Monthly Archives: February 2015


Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterPop’s Not Dead, Laura Storck

    Mysterious, Group Photography Show at the Markeim Arts Center, Haddonfield NJ

Written and Photographed by Laura Storck

When I received an email last fall soliciting for pieces in the February group photography show at the Markeim Arts Center, I knew instantly without opening the message that I wanted to participate!  Since joining the annual group photography shows at the Markeim in 2008, I’ve come to enjoy the thematic challenge that curator Norm Hinsey presents each photographer. The current show theme is “Mysterious“, in which artists were faced with presenting their most inexplicable photographs:

“Images submitted should be those that the photographer considers mysterious: the subject of the image is not what it appears to be at first glance; the photograph presents a mysterious narrative; or, the image is disorienting to the viewer in a mysterious manner.”

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterEvery, Laura Storck

This challenge resulted in the culling of 50 unusual and perplexing images by more than 35 photographers. And the “Mysterious” exhibit itself pushes the envelope even further – By not having artists’ labels on the wall next to their respective pieces, viewers are charged with testing their powers of observation and deduction. As a result, this exciting photography show is both cerebrally stimulating and visually provocative. Fortunately, patrons are able to learn more about each piece and artist with a checklist that provides pertinent information for each image, artist, process, and the artist’s attribution toward the theme, if so desired.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterSteamer Trunk, Bodie, Sandra DavisMysterious, Markeim Arts CenterGrace, Patrick Rodio

What I find most fascinating about each of the artists’ works is the multitudinous points-of-view from which mystery is perceived; it certainly runs the gamut in variety, opinion, and consciousness. Interestingly, the photographers in this group show chose to express their artistry in a variety of photographic processes, ranging from traditional anthotypes to digital inkjet prints, including a hybrid of both old and new techniques.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterCrowded Crypt, Ed SnyderMysterious, Markeim Arts CenterChemo Port, Wayne Klaw

As I have a strong interest in street art, I chose to showcase 2 photographs which I find mysterious, and rightfully so, as I haven’t been able to yet determine the story or source behind the origin of the respective creators.  My rationale: Street art is far from static in the ever-changing urban landscape, and these impermanent physical works can quickly become nothing but a distant memory.  However, street art and graffiti has escaped geographic and temporal constraints through the swift capture and sharing by way of photography and the internet.  Street art can be buffed or dismantled in an instant, yet, once it’s been photographed it never truly disappears.  The short lifespan of these works hardly matters anymore, as each piece can be seen simultaneously by the masses, and in turn, may inspire other similar actions.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterAutumn Colors, Marianne LeoneMysterious, Markeim Arts CenterMysterious II, Elisabeth Bard

The photographers represented in the “Mysterious” show are: Aleja Estronza, Anne Boychuck, Anne R. Jorgensen, Anthony Malave, Bonnie Rovere, Cynthia Guerra, Daniel Anthony, Danielle Rochford, Denis Sivack, Ed Snyder, Elisabeth Bard, Ellie Wright, Gary Koenitzer, Harry Stainrook, Heather JM Siple, Joan Wheeler, John F. McAdams, Joseph Gilchrist, Laura Storck, Lionel Goodman, Lori Jo Jamieson, Maggie McCutcheon, Marianne Leone, Michael Anthony Spitz, Pat Fitzgerald, Patricia S. Worley, Patrick J. Rodio, Richard Montemurro, Ruth Haines, Samuel Vovsi, Sandra C. Davis, Sue Reehm, Susan Spitz, Valerie Williams, Vera Resnik, Wayne Klaw, Whit McGinley.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterSandra Davis with her photograph, Steamer Trunk, Bodie

Mysterious” is open to the public February 3 – February 28, 2015.

Markeim Arts Center is a nonprofit community art center founded in 1956.  Markeim offers programs for the entire family including a yearlong schedule of exhibitions, musical performances, studio classes and art camps. Now over 50 years later, the renovation of the gallery and development of expanded programs and services for artists ensures that the Markeim Arts Center will continue to fulfill its commitment to the community.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterPatrons at MysteriousMarkeim Arts Center

Norm Hinsey is a photographer as well as director of CREON Gallery in New York City. He has curated several shows at the Markeim Arts Center, including INSPIRATION, ALL NATURAL, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, and PORTRAIT.  In 2009, Norm Hinsey founded CREON, a gallery which presents a diverse and serendipitous mix of events in a Gramercy/Flat Iron hideaway location.

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterPatrons at MysteriousMarkeim Arts Center

Norm HinseyCREON Gallery 238 East 24 St, 1B New York, NY 10010 646.265.5508

Markeim Arts Center, 104 Walnut Street, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 856-429-8585

Mysterious, Markeim Arts CenterExecutive Director Liz Madden of Markeim Arts Center

Written and Photographed by Laura Storck

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High School

31st Annual High School Art ShowBoss, pastel, Tyreese Tunnell, Frankford High School, Grade 12, winner Judges Choice Philadelphia Sketch Club High School Art Show 2014

31st Annual High School Art Show at The Philadelphia Sketch Club

2015 Annual Philadelphia School District High School Student Art  Exhibition: This is a juried exhibition open to Philadelphia High School Students. Chair: Dorothy Roschen

You are cordially invited to the artists reception and awards ceremony February 22, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00pm. Philadelphia Sketch Club 235 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107.

Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday  & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00pm

“The Philadelphia Sketch Club “support[s] and nurture[s] working visual artists ” by providing studio space through our workshops program as well as by providing exhibition and networking opportunities; we support “ the appreciation of the visual arts ” by providing free public access to our exhibitions; we support “ visual arts education ” through our low cost, open enrollment workshop program; and lastly, we promote “ the historical value of the visual arts to the community ” by providing free public access to our historic collections and facility.”

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4 Towns 4 Art

4 Towns 4 Art 20154 Towns 4 Art 2015, 3rd Annual Open Studio Tour Features 27 artists, 8 South Jersey Towns Represented

Saturday, April 11, 11:00am – 5:00pm

South Jersey artists share inspirations with their neighbors 4 Towns 4 Art, founded by Haddon Township fiber artist Jennifer Talarico, presents the third annual Open Studio Tour. Eight South Jersey towns are highlighted: Barrington, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Oaklyn, and Pennsauken with 27 artists participating. Studio disciplines include painting, ceramics, fiber arts, drawing/illustration, photography, sculpture, mosaic, collage, and leather work.

“For the past two years, we have concentrated on educating the community about the ‘open studio tour’ concept,” Talarico explains. “We are now going into our third year with the momentum of name recognition, increased attendance, and strong sales. There has been a learning curve, but this community is truly embracing its artists and we couldn’t be happier.”

4 Town 4 ArtJennifer Talarico By Glenn Hudson

Painter Maria Christopher has shared her SoHA studio on the Tour, and says, “When 4 Towns 4 Art began, it kick started a conversation about art-making in this region. Each year the conversation continues and becomes richer and more interesting.”

Haddonfield artist Missy Schwartz hopes opening her studio for the second straight year will continue the back-and-forth flow of inspiration. “It is exciting for people to actually see where and how I make my art. Artists generally experience a lot of solitude, so it is fun for us to share about our process and hear creative feedback,” she says.

4 Towns 4 Art 2015

The third annual Open Studio Tour is free and open to the public. All members of the community are welcome to visit the studios on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Artists will be demonstrating, displaying, and selling their creations. A map and complete listing of artists and locations is available at

Participating Artists, 2015

Eilandarts Center 10 E. Chestnut St. Merchantville

Nicole Eiland, Sculpture, Book Arts, Mixed Media

Gabrielle Holliday, Photography

Kerry Mentzer, Mixed Media

Peter Kinney, 6531 Maple Ave. Pennsauken – Mixed Media, Photography

Eric Wolff,  300 Highland Ave. Collingswood – Pottery

Donna Maxwell, 300 Highland Ave. Collingswood – Watercolor

Evelyn Taylor Bonner, 10 W. Coulter Ave. Collingswood – Ceramics, Jewelry, Succulent Planters

Chris Bonner, 10 W. Coulter Ave. Collingswood – Ceramics, Mixed Media

Linda Figliola, 135 Lawnside Ave. Collingswood – Leather Bags, Boxes, Jewelry

Stephen Coan, 131 Lawnside Ave. Collingswood – Land Art Installation, Conceptual Images, Sculpture

Laura Rutherford Renner, 208 New Jersey Ave., Collingswood – Representational images on wood

Stacey Douglas, 7 Emerald Ave. Haddon Township – Mosaic, Painting, Clay

Jennifer Talarico,112 Cambridge Ave. Haddon Township – Handwoven and Hand Knit Clothing

Terence Smith, 28 E. Albertson Ave. Haddon Township – Works on Paper

Mark Parker, 118 Geneva Ave.  Haddon Township – Painting

SoHa Artists, 1001 White Horse Pike.  Haddon Township

Richard Bell, Photography

Christine Foster, Photography

Maria Christopher, Painting

Jocelynn Tice,  605 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township – Painting

Matthew Green, 215 E. Haddon Ave.  Oaklyn – Painting

Karla Heartsfield, 15 Tanner St. Haddonfield – Handcrafted Clothing

David Howard, 15 Tanner St. Haddonfield – Jewelry

Bob Jackson, 322 Estaugh Ave. Haddonfield – Drawing, Assemblage

Phyllis Jackson, 322 Estaugh Ave. Haddonfield – Button Necklaces

Missy Mohn-Schwartz, 440 Euclid Ave. Haddonfield – Painting

Frandy Jean, corner of E. Atlantic Ave. and Station Ave. Haddon Heights – Watercolor

Patricia Walkar, 1000 Oakwood Rd. Barrington – Paintings on Silk

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