Waxing Poetic

Waxing Poetic, Laura PritchardWaxing PoeticLaura Pritchard

Waxing Poetic

Lyric Fest unveils an exciting new commission from LF’s first ever composer in residence, Kile Smith. This cross-fertilization of visual, poetic and musical arts features works of four Philadelphia poets inspired by Laura Pritchard’s imaginative paintings of fine-art batik. Join us for a unique and lively art happening ~ art viewing, poetry reading and musical premiere all wrapped in one. With baritone, David Teadt and mezzo soprano, Suzanne DuPlantis and Laura Ward, piano.You are invited to an extraordinary collaboration of paintings, poetry, and song. – Lyric Fest

Waxing Poetic, Laura PritchardWaxing PoeticLaura Pritchard, batik

“Waxing Poetic, presented by Lyric Fest features my paintings and the premier of the song cycle In This Blue Room by composer Kile Smith. The lyrics are the poems written in response to my paintings by poets Julia Blumenreich, Susan Fleshman, Siobhan Lyons, and Donna Wolf-Palacio.

Susan DuPlantis, mezzo soprano, Daniel Teadt, baritone, Laura Ward, piano, and Kaylee Goodwin and Jake Miller, readers, perform. Come join us for a glass or two of wine and experience this multi-dimensional event.” – Laura Pritchard

Waxing Poetic, Laura PritchardWaxing Poetic

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30pm in Widener Hall at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts.

Venue and Parking Information:
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, http://www.chestnuthillpres.org/about/contact/location/ (On-site and street parking available)
Academy of Vocal Arts, Helen Corning Warden Theater
1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, http://avaopera.org/venue/warden.php near Rittenhouse Square. (Garage parking at 226 W. Rittenhouse Square or 1945 Walnut Street)

The Fantastic World of Laura Pritchard, video by John Thornton

“Some who have inquired about the event, Waxing Poetic, (information in previous post). My paintings are part of this multidimensional experience that involves performance of poetry and song. The paintings are not being exhibited separately. However, my other work is often available for viewing (for free!) at galleries throughout the Philadelphia area. I would be happy to add you to my mailing list so that you receive information about future shows. I have lots of thoughts re. the relationship of time and art which I will not expound about here but this exhibition/performance is going to be worth every nickel. . . .” – Laura Pritchard

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Mysterious

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterPop’s Not Dead, Laura Storck

    Mysterious, Group Photography Show at the Markeim Arts Center, Haddonfield NJ

Written and Photographed by Laura Storck

When I received an email last fall soliciting for pieces in the February group photography show at the Markeim Arts Center, I knew instantly without opening the message that I wanted to participate!  Since joining the annual group photography shows at the Markeim in 2008, I’ve come to enjoy the thematic challenge that curator Norm Hinsey presents each photographer. The current show theme is “Mysterious“, in which artists were faced with presenting their most inexplicable photographs:

“Images submitted should be those that the photographer considers mysterious: the subject of the image is not what it appears to be at first glance; the photograph presents a mysterious narrative; or, the image is disorienting to the viewer in a mysterious manner.”

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterEvery, Laura Storck

This challenge resulted in the culling of 50 unusual and perplexing images by more than 35 photographers. And the “Mysterious” exhibit itself pushes the envelope even further – By not having artists’ labels on the wall next to their respective pieces, viewers are charged with testing their powers of observation and deduction. As a result, this exciting photography show is both cerebrally stimulating and visually provocative. Fortunately, patrons are able to learn more about each piece and artist with a checklist that provides pertinent information for each image, artist, process, and the artist’s attribution toward the theme, if so desired.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterSteamer Trunk, Bodie, Sandra DavisMysterious, Markeim Arts CenterGrace, Patrick Rodio

What I find most fascinating about each of the artists’ works is the multitudinous points-of-view from which mystery is perceived; it certainly runs the gamut in variety, opinion, and consciousness. Interestingly, the photographers in this group show chose to express their artistry in a variety of photographic processes, ranging from traditional anthotypes to digital inkjet prints, including a hybrid of both old and new techniques.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterCrowded Crypt, Ed SnyderMysterious, Markeim Arts CenterChemo Port, Wayne Klaw

