Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Shoe In: Walk in Our Shoes

Oasis, The Shoe In: Walkin Our Shoes

The Oasis (RHD) community is seeking investment and support in the Shoe In to raise funds, social empathy and awareness for some of our society’s most vulnerable and valueable citizens. Your investment will help create both sustainability and continuity of essential programming for the voices of these Outsider Artists. Support these artists to strive for independence on their own terms.

The ‘Shoe In’ is a political exhibition designed to counteract the erosion of funding for day services for PA citizens with intellectual disabilities.

Oasis is a one-of-a-kind experience for individuals of diverse abilities. The only organization of its kind, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Oasis offers group instruction in art, technology, literacy and life-skills

About Oasis (RHD)

Oasis (RHD) is a studio art and life skills program staffed by artists that nurtures the talents, skills, and creativity of individuals living with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities. We offer programs and services that support people with developmental and intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for employment, community connections, and personal development through the arts. Oasis (RHD) is a part of its parent company Resources for Human Development.  

The Benefits of Our Project: The Shoe In

Every pair of shoes brings with it an opportunity and benefits for the members of the Oasis (RHD) community to study:

  1. Formal academics in a venue that uses the arts to communicate foundational cognitive adaptive skills needed to increase independence. 
  2. Concrete participation in collaboration and planning
  3. Support for development in ‘activities of daily living’ (ADL) 
  4. Opportunity to develop an understanding of Empathy
  5. Participation in the regional art community through exhibitions and partnerships with established innovative artists and institutions.    

Help Us Raise Our Game

The Oasis (RHD) community is seeking investment and support in the Shoe In to raise funds, social empathy and awareness for some of our society’s most vulnerable and valueable citizens. Your investment will help create both sustainability and continuity of essential programming for the voices of these Outsider Artists

How does Oasis (RHD) fit into the Big Picture?

Contributing to Oasis (RHD) to fund ‘The Shoe In’ will assist us to continue essential day programming services for the emerging Outsider Artists we serve. We are a small service provider to over 100 adults whose needs are difficult to meet elsewhere. 

Policy changes, financial miscalculations and proposed budget cuts by the Pennsylvania state government continue to ravage services that fell short of current needs even during fiscally ‘flush’ times. What does this mean for the 2.3 million citizens served and the approximately 16,000 people waiting for services, 4,000 of which are people whose situations are considered emergencies?

Funding cuts hurt all of us. Not just those of us with disabilities.

Whether the shortfalls are attributed to the budget crisis, a shift from county-run to state-run services, and the state’s belief that providers, as a whole, can operate more efficiently, the message is still the same: slashing our funding slashes the quality of service provision needed for the artists that call Oasis home. 

The Shoe In: Walk in Our Shoes Indigogo campaign.

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Saturday January 19th’s NYC BUS TRIP- “Bus Trip to NYC IS TO MOMA-MORROW!”

Millville 3rd Friday Update for Glasstown Arts District- This is all happening at Ivy Chaya Art Gallery!

Millville 3rd Friday Update for Glasstown Arts District- This is all happening at Ivy Chaya Art Gallery! 

106 East Pine Street, Millville, NJ 08332 


FREE SKETCH-IN for ALL AGES, dancer aerialist Christine Morano artfully poses in dance-wear for your drawings and entertainment! 6-8pm Friday 18th, 2013 (*painters welcome too!)  “She’s a delightful person, and an amazing performer; come meet my dear, talented friend!” ~Ivy Chaya

PAJAMA PARTY for out of towner’s coming to buy a bus ticket for 

Saturday January 19th’s NYC BUS TRIP- “Bus Trip to NYC IS TO MOMA-MORROW!” 


Celebration includes:  FREE Sketch-in art party Friday Night with surprise guest artists and the arts district’s very own super hero has RSVP’d! Snacks and drinks available for gratuity, as well as bake sale items for suggested donation*, Free Coffee, Food and Drinks on the bus (made by Wildflower Vegan Cafe, Apron Strings& local shops) we feed you from the time you buy your ticket to the time we get home from THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in NYC. PLUS+ Eddie Shiffler live Music 8:30 – 9:30pm Saturday Evening @icag!

