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Intertwined

Intertwined, Mark Conti, DVAAMark Conti, Intertwined, photograph

Intertwined with Nature – an exhibition hosted @ DVAA in Gallery 1

March 7th – 28th

Photography by DVAA member Mark Conti

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 7th from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Closing Reception: Sunday, March 25th from 3:00 – 5:00pm

DVAA – 704 Catharine St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

DVAA is proud to host Intertwined with Nature, a photography exhibition by DVAA member Mark Conti. Equally drawn to natural and man-made subjects, often finding recurring forms in disparate images, the subject of Conti’s work is varied. These shared forms suggest series-based imagery which grows from common connections that inform one another and are often an unexpected discovery for Conti. The art, then, is ahead of the artist, enlightening and contributing to further growth. Selection and organization in the camera, and subsequent interpretation by the materials, creates images that invite the viewer to reexamine what is before them as if seeing it for the first time, every time.

Technical aspects of the photographic process are imperative for the production of Conti’s work. Unlike other 2D disciplines, such as painting, where composition grows stroke by stroke in an additive way, photography is an organizational activity driven by selection processes. From the early 1970’s through the mid-2000’s, Conti produced his art by using traditional black and white film, personally developing and printing his work in a traditional darkroom. This earlier manner of working informs his current use of digital imaging technologies, bringing traditional techniques to the digital exposure and printing processes.

In Conti’s words: “My goal is to organize forms and gather light in a way that allows the final image to become its own reality and, as much as possible, serve as its own source of light.”

Bio of the Artist: Mark Conti is a photographer of forests and figures, portraits and the poetry of the human figure, cityscapes and landscapes, and with each click of the camera, his depth of emotion is transferred from the lens to the printed image. Conti has experience with a wide range of photographic processes, such as gum bichromate and cyanotypes, but his current work is focused on digital imaging. He produces his own prints, as he believes strongly that this is a critical element of the overall vision of the artist.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia region, Conti studied at Juniata College and earned a degree in photography and English literature. Continuing his studies throughout his career, Mark’s education included attending photography workshops at several noted institutions including Apeiron, Peters Valley and the Art Kane/Cape May Photographic Workshops with such diverse photographers as Ralph Gibson, Art Kane, Linda Connor, George Tice, Larry Fink, Tom Carabasi and Antonin Kratochvil. From there, Conti went on to teach photography workshops at Juniata College and The Cape May Photographic Workshops.

Conti has been making fine art photographs crossing a wide range of subjects for over 30 years. From his early years at Juniata with a gallery show and valuable experience photo-editing the college yearbook, to pursuing freelance commercial work and commission portraiture throughout his career, Conti has been on a storied photographic journey in both black & white and color. A core focus of Conti’s work in his early years centered on perplexing images that presented fragmentary views of the landscape and man-made objects. This work mirrors the disorienting aspects of life and culture in the late 20th century, and the “macro” landscapes and abstract images challenge viewers to react to a fragmented view of the world and compare it to their own experience. Conti’s photography then expanded to include the human figure.

These photographs combine the earlier works’ fragmentary view of the landscape with the human form. Executed with conventional materials and special techniques using infrared film, his figure work contrasts strong landscape elements with the body, setting the figure in sharp relief from the environment – suggesting isolation while focusing attention on the body’s relationship to the land. Conti’s most recent work explores contour, texture, and color melded with the strong forms present in his earlier work. Executed with digital cameras and pigment print materials, these images combine aspects of both photography and printmaking which have expanded Conti’s boundaries.

ABOUT DVAA: MISSION: Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) provides artists with a community that fosters artistic expression and growth through our exhibitions and programs. VISION: DVAA is a supportive community of artists and creatives focused on capturing the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. A luminary artist, scientist, architect, engineer, musician and humanitarian, Da Vinci’s curiosity inspires creativity, innovation and collaboration among our membership. Like Leonardo, we ask big questions, ponder complex ideas, experiment with form and create new ways of engaging with and sharing our art.

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#POST2017

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2017THIS OCTOBER: Explore. Discover. Connect with a vibrant artist community during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

October 7: South | October 8: Northeast | October 14: Northwest | October 15: West | FROM NOON – 6:00 PM

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 11, 2017. From October 7 through October 15, 2017 the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) will present the 18th annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST)—a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a visual artist. Discover Philadelphia’s creative gems—artist studios, house galleries, maker spaces and community workshops—as hundreds of artists throw open their doors and bring the artistic process front and center in twenty Philadelphia neighborhoods.