As I have a strong interest in street art, I chose to showcase 2 photographs which I find mysterious, and rightfully so, as I haven’t been able to yet determine the story or source behind the origin of the respective creators.  My rationale: Street art is far from static in the ever-changing urban landscape, and these impermanent physical works can quickly become nothing but a distant memory.  However, street art and graffiti has escaped geographic and temporal constraints through the swift capture and sharing by way of photography and the internet.  Street art can be buffed or dismantled in an instant, yet, once it’s been photographed it never truly disappears.  The short lifespan of these works hardly matters anymore, as each piece can be seen simultaneously by the masses, and in turn, may inspire other similar actions.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterAutumn Colors, Marianne LeoneMysterious, Markeim Arts CenterMysterious II, Elisabeth Bard

The photographers represented in the “Mysterious” show are: Aleja Estronza, Anne Boychuck, Anne R. Jorgensen, Anthony Malave, Bonnie Rovere, Cynthia Guerra, Daniel Anthony, Danielle Rochford, Denis Sivack, Ed Snyder, Elisabeth Bard, Ellie Wright, Gary Koenitzer, Harry Stainrook, Heather JM Siple, Joan Wheeler, John F. McAdams, Joseph Gilchrist, Laura Storck, Lionel Goodman, Lori Jo Jamieson, Maggie McCutcheon, Marianne Leone, Michael Anthony Spitz, Pat Fitzgerald, Patricia S. Worley, Patrick J. Rodio, Richard Montemurro, Ruth Haines, Samuel Vovsi, Sandra C. Davis, Sue Reehm, Susan Spitz, Valerie Williams, Vera Resnik, Wayne Klaw, Whit McGinley.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterSandra Davis with her photograph, Steamer Trunk, Bodie

Mysterious” is open to the public February 3 – February 28, 2015.

Markeim Arts Center is a nonprofit community art center founded in 1956.  Markeim offers programs for the entire family including a yearlong schedule of exhibitions, musical performances, studio classes and art camps. Now over 50 years later, the renovation of the gallery and development of expanded programs and services for artists ensures that the Markeim Arts Center will continue to fulfill its commitment to the community.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterPatrons at MysteriousMarkeim Arts Center

Norm Hinsey is a photographer as well as director of CREON Gallery in New York City. He has curated several shows at the Markeim Arts Center, including INSPIRATION, ALL NATURAL, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, and PORTRAIT.  In 2009, Norm Hinsey founded CREON, a gallery which presents a diverse and serendipitous mix of events in a Gramercy/Flat Iron hideaway location.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterPatrons at MysteriousMarkeim Arts Center

Norm HinseyCREON Gallery 238 East 24 St, 1B New York, NY 10010 norm@creongallery.com 646.265.5508 http://www.creongallery.com/

Markeim Arts Center, 104 Walnut Street, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 markeim@verizon.net 856-429-8585 www.markeimartscenter.org

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterExecutive Director Liz Madden of Markeim Arts Center

Written and Photographed by Laura Storck

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High School

31st Annual High School Art ShowBoss, pastel, Tyreese Tunnell, Frankford High School, Grade 12, winner Judges Choice Philadelphia Sketch Club High School Art Show 2014

31st Annual High School Art Show at The Philadelphia Sketch Club

2015 Annual Philadelphia School District High School Student Art  Exhibition: This is a juried exhibition open to Philadelphia High School Students. Chair: Dorothy Roschen

You are cordially invited to the artists reception and awards ceremony February 22, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00pm. Philadelphia Sketch Club 235 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107.

Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday  & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00pm

“The Philadelphia Sketch Club “support[s] and nurture[s] working visual artists ” by providing studio space through our workshops program as well as by providing exhibition and networking opportunities; we support “ the appreciation of the visual arts ” by providing free public access to our exhibitions; we support “ visual arts education ” through our low cost, open enrollment workshop program; and lastly, we promote “ the historical value of the visual arts to the community ” by providing free public access to our historic collections and facility.”

