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Joseph Opshinsky Here & ThereFrameWorks Studio & Gallery presents: Joseph Opshinsky Here & There

October 10 – November 28, 2015. Opening Reception: Saturday, October 10, 2015: 5-8 P.M.

On display beginning October 10th, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery proudly presents Here & There, a solo exhibition featuring twelve new cut-paper collages by Joseph Opshinsky. From the artist who created last spring’s popular Philadelphia A to Z series, Here & There showcases large-scale collages inspired by two Pennsylvania cities significant in the artist’s life – Scranton and Philadelphia.

The exhibition runs October 10 to November 28 with an artist’s opening reception on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception at FrameWorks Studio & Gallery are FREE and open to the public. Through Here & ThereJoseph Opshinsky invites the viewer to explore the two locales through the eyes of one who has called both cities, “home”. Though connected to each city, Opshinsky’s depictions juxtapose the observations of a native resident, intimately tied to the region’s heritage, to that of a transplanted inhabitant – observing and creating history anew.

In Here & ThereJoseph Opshinsky demonstrates an evolution of his unique medium, cut paper collage, elevating his craft with the increased intricacy and delicacy. The vibrant color palette further enhances the divergent perspectives. In the Scranton works, Opshinsky’s palette – a stark contrast from the traditionally muted colors of post-industrial representations – challenges the viewer to discover the unexpected beauty in forgotten or overlooked settings. In contrast, the bold assemblage of cut paper revealing Philadelphia’s most iconic landscapes offers the historic landmarks a renewed vibrancy, created by fresh perspective.

Joseph Opshinsky’s award-winning work has been selected for regional exhibitions at galleries, including the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Savery Gallery, Roberson Museum, and GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, since 2004. Most recently, Opshinsky’s small scale cut-paper collage series, Philadelphia A-Z, was featured in a joint exhibition with Philadelphia-artist, Mark Price at FrameWorks Studio & Gallery. In addition, Opshinsky has completed seven public murals for the City of Scranton. Opshinsky is a fine arts graduate of The University of the Arts and Keystone College.

FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, serving the Philadelphia community since 2008, is located at 2103 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. FrameWorks Studio & Gallery is open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday by appointment. For more information on Here & There, call 215.567.6800 or visit www.JosephOpshinsky.com

Thank you to Kylie P. Grant, UArts BFA ’03 (Painting & Drawing), Owner,FrameWorks Studio & Gallery for the content of this post.

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Bartram's Garden, DoN BrewerBartram’s Garden, DoN Brewer, oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″

My friend John Benigno asked me the other day if I had ever finished the painting I posted on Instagram? I think it’s done. Painting plein air with the Philadelphia Art Meetup Group ignites an energy in me that had been dormant. Going into the field, with the security of friends, to paint the natural world stimulates creativity through performance. It’s like being in a play and everyone is making up their own parts. Sometimes there is participation from the audience like a dog-walker with questions or a passing car horn honk.

Posting progress of the painting on Instagram and facebook is also a kind of performance art with the satisfaction of ‘likes’ and comments. The act of painting is as scientific and technological as computing, it’s hard work and experience to learn the combinations. You really need to know your codes to get results and with painting it’s about emulsions.

When I’m outdoors I use Liquin medium to thin the oils, the result is a nice soft texture with a bit of transparency. In a home studio, though, the fumes are too much. I learned about Gamblin Galkyd Lite at Plaza Artist Material Hands On Creativity event this past Summer. Using the Gamblin Galkyd Lite medium indoors to finish the painting from a photograph was not as smelly but you still need good ventilation. The finish was nice and slippery, the paint layered and stayed in place, and the drying was faster with time to work wet on wet.

Bartram's Garden, DoN BrewerBartram’s Garden, DoN Brewer, Philadelphia Art Meetup Group

Thank you to Bartram’s Garden for being such a welcoming host for artists to work in a beautiful, safe and accommodating environment. Thank you to Philadelphia Art Meetup Group for their support and encouragement for painters to gather together and make art. Thanks to Plaza Artist Material for the demo and free stuff, the education and fine materials you provided pushed me to paint. Thank you to my followers who continue to show interest in my work, provide support and encouragement for me to be an artist.

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Plaza

Plaza Artist MaterialsPlaza Artist Materials, Hands on Creativity, Encaustics

Plaza Artist Materials, Hands on Creativity event brought together Philly art experts with high quality art materials for a weekend of fun, education and creativity in the well stocked art supply store on Chestnut Street. As I moved from table to table chatting with presenters I learned about encaustics, oil paints, acrylics, colored pencils, fabric dye and more. Store manager Suzanne Knodle introduced me to the Plaza Artist Materials President/owner Eric Zelenko and we talked about the business of selling art supplies.

“We have thirteen stores in six states. It’s an interesting story how we came to Philadelphia. People really don’t know that much about us, so, what we want to be able to do is let people know that there are additional options for people who are creating art. The Hands on Creativity event is typical of the things we want to do, so that people can come in and play with the stuff. Because artists like to explore and experiment.”

