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Holiday Bazaar, ID8

IDEATE Holiday Bazaar, Art Show and Sale

IDEATE, Sherman Mills Art Center, 3502 Scotts Lane, building 16, suite 1616, East Falls, PA.

Saturday, December 17th, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Participating artists include award winners, Jameir Andrews, Tyrike Brown, Alonzo Troy Humphrey, Oranit Solomonov and musician Mel G. The IDEATErs having been preparing holiday themed gifts, greeting cards, artwork, housewares, furniture and even a new music CD for this festive open studio.

Jameir Andrews is an award winning painter, creating vibrant colorful abstract patterns on canvas. His recognizable style has gained him a strong following, if you’re a collector, now is a great opportunity to expand your collection or start a new one. Jamier’s body of work is expansive – buy several for a great art display for your home.

IDEATE Holiday Bazaar Art Sale

Tyrike Brown is a poet. The poignant emotion and sentiment his words express are printed on unique custom greeting cards with a distinct esthetic of an old soul in a youthful man. Not only does Tyrike write, he works with Illustrator to create designs that are then cut into rich papers with delightful surprises peaking through the openings.

IDEATE Holiday Bazaar Art Sale

Alonzo Troy Humphrey is currently showing work in three downtown galleries but currently his solo show, SCORE!!!, installed in the studio represents a career spanning exhibition of his drawings installed and curated by head IDEATEr Kaelynne. Alonzo’s work includes African, Southern, transportation and animal themed artworks. But his drawings of figures of the Black Cowboy, the lady in the rocking chair and African chiefs are mesmerizing. If you’re a collector now is the time to buy since everything is less than $20.! Alonzo’s greeting cards depicting happy or grumpy Santa are signed and numbered, perfect for framing. Or give them to your kids to color.

IDEATE Holiday Bazaar Art Sale

Oranit Solomonov is an award winning outsider artist who has created a series of hand colored Hanukkah cards that are very special and suitable for framing. The holiday cards are limited edition, signed and numbered and would make great gifts that your friends will cherish. Oranit has created custom decorated Mary Jane slippers that are one of a kind. Stylish prints, drawings and paintings are for sale, too.

IDEATE Holiday Bazaar Art Sale

Artwork and crafts by members of the IDEATE team will be on display, exhibiting the skills, talents and empathic abilities of the extraordinary group that makes the world of art more open and welcoming than you can imagine.

Located in Sherman Mills Art Center the team of Social Practice artists referred to as IDEATErs turn career goals into real work. The studio/office serves as a hub towards including artists with cognitive disabilities in the wider community by running an art business. The talented team helps to develop inherent artistic talents for those who want to work in the world of art. Art is a hard job, it’s not just about creating beautiful work, getting the artwork in front of the public takes a team willing to take risks and push boundaries.

“IDEATE is an inclusive employment organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed support to individuals with barriers to getting and sustaining earning opportunities. Our mission is to support our clients to identify and retain person-tailored occupations. We want to redefine “work,” one person at a time while leveling the playing field using technology. In order to support our clients in person-tailored work, our fundamental approach focuses on empowerment, choice, safety, trustworthiness, and collaboration. We seek to identify any barriers and overcome them by building inclusive employment solutions. Our practice is designed to support self-actualization and inclusion. We do this by offering support in community-based employment, including customized employment, alternative staffing, a deep-dive into technology-based accommodations and the development of formalized innovative practices wherein the individuals can cultivate natural supports especially in careers where our participants are under-represented.” – RHD

Visit IDEATE at Sherman Mills, your holidays will be happier and happier.

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Sung

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh Israel

Sung on Canvas, Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh Israel

Join us for a weekend exploring the artwork of Ms. Oranit Solomonov. Ms. Solomonov’s paintings will be on display at Mikveh Israel Synagogue September 17th and 18th.

Congregation Mikveh Israel, known as the “Synagogue of the American Revolution,” is the oldest formal congregation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the oldest continuous synagogue in the United States. – Mikveh Israel Synagogue

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh Israel

Ms. Oranit Solomonov is a self-taught artist from Tel Aviv, Israel. Ms. Solomonov’s work is colorful and vibrant expressing a variety of her interests including animals and air planes as well as expressing her strong Jewish identity. Ms. Solomonov is an uncertified co-pilot and loves to fly.

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh IsraelOranit SolomonovRabbit, linoleum cut print, $200.00

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh IsraelOranit SolomonovPolar Bearlinoleum cut print, $200.00 (click for large image)

Ms. Solomonov’s work has been featured regionally as she is an active exhibitor, nationally at the Outsider Art Fairs in St. Louis Missouri (2012) and New York City (2013) and held in a private collection internationally (Argentina, 2013). Oranit Solomonov receives employment support from IDEATE, a division of Resources for Human Development. Her newest adventure is that of a business woman. The Solomonovs would like to invite you to attend this event in support of Oranit’s newest venture.