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4 Towns 4 Art

4 Towns 4 Art 20154 Towns 4 Art 2015, 3rd Annual Open Studio Tour Features 27 artists, 8 South Jersey Towns Represented

Saturday, April 11, 11:00am – 5:00pm

South Jersey artists share inspirations with their neighbors 4 Towns 4 Art, founded by Haddon Township fiber artist Jennifer Talarico, presents the third annual Open Studio Tour. Eight South Jersey towns are highlighted: Barrington, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Oaklyn, and Pennsauken with 27 artists participating. Studio disciplines include painting, ceramics, fiber arts, drawing/illustration, photography, sculpture, mosaic, collage, and leather work.

“For the past two years, we have concentrated on educating the community about the ‘open studio tour’ concept,” Talarico explains. “We are now going into our third year with the momentum of name recognition, increased attendance, and strong sales. There has been a learning curve, but this community is truly embracing its artists and we couldn’t be happier.”

4 Town 4 ArtJennifer Talarico By Glenn Hudson

Painter Maria Christopher has shared her SoHA studio on the Tour, and says, “When 4 Towns 4 Art began, it kick started a conversation about art-making in this region. Each year the conversation continues and becomes richer and more interesting.”

Haddonfield artist Missy Schwartz hopes opening her studio for the second straight year will continue the back-and-forth flow of inspiration. “It is exciting for people to actually see where and how I make my art. Artists generally experience a lot of solitude, so it is fun for us to share about our process and hear creative feedback,” she says.

4 Towns 4 Art 2015

The third annual Open Studio Tour is free and open to the public. All members of the community are welcome to visit the studios on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Artists will be demonstrating, displaying, and selling their creations. A map and complete listing of artists and locations is available at www.facebook.com/4Towns4Art.

Participating Artists, 2015

Eilandarts Center 10 E. Chestnut St. Merchantville

-Nicole Eiland, Sculpture, Book Arts, Mixed Media

-Gabrielle Holliday, Photography

-Kerry Mentzer, Mixed Media

Peter Kinney, 6531 Maple Ave. Pennsauken – Mixed Media, Photography

Eric Wolff,  300 Highland Ave. Collingswood – Pottery

Donna Maxwell, 300 Highland Ave. Collingswood – Watercolor

Evelyn Taylor Bonner, 10 W. Coulter Ave. Collingswood – Ceramics, Jewelry, Succulent Planters

Chris Bonner, 10 W. Coulter Ave. Collingswood – Ceramics, Mixed Media

Linda Figliola, 135 Lawnside Ave. Collingswood – Leather Bags, Boxes, Jewelry

Stephen Coan, 131 Lawnside Ave. Collingswood – Land Art Installation, Conceptual Images, Sculpture

Laura Rutherford Renner, 208 New Jersey Ave., Collingswood – Representational images on wood

Stacey Douglas, 7 Emerald Ave. Haddon Township – Mosaic, Painting, Clay

Jennifer Talarico,112 Cambridge Ave. Haddon Township – Handwoven and Hand Knit Clothing

Terence Smith, 28 E. Albertson Ave. Haddon Township – Works on Paper

Mark Parker, 118 Geneva Ave.  Haddon Township – Painting

SoHa Artists, 1001 White Horse Pike.  Haddon Township

-Richard Bell, Photography

-Christine Foster, Photography

-Maria Christopher, Painting

Jocelynn Tice,  605 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township – Painting

Matthew Green, 215 E. Haddon Ave.  Oaklyn – Painting

Karla Heartsfield, 15 Tanner St. Haddonfield – Handcrafted Clothing

David Howard, 15 Tanner St. Haddonfield – Jewelry

Bob Jackson, 322 Estaugh Ave. Haddonfield – Drawing, Assemblage

Phyllis Jackson, 322 Estaugh Ave. Haddonfield – Button Necklaces

Missy Mohn-Schwartz, 440 Euclid Ave. Haddonfield – Painting

Frandy Jean, corner of E. Atlantic Ave. and Station Ave. Haddon Heights – Watercolor

Patricia Walkar, 1000 Oakwood Rd. Barrington – Paintings on Silk

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SIMULATE – PERMEATE

Simulate - Permeate, Rowan University Art GalleryInstructions to the Internet, Christopher McManus

SIMULATE – PERMEATE

Exhibition examines materiality, experience, and authorship in technology-based art.

