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RESIST, 12th Annual Juried ShowBrooke Jana, Pussy Hat

RESIST

Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

12th Annual Community Juried Show

In a way, RESIST, our 12th Annual Community Juried Show OPENING THIS THURSDAYis a sequel — perhaps an unfortunate one — to last summer’s HOW WOULD YOU SAVE THE WORLD? We do need some saving. Right now.

RESIST, 12th Annual Juried ShowChloe Pinero, Pose

But rather than offer ideas for evolution, the 34 artists of RESIST — 16 of them brand-new to our space — are often more closely attuned to the frequency of revolution. They tap into this energy and harness it to power their creativity.

RESIST, 12th Annual Juried ShowChloe Pinero, Titi’s House

The results just as easily can be ad hominems or odes to courage:

* We see the many faces of the demagogue who needs exposing (not exposure), painted in a JIM BIGLAN lampoon, spliced together in an ALYSE C. BERNSTEIN collage, made into the stuff of children by LANCE PAWLING and JOSH TODD, as well as…
* The heroes of the Resistence, from WOODLEY WHITE‘s recognizable leaders and CHLOÉ PIÑERO‘s resolute fighters to ALONZO TROY HUMPHREY‘s haunting figures and BOB GORCHOV‘s ultimately triumphant angel.

RESIST, 12th Annual Juried ShowChris Vecchio, RESIST #2
But if RESIST were composed merely of perceived good and evil, our show, shackled to this dichotomy, would fail to aspire or inspire. Instead our jury uncovered greater depths.
DAVID R. EVANSON adds four images from his compelling “Strange Fruit” series, which shows racial injustice and resistance in a visual language of his own invention.
BROOKE JANA makes words one of her media, inviting you to spend time inside her intricate constructions.
* Look up to take in HEATHER RAQUEL PHILLIPS and CHIARA NO‘s hangable book, which predicts a banner day for empowerment.
MONK E BURNSWELL dominates the 3D case with a measure of last resort that channels both Duchamp and Cornell.

RESIST, 12th Annual Juried ShowDavid R. Evanson, Incarceration

So can RESIST mean something apolitical? Sure it can. It always has. To wit:
ELIZABETH H. “BETTY” MACDONALD‘s cockroachs, the never-say-die warriors from the insect world,
NOA TRAVALIA‘s tangled web of foods we love…though we know we really shouldn’t, and,
CHRIS VECCHIO‘s carved “ohmage,” which returns resistance to its electrical origins.

RESIST, 12th Annual Juried ShowDavid R. Evanson, Selma

And we’re not halfway through our show. So even after you experience these works in person, you will have plenty more to discover firsthand.

RESIST, 12th Annual Juried ShowBrooke Jana, BANFIRE

And if you choose to purchase art, you will be doing more than speaking out. You will be speaking up for members of our community. 20% OF ALL SALES benefit two urgently needed nonprofit organizations in our own backyard: the WOMEN’S MEDICAL FUND (womensmedicalfund.organd SUNDAY BREAKFAST RESCUE MISSION (sundaybreakfast.org).

RESIST, 12th Annual Juried ShowLance Pawling, All the King’s Horses

Plus, as is always the case with our OPENING RECEPTIONS, there will be light hors d’oeuvres to nibble…your favorite drinks poured by none other than JODY SWEITZER, our host and curator…tunes playing on the juke…and much, much livelier conversation offline. In addition, a handful of our artists will be singled out with JURY CITATIONS, which we will announce at the Opening, roughly an hour into our party. And don’t pay too close attention to the end time; we’re sure to keep going well past 10:00.

HARD TO RESIST, RIGHT?!?

We look forward to seeing you Thursday evening!

Togo

Togo Travalia
Manager

OFF THE WALL GALLERY at Dirty Frank’s

NE Corner, 13th & Pine Streets, Philadelphia, PA  19107

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Philly’s pioneering alternative art space, since 1978.

June 4th to August 4th, 2017

Opening Reception June 8th, 7:00 – 10:00pm

Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s, 13th and Pine Streets, Philly

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Resist

RESIST, Off the Wall Gallery

RESIST

Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

12th Annual Community Juried Show

“I’m pleased to announce that Off the Wall Gallery and our jury have decided to donate a portion of the commission (not your proceeds!) of each sale to support two underfunded nonprofit organizations serving our immediate community:

WOMEN’S MEDICAL FUND (formerly the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Medical Fund)

http://www.womensmedicalfund.org

and

SUNDAY BREAKFAST RESCUE MISSION

http://www.sundaybreakfast.org

While not all of our art is politically motivated, once our show is up the call for social justice and voices against the current administration will be clear. What better way to back up our creative ideas and outspoken voices than the ensure we are expanding the safety net just a little and helping support more neighbors in need?!” – Togo Travalia

June 4th to August 4th, 2017

Opening Reception June 8th, 7:00 – 10:00pm

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Paros

I Love Paros, Off the Wall Gallery

I Love Paros!, Winter Getaway Show at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