Plaza Artist MaterialsPlaza Artist Materials, Hands on Creativity, Faber Color Pencils

The market for art supplies in Philly has changed a lot. Pearl disappeared, I used to spend at least $100. every time I went in there, I don’t know how they decided to close. Utrecht is gone and there’s no parking near Blick’s.

“You know, the way I look at it, our job is to do the best we can do. And take as much feedback from customers as we can and if that means adding product or helping them understand how to use it, that’s what we’ll do. Every person we have working here is an artist.”

Your store is in a great location, the neighborhood in West Philly is becoming the arts destination that it deserves to be.

“It’s really interesting because, as you can see, Drexel and Penn are in a massive building zone and there are all these neighborhoods around where a lot of students live. The hope is, and the schools are committed, too, to bringing people back into the city so that this doesn’t turn into sort of a ghost town. And so these neighborhoods are becoming populated with great people. Philly is a great city, it’s a funny place, I’m from New York originally and I live in D.C. now, but Philly is a city that people really love and can live in, it’s really vibrant. Not like other cities that don’t really know what they want to be. To me, Philly is very vibrant and people really live in their neighborhoods.”

Plaza Artist MaterialsPlaza Artist Materials, Hands on Creativity, Liquitex acrylics

“My hope, with all the commitments that the schools are making, that this becomes a place that people want to wander around. There are lots of people on the street. I see people walking their dogs, so they must live close by.”

Just a few years ago this was not a neighborhood I would wander around in.

“I know, I remember when I was in college, I had some friends here, and people would say this was a terrible neighborhood. And look at it now, right?”

What are your future plans for this location?

“We’ve been here just a little over a year, we just passed the year mark. I think we’re settling in and I think it’s about making as many connections to the artist community as we can, introducing ourselves and supporting the artists in a variety of ways. People who create art, one of the things that has always struck me, is that if you look at great artists, people want to connect with each other.

I’m sure they’re competitive in some ways but the people who create art seem to need to commune. Hopefully, what we can do is be a place where people come together to do that. By the way, we have all these bare walls and we want to invite people to exhibit their work. We’ve done some things with Drexel, but that’s something we will be doing more of.” – Plaza Artist Materials President/owner Eric Zelenko

Plaza Artist MaterialsPlaza Artist Materials, Hands on Creativity

Thanks Plaza Artist Materials for all the great swag! I took home oils and solvents from Gamblin, acrylics from Liquitex, Canson pastel paper, Rembrandt pastel sampler, 1980 oils and loads of informative materials. The presenters really took time to educate me on the benefits of the products they demonstrated and possible hazards to avoid. I did not know that you should never clean your brushes with turpentine if you’re using cadmium paint because it can cause the toxins to seep into your skin.

Next time you are shopping at Plaza Artist Materials say, ‘Hi’, to store manager Suzanne for me.

Plaza Artist Materials is located at 3200 Chestnut Street, Retail E, Philadelphia, PA 19104, on the Drexel University Campus on the south side of Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets.

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Sale

Painter & Illustrator Sale, Plaza Artist MaterialsPlaza Artist Materials, 3200 Chestnut Street, Retail E,Philadelphia, PA 19104. Located on the Drexel University Campus on the south side of Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets. Phone: 215-823-6893, Fax: 215-823-6896

Special Hours for Hands on Creativity

Day Open Close
Saturday 10/18 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Sunday 10/19 11:00 am 5:00 pm

Store Hours

Day Open Close
Monday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm 5:00 pm

Parking

  • Garage parking is available in the Drexel University parking garage on 34th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets.
  • Plenty of metered parking is available on the surrounding streets.

Public Transportation

  • Amtrak or Septa Regional Rail: We are 3 blocks from 30th Street Station.
  • Trolley – All Green Lines – stops at 33rd between Chestnut and Market.
  • The Market-Frankford – Blue Line – stops at 34th and Market.
  • Bus lines running to Center City run on Chestnut and from Center City run on Walnut.
  • Gold loop and Green loop bus routes loop through University City.

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Plaza Artist Materials

Hands on Creativity, Saturday and Sunday, 10/18 & 19, 2014, 11:00am – 4:00pm

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Plaza

Plaza Artist Materials, Hands On CreativityPlaza Artist Materials, Hands On Creativity, Free Art Demos, Free Samples, Door Prizes and More, Saturday and Sunday, October 18th & 19th

3200 Chestnut Street, Retail E, Philadelphia, PA 19104
We are on the Drexel University Campus on the south side of Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets.
Phone: 215-823-6893
Fax: 215-823-6896
Store Hours

Day Open Close
Monday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm 5:00 pm

Parking

  • Garage parking is available in the Drexel University parking garage on 34th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets.
  • Plenty of metered parking is available on the surrounding streets.

Public Transportation

  • Amtrak or Septa Regional Rail: We are 3 blocks from 30th Street Station.
  • Trolley – All Green Lines – stops at 33rd between Chestnut and Market.
  • The Market-Frankford – Blue Line – stops at 34th and Market.
  • Bus lines running to Center City run on Chestnut and from Center City run on Walnut.
  • Gold loop and Green loop bus routes loop through University City.

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