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156th Anniversary Gala, Philadelphia Sketch Club

Dear Philadelphia Sketch Club Members & Friends:

The Philadelphia Sketch Club will be hosting its 156th Anniversary Gala on October 15, 2016, and will be honoring three of the nationʼs top artists. The Gala will feature a live art auction, silent auction, hors dʼoeuvres and dinner buffet, cocktails, and music. Black tie, business or creative attire are acceptable. The Gala brings together our members, patrons, supporters, friends, sponsors, neighbors as well as businesses like you, for an evening of celebration to support the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

We invite you to help us make the 2016 Gala a smashing success by participating in our event. By doing so, you will be able to contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhood by supporting our local cultural community and target new customers.

You can participate by:

• MAKING A DONATION TO THE SILENT AUCTION and/or

• ADVERTISING IN THE PROGRAM BOOK and/or

• BECOMING A SPONSOR (at the $1000 or higher level)

Founded in 1860 the Philadelphia Sketch Club is the oldest artists club in America. We have more than 275 members, young and venerable, accomplished and burgeoning artists, as well as dedicated volunteers, and patrons of the arts that come to our historic headquarters to draw, paint, print, socialize, and support the arts. By supporting the 2016 Gala, you will help us grow our educational programs, workshops and community outreach. Your contribution will enrich the cultural profile of the Club and artistic community.

Please visit www.sketchclub.org for more information and instructions on how to join our effort, or call me at 267-664- 2434. You can also email any questions to bpatterson2045@comcast.net. Iʼll be pleased to help you with any of the information for the benefits outlined in the enclosures. Thank you for your participation in, and support of thePhiladelphia Sketch Club‘s 156th Anniversary Gala.

The Philadelphia Sketch Club will be hosting its 156th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 15, 2016. One of the highlights of the event is that we will be honoring three of the nation’s top artists, Jan Baltzell, Eileen Goodman and Cindi Ettinger. We will be presenting each with the Philadelphia Sketch Club Medal for their significant achievements in the visual arts. This will be a fun and highly visible event. It will bring together our members, patrons, supporters, friends, sponsors and neighbors. It will feature a live art auction, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, cocktails and music. It is critical that this event be a success as it is a significant fund raising vehicle for the Club.

As a member or friend of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, you can make our event a success by putting some thought into how you can help with this effort. You can participate by:

• Purchasing tickets for you and a guest(s).

• Encouraging you friends to purchase tickets and attend. Ticket may be purchased on our website (sketchclub.org) or you can give us their names and addresses and we will make sure they are sent an invitation.

• Contact a friend or business that may donate an item to our silent auction. Donors of silent auction items will be recognized in our program booklet.

• Contact an individual or business that would place an ad in our program booklet.

• Contribute an additional donation to the Gala fund. Any support of $1,000 or more will get sponsor recognition in the program booklet.

We have the backing of many important members of the artistic community. Members of our Honorary Gala Committee include David R. & Holly Trostle Brigham (David is President and CEO of PAFA and Holly is an Artist); William R. Valerio, Director & CEO, Woodmere Art Museum; Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director & CEO, James A. Michener Art Museum; John & Cindy Affleck (John is President of Woodmere Art Museum‘s Board of Trustees and a second generation Philadelphia Sketch Club Member whose father, Ralph Affleck, was President of the PSC in 1951/52); Bill Scott, Artist & Member of Philadelphia Sketch Club‘s Board of Trustees; Christopher Schmidt, Artist & Director of the Schmidt Dean Gallery; Dorothy J. del Bueno, Member of Woodmere Art Museum‘s Board and Collections Committee; Sharon Ewing, Director of Gross McCleaf Gallery; Stephen Tarantal, Interim Provost and Professor Emeritus, the University of the Arts; Sally Bellet, Board Member at Woodmere Art Museum and Drexel University; Karen Lightner, Head of the Art & Literature Departments at the Free Library of Philadelphia; and David Weiss, Vice President at Freeman’s Auction, a specialist on the Antiques Roadshow and guest auctioneer for the Gala auction.

