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Burgundian

Old Masters Now, PMASaint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, 1430‑1432. Jan van Eyck, Netherlandish (active Bruges). Oil on vellum on panel, 5 x 5 3/4 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art, John G. Johnson Collection, 1917.

A Guided Tour of Philadelphia in the Year 1430

by DoN Brewer

Party like it’s 1430! Art is a time capsule, and a lens on society, join me on a tour of Philadelphia to experience life like a Burgundian. Philly was a forest but in the year 1430, at the apex of the Late Middle Ages in Europe. In a country called Burgundy that once existed between France and Spain, a region that was a magnet for artists, there was ground-breaking innovation in technology in the arts.

Just like young artists do today, moving to cities, attending great art schools like The University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, seeking to achieve their creative and career goals, artists in 1430 would have become apprentices and joined guilds; the arts in Burgundy were already well established in the royal courts,  King Philip the Good inherited a well oiled arts department including sculpture and painting studios. Jan van Eyck was the duke’s personal friend and confidant, the story of his diplomatic trips to court the Queens of Europe, like a swipe right/left app, to consolidate power and find romance with art is really a trip.

Let us take a look around Philadelphia to find the influences of Burgundian life from the year 1430. In the three paintings I analyzed for A Guided Tour of Philadelphia in the Year 1430, there are architectural elements that resemble buildings we inhabit like Philadelphia City Hall with it’s French Gothic courtyard, grand steeples, turrets and towers of churches along Christian Street, and The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral with glorious stained glass and vaulted ornate ceiling.

Weaving was the major economic force in the cities of Burgundy, trade of wool into textile the fabric of society, which we take for granted now with fast fashion. Weaving is still present in the arts today in Philadelphia, especially social practice artists like Kathryn Pannepacker, Lisa Kelley and Leslie Sudock.

Leslie Sudock is the instructor at Ready to Hand SOARI Philadelphia and she is a master weaver. Through her arts practice she connects Philadelphian empathy, sanctuary, and wealth of knowledge to the community.

“I have introduced SAORI weaving to public school children in the Philadelphia recreation system, to homeless and physically-challenged neighbors in churches, shelters and health facilities, and to the general community through my participation in Arts Street Textiles: handmade with the homeless.  My own excitement at discovering SAORI continues undiminished, and I love enabling others to experience the peace, pleasure and freedom to be found in weaving SAORI-way.” – Leslie Sudock

Kathryn Pannepacker and Lisa Kelley thread the needle of the opioid crisis in Kensington with weaving and textile design classes. As a mural artist, she has used weaving as the central idea and main communicative device to connect concepts of reality to the wider community. Just as master weavers of Burgundy portrayed the economic status of the royal houses to the world, Kathryn Pannepacker and Lisa Kelly, by using weaving and textile, exposes the empathic thread of the economy that is now shredded and how through the economics of creating art stimulates healing in the community.

Kensington Storefront is a new Porch Light community space at 2774 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia. It’s a place to make art and connect to health resources in your community.

We believe that hands-on art-making provides a pathway for individual and community healing. This new Porch Light space at 2774 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, is a place for creating art and connecting to resources to live a better, healthier life.

Porch Light is an initiative of Mural Arts and Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health in partnership with NKCDC, Impact Services Corporationand Prevention Point Philadelphia—along with many other community members and organizations.

GET INVOLVED
— Apply to use the space!
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LEARN MORE
— Strengthening community wellness through public art: https://www.muralarts.org/program/porch-light/
— Southeast by Southeast–another Porchlight project in Philly: https://www.facebook.com/PRMHCSEbySE/

There are many Philadelphia artists comparable to the traditions of arts and painting that we see in the transformative era of the Late Middle Ages. The artist and teacher Katya Held, an accomplished portrait artist who studied with the master Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati recently sent me a link to miniature paintings by artist Ludmila BognychevaMiniatures were the main source of communications through illustrated manuscripts and devotional objects and alter pieces in 1430. Being able to communicate an abundance of information distinctly with minimal data is an art that transcends technology from weaving to painting to writing; a correlation can be made between the the technological breakthrough of oil painting on economic growth with the growth of the internet, the world wide web.

Fashion and fine textiles are a part of everyday life now, but some artisans make fibre, jewelry, and design speak in a modern language. In Burgundian times status was announced with wardrobe, today high fashion is available at the consumer level. To differentiate from the masses one must choose wisely to stand out in the crowd. Philadelphia fashion designer Diane Litten creates multi-useful fashions that are transformable, jewelry made with coils and magnets, and stretch wacky hats with fibrous dreads.

