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Out of the Box, Open Juried Art Show at The Plastic Club

Out of the Box, Open Juried Art Show at The Plastic Club

UNLEASH YOUR INNER CREATIVE BEAST AT THE PLASTIC CLUB

The Plastic Club is inviting artists to break new creative ground for the club’s next juried art exhibition. The February show will feature the theme of ‘Out of the Box‘ – highlighting ‘work related to the notion of invention and inspiration’. The exhibition will run from February 5th to February 23rd, with an opening party on Sunday, February 5 from 2 PM to 5 PM.

The prospectus explains that the subject may be ‘personal, political, scientific, or otherwise’. Submitted work may also be ‘a piece that is itself an experiment, new subject matter, or new medium for you as an artist’.

“Some example ideas,” the prospectus explains, would be “a piece that represents a new direction in your practice or features a material or medium that is new for you; a portrait of an inventor or innovative thinker; a depiction of an inspirational place, event, or historical turning point; subject matter about a break in convention; an illustrative or abstract response to any of these concepts.”

The show’s prospectus is downloadable from The Plastic Club‘s website, www.plasticclub.org.

The show’s juror will be interdisciplinary artist Jacob Rivkin, a teacher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a member of Philadelphia’s OOF Collective, an animation collective.

Jacob Rivkin Bio

“I am an interdisciplinary artist living in Philadelphia, PA. I currently teach Fine Art courses in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. I am currently a member of the OOF Collective. I received my MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and BA from Vassar College in 2007. My animations and sculptures focus on understanding how, and if, environments and its geological qualities imbue sentiment and distinct character to its inhabitants.

My animation work has screened at the Animation Block Party in Brooklyn, NY, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA, and the Peephole Cinema in San Francisco. My sculptures have been exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC, The Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Philadelphia, PA, the Arlington Art Center in Arlington, VA and Julius Caesar Gallery in Chicago, IL. Awards include the Juror’s Prize at the 25th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Juried Exhibition in 2012, a Fulbright Grant in 2008 to study Chinese traditional landscape painting in Hangzhou, China, and the Weitzel Barber Art Travel Prize in 2006 to study Buddhist sculpture practices in Western China. In 2014 I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Hacktory in Philadelphia. My studio is located at the Queen Memorial Work Studios in Grays Ferry.” – Jacob Rivkin

The Plastic Club, located on quaint Camac Street, the Avenue of the Artists, was founded in 1897 to promote the visual (plastic) arts. Although initially formed as a women’s group, membership was expanded to include men in 1991. The Plastic Club has over 200 members from the Philadelphia area, long-distance members hail from three continents.

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Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2016THIS OCTOBER: Explore. Discover. Enjoy.

Philadelphia’s Vibrant Visual Arts Community

Discover Philadelphia’s visual arts community this October with the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a free citywide arts festival Oct 8 – 9 and Oct 22 – 23 #POSTPHL

 Explore open studios and art experiences in every Philly neighborhood this October with the Phl Open Studio Tours #POSTPHL www.philaopenstudios.org

Starting October 8, 2016 The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) is pleased to present the 17th Annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. As Philadelphia’s premier fall visual arts festival, the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) presents a behind-the-scenes glimpse of visual artists at work through self-guided tours of artist studios and creative workspaces, hands-on workshops, gallery exhibitions, demonstrations, artist talks, special receptions, and more. Great for all ages, POST is the most comprehensive tour of artist studios in the region. For complete program information, including a list of more than 200 participating artists and community partners, neighborhood maps, artwork and studio images, and a detailed schedule of events, visit philaopenstudios.org.