HOW TO FIX A BROKEN WING BENEFIT: Sequel Art Auction to help christine! 

Couldn’t make it all the way to Philadelphia last weekend?  No sweat, stop on by to Ivy Chaya Art Gallery to get a taste of the arts action, and support a good cause- FREE ADMISSION!  Artists include: Dennis Tawes, Linda Allen Tawes, Fred Kramer, Cindy Davis, Susan Rau, Nadine LaFond, Ivy Chaya, and many more!  6pm – 10pm Ivy Chaya Art Gallery!


BUS TRIP PRIZES for BUS TRIP GOERS:  Anyone who buys a ticket Friday night gets a free prize donated by Bogarts Bookstore, PLUS+ the first 30 bus trip goers will be entered in a drawing to get a free trip!  Call now to reserve your seat, order your lunch & for a chance to win your $75 back!  609-425-3510


RRCA SHOUT OUT! RIVERFRONT RENAISSANCE CENTER FOR THE ARTS– Debuting their “NEW LOOK” on third Friday, January 18th 2013.  Go meet the new, young executive director, Rebekah Lyons, and enjoy the styling new ambiance inspired by acting director, Brandon Smith.

Riverfront Renaissance Art Center Click for the cool flyer.

Marilyn MacGregor,

“I imagine that you caught a glimpse of the new portrait of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge – it caused quite a stir when it was unveiled last week. My blog post puts this new Royal Portrait in historical context, with a look at a few prominent Royal Portraits in history and some entertaining, puzzling, quirky, interesting recent additions to the Windsor Family gallery, including one of Prince Philip as you’d never expect to see him!”
Click on the link to go directly to the Post
The latest ArtSmart Trivia question is up and it’s a tasty one! Try it at
Teaching news: I’ll be teaching two community classes – open to all – in Chestnut Hill in the coming months. Contact me for details or email
1. Artists of the Barnes, a 4 week look at the Barnes Collection in regards to individual artists, artists from certain places and periods, Dr. Barnes’s relations with artists, and the ideas that drive the unusual arrangements
Wednesday February 13- March 2 from 2:00-3:30 cost: $55

2. Midnights in Paris: Great Periods of French Art and Culture – 5 weeks of time travel through the greatest epochs in French history, full of amazing art, interesting personalities, fascinating events.
Tuesday March 5 – April 2 8:30 pm $90

I expect to be able to offer these classes in Center City Philadelphia soon – stay tuned!
Paris Small Group Arts Tours

I’ve just added a page of Details: Costs and Activities to give you a clear idea of what these very special trips entail. The first, Paris Arts & Pleasures, is scheduled for May. Please take a look and consider joining me! I’ll be running a Valentine’s Special very soon with a discount – I’ll let you know!
Inline image 2Valentine’s Day cards from MacGregor-ART! Find my cards and prints on my Esty shop and at

All best wishes

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Susan Stromquist at Off the Wall Gallery in Dirty Franks

Susan Stromquist at Off the Wall Gallery in Dirty Franks

“One of the best reasons to visit ROADS LESS TRAVELED this weekend — if you didn’t make the Opening Reception — is to experience SUSAN STROMQUIST’s amazing installation. Our 3-D space has rarely hosted an installation that is so expertly integrated, narrating, to the extent possible, the complex path Susan has taken in developing her own brand of experimental art. You can see the unique tools — one person last night likened them “something out of Duchamp” — she has used to turn her body into an art-making apparatus. Three major physical creations, a canvas, a scroll and an accordion book, are on display. And a looping DVD of three videos, available for $20, captures vividly the artist at work on three projects: CLIMB, GIVE & KEEP and DRAWN.” Like Off the Wall Gallery on facebook.

Photo courtesy of Off the Wall Gallery.

DoN is writing a separate post about Susan Stromquist.