The event will be a fun affair where you can socialize with Philadelphia Sketch Club members, members of the Honorary Gala Committee and the three honorees; enjoy the food and beverages and perhaps win one of the eight or so artworks that will be part of our live auction. The auction items will be posted on our website at a later date. Your help to market this year’s Gala is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.

Best regards,

Bill Patterson, Chair, 156th Anniversary GalaPhiladelphia Sketch Club235 S. Camac St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

bpatterson2045@comcast.net

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Harcum College Presents Wild and Wacky

An Art Exhibit of Fine Fun Art

Harcum College hosts a 3-week long mixed media exhibition of fine fun art, opening Friday, September 16, 2016. Festivities begin at 7:00pm, promising a 2-hour preview of works from the nutty, crazed, absurd, cockamamie minds and the half-baked hands of three local artists: Artemus (Vee Conover), Ajax and Linnie Kerrigan-Greenberg. A multitude of original art and prints will be on display, from the well-conceived to the ill-conceived, the cast-off, celebrated, useless and misjudged — all available for purchase.

Harcum College, Wild and WackyThe show reception takes place in the Kevin D. Marlo Theatre at Harcum College and runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Ho-hum snacks and other art-opening type foods (free!) shall be on hand. Admission open to anyone who shows up. Clothing is required. So is a sense of humor.

Please join the artists for an evening of fun, food, conversation, music and thought-provoking art.

Harcum CollegeKevin D. Marlo Little Theatre, 750 Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA

Friday, September 16, 2016: 7 pm – 9 pm Info: 610-517- 0029

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Contemporary

Embracing the Contemporary, Sachs Collection, PMAEllsworth Kelly, Black Red Orange, 1966, oil on canvas, two joined panels. Promised gift The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection

Embracing the Contemporary:

The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection of Contemporary Art

Through September 5, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is opening a major exhibition entitled Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection. The exhibition presents one of this country’s finest collections of contemporary art, which includes outstanding works by some of the most influential European and American artists since the mid-twentieth century, including Jasper Johns, Howard Hodgkin, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Charles Ray, and Cy Twombly. Many of these works have either been donated to the Museum or pledged as promised gifts.

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are delighted to present the collection assembled with a spirit of adventure and intelligence by Keith and Kathy Sachs over the course of more than four decades. They are not only thoughtful collectors, but also great Philadelphians who love this city and its cultural and educational institutions. To have such a fine collection come to the Museum as a gift is a rare and wonderful thing. It is also transformative, much like the important collections of modern art that came to us in the early 1950s from Albert E. Gallatin and Louise and Walter Arensberg. Keith and Kathy’s promised gift to the Museum of more than 90 works, which we announced to the public in 2014, immensely strengthened our holdings of contemporary art.”

Embracing the Contemporary presents a selection of about one hundred works from the Sachs Collection, reflecting Keith and Kathy’s engagement with individual artists and the development of their collecting over time. A number of artists with whom the couple developed meaningful ties over the years are presented in depth, including Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, and Brice Marden. Among the works by Johns are a recent suite of paintings entitled Five Postcards (2011), and Nines (2006), an assemblage featuring the late 1960’s flagstone motif painted in red, yellow and blue, as well as Voice II (1982), a three-part, ink-on-plastic drawing. Other works in the collection complement the Museum’s holdings of works by leading German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, and Gerhard Richter.

Embracing the Contemporary, Sachs CollectionRed Ground Letter, 2007-2010. Brice Marden, American, born 1938. Oil on canvas, 6 × 8 feet (182.9 × 243.8 cm). Promised gift of Keith L. and Katherine Sachs. © 2016 Brice Marden/ Artists Rights Society (ARS) NY.

