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Marathon

Drawing Marathon. The Plastic Club

Drawing Marathon, April 23rd, The Plastic Club

Life drawing, portrait drawing and painting, short poses/croquis, still life set-ups, noir lighting, Sunday April 23rd, 10:00am – 10:00pm. $15.00 cash for come and go all day. All proceeds benefit Sunshine Arts, an artist-in-residence outreach program  encouraging neighborhood kids to learn the wonderful worlds of dance. music, literature, and art.

The Plastic Club, 245 S. Camac Street,The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
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“Since 1897, The Plastic Club has been devoted to the promotion and preservation of the visual (plastic) arts in Philadelphia. The busy gallery schedule offers several annual exhibitions for members and non-members, as well as invited artists in solo and group exhibitions. Members include well-known Philadelphia artists.

The name ” Plastic Club,” suggested by Blanche Dillaye, referred to any work of art unfinished, or in a “plastic” state. The term also refers to the changing and tactile sense of painting and sculpture.

Among the founding members of The Plastic Club were the “Red Rose Girls” — Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Elizabeth Shippen Green — outstanding artists of their time. The name was given to this group of talented women by their teacher Howard Pyle.”

Sunshine Arts41 Sunshine Road, Upper Darby PA, 19082, 610.352.7968

Ms. Sheila Modglin started Sunshine Arts at 41 Sunshine Road in the summer of 2004. She invited children from the neighborhood to listen to stories as they sat around the fish pond in the front yard. The kids enjoyed helping to water the plants and feed the fish.

Since then the organization has grown significantly. Now, resident artists Mr. Patrick O’Banion, Ms. Kat Lehmer, and Mr. Fen Jeeters teach classes to children of all ages from the community. Classes are scheduled after school during the week and on Saturdays. Regardless of the listed class schedule, children come to Sunshine Arts daily to talk, do crafts or get help with homework. Often, they enjoy Mr. Patrick’s fresh baked bread, homemade soup, cookies, or other wholesome snacks when they visit.

The goal of Sunshine Arts is to enhance the education and personal growth of our future generations. Executive director, Sheila Modglin grew up with a very strong sense of community within her family; “We would do any thing for each other. I want to share the sense of community that I have in my life with all the beautiful people right here surrounding this home. The house itself is a manifestation of living art and was accomplished through hard work from my generous and creative family and friends.”

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Worlds

Small Worlds Explored at The Plastic Club

Small Worlds Explored at The Plastic Club

The Plastic Club will hold its annual open entry show dedicated to small art works in March. The show, entitled “Small Worlds,” accepts original artwork in all media, including sculpture and small-screen video, as long as the entry is 13 x 13 inches or smaller, including frame.  Entries in past shows have been as tiny as one inch square.

Entry is open to the public. Prizes will be awarded, ranging from a $125 first prize down to $25 Honorable Mentions. Awards will be presented at the Opening Reception, March 5, at 3:30 PM. The prize juror will be Philadelphia artist Miriam Singer.

Admission is free. The works are on display in The Plastic Club and can be viewed during the Opening and by appointment. The show runs from March 5 to March 24.

Click here for Prospectus

After the Small World show ends, The Plastic Club‘s next show, scheduled for April, will have the theme of “Daily Life and Community.” The announcements for each show can be found on the Plastic Club website at www.plasticclub.org.

The Plastic Club, located on quaint, historic Camac Street, was founded in 1897 to promote the visual “plastic” arts through workshops,  exhibitions, and community programs.

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Out

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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Workshop

Plastic Club Annual Workshop Show 2016

Annual Workshop Show at The Plastic Club

June 4th – June 23rd, Opening Night Party Saturday June 4th, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Philadelphia’s historic The Plastic Club holds art workshops nearly every day, year-round, ranging from still life to figure drawing to in-the-field plein air. This annual exhibition is an opportunity for workshop participants to display their best work. Admission is free.

The Plastic Club, 247 South Camac Street, The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 545-9324

The Plastic Club Annual Workshop Show 2016

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The Plastic Club 2016 Workshop Schedule

  • Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Figure drawing/painting workshop – All levels
  • Clothed model
  • 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of the month
  • 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Short Poses with a Life Model
  • Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Figure drawing/painting workshop – All levels
  • Life model
  • Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Long Poses with a Clothed Model
  • Thursday, 9:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Open studio with still life available
  • Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model
  • Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Life drawing with a Moving Model
  • ( Call the Plastic Club at 215-545-9324 or Bob Jackson at 856-795-2160 to confirm that this workshop is taking place.)
  • Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Print Making – All levels
  • ( New participants in the Print Making workshop must speak to the monitor before attending. Call 215-545-9324 to make an appointment. )
  • Saturday, 1 – 4 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model

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Portraits

Portraits at Plastic Club

Portraits at Plastic

Portraits at Plastic at The Plastic Club, 247 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. December 7th – 21st.

Artist Reception and Awards: Sunday, December 7th, 2:00 – 5:00pm

Portraits at Plastic includes work that portrays a person–a likeness or description, including single and double-portraits (portraits of two people together), self-portraits, and abstract portraits.

“A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.” – Wikipedia

Prize Juror: Sarah Stolfa, Fine Art Photographer and Educator, Founder/Executive Director of
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, MFA Yale University, currently teaching at UPenn.

Sarah Stolfa was born in Winfield, Illinois in 1975.  She earned her BS in photography from Drexel University, Philadelphia, in 2005 and her MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2008.  In 2004, Stolfa won The New York Times Photography Contest for college students and several of her photographs were reproduced in The New York Times Magazine.  In 2006, Stolfa was included in the Second Woodmere Triennial of Contemporary Photography at the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia.  In the same year, her work was exhibited at Gallery 339 in Philadelphia and Silverstein Photography in New York.  In 2007, Stolfa was included in “Women to Watch” at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and in “L’Autre” at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.” – Gallery 339

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