“GETAWAY ALREADY?: While it’s the first day back for most of us, it’s also never too early to think about vacations ahead. That is exactly what our WINTER SHOW, which goes up this Saturday, will conjure in your head. On display will be the output of 10 talented artists, including several OFF THE WALL veterans, who traveled to the Greek island of PAROS last year — under the guidance and tutelage of ALICE MEYER-WALLACE – to create, celebrate life, collaborate, find inspiration and then create some more! Please mark your calendars for the OPENING RECEPTION on THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 7:00 – 10:00pm. We look forward to seeing you then and getting away — if only for a few hours…and only through the power of art!” – Togo Travalia

  • Linda Avila
  • Meri Collier
  • Anders Hansen
  • Alice Meyer-Wallace
  • Jess Perlitz
  • Ron Ploeg
  • Susan Ploeg
  • Susan Stromquist
  • Phillis Dyer Weldon
  • Rick Wright

“Paros is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies to the west of Naxos, from which it is separated by a channel about 8 kilometres (5 miles) wide. It lies approximately 150 km (93 miles) south-east of Piraeus. The Municipality of Paros includes numerous uninhabited offshore islets totaling 196.308 square kilometres (75.795 sq mi) of land. It’s nearest neighbor is the municipality of Antiparos, which lies to its southwest.

Historically, Paros was known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term “Parian” to describe marble or china of similar qualities. Today, abandoned marble quarries and mines can be found on the island, but Paros is primarily known as a popular tourist spot.” – Wikipedia

The Dirty History of Franks, in a shot glass:

  • Dirty Frank’s opened its doors as “Franks” on November 8th, 1933, and was owned by Lou Silverman.
  • Prohibition was repealed December 5th, 1933 (how did Lou know?).
  • Frank Vigderman was the second owner. Apparently due to his hygiene, the name ‘Dirty Frank’s’ was born.
  • John Segal was the third owner from 1959-1978. He tried to change the name to the ‘347 bar’ but it never really stuck. In August of 1965 Dirty Frank’s was closed for 45 days as penalty for serving minors. John took the opportunity to tear down the dividing wall between the two rooms and to build the horseshoe-shaped bar that we still have today.
  • Jay McConnell became the fourth owner from 1978 – 2011. He completely embraced and embodied the Dirty Frank’s persona.
  • The Off the Wall Gallery was launched in 1979 by by Jay with Mary Liz, Bunky Devichios, and Phil Sumpter.
  • Since 2011,  Dirty Frank’s is owned by Brad Pierce and Jody Sweitzer, two longtime employees of the “institution”.

There you have it. And, as they say, much is still to be written…

Thank you to Togo Travalia for the content of this post.

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12th Annual Juried Art Show and Sale at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

Jameir Andrews, Regina Kelly Barthmaier, Jim Biglan, Meryl Bonderow, DoN Brewer, Marlene Bugansky, David Chatfield, Anthony Coleman, e.l., Mara Elizabeth Foley, Leroy Forney, Bob Gorchov, Rich Gunning, Bayaht Ham, Ken Harris, Hokey, Arthur Hopkins, Alonzo Troy Humphrey, David Karasow, Ed Keer, Liz Krick, Elizabeth, H. MacDonald, Samantha Milich, Deborah Miller, Bill Myers, Michael Nathan, Sarah Watkins Nathan, Tri Nguyen, Megan B. Olsen, Arthur B. Ostroff, Heather Raquel Phillips, Gene Renzi, Allison Scalera, Veronika Schmude, Chuck Schultz, Ed Snyder, Al Stegeman, Carol Tashjian, Noa Travalia ,Wayne W. Urffer, Chris Vecchio, Michael Weaver, Katherine Weber, Harvey Weinreich

November 13th through December 26, 2016. Artist Reception: November 20th, 2016, 4:00 – 7:00pm. NE Corner, 13th & Pine Sts, Philadelphia PA, 19146

under2South 20th Street, oil on canvas, 11″ x 8″, 2016, $93.50, DoN Brewer

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Save

Save the World, Judy EngleJudy EngleYou’re Going to Love It Here, mixed media collage, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

How Would You Save the World? Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s,

11th Annual Community Juried Show

“Today is hanging day for HOW WOULD YOU SAVE THE WORLD?, the driving question of our 11th Annual Community Juried Show. Please come in and watch the show go up over the next 7-8 hours (though please don’t show up until we open at 11:00!). Then come back for the OPENING RECEPTION next THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7-10 PM, when about 20 of our 27 SAVE THE WORLD artists will come together to celebrate, and share, life-changing ideas. We’ll let JUDY ENGLE kick things off with a community-oriented collage. Judy’s thesis is all about “A Place to Call Home: a safe, stable, comfortable place to lay one’s head down at night and wake to each new day.” Her definition compels her to invest in her neighborhood and care about her neighbors: one small but important step in the right direction. Stay tuned — and look closely at our Wall and 3D space over the next eight weeks — for more ways to improve the world!” – Togo

How Would You Save the World?