The exhibition reflects the variety and range of interests that distinguish the Sachs Collection. It includes, for example, a work on paper by the Pennsylvania-born Abstract Expressionist painter Franz Kline, Untitled (c. 1956), which was among the couple’s first purchases after they married in 1969. Also on view is the earliest work to enter their collection, Portrait of Jean-Louis (1947-49) by Louise Bourgeois, and one of the most recent, Untitled (2000-2013) by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, as well as major works by Robert Gober, Richard Hamilton, Robert Ryman, and Terry Winters.

At the heart of the exhibition is Boy with Frog (2008) by Charles Ray. The oversized nude figure extends his arm and holds aloft a captured amphibian, regarding it with a mixture of fascination and bewilderment that can be considered a metaphor for discovery. Among the large-scale photographs in the Sachs Collection are exceptional works by Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Clifford Ross, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, and Jeff Wall.  Important examples of video and film work by such celebrated figures as Francis Alÿs, Pierre Huyghe, and Steve McQueen will be presented. Also included are artist’s portfolios, personal mementos, letters, photographs, and other items that document the history of the Sachs Collection.

Embracing the Contemporary, Sachs CollectionVoice 2, 1982. Jasper Johns, American, born 1930. Ink on plastic, 3 panels, Promised gift of Keith L. and Katherine Sachs. © Jasper Johns/ Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery.

The exhibition continues in the contemporary galleries of the Modern and Contemporary wing, recently named for Keith and Katherine Sachs. In this section of the exhibition, works from the collection are interspersed with holdings of the Museum, highlighting the ways in which the gifts and promised gifts both complement and strengthen the Museum’s collection of contemporary art.

Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, said: “The Sachs Collection contains works that reflect some of the most daring developments in contemporary art over the past few decades, and a vision that is deeply personal and grounded in Keith and Kathy’s admiration for the artists whose work they collect.  Their commitment to the work of living artists is what makes this collection so remarkable.”

Publication

An illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition, edited by Carlos Basualdo, the organizing curator, with Anna Mecugni, Exhibition Assistant. It is co-published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in association with Yale University Press. The book features nearly 80 entries on individual artists, with essays by distinguished art historians and curators devoted to artists whose work Keith and Kathy Sachs have collected more in depth. The introductory essay by Carlos Basualdo will situate the Sachs Collection gift within the Museum’s history of collecting contemporary art. A statement by the couple  and an interview with them will offer insights into their personal history of collecting and illuminate their lifelong relationship with the Museum.

Curator

Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art

Embracing the Contemporary, Sachs CollectionHoward Hodgkin, Keith and Kathy Sachs, oil on wood, historic frame

Location

Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor

The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Galleries, first floor

About the collectors

Keith and Katherine Sachs have been supporters of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since the 1970s. Katherine Sachs has contributed scholarship to numerous Museum exhibitions organized by the Department of European Painting before 1900, including Cézanne (1996), Van Gogh Face to Face: Portraits (2000), and Cézanne and Beyond (2009), for which she served as co-curator.

A Trustee of the Museum since 1988, Keith Sachs serves as chair of the Museum’s Contemporary Art Committee and has been active as Chair or Vice Chair on Trustee committees including Architecture and Facilities, Collections, and Executive. He is the former CEO of Saxco International LLC, a principal distributor of packaging material to producers of alcoholic beverages in North America. In addition to their commitment to the Museum, the couple has been active in supporting contemporary art in Philadelphia. Keith Sachs served as chair of the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, and Katherine Sachs is an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of Overseers of the University’s Institute of Contemporary Art, where she was Chair for ten years. At Penn the couple endowed The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art, The Visiting Professor in the Fine Arts at Penn Design, The Sachs Guest Curator Program at the ICA, and The Sachs Fine Arts Program Fund.

Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Museum’s twentieth-century holdings represent an especially close collaboration between artists and collectors. At the core are the Albert E. Gallatin and Louise and Walter Arensberg collections. Both were among the most significant collections of contemporary art formed during the 1920s and 1930s in the United States. These gifts determined the nature of the Museum’s collection as one especially rich in concentrations of work by particular artists, such as Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, and Joan Miró. Gallatin, an artist as well as a collector, was a central figure in the American Abstract Artists Group in New York, where his collection was on view as the “Gallery of Living Art” before it was transferred to Philadelphia in 1943. The Arensbergs formed their collection over the course of four decades with the assistance of Duchamp. The Museum is now home to the world’s most important collection of Duchamp’s work, much of it assembled by the Arensbergs.

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"Mixed Media", The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, Media Arts Council

“Mixed Media”, The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, Media Arts Council

The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, “Mixed Media” at Media Arts Council through August 28th, 2016. Artist reception August 13th, 4:00 – 7:00. Gallery hours Thursday, Friday & Saturday 4:00 – 7:00.

Featuring the work of Philadelphia Dumpster Divers: Betsy Alexander, Joel Spivak,Diane Keller, Joanne Hoffman, Dan Enright, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee, Sara Benowitz, Kim Alsbrooks, Carol Cole, Susan Richards, Eva Preston, Ann Keech, Alden Cole, Taji Nahl, Gretchen Altabef, Neil Benson, Burnell Yow!, Ted Warchal & I. George Bilyk.

Media Arts Council – What does M.A.C. really do? Our work is organized into several committees made up of dedicated volunteers who bring their skills and enthusiasm to their teams. We have a lot on our plates, but recognize that we’re in it for the camaraderie too. We’re always looking for new volunteers, so please let us know if you’re interested in learning more about our committees.

Media Arts Council 609 W State St, Media PA 19063

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Sweet Tooth

Neil Marcello, Sweet Tooth, 3rd Street GalleryNeil Marcello, Good and Plenty, Sweet Tooth Series, 2014-2016

 NEIL MARCELLO: SWEET TOOTH

Through  July 31, 3rd Street Gallery, 45 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia

ARTIST TALK – Sunday, July 10, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Q & A WITH THE ARTIST – Friday, July 15, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The 3rd Street Gallery is pleased to announce, Sweet Tooth, the solo show of photographer Neil Marcello whose works continue to explore complex industrial solutions that ultimately become the problems that bear examining.

In Sweet Tooth Neil’s photographs of architectural dioramas, that he designed and hand built, suggest the role industry plays in the production of candy and the use of artificial dyes in the United States. His interest in the candy industry began as a boy consuming readily available sweets such as Nestles, Butterfinger, which just recently eliminated artificial dyes in its manufacturing process for this particular brand of candy.

neil2Neil Marcello, LemonHead, Sweet Tooth Series, 2014-2016

He was surprised to learn that the Mars candy manufacturing company used (and continues to use) natural dyes in their production of candies in Europe, and the United Kingdom, but not in the United States.

He says, “I offer them up as kitsch motifs, similar to the shapes, colors and forms used by candy manufacturers to stimulate and entice the viewer…”.

While viewing these fantasy images, Neil encourages the viewer to reflect on how far we may be willing to go in order to satisfy our cravings. Together with the launch of his latest exhibition, Neil has collaborated with Philadelphia street photographer, Ronald Dean Corbin, on the release of Corbin’s new self-published photographic book, entitled “Photographs My Way” (2016), available on Amazon.

Contact: Neil Marcello

neil@neilmarcello.com

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Please contact the artist for prints and commissions

neil3Neil Marcello, Twizzlers, Sweet Tooth Series, 2014-2016

3rd Street Gallery, an artist-run fine arts gallery, opened its first space in 1978 on the corner of 3rd  and Bainbridge in South Philadelphia. It has shown numerous artists since its inception and currently hosts fifty member-artists. These multigenerational, award-winning artists hold advanced degrees in the arts and sciences, work in diverse traditional and contemporary media, and have their works included in collections at museums, as well as in corporate and private collections.

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