International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day!  Celebrate 100 years of Women’s Right to Vote with Mt. Airy Art Garage. 
We’re excited to welcome you to our new gallery space to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The event goes all day, with featured speakers, music and poetry readings.  Speakers include: Susan Cahan, Dean of Art + Architecture at Temple and Christina Finello, congressional candidate and MAAG’s executive director, Arleen Olshan.  We’ll be kicking off the day with music by local children’s musician, Music with Gina  We hope parents take advantage of our children’s space so they can stay and participate in the entire day.  There will be food from local restaurants and information from several women’s groups available.  It promises to be a fun and interesting event for the the entire community! 
A full day of celebration including:
  • An exhibit of women artists
  • Music by local artists, such as: Music With Gina! Melanie and the Lost Vaqueros! Anna Crussis Choir! Jan Jeffries!
  • Poetry readings from Leslie Hamilton and more!
  • Thought-provoking round-table discussion with local artists and politicians
We’ll have food, friends and childcare! 
Mt. Airy Art Garage, 7054 Germantown Avenue
Sunday, March 8th, 11am to 5pm
Free and open to the public, $10 suggested donation, plus a 50/50raffle!
Exhibit by artists:
  • Francesca Cantarini
  • Sarah Claxton
  • Jaymes Fedor
  • Rachel Sitkin Marks
  • Arleen Olshan
  • Kathy Robinson
  • Gloria Rohfls
  • Ellie Seif
  • Pat Smith
  • Susan Smith
Musicians + Poets:
  • Marlena Santoya (11am)
  • Music With Gina! (11:15am)
  • Melanie and the Lost Vaqueros (12:15pm)
  • Leslie Hamilton, poet, with Karen Smith on drums (2pm)
  • Anna Crusis Choir (2:30pm)
  • Mary Ann Domanska, Poet (3:15pm)
  • Music Over Matter, Jan Jeffries + Karen Ryan (3:30pm)
  • Sha-ifa Ma, closing ceremony (4:30pm)
1-2:00pm – Roundtable discussion, Art + Politics With:
  • Barbara Attie, filmmaker + producer
  • Cindy Bass, City Council Representative, District 8
  • Kendra Brooks, Council Member At-Large
  • Susan Cahan, Dean of Art + Architecture, Temple University
  • Sherrie Cohen, Lesbian Social Justice Activist
  • Christina Finello, running for PA Congressional seat, 1st district
  • Yvonne Haskins, Attorney + Criminal Justice Activist 
  • Arleen Olshan, Exec. Director MAAG
  • Darisha Parker, running for State Representative, 198th district
Playspace with toys courtesy of Rutabaga Toy Library.
Special thanks to our partner, Philadelphia Cultural Fund

The Mt. Airy Art Garage’s 11th Annual Holiday Art Market

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11 AM – 6 PM & Sunday, December 15, 2019, 11 AM – 5 PM

Here we go again, highlighting the unique fine art and handcrafts, sharing live music, food and holiday cheer for the entire family, all this free of charge. What could be more wonderful than supporting artists from our own backyard?

Why go to the malls, when you can visit with your talented neighbors and friends?

The 11th Annual Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Art Market will be held at our new home, 7054 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

It’s family fun for free in Mt. Airy!


Here’s a complete list of all our artists:

Meg Potoma (collage)
Mary Wilson (sculpture & drawing from & of natural objects)
Nate Wild (mixed media)
Rebecca Hoenig (painter)
Kevin Bennett (photography)
Margaret Herbener (paper cutting)
Claudia Phillips (ceramic artist)
Roberto Rashid (scarf designer)
Angel Mauricio Riano Diaz (jewelry)
Alison Woo (jewelry)
Mary Leone Duffy (painter)
Nicki Toizer (photography)
Karyn Raman (sculptor)
Sara Mosley (jewelry)
Arleen Olshan (leather)
Larry West (illustration)
Pat Smith (photography)
Judi Eastburn (crochet)
Brown Family (jewelry)
Itzik Lorant (lighting designer)

MAAG Rocks Art! 2019

The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) will be continuing our 10th Anniversary with “MAAG Rocks Art!”, a one-day Arts Festival in Mt. Airy on Germantown Avenue between Mt. Pleasant and Sedgwick Avenues on Saturday, September 14, 2019 (rain date: Sunday, September 15). This is an opportunity for the diverse community of creative emerging and seasoned artists to exhibit and sell their work in downtown Mt. Airy. This event will be free to the public and feature food vendors, live music, and tours of our new space once an hour on the hour.