In our art tour stop at the Jan van Eyck painting, I mentioned the portrait of Queen Isabella of Portugal‘s style and beauty, fashion and physique, and the spatial illusion in the composition. It was really important that the picture accurately portrayed the Queen, Jan van Eyck lived in Portugal for months to make the portrait; a prototype dating app. It’s not hard to imagine the luxuriousness of the lifestyle in Spain, like Burgundy there were fabulous textiles, furs, lace, the best of everything.

Fine foods Jan van Eyck would have eaten on his grand diplomatic trip are available in Philly, the royal houses were great consumers of meat, imagine the feasts in the high castles by visiting a Brazilian steak house. Roasted meats served on swords, carved at the table connects over space and time through the recipes from the the wedding feast of Philip the Good to Queen Isabella of Portugal, at the change of the decade 1430 in a land called Burgundy.

Music! Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

“Piffaro delights audiences with highly polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its ever-expanding instrumentarium includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion — all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period.”

 

Link to A Guided Tour of Philadelphia in the Year 1430

Link to Robert Campin, Christ and the Virgin

Link to Jan van Eyck art tour blog post – click here.

Link to Blasco de Grañén art tour blog post – click here.

Link to Old Master Now at Philadelphia Museum of Art press release on DoNArTNeWs

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Look?

How do I look? DVAACharles Demuth, Turkish Bath, 1916

How do I Look?
Shifting Representations of Queer Identities
January 18th – 29th, 2017

This call is open to LGBTQ artists working in all mediums.
Work submitted must address personal, private, and public perceptions of the queer self and may also reflect on how these have historically changed over time. We are excited to have juror Craig Bruns, artist and Chief Curator at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia as the juror for the show.

Deadline to submit is Saturday, January 7th, 2017, mid-night 
Submissions coming in after the deadline will not be accepted.
Notification of Acceptance Thursday, January 8th 2017

  • APPLICATION FEE IS $20 FOR MEMBERS AND $30 FOR NON-MEMBERS.  FEE COVERS MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS WHICH ARE ENCOURAGED.
  • SMALL WORKS ENCOURAGED GIVEN POTENTIAL LIMITS OF GALLERY SPACE.
  • DIGITAL WORK ACCEPTED INCLUDING VIDEO.
  • NO PERFORMANCE ART SUBMISSIONS GIVEN LIMITS OF GALLERY SPACE.
  • ONLINE APPLICATION ONLY.

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In the body of an email: Please include: For each jpeg- Artist’s Name, phone number, title, size, medium, price, and a short description of how the work fits into the exhibition ‘s theme. Number this info to match your images. All Jpegs should be 72 dpi and 2500 pixels max on longest dimension.

  • Identify each slide as follows: 1_full_name.jpeg
  • Email to: • armandoelduende@gmail.com with the title of the email: How Do I Look submission.
  • You will be notified after the jury selection process for drop off dates.VIEW FULL PROSPECTUS and SUBMIT by visiting: www.davinciartalliance.org*How do I Look is a Casa De Duende production

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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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156th

156th Anniversary Gala, Philadelphia Sketch Club

Dear Philadelphia Sketch Club Members & Friends:

The Philadelphia Sketch Club will be hosting its 156th Anniversary Gala on October 15, 2016, and will be honoring three of the nationʼs top artists. The Gala will feature a live art auction, silent auction, hors dʼoeuvres and dinner buffet, cocktails, and music. Black tie, business or creative attire are acceptable. The Gala brings together our members, patrons, supporters, friends, sponsors, neighbors as well as businesses like you, for an evening of celebration to support the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

We invite you to help us make the 2016 Gala a smashing success by participating in our event. By doing so, you will be able to contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhood by supporting our local cultural community and target new customers.

You can participate by:

• MAKING A DONATION TO THE SILENT AUCTION and/or

• ADVERTISING IN THE PROGRAM BOOK and/or

• BECOMING A SPONSOR (at the $1000 or higher level)

Founded in 1860 the Philadelphia Sketch Club is the oldest artists club in America. We have more than 275 members, young and venerable, accomplished and burgeoning artists, as well as dedicated volunteers, and patrons of the arts that come to our historic headquarters to draw, paint, print, socialize, and support the arts. By supporting the 2016 Gala, you will help us grow our educational programs, workshops and community outreach. Your contribution will enrich the cultural profile of the Club and artistic community.

Please visit www.sketchclub.org for more information and instructions on how to join our effort, or call me at 267-664- 2434. You can also email any questions to bpatterson2045@comcast.net. Iʼll be pleased to help you with any of the information for the benefits outlined in the enclosures. Thank you for your participation in, and support of thePhiladelphia Sketch Club‘s 156th Anniversary Gala.

