision through sculpture, painting, found objects, works on paper, and sustainable art. Work by both professional and emerging artists including Sara Steele, Robert and Sue Finch, Ellen Benson,  Michael Albany, Ellen Marcus, Melissa Hamilton, Daisy Juarez, Barb Danin, and a host of others.

Images celebrating the beauty and serenity of undisturbed nature. Landscapes with and without human influence. The delicate balance of humanity and the environment.

Whiting Community Church by Michael Albany

Whiting Community Church by Michael Albany

We will also be celebrating Spring with a plein air outdoor painting workshop on Saturday, May 25 at 10 am @ MAAG. Find out more and enroll online HERE!

Opening reception Friday, April 26, 7 pm.

Closing Reception  Friday, May 31, 7 pm.  We will also be holding an exhibition for the MAAG Rain Barrel Project-an evening you won’t want to miss! Join local area participating  schools and elder communities , ages 10-85, us as we celebrate art, sustainability, and community.

Gallery Hours: Thursday- Saturday, noon till 6 pm and Sunday, noon till 5 pm.


Tod by Sara Steele

Tod by Sara Steele

It’s Time For Another Quiltapalooza With Sarah Bond

FLYER Quiltapalooza 5-17-13Are you a quilter? Or have you always wanted to give it a try? 

Well, it’s time to join Sarah Bond at MAAG for another Quiltapalooza!

This Friday, May 17, is ON! 6-10 pm.

Come on over and start a string quilt. This simple and quick method builds quilt squares on a muslin foundation using the scraps or “strings” left over from cutting fabrics for other quilts.  

Sew, uninterrupted, for a few minutes or the whole evening. No interruptions… nobody else’s mess to clean up! 

We will provide:

  • All the muslin foundation squares you will need for the evening’s sewing
  • Cutting stations with large mats
  • Scraps for new quilters to start off

 You should bring:

  • Your sewing machine if you want to sew all night.
  • Your own scraps if you want to use them.
  • Scissors, rotary cutter and ruler, if you have them.

Oh yes, and bring your enthusiasm. Time to mix it up with other quilters in the community! Call 215.242.5074 for more information. This Friday, 6-10 pm, $10 admission. And if you miss it, we do this regularly, the 3rd Friday of every other month.

Jazz Jam’s Coming…And Tank Wants To Talk About It

Generic Jazz Jam FlyerHey Jazz Lovers…

As I told you. We were gonna raise the roof…and raise it we did!

April’s Jam was the best—a good turnout of musicians and spectators. We began with a few medium standards and worked our way up to a few bossas. The night was warm, but through all of the jazzy tunes, we created a thunderstorm outside. Of course, it didn’t affect the lovely sounds being generated inside the Mt. Airy Art Garage. There was a personal Happy Birthday sung by our guest organ player. Then he went on to sing “AT LAST” to the birthday girl. Our guests that night included. a bass player, a flotist, an alto player and of course Rich on tenor and Tank on drums. It was definitely our best session to date.

We want to see more of our G-town, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill musicians and jazz lovers come out to enjoy our way of loving what we do. On how to entertain you.

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. This month it’s May 8, from 6:30 till close to 10. Make it a date. We’re always glad to see an old or a new face.




You Don’t Need To Be An Artist To Find Your Heart’s Delight At Our Upcoming Artists’ Garage Sale This Saturday, May 11

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
  • Jeweler’s cleaning machine
  • Sculpture stands
  • Art magazines and books
  • Art containers and display boxes
  • Tool Boxes
  • Drawing materials, inks, sketchpads
  • Frames
  • Canvas
  • Typesetting boxes
  • Letterpress supplies
  • Rubber stamps
  • Handmade paper
  • And much more…

They say, “One man’s trash is another man’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. All leftovers will be donated to schools participating in our Rain Barrel Project.