How Would You Save the World? Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s, 11th Annual Community Juried Show, through August 5th, 2016, NE Corner 13th and Pine Streets, Philadelphia, PA

How Would You Save the World?How Would You Save the World? Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s, 11th Annual Community Juried Show

“Here are two more reasons to stop in today (starting right now!): #1) EXPERIENCE IN PERSON the exceptional 3D case, which contains the world of eight of our 27 SAVE THE WORLD artists, including two exciting discoveries: TREBS THOMPSON, who created “The Peace Bomb” lamp and bejeweled bear head, which speaks to our attitudes to some of the great species of our planet, and MARCO A. VELASQUEZ, whose “Burrowing Seed” living assemblage speaks to the end of our journeys as human beings; #2) WELCOME BACK HEATHER RAQUEL PHILLIPS, Dirty Frank’s bartender and OFF THE WALL artist, who is on her first shift back since receiving her MFA. CONGRATS, HEATHER!” – Togo”

How Would You Save the World?

It’s easy to fall into superhero jargon when you answer the question underlying our 11th Annual Community Juried Show, HOW WOULD YOU SAVE THE WORLD? But you — yes, YOU! — can be an everyday hero. More often than not, it’s the little things — volunteer or civic duty, changing old habits, sharing good advice with Facebook friends (or even in person…imagine that!), a vote purposefully cast — that make the real difference.

Here is one more way: COME TO OUR OPENING RECEPTION for SAVE THE WORLD this THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7-10 PM. You can spend time with eye-opening, perspective-shifting art and strike up meaningful conversations with our talented artists, as well as fellow art lovers. We’ll also announce JURY CITATIONS, from specific categories, to honorable mentions, to one artist who will take home BEST IN SHOW.

Plus, as always, we’ll have your favorite beverages on tap and in bottles…our curator, JODY SWEITZER, behind the bar…and light hors d’oeuvres to munch on. Which is not to say the art or conversation will be heavy. We like to think they’ll be accessible and engaging. This is exactly what should happen in a great democracy — and in a city that is welcoming America in a fortnight and hosting the DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION in seven weeks! Our Wall and 3D case are overflowing the ideas that drive to the heart of HOW TO BE THE CHANGE YOU BELIEVE IN, as Gandhi famously put it.

It’s individual change you can help bring about:

* JUDY ENGLE emphasizes community connections, while CHUCK SCHULTZ portrays a caring safety net for those without community.

* On a similar plane, ROB LYBECK bemoans the toll that “progress” and gentrification take on our city, and fellow urban photographer MATT COHEN vividly portrays both activist and activism.
* DAVID CHATFIELD paints a standard for all artists to rally to: Creativity Is Activism.

* NOA TRAVALIA says Amazon (.com, not the mighty rainforest) should have a reduced role in our lives, while GENE RENZI would have us buy nothing online — but rather just kick back and appreciate the simplest things.

* JOOP VAN DER WAGT revels in the immediacy of life, and MARCO A. VELASQUEZ reminds us of the inevitable circle each of us will traverse, returning to nature. (These are also two of our newest artists — and most distant ones: Joop is in the Netherlands and Marco in Miami.)

And this amazing juried show is also about macro-level issues that have never mattered more:

* ELIZABETH H. “BETTY” MACDONALD, a printmaker with few peers, and JESSICA BARBER and ELIZABETH STRICKER, from a younger generation of this same craft, all take up the call that better practices — personal and corporate — and a richer understanding of ecosystems will make the world a better place.
* TREBS THOMPSON directly addresses the extinction we are exacting on some of the world’s most majestic creatures.

* Then the pressing need to avoid the potential push-button finality of war take center stage for both TREBS and EMI TRAVALIA, while ceramist DOROTHY ROSCHEN chooses to simply raise the white flag — at least to half mast.
* JIM BIGLAN, whose art is more often personal in nature, adopts a riveting political tone with his new 3D and 2D work, and in the latter category, acclaimed political cartoonist JOHN JONIK offers three works, each deftly attuned to a specific issue.

And that’s just 17 of our 27 crusaders sans capes!

Said another way: a mere email cannot translate the richness of viewpoints, topics and artistic media in play. Like the process of change itself, it requires your hands-on participation.

We very much look forward to seeing you Thursday and beyond and…

Up, up and away!

Togo

Togo Travalia, Manager

OFF THE WALL GALLERY at Dirty Frank’s, NE Corner, 13th & Pine Streets, Philadelphia, PA  19107

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OPENING RECEPTION this Thursday, June 9, 7-10 PM. Who will win their accolades?

How Would You Save the World? Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s, 11th Annual Community Juried Show, through August 5th, 2016, NE Corner 13th and Pine Streets, Philadelphia, PA.

Thank you to Togo Travalia for the content of this post!

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