What is Outsider Art?

Although the roots of Outsider Art can be traced back thousands of years, it is most useful to look back to its most recent precursor, art brut (Raw Art) to hear the most vital articulations of its true spirit. In his 1947 manifesto, French artist and curator Jean Dubuffet coined the term art brut as follows: “We understand by this term works produced by persons unscathed by artistic culture, where mimicry plays little or no part (contrary to the activities of intellectuals). These artists derive everything…from their own depths, and not from the conventions of classical or fashionable art.” – Outsider Art Fair

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh IsraelOranit SolomonovPeacock, dry point, $550.

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh IsraelOranit Solomonov

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh IsraelOranit SolomonovChimpanzee, drypoint print with colored pencil, $450.

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh IsraelOranit SolomonovSad Tiger, mixed media, $350.00

 Oranit Solomonov‘s collection of work will be featured alongside a concert celebrating Sephardic heritage. All inquiries about the event can be directed to Mikveh Israel Synagogue at (215) 922-5446 or info@mikvehisrael.org. Mikveh Israel is located at 44 4th North Street in Center City, Philadelphia.

Oranit Solomonov‘s work will be on sale during the Sunday viewing as well as a raffle for a work of fine art.

Oranit Solomonov at Mikveh IsraelMs. Oranit Solomonov

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PETS

PETS, Off the Wall at Dirty Franks

PETS, 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks

Written by Togo Travalia

“We celebrate our best non-human friends in so many ways: from giving them toys and treats, positive affirmation and unconditional love, to sharing their personalities, devotion, affectionate natures and playfulness with the world.

Our 11th Annual Juried Exhibition finds a new way to celebrate our pets, even as it creatively interweaves all of these ways. You know what we’re talking about…ART!

We cordially invite you to join us to welcome PETS at our OPENING RECEPTION, which takes place THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 7-10 PM. As always, we will serve light hors d’oeuvres, pour your favorite drinks, convene the company of fellow art lovers and offer the chance to meet most of the 42 artists whose AWWW-inspiring pet projects line our Wall and 3D space.

Plus, PETS has something brand-new in store: the chance to give back. Every time we sell artwork from PETS, 20% of the proceeds go to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Street Tails Animal Rescue.

Our modest philanthropy is inspired in part by the generosity of spirit that is so easy to find among the 76 works in PETS, across a wide array of media:

* You have to know that PHOTOGRAPHY — what all of us use to document our pets’ lives — has a big role. Our artists elevate the form. Exquisite silver gelatin darkroom prints from AMANDA ABRAMSON on the B&W section of our Wall (a curatorial choice by JODY SWEITZER, which is stunning), take us from Lambertville to Brooklyn to the city we have close to our hearts right now, Paris. ALEXANDRA ORGERA‘s medium-format digital print is a story waiting to be told; use your imagination! Meanwhile, TRI NGUYEN‘s housebound images show us what we should be doing with our smartphones: distilling the everyday into simple, heartfelt, magical moments.

* PAINTING encompasses a range of media: BOB GORCHOV‘s irresistible, fan-favorite acrylics; MINA SMITH‘s enchanting watercolor of dog walkers at work; ALBERT ALDINGER‘s sweet kitty portrait contrasted with BILL GROVE‘s tough alley cat; JOCELYNN TICE‘s breathtakingly photorealistic pastel of owner and pet; and CYNTHIA HARVEY‘s rendering of a cat-ism: the hours of joy that can be found in crumbled paper from a delivery box.

* We could not have custom-ordered a more skillful range of PRINTMAKING. Three different techniques are rendered with precision and heart. ELIZABETH STRICKER‘s impeccable woodblock print fills a physical yin-yang space with one curled up cat conveying Zen-like tranquility. ALYSE C. BERNSTEIN shows how printing a lithograph from marble stone can inject subtle beauty into her dog Frank taking a nap. And MARLISE M. TKACZUK, well into her second decade as one of the most popular OFF THE WALL artists, brings down the house with her adoptive feline kids and their demanding ways.

These are the major categories but it’s hardly all here. PETS has amazing range. Outliers include ELIZABETH H. MACDONALD‘s bobbin lace goldfish, joined by NOA TRAVALIA‘s abstract assembled-paper koi; CARLA LIGUORI‘s new terracotta sculpture, suggesting pet-like relationships can be forged with wild creatures; SARAH BRETT‘s stunning debut, which puts front and center a ceramic from her “hiney” body of work (we kid you not!); and the always kidding work of BOB JACKSON, whose 23 mixed media assemblages establish a record that will NEVER be broken. (Yes, all 23 were juried into this show!) Read the titles before you take in the work and you appreciate Bob’s ribald sense of humor.