Featured Exhibition Series

CFEVA and POST are pleased to feature several noteworthy exhibitions and events in all corners of the city, springing from ongoing collaborations with commercial galleries, local businesses, fellow arts organizations, educational institutions, and non-traditional studio spaces. Of the many corollary programs taking place throughout October, POST is proud to announce its 2016 Featured Exhibitions:

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2016, Nick Cassway Above the Sounds of Ideologies ClashingNick Cassway

Above the Sounds of Ideologies Clashing

An exhibition of work by Nick Cassway, the Antonia W. Hamilton Fellow

October 8th – November 10th, 2016

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

Opening Reception: October 13, 5 – 7pm

Open during POST West and POST East, noon – 6pm

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S. 18th Street, Suite 3A, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Nick Cassway merges a fine arts practice with commercial design, iconography, and illustration to create vibrant works with bold and impactful imagery. Coinciding with POST, “Above the Sounds of Ideologies Clashing” will transform CFEVA’s gallery into an immersive room-sized installation. Inspired by the story of Johannes Kelpius, the Hermit of the Wissahickon, Cassway’s custom designed wall coverings explore systems of belief through an evolving scene of an encounter between a believer and a skeptic.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2016, Kelly KozmaDance Magic Dance, Jump Magic Jump by Kelly Kozma

CFEVA@Sonesta

An Exhibition Highlighting Five Philadelphia Artists

January 15th – December 15th, 2016

Open during POST West and POST East, On view 24 hours

Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Grab some food and drinks at the Sonesta Hotel’s Art Bar and see CFEVA@Sonesta: Highlighting Five Philadelphia Artists. This exhibition features work by: Kelly Kozma, Brienne RosnerKristin Schattenfield-Rein, Amy Stevens, Michael Yoder.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2016, Kristen Schattenfield-ReinKristin Schattenfield-Rein

 ArtBox at Shirt Corner

An exhibition of work by Kristin Schattenfield-Rein

August 1st – October 14th, 2016, Open during POST West

ArtBox @ Shirt Corner, 259 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Kristin Schattenfield-Rein’s paintings utilize various mediums (epoxy resin, glass, sand, graphite flake and silvered tar) to produce a layered, reticulative effect. Rein’s current work adheres, just barely, to the convention of wall hangings—they creep past their edges to become sculptural and suggestive of something beyond the obvious. Kristin’s work is on view in the Art Box street level window gallery located in Old City on the north side of Market Street just east of 3rd Street.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2016, Rob MillerAerospatial 14Rob Miller

POST—Philadelphia Artists in the Community

An Art Gallery at City Hall exhibition

October 10th – November 10th 2016, Monday – Friday, 10am–4pm

Art Gallery at City Hall, City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts,

Culture and the Creative Economy, City Hall, Room 116, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Celebrating the diversity of Philadelphia neighborhoods and the artisans that thrive within, “POST—Philadelphia Artists in the Community” will showcase works by selected POST participants in City Hall during the month of October. The exhibition will be organized by neighborhood, demonstrating the uniqueness and strength of our city’s artistic community.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2016, Ben VoltaPattern Process, Ben Volta

Ben Volta: Pattern Process

A Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibition

September 21st – November 20, 2016, Open during POST West and POST East

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am–5pm, Wednesday 10am—9pm, Saturday—Sunday, 11am –5pm

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Alumni Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

118-128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

www.pafa.org

Ben Volta (Certificate ‘02) creates intricate public murals and sculptures, working at the intersection of education, restorative justice, and urban planning. His practice stands on the belief that art can be a catalyst for change, within individuals as well as the institutional structures that surround them.

His exhibition in the Alumni Gallery at PAFA will draw from multiple projects created with students and recently incarcerated youth throughout the city. These projects use a collaborative drawing process to generate complex wholes that are more than the sum of their parts.

Thank you to Julia Fox of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), a program of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists for the content of this post.

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"Mixed Media", The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, Media Arts Council

“Mixed Media”, The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, Media Arts Council

The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, “Mixed Media” at Media Arts Council through August 28th, 2016. Artist reception August 13th, 4:00 – 7:00. Gallery hours Thursday, Friday & Saturday 4:00 – 7:00.

Featuring the work of Philadelphia Dumpster Divers: Betsy Alexander, Joel Spivak,Diane Keller, Joanne Hoffman, Dan Enright, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee, Sara Benowitz, Kim Alsbrooks, Carol Cole, Susan Richards, Eva Preston, Ann Keech, Alden Cole, Taji Nahl, Gretchen Altabef, Neil Benson, Burnell Yow!, Ted Warchal & I. George Bilyk.