POST is a community building initiative designed to strengthen bonds within the visual artist sector, foster meaningful interaction between artists and the public, and promote a greater awareness for the creative minds that make Philadelphia a vibrant place to live, work, and visit. New this year, POST is four distinct quadrants: South, Northeast, Northwest and West. The program spotlights the vitality of each neighborhood’s visual arts scene and underscores the important contributions artists make to our city’s economy and civic life.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2017Lucas Kelly by Matthew Bender

Great for all ages, POST makes connecting with local artists easy in an approachable and easy-to-navigate, self-guided tour over two consecutive weekends. The program provides attendees with a rare glimpse at the creative process through open studio visits, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, artist discussions, receptions, guided tours, and featured exhibitions. No other open studio event in the region provides a rich and diverse cultural experience to the public, free of charge.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours is made possible with generous support from Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, myCIO Wealth Partners, LLC, Reed Smith LLP, University of Pennsylvania and 40ST Artist-in-Residence Program. Additional support is provided by Brandywine Realty Trust, Stifel, MJB Wealth Management, The William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Independence Foundation. Promotional support is provided by Fireball Printing, HeavyBubble, Metro Philadelphia, ici, and Design Philadelphia.

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

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Featured Exhibitions and Events

Comprehensive festival information is available at philaopenstudios.org, the best source for the most up-to-date details about participating artists, venue locations, and events. Audiences can search POST participants alphabetically by last name, geographically by neighborhood, and thematically by type of work or media. Printed Directories are available for free at all participating POST venues starting in mid-September. CFEVA and ici are proud to offer studio visitors a free POST mobile app and smartphone guide, powered by the ici platform. Information about the mobile app and smartphone guide is online at www.icihere.com, or by following the ici User Guide, available immediately after download.

SOUTH

POST @HBHQ

October 7 to 8NOON to 6PM

Reception: October 86 to 8PM

Featuring Elena Bouvier, Bill Brookover, and PD Packard. @HBHQ is an exhibition, workshop, and demonstration space housed at 1241 Carpenter Studios, and curated by the artist team at Heavybubble.

1241 Carpenter St, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19147 │heavybubble.com/hbhq

Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) OPEN HOUSE

October 7NOON to 5PM

Get in the Halloween spirit early with Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA)! Enjoy an afternoon of art-making, cider-sipping and glass pumpkin patch picking all while supporting DVAA, Tyler School of Art, and CFEVA’s Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Featuring Periphery”, a group of multi-disciplinary artists whose production and conceptual queries are articulated on the outer boundaries of their material communities.
704 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 │ www.davinciartalliance.org

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2017POST Artist Katherine Fraser in her studio at 319 N. 11th St.

NORTHEAST

Over the Rainbow

August 20 to October 15
Artist Talk: October 15Noon
Featuring new work by CFEVA Fellow Mi-Kyoung Lee

ArtBox at Shirt Corner │ 259 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 │ www.cfeva.org

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

October 8 │Tour/Artist Talk: 11AM & 12:30PM Reception: 4 to 6PM
Featuring installations by Talia Greene, Lewis Colburn, Myung Gyun You, and Aislinn Pentcost-Farren with Camp Little Hope. 2017-18 Resident, Karina Puente, will be working on site.

5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114 │ www.glenfoerd.org

Old City Fest

October 811AM to 6PM

Old City Fest is a celebration of art and design, fashion and food, creativity and culture on the streets of America’s most historic square mile.

3rd and Arch St │ www.oldcitydistrict.org/oldcityfest

NORTHWEST

LandLab

October 14NOON to 6PM

A partnership between The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) and CFEVA, LandLab Residents will spend the next year engaging with SCEE’s property, conducting research, and developing creative installations that intervene with the land. Visit them during POST f to learn more about ways in which they will be working to remediate the ecological issues found in the 340-acre wooded property.

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education │ 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128 │ www.schuylkillcenter.org

Local Engagement at Awbury Arboretum
September 20 to October 209AM to 5PM
Post-POST Reception: October 196:30 to 8:30 PM

Awbury Arboretum is a historic landscape in Northwest Philadelphia that is free and open to the public 365 days a year. The parlors of the beautiful Francis Cope House will feature 2017 POST Northwest artists.
Awbury Arboretum │ One Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138 │www.awbury.org

WEST

CFEVA@Sonesta

Through December 31 │ Artist

Featuring works by: Henry Bermudez, Andrea Krupp, Robert Miller, and Dolores Poacelli.

Sonesta Hotel │1800 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 │www.sonesta.com

40ST Artist-in-Residence

October 15NOON to 6PM

A year-long studio program catering to West Philadelphia. Residents include Santiago Galeas, Khiry W. Worrell, Serena Muthi Reed, Josh Graupera, and Margaret Kearney.

4007 & 4013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 │ www.40streetair.blogspot.com

For Our Ancestors
October 9 to November 14
Artist Talk: October 15 at 2:00 PM

Featuring new photographic pop-up books by Colette Fu that “speak, mediate, express, delight and inform.” Constructing pop-ups allows Fu to combine intuitive design and technical acuity with her love of travel and curiosity about the world around her.

