Approximately 75 Philadelphia Sketch Club members will showcase their talents in the Club’s 2016 Members Art Exhibition from May 13th – June 4th. Artworks will range from traditional media, such as oils and watercolor, to digital media and photography. All works are available for purchase.
A free public reception for the show will be held on Sunday, May 22nd, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Sketch Club.
An exhibition of the works of Priscilla Bell will take place in the Stewart Gallery from May 2 through 30, with a reception on May 22nd, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Sketch Club.
The Philadelphia Sketch Club is a volunteer driven organization, with local artists contributing time and resources toward its mission since 1860. Gallery hours are 1:00pm to 5:00pm Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free for the general public.
Founded in 1860, the Philadelphia Sketch Club is America’s oldest artists’ club. The mission of the Club is to support and nurture working visual artists, the appreciation of the visual arts, visual arts education, and the historical value of the visual arts community.
Rittenhouse Square, A View Aloft, John Dowell at Griesing Law
Rittenhouse Square – A View Aloftis an art exhibition at Griesing Law, LLC. This exhibition is the 12th art show at Griesing Law since 2010. The firm is dedicated to supporting the arts in Philadelphia with a rolling schedule of artist showcases all open to the public. The show focuses on images of Rittenhouse Square from very different perspectives than we experience while simply walking or driving by the park and can be viewed high atop one of Philadelphia’s most impressive skyscrapers.
Griesing Law, LLC is all women and they represent many local artists with specialties in all mediums. All proceeds from the sale of art goes directly back to the artists.
This exhibition, Rittenhouse Square – A View Aloft by photographer John Dowell captures more than just a social epicenter of Philadelphia. Looking through the trees, at the empty early morning benches, groups of people hanging out, and at the reflections in the windows shows a different perspective. John Dowell captures the splendors in the park in moments that make Rittenhouse Square feel like an interior space with four walls of architecture and trees.
Rittenhouse Square – A View Aloft runs now through August 31st, Monday Through Friday9:00AM – 5:00PM, 1717 Arch Street, Suite 3630. Anyone can attend for free by appointment by contacting Greising Law http://www.griesinglaw.com
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“A character in a Bruce Springsteen song sings, “Maybe you got a kid, maybe you got a pretty wife, the only thing that I got been bothering me my whole life.” The painter Gregory Gillespie was not that guy. He had a lot in his life including worldly success, loyal friends, a family, and an absolute genius for art. But I do think he also had something that bothered him his whole life.
I met him once when I was a drunken art student and he came to an opening of an important group show of realists that he was in at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I was in the men’s room, and looked over as I was urinating and there he was standing next to me. I yelled his name, stuck out my hand, and he shook it. He was the nicest famous artist I have ever met.
In 1977 when Gregory was only 40 years old, he had a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. In 2000, age 63, he hung himself.” – John Thornton
Life and career
“Gregory Gillespie was born in Roselle Park, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, he became a nondegree student at Cooper Union in New York. In 1959 he married Frances Cohen (1939–1998), who was also an artist, and the following year they moved to San Francisco where Gillespie studied at the San Francisco Art Institute.
In 1962 he received the first of two Fulbright-Hays grants, for travel to Italy to study the work of Masaccio. He lived and worked in Florence for two years, and in Rome for six years, studying the works of such Renaissance masters as Carpaccio, Mantegna, and Carlo Crivelli, who was a particular favorite of Gillespie. During this time he was awarded three Chester Dale Fellowships and a Louis Comfort Tiffany grant. In 1971 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1994.
He had his first solo show in 1966, at the Forum Gallery in New York. In 1970 he returned to the United States, where he settled in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. He exhibited in several Whitney Biennials, and in 1977 the Hirshhorn Museum organized a touring retrospective of his work.
Gregory Gillespie became known for meticulously painted figurative paintings, landscapes, and self portraits, often with a fantastical element. Many of his early works were made by painting over photographs cut from newspapers or magazines, transforming the scenes through photographic collage and by adding imaginary elements. In his later work he abandoned his early fascination with creating hyper-realized realistic imagery, instead focusing on a looser and more expressive style. He often combined media in an unorthodox way to create shrine-like assemblages.
He was found dead in his studio in Belchertown, Massachusetts, apparently a suicide by hanging, on April 26, 2000.” – Wikipedia