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Which Side Are You On?

Shawn Towey, Which Side Are You On?, fiber, 2012, William Way LGBT Community Center 8th Annual Juried Art Show

Shawn Towey, William Way LGBT Community Center

Shawn Towey, Which Side Are You On?fiber, 2012William Way LGBT Community Center 8th Annual Juried Art Show

Shawn Towey, Which Side Are You On?, fiber, 2012, William Way LGBT Community Center 8th Annual Juried Art Show

Shawn Towey, Which Side Are You On?fiber, 2012William Way LGBT Community Center 8th Annual Juried Art Show

Shawn Towey, Which Side Are You On?, fiber, 2012, William Way LGBT Community Center 8th Annual Juried Art Show

Shawn Towey, Which Side Are You On?fiber, $600.00, 2012William Way LGBT Community Center 8th Annual Juried Art Show

Inspired by the song of Florence Reece 1900 – 1986.

The William Way LGBT Community Center 8th Annual Juried Art Show drew 80 entries from artists winnowed to a show of twenty-five outstanding works of art by Philadelphia artists. The three top award winners will have a group show in 2014. The art show is in the lobby of the historic gay community center in Philly’s famous Gayborhood.

Shawn Towey‘s fiber wall hanging is rife with information and infinite inter-changing patterns. Each of the diamonds flips to reveal a different image. The collage effect drives a strong argument with it’s flipping photos but the beads attaching the tips are bead letters saying the words, “Which Side Are You On?“. Spelling out the ultimate question of the day. The story never ends.

“Which Side Are You On?” is a song written by Florence Reece in 1931. Reece was the wife of Sam Reece, a union organizer for the United Mine Workers in Harlan County, Kentucky. In 1931, the miners of that region were locked in a bitter and violent struggle with the mine owners called the Harlan County War. In an attempt to intimidate the Reece family, Sheriff J. H. Blair and his men (hired by the mining company) illegally entered their family home in search of Sam Reece. Sam had been warned in advance and escaped, but Florence and their children were terrorized in his place. That night, after the men had gone, Florence wrote the lyrics to “Which Side Are You On?” on a calendar that hung in the kitchen of her home. She took the melody from a traditional Baptist hymn, “Lay the Lily Low”, or the traditional ballad “Jack Munro“.[1] Florence recorded the song, which can be heard on the CD Coal Mining Women.'” – Wikipedia

Come all of you good workers
Good news to you I’ll tell
Of how that good old union
Has come in here to dwell

Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? – Florence Reece

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Opportunities for Artists

Calling All Designers…The Philly Women In Tech Summit is hosting a contest to design a Logo and T-shirt for our upcoming event!

Philly Women in Tech is hosting the Second Annual Philadelphia Women in Tech Summit on April 20th 2013.  The Philly Women In Tech Summit promotes tech opportunities to women of all ages and backgrounds, while bringing them together for learning and networking. All proceeds from the event benefit Techgirlz. The rules are simple. Design a logo,using the guidelines below, that can be used on a website and a t-shirt and that represents the spirit of the Philly Women In Tech Summit and TechGirlz. Entries must be submitted no later than April 1, 2013.   

A winning design or designs will be chosen by the Philly Women In Tech Summit organizing committee. The winning design will then be uploaded to CafePress and will available for purchase printed on a t-shirt or other items. (All proceeds from the sale of CafePress items will benefit TechGirlz)

The winner(s) will also be featured in a write up on our site with an along with your photo and design.

  1. Submit your design: The design area for shirts is 10″ x 10″. Café Press recommended 200DPI, for logo. More information is available at

  2. The design should include the words “Philly Women in Technology Summit” and can (but is not required to) include

  3. Submission Deadline: April 1, 2013  Entries should be submitted to with the subject line “Design Entry”

To steal a line from our friends at Girl Develop It:

                                           Don’t Be Shy … Design It!


Photographic Society of Philadelphia

Dear PSoP Members,
Thursday March 28th at noon we have the opportunity to look at the spaces available for displaying photography.
Let me know you are interested and if this is a convenient time. Meet in the lobby of Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse & the Good Shepard Hospice. Located between Lombard and South, and 18th & 19th Streets. The photography is hung there for the purpose of entertaining visitors, patients and staff. It gives the photographers exposure and publicity.
Warm Regards,
Eileen Eckstein
Photographic Society of Philadelphia


Artists, Artisans & Crafters are invited to two outdoor art shows in Downtown Millville NJ’s Glasstown Arts District.  Please read or kindly forward this opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work in Millville NJ for these upcoming art festivals. Exhibitors Links for PDF Downloads and information are below.  Please respond to this email if you need any further assistance.  Thank you, Ivy

Main Site:

Spring- May 11th, 2013 Flower Festival-
Fall- Sept 8th, 2013 Arts Music and Antiques Festival-


*Additional information and complete schedule of upcoming events in the Glasstown Arts District can be found at
Ivy Chaya Wilson
106 East Pine Street
Millville, NJ 08332

Opportunities & News for Artists and Members at the MEDFORD ARTS CENTER



Receiving of your work On Thursday, March 28 & Monday, April 1, 4-7 (both days)

Exhibition dates April 5- May 5, 2012

Award Reception, Sunday, April 12, 2-5 PM

 THIRD FRIDAY (every month) at the MAC are  “ARTIST OPEN STUDIO” Free for members, $5. Donation for non-members. Bring your supplies and work with other artists.