That’s only 17 artists, leaving 25 I haven’t mentioned. 25! And four of these artists — Sarah, Alyse, Liz and Albert — are new to OFF THE WALL; they are joined by 10 more colleagues showing in our space for the very first time. And NINE ARTISTS will win CASH PRIZES TOTALING $550. Who? We’ll find out at the Opening Reception.

If all this doesn’t tickle your fancy, go and scratch behind the ears of your kitty or dog and think again. We can’t wait to see you. Oh, and remember to change the water bowl, maybe get in that walk and put out some fresh dry food before you come over. OR bring your dog to the opening. DIRTY FRANK’S is Philly’s ORIGINAL dog-friendly bar!

Don’t have any of these tasks on your agenda? We also offer a 20% discount on any PETS artwork if you adopt a cat or dog in November or December (a discount that can be applied retroactively, too!).

Open your arms for PETS. Open your heart to your pet.

See you Thursday evening!”

Togo

Togo Travalia
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Forward

David Gerbstadt and NoelDavid Gerbstadt and Noel the Tripod Dog, photo by Tony Babcock

David Gerbstadt has been in my circle of influence for many years through the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, the disabled artists scene and Philadelphia art galleries. Often people will ask me how to sell their art and I refer them to David’s facebook page to see how he gently pokes and prods people to buy his products. David has a way of asking for the sale that would make any sales manager proud. He offers a variety of products, he will do commissions, he up-cycles found objects, he makes gifts for kids and grownups and offers a variety of payment options. David Gerbstadt is an award-winning, prolific fine artist and author of One Breath At a Time. He’s handsome, funny, friendly and highly creative. And he died.

David was riding his bike one day and was run over by a tractor trailer truck and on the way to the hospital he flat-lined. Thank dog he was revived but he is haunted by PTSD nightmares and daytime memories that stop him in his tracks as the thoughts of being dragged under the truck invade his life. These intrusive memories don’t stop him from pursuing his art career and you would never know from his kid-friendly, optimistic artwork that he suffers almost everyday from the traumatic event that changed his life forever.

Noel the tripod dog changed his life, too, when he adopted her a few years ago and became his constant companion. The metaphor of Noel’s survival is sweet and sublime and offers us all hope that we can overcome adversity. David struggles to meet his expenses as you might well imagine. Let’s face it, even able bodied artists have a hard time making a living. But David is optimistic and every once in a while he will ask for help to meet his expenses through special offers and art sales.

David sent me this message:

“Hi DoN – i heard of the Rosa Pizza on 11th Street – $1 slice – you can
buy someone a slice who is in need. they put up a post its in place.
over 8,000 slices given away so far.

i am working on a similar idea. I am asking people to mail a check for $1 to my mortgage co.
if it can work for pizza and coffee – why not for mortgages — i posted on facebook and many people think it’s a great idea.

would you like to do a story on this?
let me know.
thank you
david.”

I think it’s a great idea! C’mon send a dollar and help David and Noel own a permanent home forever.

David Gerbstadt

Pay It Forward through the gift economy. Send $1.00 to Green Tree Payment Processing, PO Box 94710, Palatine, IL 60094-4710.  Make a payment note for: David Gerbstadt, 54 Aiken Road, Berwyn, PA, 19312. Make checks payable to Green Tree.

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On the Grid, Off the Wall Gallery

on the Grid

Tenth Annual Juried Exhibition at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

November 23 – December 27. Opening Reception: December 4th, 7:00 – 10:00pm. Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s, NE Corner, 13th & Pine, Philadelphia, PA 19107

John BaccileKyle BakerJessica BarberGlenn BengeJim Biglan, Meryl Bonderow, DoN BrewerPaula Brumbelow Burnsm, Vincent Bush, Nicole Clifford, Matt CohenJacque FerrettiLeroy ForneyJulia FoxWayne FranksRachel Glidden, Bob GorchovTed Gutswa, Robin Harrison, Robert Yong Lee, Rob LybeckStephen MillnerBill Myers, Michael Nathan, Annette Newman, Tri Nguyen, Alexandra OrgeraGene Renzi, Wendy Rush, Veronika Schmude, Chuck Schultz, Julius ScissorMina Smith-Segal, Ed SnyderLaura StorckMichael Tantaros, Jocelynn TiceNoa & Emi Travalia, Wa-oo-ba-ke, Katherine Weber, and Jaither West

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