Essence

Su Knoll Horty, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery Su Knoll HortyEssence 8, 30″ x 40″, oil on canvas, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery,142 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, presents ESSENCE. Landscape Perspective in the Abstract on November 3, 2014. The exhibition features new paintings by Su Knoll Horty.

Su Knoll Horty Artist Statement

“Just be so good that you cannot be ignored.” Su Knoll Horty uses this quote from Steve Martin as daily inspiration when working on her paintings. Working primarily with oils, using a palette knife to layer on the color, then scraping or rubbing it off. This creates the transparent layer of color and shaped ‘stains’ Su uses to build her color relationships, focusing on the effects that adjoining colors have on one another.Su says, “My challenge as a painter is to create emotion through the use of color. I am inspired by the complexities of color and how color fields create harmonious and often, unexpected dimensions. I explore the ways compositions change through layering and fusing color. Spaces of clarity juxtapose with spaces of intricacy, and vibrancy contrasts with calm.”

Su Knoll Hortys latest work explores a simplified landscape space, which often contrasts organic shapes and perspectival elements with simple bands or static rectangles of color. These contrasting elements give an added vibrancy and movement to the already vibrant colors Su uses.

Su Knoll Horty, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery Su Knoll Horty, Essence 8, 30" x 40", oil on canvas, Bluestone Fine Art GallerySu Knoll HortyEssence, 30″ x 40″, oil on canvas, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

About Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

Established in 2011 by Pam ReganBluestone Fine Art Gallery has been operating in the Old City District of Philadelphia on the corner of Second and Quarry streets. The gallery features original works by contemporary and traditional artists in a range of mediums, including painting, ceramics and sculpture. Our artists’ hail from Philadelphia and around the country – many of the city’s most well-known and emerging artists have exhibited works in both group and solo shows.

Each month, we host new exhibitions that kick off during Philadelphia’s popular First Fridays that bring hundreds of art lovers into the neighborhood for special events and openings year round. Our goal is to showcase the most engaging works in a welcoming atmosphere during regular business hours and by private appointment. We work closely with collectors, designers, and architects, helping clients select the original art best suited to residences, businesses and other destinations in the tri-state area. Bluestone Fine Art Gallery is free and open to the public.

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Way

William Way LGBTQ Community CenterWilliam Way LGBTQ Community Center Group Art Show: Gina Giles, Thom Duffy, Lance Pawling

Thom DuffyGina Giles, and Lance Pawling are the winners of the 2013 William Way LGBT Community Center Juried Art Competition and their exciting and diverse bodies of work will be on display this September and October in the gallery.

Thom Duffy will display beautifully created watercolor still lifes on paper featuring an autumn theme. Gina Giles has exhibited in The Plastic Club, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks, Hicks Art Center Gallery, and more and will display photographic works. Pawling is a performance and installation artist known for his work with the improvisational theater group Dumpsta PlayersLance Pawling’s found-object sculptures ‘provide the viewer with a magnetic vounce through wonder. Evocative, often disturbing and equally alluring, his work redefines our ideas of refuse.’ The show will be on view in the gallery from through October 31, 2014.

The group art show at William Way LGBTQ Community Center presents three of Philadelphia’s most interesting and influential artists that were chosen from the 2013 Juried Community Art Show. I believe these artists are influential because they each are living their own authentic artistic self-actualized selves and influencing Philadelphia’s artistic culture.

Gina Giles is documenting the drag scene in Philadelphia, a performance art with a long Philadelphia history, through candid and backstage photographs. Thom Duffy is a fine painter who created a whole new body of work, beautiful Autumnal watercolors in a variety of sizes. Thom also operates a successful business, Thom Duffy Massage Therapy LLC, ‘offering a full array of therapeutic massage services for men and women to achieve specific targeted goals and physical well-being’. His job is to make you feel better. Lance Pawling, who’s day job is at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, is influential because of his fearless performances in burlesque shows as well as his visual art skills. I caught the latest performance of The Weird Beard Review, an all male burlesque review, at L’Tage and watched the man with the Dali moustache transform from art nerd to bearded lady sex bomb before my eyes.