If you are interested in being featured at the MAC in a small group exhibit? Reply to this email.  NEW opportunity for our MEMBERS ONLY.

If you are interested in setting up a TENT at the Medford Art, Wine and Music Festival? Let me know…  I will connect you with the chair of that event, or look on our website for more info. Sunday, June 2, 2013.

For more information on these events, Contact Tracey Femiano by replying to this email or go to


Art Within Reach

Art Within Reach is putting out the Call For Artists for our Art in the Spring 2013 event happening the first weekend of June. The attached PDF file has all the information for applying. If you have issues with the attachment, the information is also available online at:

To keep in touch with ongoing updates and artist profiles, see our main facebook page.

Please pass the word to all your art friends and colleagues.

Thank you and we look forward to your application.

Art Within Reach


Earth Fair 2013

Earth Fair 2013 will return to beautiful Historic Smithville Park on Sunday, June 9, rain or shine.  Sponsored by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Earth Fair 2013 will be another great day of family fun, including entertainment, environmental displays, demonstrations, workshops and activities for the whole family as we continue to support  “sustainable green living.”

New for Earth Fair 2013 is a juried repurposed art show called Second Time Around.   The show will open in conjunction with Earth Fair on June 9 and run through the month of June in the Smithville Mansion Annex Gallery.  Attached is the prospectus in both word document and pdf.

You may be interested to know that Repurposed/Recycled Art by local students selected from the recent Teen Arts Festival will be exhibited in the Workers’ House and Gallery during the same time.  Both exhibits should complement each other.

Please share this prospectus with others.

Joyce Goldsmith

Burlington County Parks

Earth Fair Coordinator

Earth Fair 2013 will return to beautiful Historic Smithville Park

Earth Fair 2013 will return to beautiful Historic Smithville Park – prospectus


Art Ability 2012

Thank you Philadelphia Foundation, your support of artists living with disabilities is so important words can not express my feelings. DoN has made great friends through Art Ability, thank you so much to Dr. Saunders and her fantastic team.  Art Ability at Philadelphia Foundation and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. Buy art – you never know who you will be helping.

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Jed Williams, Hmm?

Jed Williams Studio, Hmmm?, oil on canvas, 30 X 30 inches, $400

Jed Williams Studio, Hmmm?, oil on canvas, 30 X 30 inches, $400

Jed Williams has refined the direction his painting has taken by working exclusively with oils. Known for his mixed media day-glo meditations, the artist has tamed his palette. Anthropomorphic faces easily appear in a jpg but in his atelier at 615 Bainbridge Street, with the sunlight streaming in the storefront window onto the large stretched swath of linen, the color story is an art experience that is nuanced and deep.

The fractured typography questions everything you know about art; rich, thick layers of oil paint speak with their own voices, echoing the question. The opalescent eyes glance sideways avoiding eye contact, clenched hands reach to  cover the strained lips, restraining the urge to ask the ultimate question: Hmm? The artist searches for the answer in color fields, reaching into the dark indigo blacks, frantic intruding tentacles vibrate with thick paint strokes of citron, olive and naples yellow to mess everything up like a magic marker. The squirmy close-lippedhead simulacra glows with the radiant golden yellows. As yellow as you can get.

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4 Towns 4 Art

4 Towns 4 Arts Open Studio Tour

4 Towns 4 Art presents an

Open Studio Tour
Saturday, April 6, 11am – 6pm 
Collingswood, Westmont, Haddonfield and Haddon Township
19 artists feature painting, fibers, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, plus demonstrations and more, in their studios located right here in our community. Locally grown art!
After the tour, join us for an Artist reception party, 6pm – 9pm at blue in Westmont — free and open to the public.

Coordinated by Jennifer Talarico, Doug Kelly and Evelyn Taylor, 4 Towns 4 Art is a celebration of visual art in the Collingswood/Haddon Township/Oaklyn/Haddonfield community. Our mission is to give local, independent artists a platform from which to share their creative process with the people who live all around them, and to encourage the financial support of those artists by presenting their work for sale directly out of their studios.

Participating Artists:
Jennifer Talarico, fibers, Haddon Township
Evelyn Taylor, jewelry, Collingswood
Eric Wolff, ceramics, Collingswood
Maria Christopher, painting, SoHa
Allison Hunt, jewelry, SoHa
Jocelynn Tice, pastels, Haddon Township
Matt Green, painting, Haddon Township
Andrea Hollander, painting on fabric, Collingswood
Fran Gallun, mixed media, SoHa
Mark Parker, illustration, Haddon Township
Patricia Walker, painting on silk, Haddonfield
Linda Figliola, leather and illustrations, Collingswood
Richard Bell, photography, SoHa
Monika Rosa, painting, SoHa
Theresa Bendzius, painting, SoHa
Stacy Douglas, mosaics, Haddon Township
Terrance Smith, illustration, Haddon Township
Bob Jackson, drawing & assemblage, Haddonfield
Phyllis Jackson, jewelry, Haddonfield
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