CFEVA │ 237 S 18 St, 3A, Philadelphia, PA 19103 │www.cfeva.org

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2017

About CFEVA

With of mission to cultivate, nurture, and advance the careers of emerging visual artists while simultaneously expanding opportunities for the public to discover and connect with art, CFEVA’s services are designed to: raise the profile of Philadelphia’s professional artists, foster artistic experimentation and innovation, and showcase how vibrant artistic communities boost cultural tourism and foster economic development. Through fellowships, residencies, educational outreach, exhibitions, professional development, and city-wide events, CFEVA provides artists with the tangible resources needed to develop viable and sustainable careers.

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Remembering

Remembering the Past, Confronting the Future

Remembering the Past, Confronting the Future at Main Line Unitarian Church Fireside Gallery January 11- February 25, 2017

(Philadelphia, PA  December, 2016) Main Line Unitarian Church, Fireside Room Gallery, 816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA 1933 presents Remembering the Past, Confronting the Future, Holocaust Art by Linda Dubin Garfield and Elsa Wachs from January 11 to February 25, 2017. The public is invited to a free artists’ reception on Sunday, January 29, 1- 3 PM.

With three shows, artists Linda Dubin Garfield and Elsa Wachs have collaborated on the theme of the Holocaust. Together and separately they explored, examined and expressed important issues through their art. In “Remembering the Past, Confronting the Future” they have combined them to make a powerful progression, sequencing history to affirming action.

Their brief, intimate peeks into the lives of those caught in the fiery Holocaust are what remembrance is all about. In these vignettes we see the threads that hold humanity together becoming the building blocks for our shared existence and hope for a better future

Here the artists have 18 works on paper and 18 fiber mixed media works.  Why 18 each? The word “chai’ translated from Hebrew to English means “life” and “18.”  Within the Jewish faith, the word “chai” possesses both numerical and symbolic meaning. The Hebrew word consists of two  letters in the alphabet: Chet and Yud. Together these letters form “chai” which signifies life and represents being alive . The artists ask the viewers to reflect on, deliberate, resolve, and hopefully pledge to help repair this world.

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Reunion

SAGE Reunion TourALL NEW WORK by David Foss, Don Kaiser, Heather Rachel Phillips, Henry Bermudez, Jon Manteau, Michelle Marcuse, Nic Coviello, Raphael Fenton-Spaid, Robert Solomon and Vincent Romaniello

SAGE REUNION TOUR

BLAM Projects Brooklyn
Opening reception: 6 to 9pm, Friday, October 7
Show runs through October 30, 2016
Hours: 11am to 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

BLAM Projects 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

The Sage Reunion Tour will bring together 10 of the original members, each showing how their work has evolved since their Philadelphia project space closed in 2009. A variety of media are planned including: painting, sculpture, photography, performance, banners and video.

About Sage Projects
In late 2008 a group of Philadelphia artists organized visits to each other’s studios. Many of the artists enjoyed the tours and other artist’s work so much that they wanted to take the group a step further.

The perfect opportunity to form a cooperative came in early 2009 when the US economy crashed leaving many small businesses in dire straits. A team of business leaders in a popular tourist area, known as South Street, put out a call asking for arts groups to occupy vacant storefronts, cost free, in the hopes of bringing life back to the area. That’s when David Foss, artist and director of DaVinci Art Alliance, and Vincent Romaniello applied for and got the green light on a 2,000 sq ft, two story, empty storefront.

During the run of Sage Projects over 250 artists, musicians, filmmakers and other artists were given the opportunity to share the space and to bring their work to a wider audience.

Performance Information
Conceptual Punk-a-Rock-a-Billy-Blues ensemble MagicCarpet ManCave will be
performing both original compositions and covers during the opening reception on Friday,
October 7, between 6-9pm during the exhibition reception.

As a mixed race artist Heather Raquel Phillips takes her experience of marginality to
create spaces for bodies using personal story telling and attempted acrobatic feats. Phillips, along with musicians Meg Widholm and Mike Woloszczuk, will be performing on Saturday, October 22, at 8pm during the Exchange Rates expo.