Glassboro, NJ – Rowan University Art Gallery presents Simulate – Permeate from January 20 to March 7, 2015 with a reception and artist’s talk on Wednesday, February 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Curated by Mat Tomezsko, Curator and Program Manager at InLiquid Art & Design, the exhibition features the work of eight Philadelphia-based artists and artist groups making innovative use of new media that collectively examine concepts of materiality, experience, and authorship in technology-based contemporary art.

  • Lyn Godley makes use of naturally occurring responses to particular light wavelengths and imagery in her photographs of water, which are altered digitally and threaded (by hand) with optic fiber and lit with LEDs to achieve an undulating effect.
  • Juggling Wolf, a multidisciplinary collective dedicated to creating video and animation that is technically challenging and visually rewarding, offers two versions of a new video: one full length playing in the gallery and a shorter version broadcast across campus using the technological infrastructure of the university.
  • Christopher McManus’ work is a sculpture and a 20 second video that plays in reaction to the audience’s interaction with the sculpture, which is a piece meant to be a physical representation of the internet: friendly, cute, and enticing while simultaneously being completely repulsive, mean-spirited, and horrifying.
  • A collective of artists, engineers, and designers dedicated to bringing engaging and empowering art to the public, and to encouraging a sense of ownership to community spaces, New American Public Art has created an encounter with a monitor of a live video feed with a temporal delay. The delay is just long enough to create a disconnect, yet remain familiar as viewers are faced with images of themselves from the near past, but just beyond immediate memory.
  • Maria Schneider’s work begins with a pencil on paper drawing, which is then scanned and laser printed onto layers of polycarbonate and illuminated with LED light. The drawings evoke a common experience and a familiar medium, but are transformed by the technological process to become something new.
  • Jody Sweitzer’s outdoor sound and video installation is triggered by the movement of pedestrians on the patio after dark. The seemingly sinister messenger subverts the familiar recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and emphasizes the tendency to insert religion into what is supposed to be a secular context.
  • Chris Vecchio’s work is about interaction and meant to be touched, and contains more than 500 samples of audio that can be triggered by the angle of movement, ensuring that every interaction between the viewer and the sculpture is unique and questions the traditional role of the art object.
  • TangenT is an artist collective dedicated to mixed-media, project-based immersive art environments exploring socially relevant and politically current themes. At Rowan, their immersive installation of disparate physical, visual, and sound elements seeks to examine the simultaneous connection and disconnection of experience, perception, and knowledge using government reporting on individuals and institutions as a meditation on information control, privacy, and truth.

Simulate - Permeate, Lyn GodleyLyn Godley, Waterwall

InLiquid Art & Design is a nonprofit organization committed to creating opportunities and exposure for visual artists while serving as a free, online public hub for arts information in the Philadelphia area. By providing the public with immediate access to view the portfolios and credentials of over 280 artists and designers via the internet; through meaningful partnerships with other cultural organizations; through community-based activities and exhibitions; and through an extensive online body of timely art information, InLiquid brings to light the richness of our region’s art activity, broadens audiences, and heightens appreciation for all forms of visual culture.

Admission to Rowan University Art Gallery, talks and reception is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (with extended hours on Wednesdays to 7 pm); and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.

Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ. Directions can be found on the gallery or university websites. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit www.rowan.edu/artgallery.

This program is made possible in part with funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Thank you to Mary Salvante for the content of this blog post.

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