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Tenth Annual Juried Exhibition at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

November 23 – December 27. Opening Reception: December 4th, 7:00 – 10:00pm. Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s, NE Corner, 13th & Pine, Philadelphia, PA 19107

John BaccileKyle BakerJessica BarberGlenn BengeJim Biglan, Meryl Bonderow, DoN BrewerPaula Brumbelow Burnsm, Vincent Bush, Nicole Clifford, Matt CohenJacque FerrettiLeroy ForneyJulia FoxWayne FranksRachel Glidden, Bob GorchovTed Gutswa, Robin Harrison, Robert Yong Lee, Rob LybeckStephen MillnerBill Myers, Michael Nathan, Annette Newman, Tri Nguyen, Alexandra OrgeraGene Renzi, Wendy Rush, Veronika Schmude, Chuck Schultz, Julius ScissorMina Smith-Segal, Ed SnyderLaura StorckMichael Tantaros, Jocelynn TiceNoa & Emi Travalia, Wa-oo-ba-ke, Katherine Weber, and Jaither West

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Worth

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins PhotographyFor What It’s Worth, Richard Perkins Photography, The First Banana, Written and photographed by Laura Storck.

Upon outlining my plan of attack for First Friday, I made a conscious effort to begin way out of the beaten art path, i.e., not in Old City, and venture even farther than many of the newer gallery openings on Frankford Avenue. My launch began at, the aptly-named, The First Banana in Fishtown to see the opening reception for the Richard Perkins solo photography exhibit, ‘For What It’s Worth‘. The photographs, mostly portraits of friends, were taken within the past 5 years to a mere week ago. Hailing from Portsmouth, Virginia, Perkins was in town for the occasion.

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins PhotographyThe First Banana, 2152 E. Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Richard Perkins’ collection of portraits are vibrant, edgy, and voyeuristic, yet have an intimate and candid vibe to them. The fact that they were printed and posted directly on the wall gives the viewer a sense of immediacy and urgency that they must be seen. Many images rely heavily on flash, which I like, and therefore appear similar to a “look book” feel – which, in fact, shouldn’t come as a surprise, as in 2013 he helped to photograph clothing for Play Cloths, a progressive street-wear brand, also located in Virginia.

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins, The First BananaFor What It’s Worth, Richard Perkins Photography, The First Banana

Very interestingly, Richard’s photographs were taken with only a disposable film camera or a digital point-and-shoot (he graciously showed me his white Samsung camera tucked away in his pocket). He confided that he likes to be as unobtrusive as possible when photographing his subjects, as to not point a large intimidating camera in their direction.

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins, The First BananaFor What It’s WorthRichard Perkins, photography at The First BananaFor What It's Worth, Richard Perkins, The First BananaFor What It’s WorthRichard Perkins, Untitled, photograph, The First Banana

To compliment the exhibition, one of Richard’s films was being projected on a side wall above the stage. Richard explained,

“The film was called ‘Down From The Mountains‘ and it’s of my girlfriend Tabitha Lopez. The film consisted of a bored night where we drew out of a hat of what to do and one was to “make a movie” so I wanted to make a 20 minute long short film of Tabitha against a wall doing whatever she thought fit.”

The film, shot in black and white, consists of Tabitha speaking directly to the camera. The footage has a very dreamy and mercurial quality to it, in which I felt uncertain of what to expect next but compelled to watch more.

For What It's Worth, Richard Perkins, The First BananaDown From The Mountains, video, Richard PerkinsThe First Banana

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Richard Perkins’ work and meeting the artist himself, especially on my first stop on First Friday at the First Banana. Richard’s expressively charged, raw, and moody photographs can be seen on display through November. The First Banana is a member-driven gallery, venue and performance space created to meet the needs of performance artists and artists in other mediums finding it hard to establish themselves in the art world.

The First Banana is located at 2152 E. Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125; (267) 934- 6263.

Written and photographed by Laura Storck.

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Visions

Visions in Print, Cheltenham Printmakers Guild

VISIONS IN PRINT, Cheltenham Printmakers Guild & Invited Artists

VISIONS IN PRINT OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, November 16, 2:00 – 4:00pm, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham PA. November 16th – December 13th, 2014.

Cheltenham Printmakers Guild with invited artists. Curated by Amze Emmons and Francine Kay Affourtit.

  • November 16th, 1:00pm Working Together: Building a Community of Artists Join us for a lively conversation featuring exhibiting artists. 1:30pm Print Studio Tour. 2:00 – 4:00pm Opening Reception
  • November 23rd, 11:00am – 5:00pm Cheltenham Printmakers and Clay Guild annual holiday sale!
  • December 6th, 10:00am – 12:00pm Children’s Printmaking Workshop $5 in advance/$8 at the door. 1:00pm – 3:00pm Adult/Teen Printmaking Workshop $10 in advance/$12 at the door
  • December 13th,1:30pm – 2:00pm Docent Tour of the exhibit

