The Legacy of Leonardo exhibit @ The Da Vinci Art Alliance.
Induction of honorary Board Member, Matt Lyons, to the Da Vinci Art Alliance – that’s Brenda, his gorgeous wife swelled with pride in the back, the tireless efforts of the couple have enabled the success of many, many artists – DoN included. As a partner in the Smile Gallery with the Da Vinci Art Alliance there has been an ongoing exhibit of contemporary regional artists in the large gallery space on 22nd Street, a lovely neighborhood inhabited by some of Philly’s finest artists. Without the support of business people, artist’s groups would implode; the steady hand and open ear of people like Matt, creativity and community can be realized in a beautiful, sustainable way.
Induction of Thomas Wall as honorary Board Member of the Da Vinci Art Alliance – Wall’s generosity helps ensure the continuation of this vital artist collective.
Ernesto E. Ibasco, Jr. on guitar.
The fund-raising event was really cool – great food (OMG – Lilliana’s chicken salad! & canolli’s!), fun and affordable silent auctions and live music. When Dr. Deb Miller introduced the honorees her speech is very lucid and clear concerning the accomplishments of the people she’s talking about but she makes DoN, as a listener, feel like he’s participating in something important, real and intellectually stimulating. Instead of hurrying things along, Dr. Deb offers quotes, quips and kudos so that all get their due moment in the spotlight. With some exciting new projects and shows on the horizon, the venerable society is sure to continue exciting the senses with art.
Tony Rubel @ The Philadelphia Sketch Club.
The Tony Rubel exhibit @ PSC is extremely moving not only because the imagery speaks of a specific period in time when androdynous beauty and editorial content was like physical contact with the lithe nymphs portrayed in the images but that his work lives on, respectfully remembered with this wonderful retrospective of more than 40 photographs. Sexy, gorgeous girls stare into the camera, calmly, serenely calling out from the paper like mythological sirens. A memorial for the photographer is today in the Philadelphia Sketch Club gallery.
The Photographic Society of Philadelphia installed their inaugural show of small scale photographs at 922 Walnut Street. The board of directors arranged for the picture hangers to be laid out in advance and then with specific framing & wiring instructions, like a flash mob, a gang of photographers swarmed the contemporary space, jovially jostling each other for prime real estate on the warm toned walls. The range of subject and style considering the parameters of inclusion is mind expanding and hanging out with fellow photography enthusiasts is artistically satisfying.
Eileen Eckstein (left) and Morris Klein are primarily responsible for developing the multiple venues Bonte Waffle Restaurants has offered to PSoP, the cafe at Walnut & Juniper even advertises the show on their sidewalk sandwich board claiming it draws customers. While Shoshka & DoN installed his latest photograph, light being (Max Ernst), they both were struck by people actually looking attentively at the art – it’s fun being a fly on the wall. The cafe at 17th & Walnut will promote one person shows soon, the Walnut & Juniper location features 16×20″ works.
Claire Alta Elliott‘s one person show at the Beauty Shop Cafe is like a trip to the woods with drippy, trippy oils painted thick and loose into verdant landscapes which pop beautifully off the new citrus colored walls of the popular coffee shop. The big windows really sell the art as you stroll by or drive down Fitzwater Street; The Beauty Shop just celebrated their 2nd anniversary, offering a great opportunity for many local artists to have an art show of their own.
Claire Alta Elliott is a blogger, too – the painter likes spreading her imagery over the Internet, tracking her progress in a disciplined yet cheery manner. Recently, DoN was discussing how American it is to be a multimedia artist with Dexiang Qian, former director of The Fine Arts Academy of Guangzhou – he was surprised at how many artists work in a wide spectrum of media from drawing and painting to photography and web design. Qian explained, via his translator, that in China and many other countries that art is a discipline dedicated to a particular media like painting. Claire Alta Elliott epitomizes the fresh, new, young generation of American artist, armed with a plan, a path, the savvy, attitude and talent to be recognized as a fine artist and taste-maker. Surprisingly, this is Elliott’s first show considering the sophistication and depth of the art; thanks to The Beauty Shop Cafe for continuing to promote exciting new talent.