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Main Line Art Center


746 Panmure Road
Haverford, PA  19041

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rachel Ammon, Communications Director

610.525.0272, ext. 25


Reaching Out, Karen Steen, Mixed media on paper


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Professional Artists’ Exhibition Features 58 of our Community’s Most Talented Artists

February 12 – March 12, 2013


State of the Art Center Happy Hour: Friday, February 15, 5-5:30 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15, 5:30-8 pm

HAVERFORD, PA (January 16, 2013)—Main Line Art Center is proud to present its second annual Professional Artists’ Exhibition, running February 12 to March 12, 2013. The exhibition will feature 2- and 3-D works by 58 of the region’s most talented artists.

The Art Center will host a free public reception on Friday, February 15 from 5-8 pm where the community can meet the artists and purchase unique works of art. The reception will open with the State of the Art Center Happy Hour from 5-5:30 pm, where Executive Director Amie Potsic will share exciting details about ART 75: Access. Renew. Transform, the Art Center’s campaign to raise $1.5 million to renovate its building in the summer.

The Professional Artist Program was developed two years ago to support the careers of artists by providing exhibition opportunities, visibility and advanced career development opportunities. Through a competitive process assessing each artist’s educational background, exhibition participation and gallery experience, 58 diverse artists were selected, including painters, photographers, sculptors, mixed media artists and more. Though their styles, media, and backgrounds vary, they share a commitment to their work and support for Main Line Art Center and its mission of Art for Everyone.

Each Professional Artist Member is profiled on Main Line Art Center’s website with a bio, link to their personal website and an image of their work ( Throughout the year, the Art Center highlights each artist on its Facebook page, sharing images of their artwork and upcoming exhibitions with the Art Center’s nearly 3000 fans. The Art Center also keeps Professional Artist Members abreast of exhibition opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia area through special monthly emails.

The following artists have been selected into the Professional Artist Program and will be featured in the exhibition:

Deena Ball, Lori Banks, Delainey Barclay, Sarah Barr, Beverly Benson, Maureen Ciaccio, Karen Love Cooler, Susanne Pitak Davis, Joanne DeMartino, Marlene B. Dubin, Teresa McWilliams Farina, Marge Feldman, Linda Dubin Garfield, Pia De Girolamo, Barbara Glickman, Georgianna Grentzenberg, Antonio Grimaldi, Bonnie Gross, Nancy E. F. Halbert, Dwight Harris, Louise Herring, Mary Powers Holt, Dianne Koppisch Hricko, Mary Kane, Meg Kennedy, Diane Lachman, Marilyn Lavins, Monique Lazard, Deborah Leavy, Dale Levy, L. C. Lim, Elaine Lisle, Carla Lombardi, Sandi Neiman Lovitz, Wendy McClatchy, Anne Milner, Betsy Miraglia, Bernice Paul, Doris Peltzman, Jean Plough, Mary Powers-Holt, Laura Pritchard, Dorothy Roschen, Jerri Ross, Rona Satten, Maria Schneider, Antoinette Seymour, Margaret Shattuck, Tad Sperry, Karen Steen, Susan Stefanski, Christine Stoughton, Nancy Tabas, Nury Vicens, Susan Wallack, Hanni Weinstock, Ruth Wolf, Armen Yepoyan

List incomplete

The gallery at Main Line Art Center is free and open to the public Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm and Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

For over 75 years, Main Line Art Center in Haverford has served as the creative 
home for generations of community members of all ages, levels and abilities. Its mission is to inspire and engage artistic creativity for all ages and abilities and to celebrate and strengthen the essential role of visual art in community life.  Each year, the Art Center educates nearly 5,000 people through its art classes, outreach programs, lectures, and art camp.  In keeping with its mission, Main Line Art Center pioneers a unique series of outreach programs for children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, and grants $12,000 in need-based scholarships annually.  The Art Center has built a reputation for presenting innovative, thought-provoking exhibitions as well as exhibitions that celebrate community. We feature up to ten exhibitions annually in our beautiful, spacious gallery. These exhibitions feature the work of emerging and established artists from across the Mid-Atlantic Region and attract over 10,000 visitors each year.

Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford, behind the Wilkie Lexus dealership just off of Lancaster Avenue. The Art Center is easily accessible from public transportation and offers abundant free parking. For more information about this exhibition or Main Line Art Center’s other programs, please visit or call 610.525.0272.