We’re proud to announce the following artists who will be participating this year:

Denise Benrahou
Pillow and Tutu’s
Sheila & Deborah Brown
Fine Art
Auriel Glanville
Geek Accessories
Nate Hirschbock
Itzik Lorant
Belts and Handbags
Elizabeth Ralston
Roberto Rashid
Ceramic Sculptures


  • Luke Cleary – 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
  • Leslie Hamilton – 12 PM – 12:30 PM
  • Ian Wolf – 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
  • Barry Dwier –  1:30 PM – 2 PM
  • Charles Nolan –  2:10 PM – 2:40 PM
  • The Megs –  3 PM – 5 PM

Food Vendors

  • Pop-Pop’s
  • Phillip’s Tasty Hot Dogs
  • What’s on the Grill
  • Malelani Cafe

Community Partners and Groups

  • Weichert Realtors
  • Mt. Airy Playground
  • Voter Registration Table
  • Mt. Airy CDC

Second Annual Philly Family Pride Picnic & Arts Festival

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Philadelphia Family Pride, and the Mt. Airy Art Garage have partnered for the second year of the Philly Family Pride Picnic & Arts Festival. This event will be held at Lovett Library Park located at 6945 Germantown Avenue on Saturday June 22 with a rain date of Sunday, June 23, 2019. The event runs from 11 am–5 pm. Admission will be free and open to all ages, families, and community members.

This event will have family-specific entertainment, fine art and handcraft, music, food, and resource tables from a variety of organizations and nonprofits that provide services and support to LGBTQ families and youth.

Here’s the lineup for this year:
11am – Kids and Family Yoga
11:30am – Drag Story Time and Performance by Icon Ebony Fierce
12:30pm – Visit by the Mayor and other elected officials
1:00pm – Jan Jeffries “Music Over Matter”
3:00pm – Chana Rothman

Artists include:
Denise & Angelique Benrahou
Roz Dutton
Itzik Lorant
Arleen Olshan
Pat Smith
Larry West



Mt. Airy Art Garage Salon Artist Talk with Pat Smith

Saturday, May 11th from 4pm to 6pm, Pat Smith will be giving her Salon Artist Talk at the Mt. Airy Art Garage Gift Shop located at 6622 Germantown Ave.

Pat Smith is a landscape and nature photographer who has been photographing since the 1970s. A biology major in college, she has always been greatly interested in the natural world and its beauty. “Nature is a wonderful thing to commune with,” she says. Pat often photographs with a focused, direct vision, and her photos reflect it: each contains a singular, clear subject and a strong sense of balance.

Join Pat to hear her discuss her work, process, influences, and inspiration. Learn valuable insights, view her work, and merchandise will be available.

Pat’s artwork can be seen online at

Stop by every First Saturday to hear from one guest artist and interact / network with other members of the MAAG Community.

The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. Light refreshments will be served.

Mt. Airy Art Garage Salon Artist Talk with Larry West

Saturday, April 6th from 4pm to 6pm, Larry West will be giving his Salon Artist Talk at the Mt. Airy Art Garage Gift Shop located at 6622 Germantown Ave.

Larry West is a Philadelphia Artist who specializes in classic pen and ink drawings, digital designing, photography, and more. His inspirations comes from exploring the occult, the macabre, and examining the taboos in contemporary society by portraying them in a different light. Larry’s credits include illustrations for the band Wednesday 13, Mikimoto jewelry, and the Admiral Theatre. His photography was published in Rolling Stone Magazine and Philadelphia Weekly.

Join Larry to hear him discuss his work, process, influences, and inspiration. Learn valuable insights, view his work, and merchandise will be available.

Larry’s artwork can be seen online at

Stop by every First Saturday to hear from one guest artist and interact / network with other members of the MAAG Community.

The event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. Light refreshments will be served.

March MAAG Salon Artist Talks Featuring Mary Ann Domanska

As part of MAAG’s  monthly series of artist talks on the first Saturday of every month, this March we will be featuring Mary Ann Domanska.

Mary Ann Domanska is a 2nd grade teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pa., where she has taught for the past sixteen years. Mary Ann earned a B.F.A. in Performing Arts with a minor in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, MA, and a masters degree in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College in 2001. There, she studied with the notable Latino poet, Martín Espada, and with Kristin Linklater, author of Freeing the Natural Voice. She spent her early career in Los Angeles where she held various positions in the entertainment industry including as a script reader for MGM Studios and as an assistant at the International Documentary Association (IDA) in Hollywood. She attended The Creative Writing Institute (graduate level) at Arcadia University where she completed her middle grade novel, EmicRizzle, Tinkerer, which was published in December, 2016, through Mnemosyne Books. Her current work in progress is a sequel entitled Emic Rizzle Commits Random Acts of Art. She published an article in the SCBWI Bulletin (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) entitled, Writing a Middle Grade Novel? Talk to an Expert. Talk to a ‘Tween! She has published several poems in the Philly Poetry Anthology with WRAGS Ink, Publishing (2012) and a recent collection entitled Unraveled through Moonstone Arts Center (Philadelphia).

She performs locally at the Stagecrafters Theatre in Chestnut Hill. She is on the board of MAAG (Mt. Airy Art Garage) and founded/hosted The Swerve, a monthly open mic poetry event that ran from 2014-2015.

Learn more about Mary Ann Domanska’s work at here website,

Stop by 6622 Germantown Ave every month to hear one of our artists speak about their work, process, influences, and inspirations– and get to know more members of the Art Garage community as well! 

Join us this Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, from 4 PM to 6 PM.  Refreshments will be provided!

First Saturdays: MAAG Salon Artist Talks