The Philadelphia Sketch Club will be hosting its 156th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 15, 2016. One of the highlights of the event is that we will be honoring three of the nation’s top artists, Jan Baltzell, Eileen Goodman and Cindi Ettinger. We will be presenting each with the Philadelphia Sketch Club Medal for their significant achievements in the visual arts. This will be a fun and highly visible event. It will bring together our members, patrons, supporters, friends, sponsors and neighbors. It will feature a live art auction, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, cocktails and music. It is critical that this event be a success as it is a significant fund raising vehicle for the Club.

As a member or friend of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, you can make our event a success by putting some thought into how you can help with this effort. You can participate by:

• Purchasing tickets for you and a guest(s).

• Encouraging you friends to purchase tickets and attend. Ticket may be purchased on our website (sketchclub.org) or you can give us their names and addresses and we will make sure they are sent an invitation.

• Contact a friend or business that may donate an item to our silent auction. Donors of silent auction items will be recognized in our program booklet.

• Contact an individual or business that would place an ad in our program booklet.

• Contribute an additional donation to the Gala fund. Any support of $1,000 or more will get sponsor recognition in the program booklet.

We have the backing of many important members of the artistic community. Members of our Honorary Gala Committee include David R. & Holly Trostle Brigham (David is President and CEO of PAFA and Holly is an Artist); William R. Valerio, Director & CEO, Woodmere Art Museum; Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director & CEO, James A. Michener Art Museum; John & Cindy Affleck (John is President of Woodmere Art Museum‘s Board of Trustees and a second generation Philadelphia Sketch Club Member whose father, Ralph Affleck, was President of the PSC in 1951/52); Bill Scott, Artist & Member of Philadelphia Sketch Club‘s Board of Trustees; Christopher Schmidt, Artist & Director of the Schmidt Dean Gallery; Dorothy J. del Bueno, Member of Woodmere Art Museum‘s Board and Collections Committee; Sharon Ewing, Director of Gross McCleaf Gallery; Stephen Tarantal, Interim Provost and Professor Emeritus, the University of the Arts; Sally Bellet, Board Member at Woodmere Art Museum and Drexel University; Karen Lightner, Head of the Art & Literature Departments at the Free Library of Philadelphia; and David Weiss, Vice President at Freeman’s Auction, a specialist on the Antiques Roadshow and guest auctioneer for the Gala auction.

The event will be a fun affair where you can socialize with Philadelphia Sketch Club members, members of the Honorary Gala Committee and the three honorees; enjoy the food and beverages and perhaps win one of the eight or so artworks that will be part of our live auction. The auction items will be posted on our website at a later date. Your help to market this year’s Gala is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.

Best regards,

Bill Patterson, Chair, 156th Anniversary GalaPhiladelphia Sketch Club235 S. Camac St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

bpatterson2045@comcast.net

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Moments

Moments, Eli Smith, 3rd Street GalleryEli Smith, TS sit StiLL, 3rd Street Gallery

Moments, Eli Smith at 3rd Street Gallery

“I want to capture the periods when we break down and lose control; when we become what we fear and even what we hate. In these moments when we become completely vulnerable, we close in on ourselves and wish those outside do not see. My intention is to evoke empathy with what I believe is a common struggle.” – Eli Smith

Eli Smith, Moments, 3rd Street GalleryEli Smith88, 3rd Street Gallery

3rd Street Gallery, 45 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 625-0993 – Wednesday, March 30 – May 1, 2016, First Friday, April 1, 5-9pm, Artist Reception, Sunday, April 3, 1-4pm

Moments. Eli Smith, 3rd Street GalleryEli Smith, And Again,3rd Street Gallery

“I am a Philadelphia based artist, mostly working in oil paint, as well as gouache and charcoal. Much of my art is monolithic and epic in form and style, adhering to bold imagery. I want the viewer to be unable to ignore my work, I want it to grab them and not let them go until they have noticed it, even if they cannot fully appreciate it. My desire as a painter stems from my inadequacy as a social colleague.” – Eli Smith artist statement excerpt

Contact:

Eli Smith, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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About 3rd Street Gallery

Since its inception in 1978, 3rd Street Gallery has been an artist-run cooperative in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. The gallery brings together past and new generations of independent artists, who actively create new work for the gallery’s exhibitions. Splitting their time between their studios and the gallery, our member artists volunteer their efforts on the day-to-day business and logistical operations of the gallery that enables our cooperative to adapt to the ever-changing world of art.

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