October is Gay History Month and a lot of gay history is being made around the world. ‘LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11.[1] In the United Kingdom, it is observed during February, to coincide with a major celebration of the 2005 abolition of Section 28.’ (Wikipedia).

The group art show at William Way LGBTQ Community Center is part of gay history now and I believe that the main takeaway is that ‘gay art’ is art just like LGBTQ people are people. Living an authentic life with a freedom of spirit and nature just feels right and brings happiness to our lives.

Read my interviews with each of these artists on DoNArTNeWs Philadelphia Art News Blog.

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Found

Lost and Found, Philadelphia Dumpster DiversLost and Found, an exhibit of found object based mixed-media work by members of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, will open at West Chester University October 30th through December 12th, 2014.

Lost and Found Opening: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:00 – 7:00pm
West Chester University’s E.O. Bull Center for the Arts
2 East Rosedale Ave., West Chester, PA 19383

Gallery Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday: Noon – 4:00pm

“The West Chester University Department of Art + Design is housed in the new E.O. Bull Center for the Arts which provides a state-of-the art setting conducive to creative endeavors. Intensive and individualized instruction prepares the young artist for work at the professional level. The art galleries present an ever-changing exhibition of work from all areas of the visual arts.” – E.O. Bull Center for the Arts

“For over 20 years, the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – a group of about 40 Philadelphia-area based artists, collectors and friends – have been working with found objects and recycled materials to create extensive works and group efforts.” – Philadelphia Dumpster Divers

 

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Sale

Painter & Illustrator Sale, Plaza Artist MaterialsPlaza Artist Materials, 3200 Chestnut Street, Retail E,Philadelphia, PA 19104. Located on the Drexel University Campus on the south side of Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets. Phone: 215-823-6893, Fax: 215-823-6896

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Sunday 12:00 pm 5:00 pm

Parking

  • Garage parking is available in the Drexel University parking garage on 34th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets.
  • Plenty of metered parking is available on the surrounding streets.

Public Transportation

  • Amtrak or Septa Regional Rail: We are 3 blocks from 30th Street Station.
  • Trolley – All Green Lines – stops at 33rd between Chestnut and Market.
  • The Market-Frankford – Blue Line – stops at 34th and Market.
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Hands on Creativity, Saturday and Sunday, 10/18 & 19, 2014, 11:00am – 4:00pm

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Serious

Serious Play, ARTsisters, Center on the HillResilient Retreat, monotype by Linda Dubin Garfield

Center on the Hill8855 Germantown AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19118 invites you to SERIOUS PLAY, a group exhibition featuring artwork by ARTsisters Priscilla Bohlen, Linda Dubin Garfield, Karen Leibman and Ruth WolfUsing a variety of styles and media, these artists make you smile and make you think. The exhibit will run November 1- 26, 2014Center on the Hill Gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

ARTsisters is a group of professional women artists who empower each other and the community through their artARTsisters was founded in December 2005, by Linda Dubin Garfield who realized that her long-time friend and fellow artist Leslie DeBrocky (since deceased) functioned as more than a friend when it came to discussing and helping with her art. She was really an ARTsister, one who understood the process and could really understand the highs and lows involved with the challenges of a professional artist. Together they opened membership to other women and, through word of mouth, now have 24 members and an email list of more than 75 interested women artists. Sharing resources and offering support to each other, the members now have shown, both individually and in groups,  including shows in Chestnut Hill, Old City, Manayunk, Wayne, Wynnewood, the Wilmington Arts Commission in Delaware, the Widener University Art Gallery and the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics. This spring ARTsisters will have their 10th Anniversary ART Show at Jenkins Arboretum.

Some of the non-profits we have collaborated with include: Adopt A Pig, Endow-A-Home, Philadelphia FIGHT, Juvenile Diabetes, The Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community of Philadelphia), The Food Trust, The Heart Association, Child Advocates and Laurel House.”

For more information, visit www.ARTsisters.org

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