Contact: Vincent Romaniello   blambklyn@gmail.com   267-902-1115
Hi-resolution images of works in the show available upon request
BLAM

 
BLAM Projects 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 www.blamprojects.com
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Shadow Overcome by Memory plus No Logic in Line, Michelle Marcuse

“Part of 2016 was involved in my making work for the 39th Wind Challenge Exhibition.  My preparation was over 18 months and the show opened in September.  It will be up till November 2nd.  I exhibited with Amber Johnston and Brian Richmond.” – Michelle Marcuse

Michelle Marcus, Wind Challenge

“HOUSE Gallery 1816 has kept us busy, we have had some good shows up until June. After a summer hiatus, we are set to start up again.  POST 2016 east side….and our November show will be with Erik Ruin.   http://erikruin.com/

Henry Bermudez is off to Peru October 1st for a solo exhibition in Lima. He will spend 2 months there on research for a project. Maybe i will get to visit him in November. We will both exhibit at BLAM in Brooklyn.  It is a reunion with other SAGE artists from Philadelphia, some of them you probably know. BLAM has a counterpart gallery in Los Angeles. My images of the Challenge show were photographed by John Carlano.” – Michelle Marcuse

Thank you to Michelle Marcuse for the content of this post.

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Portraits

Mike Pavol, Da Vinci Art AlliancePortraits and Such 2​­ a solo exhibition by Mike Pavol

Da Vinci Art Alliance proudly presents our June exhibition and additional programming:

OVERVIEW

Philadelphia, PA  ­Da Vinci Art Alliancee, located at 704 Catharine Street will present Portraits and Such 2 a solo exhibition by Mike Pavol June 1st -­ June 29th. Opening reception is Wednesday June 1st 6:00 – ­9:00pm. Open gallery hours are Wednesday 6:00pm -­ 8:00pm and Saturday + Sunday 1:00pm -­ 5:00pm. In addition we will be open Friday, June 3rd from 6:00pm -­ 9:00pm.

THE EXHIBITION

The show consists of a group of representational and figurative oil paintings inspired from personal interests by South Philadelphia­ based painter Mike Pavol. The work combines mixtures of formal and intuitive devices, including the irregular grouping of panels, and incorporating unintended artifacts from the sketch into the final works.

Mike Pavol, Da Vinci Art Alliance

THE ARTIST

Mike Pavol, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, started painting as a boy. After moving to Philadelphia in 1988 he studied at PAFA and Fleisher Art Memorial. Pavol creates oil paintings in many genres, including landscape, still life, and portraiture. Working from life and other sources, Pavol creates unique images that convey the vitality and depth of the subject, and his own personal perspective. Pavol’s work has been described as “Delicately perceptive and at times experimental, these works both uphold and challenge his medium of choice, as well as his own intentions.” He currently lives with his wife and son, quite a lot of cats, and a very soulful dog.

THE PROGRAMS

The ART of Tango ­ June 9th, 7pm -­ 8pm

Join us for an evening of visual art mixed with Tango. Lesley Mitchell is a Philadelphia­ based dance teacher who has intensely studied Argentine Tango for more than a decade. A well­known visual artist, dance is also a frequent theme of her visual artwork. Through demonstrations and projections of her artwork, we will learn about the simplicity, complexity and history of Argentine Tango. Who knows, you may also learn a few steps of your own! This event is free and open to the public.

Artist Talk ­ June 15th at 6pm- ­ 7pm

­ During open gallery hours, come hear from painter Mike Pavol as he guides us through his current exhibition. Free and open to the public.

Legal issues for Artists ­ June 16th, 7pm -­ 8:30pm

­ Laura Solomon, lawyer, and Rachel Nave, Interim Director of Legal Services for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will join us for our popular monthly Third Thursday Salon. This event is free and open to the public.

Portrait of Self: Visual and Narrative ­ June 20th, 6:30pm -­ 8:30 pm

Join DVAA and First Person Arts for a mixed­media memoir workshop led by Jamie J, storyteller, writer and Executive Director of First Person Arts and Linda Dubin Garfield, printmaker/mixed media artist. All materials are included but participants are invited to bring a significant something to include in the portrait. Members of FPA or DVAA­ $10., ­ Non Members­ $12.

ABOUT Da Vinci Art Alliance

Since its inception in 1931, the mission of Da Vinci Art Alliance as a dynamic organization confidently continues to meet the growing need for community­ based arts, and cultural and educational dialogue for artists, individuals and families. Da Vinci is one of the few non­profit artist­run organizations boasting ownership of a building since 1959.

Da Vinci Art Alliance is a public, non­profit 501(c)(3) artists’ organization located in South Philadelphia. The organization was founded in 1931 to serve the needs of professional artists and artisans in the Delaware Valley. Da Vinci currently has over 140 members and is supported through membership dues, gallery/studio rentals, sales commissions, grants, and donations. It holds exhibitions of members’ and non­members’ artwork as well as special events, workshops, performances, poetry readings, and lectures, and keeps its members informed on community events, news and opportunities. The mission of the non­profit artists ­run organization is to support its members and to further community­ based arts, cultural, and educational exchanges.

To request photos, interviews and more information please contact: Jarrod Markman | Jarrod@davinciartalliance.org

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