Media Arts Council – What does M.A.C. really do? Our work is organized into several committees made up of dedicated volunteers who bring their skills and enthusiasm to their teams. We have a lot on our plates, but recognize that we’re in it for the camaraderie too. We’re always looking for new volunteers, so please let us know if you’re interested in learning more about our committees.

Media Arts Council 609 W State St, Media PA 19063

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Manayunk

25th Annual Manayunk Arts FestivalPHILADELPHIA, PA: Manayunk is getting ready to celebrate a milestone. The annual Manayunk Arts Festival will celebrate 25 years of being the region’s largest outdoor juried arts festival. On Saturday June 21st and Sunday June 22nd tradition will continue as 300 artists from across the country showcase their work along historic Main Street.

To kick off the festival weekend, Manayunk will welcome the Summer Solstice with the Manayunk Solstice Fire starting at 5pm on Friday June 20th along the historic Manayunk canal with activities for all ages including an animal show, dance performances, and the lighting of 12 floating bonfires to celebrate the solstice.

The main event, the Manayunk Arts Festival, which is organized and operated annually by the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC) and Manayunk.com, is free to the public and will feature artists from seven different disciplines including fiber, glass & ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, painting & drawing, photography, and wood & sculpture. Visitors can also enjoy food and beverages from Manayunk’s acclaimed restaurants and cool off by shopping at Manayunk’s unique boutiques and stores. The festival will run on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm.

For Jane Lipton, MDC’s Executive Director who was a volunteer at the very first Manayunk Arts Festival in 1990 , the evolution of the festival over a quarter of a century has been remarkable.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years already, but here we are and it’s fantastic,” said Lipton. “I honestly don’t know how, but every year the quality and uniqueness of the artwork gets better and better. I feel it’s a testament to the growing art scene in Manayunk, Philadelphia, and beyond. Our jurors were extremely impressed with the artistic breadth of this year’s submissions and more than 200,000 festival goers will soon find out why.”

Part of the magic of the show is the combination of returning artists mixed with young new emerging artists. Festival goers will see work exhibited by artists who have done the show since it first began in 1990 – and work from artist as young as 19 who are participating in their first festival. Juried in since the very first year is New York based wearable artist Ossie Rioux, Manayunk based Rachel Isaac and photographer Jim Spillane.

For the third year, local and budding talent will be featured in the Emerging Artist Tent located at the intersection of Main Street and Roxborough Ave. 30 artists will display their work in the tent throughout the weekend. One of those artists is Jared Oriel, a local artist who just completed his first year of college at the Pratt Institute.

FESTIVAL PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION SHUTTLE

Round-trip shuttle service is available for just $3 per person. Proceeds benefit the North Light Community Center. Free

Shuttle Parking is available at the following locations:

  •  555 City Avenue on Presidential Blvd. in Bala Cynwyd
  •  Ivy Ridge Train Station on Umbria Street

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (www.septa.org)

  • Train: A 15-minute ride from Center city via the Manayunk Norristown Regional Rain Line to the Manayunk Station.
  • Bus: Take the #61 bus route from Center City to Main Street.

For more information on the Manayunk Arts Festival, please call 215-482-9565 or visit www.manayunk.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Shannon Geddes, Manayunk Development Corporation Public Relations and Events Coordinator sgeddes@manayunk.org or 267-270-3077

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Flora + Fauna, Wendy Wolf at 161 West Gallery

Wendy Wolf, 161 West Gallery

Wendy Wolf161 West GalleryFlora + Fauna, 161 West Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia

“Because it’s all collaborative, they sort of all come back and help out after they do their show. Which is cool. Wendy was really excited to do wheat paste before her show. And she said she’ll come back and do more because she loved it.”

There is a large elaborate white wheat pasted paper design, fluid, almost floral, pasted to the front of the gallery. Jessica Murphy, 161 West Gallery owner, took DoN on a tour of the developing arts center, there’s a large interior courtyard perfect for parties, picnics, music and art installations. The walls are already becoming mural-ized with plans for more color to come this Spring. 161 West Gallery has been located at 161 West Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, since July, 2012.

“The building took a lot to get ready, to clean and paint. That took about two months. The current show will be up the whole month of March. There’s a show the 16th and then do special appointments.” – Jessica Murphy

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