Marlene Adler, Nancy Alter, Herbert Appelson, Art Brener, Reena Milner Brooks, Elaine Buono, Deb Chaney, Kathy Chapman, Matthew Colaizzo, Donna Douglass, Cindi Royce Ettinger, Donald Fisher, Esther Rose Fisher, Terri Fridkin, Bonnie Goldstein, Marlene Grolnic, Nina Magil Hausner, Joanne Hofferman, Rinagai Jawer, Zach Lindenberger, Joan Long, Diana Taflin Myers, Matt Neff, Linda Nesvisky, Alexis Nutini, José Ortiz-Pagán, Laura Ramos, Mickie Rosen, Ron Rumford, Merle Spandorfer, Shelley Thorstensen, Rochelle Toner, Mili Dunn Weiss, Carol Wit, Lois Yampolsky

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Artful

Artful Giving, Da Vinci Art Alliance

DA VINCI ART ALLIANCE HOSTS ARTFUL GIVING 2014, A FUNDRAISER EVENT

Da Vinci Art Alliance invites the public to its annual fundraiser and art sale, ARTFUL GIVING 2014, a “brunch and bubbly” affair on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 12:00 – 4:00pm, at 704 Catharine Street in Philadelphia. Chaired by Linda Dubin Garfield, ARTFUL GIVING 2014 will include sales of original fine art contributed by member artists and artisans, and raffles of distinctive gift items such as gift certificates, museum memberships, etc. donated by businesses and cultural venues that support the artists and programs of Da Vinci Art Alliance.

Tickets to ARTFUL GIVING 2014 start at $35 ($45 at the door), additional donations are welcome.

Since its inception in 1931, the mission of Da Vinci Art Alliance as a dynamic organization confidently continues to meet the growing need for community-based arts, and cultural and educational dialogue for artists, individuals and families. Da Vinci is one of the few non-profit artist run organizations boasting ownership of a building since 1959. Requiring to move forward on major repairs of its stately structure, proceeds from ARTFUL GIVING 2014 will initiate Da Vinci Art Alliance’s Building Fund

Da Vinci Art Alliance is a public, non-profit 501(c)(3) artists’ organization located in South Philadelphia.The organization was founded in 1931 to serve the needs of professional artists and artisans in the Delaware Valley. Da Vinci currently has over 140 members and is supported through membership dues, gallery/studio rentals, sales commissions, grants, and donations. It holds exhibitions of members’ and non-members’ artwork as well as special events, workshops, performances, poetry readings, and lectures, and keeps its members informed on community events, news and opportunities. The mission of the non-profit artists-run organization is to support its members and to further community-based arts, cultural, and educational exchanges.

For more information about ARTFUL GIVING 2014, tickets, donations, sponsorship, and/or general information about Da Vinci Art Alliance and membership, contact Gaby Heit, Executive Director at davinciartalliance@gmail.com or 646-229-3353.

Da Vinci Art Alliance is located at 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Gallery hours specifically for November’s exhibition, Portraits and Such: Recent Work by Mike Pavol, are Monday 4:00 – 7:00pm, Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00pm, Friday 4:00 – 7:00pm, Saturday/Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm.

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Machines

The Artistry of Slot Machines, Visual and Aural CuesThe Artistry of Slot Machines

Following years of disappointing revenue, news that Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino is set to expand have emerged. The expansion is expected to add to the number of total games being offered by the casino, which in turn should allow more people to experience the artistry of slot machines.

As humans, we are creatures that are compelled by visual and aural cues, which is why casinos are often lit with bright flashy lights, ringing with bells and an assortment of other sounds. However, if there was one sense that overpowered the other on the casino floor, it would be sight.

 As Bally Technologies’ Corporate Communications manager Mike Trask said, “When you walk through a casino… you look for something that looks interesting. A player either looks for a game they like or for something that’s appealing visually”.

The imagery depicted on slot machines is crucial in terms of attracting players. Although people find familiarity in the three-reeled slot machines with falling images of fruits, gold bars and dollar signs, gamblers need more entertainment visually in order for them to be convinced of placing more bets. Illustrations have gone digital and now slot machines are utilizing video screens for impeccable graphic design. Video slots have become so popular that Total Gold, the newest player in the online casino scene, has taken to featuring various themed slots like Gonzo’s Quest, Bloodlines, and Spellcast, all with a unique look and feel.

Some themes and artistic designs have resonated over others, and when it comes to graphic design, science is just as much at play as art is. Gamblers have shown a greater preference towards the ocean-themed machines not only because of the high definition skeumorphic graphical user interface, but also because of the color blue ignites feelings of inner peace and security. There are a number of components in the provision of artwork for slot machines. In a way, graphic designers specifically for casino gaming technologies have a more difficult time in art development than other artists, since these graphic designers have to produce an interface that is prominent yet it’s still attempting to appeal to the entire crowd.

The simplicity of the three-reeled slot machine is still pulling patrons in, but now that more casinos are filled with video casino games, players are gaining appeal for higher quality playing with games like the Avatar-themed slot machines. You may not notice the impact of the slot machine artwork at first, yet you will once you realize that you’ve been sitting at the machine for several hours.

The Artistry of Slot Machines‘ is a contributed blog post.

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