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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  • Prohibition was repealed December 5th, 1933 (how did Lou know?).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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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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Domenic DiStefano Memorial Works on Paper Open

Call For Entry

Reminder….Please join us for our next open juried show at the historic

The Philadelphia Sketch Club

2017 Annual Domenic DiStefano Memorial Works on Paper Exhibition

  • January 6th – 28th, 2017
  • Enter online HERE
  • See Prospectus Works on Paper Prospectus 2017
  • Entry Deadline: Sunday Dec 18, 2016 at Midnight
  • Notification: Dec 21, 2016
  • Delivery: Weds Dec 28, and Friday. Dec. 30, 2016 1-5 PM
  • Reception: Sunday Jan 15, 2017 2-4 PM where cash awards and PSC medal will be presented to the winners
  • Pickup: Jan 29 and Feb 1, 2017
  • Chair : Lauren Sweeney (ljsweeney1@verizon.net)
  • Faad Ghoraishi , PSC Exhibition Chair 

“The Sketch Club responded to the educational needs of the arts community in the early 1870’s when the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was awaiting completion of its new building and was without instructional facilities. Under the auspices of the Club, life drawing classes were conducted with Thomas Eakins as instructor. Lectures on anatomy were also delivered. When the Academy opened its new building in 1876, Eakins, an honorary member of the Club, volunteered to take over its life classes, undoubtedly utilizing his teaching experiences gained at the Sketch Club. By 1894 the Sketch Club had 400 active members, including many instructors at the Academy. Thomas P. Anshutz, who succeeded Eakins at the Academy, was President of the Club from 1910 until his untimely death in 1912. When World War I forced the world famous illustrator and etcher Joseph Pennell to leave Europe, he returned to Philadelphia and served as President of the Club in 1921.” – The Philadelphia Sketch Club

Biography Domenic DiStefano

“Domenic B. DiStefano (1924-2011)

Born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Domenic DiStefano was especially known for his marine and landscape watercolors of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. During most of his career he lived and taught in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania; but he spent his summers painting and conducting workshops in Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts.

A Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society and a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City, he was also a long-time member and past president of the Philadelphia Sketch Club and a member of the Rockport Art Association and the North Shore Art Association

Information provided by Patricia Morfesis, a family friend.” – AskArt

The Philadelphia Sketch Club

235 S. Camac Street, Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5608

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Under $100, OTWGallery

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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Nancy Neill, Untitled, Muse GalleryUntitled 5.16.2, Acrylic and oil pastel on mylar, Nancy Neill

Abstract Landscape-Inspired Paintings On Mylar

Nancy Neill “Untitled”

November 2 – 27, 2016                                                  

Artist Reception: Sunday, November 13, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Muse Gallery, 52 N. 2ND STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

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215-627-5310 

Muse Gallery is pleased to present “Untitled”, an exhibition of recent paintings by Nancy Neill.   The paintings will be on view from November 2 through 27, with a First Friday opening on November 4 from 5-8 PM and an Artist Reception on Sunday, November 13, from 2-4 PM. Gallery hours during the exhibition are Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 PM.

Nancy Neill’s body of work at Muse Gallery was mostly inspired by the New Jersey shore and the coastlines of Maine and Canada. Some paintings in the show were inspired by various bodies of water near cities. Her abstract paintings capture the feelings of these places that exist in her memory.   She does not paint from photographs.

According to painter and art professor Kassem Amoudi, “Neill’s current exhibition includes landscapes that are full of mystery. Some are black and white and some are luminous and colorful but there is always an element of surprise.”

neill2Untitled 6.16.1, Acrylic and oil pastel on mylar, Nancy Neill

Her exhibition is called “Untitled.” All of the paintings in this exhibition are named “Untitled” and identified by numbers. She wants the viewer to be transported by what they see and make each painting part of their own reality.

neill3Untitled 7.16.4, Acrylic and oil pastel on mylar, Nancy Neill

Nancy Neill uses mylar, a material that provides a fluid surface for ink, paint and the other drawing mediums she works with. The energy of the landscapes is portrayed by gestural marks and scratches. Her color palette is unorthodox for landscapes – combining strong colors with muted colors of blue and grey to create an energetic yet calm surface.

Nancy Neill has been painting for 20 years and her work has been exhibited in numerous shows throughout the region. She has won several awards and has been featured in a number of publications. Most recently her work was in a group show at West Chester University. She received her B.S. degree from Miami University of Ohio and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

neill4Untitled 4.16.10, Acrylic on mylar, Nancy Neill

“In my most recent paintings, the work is inspired by my time near the ocean and also by natural elements near an urban location.  Many of the paintings suggest water or sky. Sometimes they suggest an atmosphere of a city location.

My work is abstract, yet it captures the feeling of these places because of the lines and shapes used and the strong contrast of light and dark. The imagery in each painting is suggestive of nature and atmosphere, but it also has a sense of mystery because it’s not immediately obvious what it is. The paintings have a unique look because of how they are painted – on mylar, which gives a contemporary feel to the work and because of the color palette used. There is a significant use of strong colors that are combined with a very soft atmospheric color-palette, and there is energy from the mark making.

I paint on mylar. This plastic medium is archival and provides a fluid surface for ink, paint and other drawing mediums.    I paint with brushes and cloths but also sharp instruments to scratch into the paint to give energy to the surface.   The mylar paintings provide a serene yet energetic and saturated surface.” – Nancy Neill

Muse Gallery Mission: Established in 1978, the Muse Gallery is an artists’ cooperative dedicated to encourage and promote its members’ artistic expression through abstract, conceptual and representational forms. Reflecting an aesthetic that awakens awareness, the Muse Gallery affirms the shared experience of art between the artist and the community.

To join the Gallery: Muse Gallery is always interested in potential new members. We are often fully staffed and maintain a waiting list. Please visit our membership page.” – Muse Gallery

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