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Spring Open Studios, Crane Arts

Spring Open Studios at Crane Arts and Crane Old School

Crane Arts and the Crane Old School are opening their doors to the public on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 from noon to 6:00pm. Nine galleries and over 30 artist’s studios will be open. That’s a lot of great art to see! For more information Contact info@cranearts.com or 215-232-3203.

Crane Arts

1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

Established in 2004, Crane Arts LLC is a unique community that supports the creative production and exhibition of work by both emerging and established artists.




Crane Old School

The Crane Old School is home to many artists and organizations including Pig Iron Theatre Company. Located at 1417 N. 2nd Street. Philadelphia, PA, 19122

“The mission of Pig Iron Theatre Company is to expand what is possible in performance by creating rigorous and unusual ensemble-devised works; by training the next generation of daring, innovative theatre artists; and by consistently asking the hardest questions, both in our art and in its relation to the world around us.”

Crane Building History


The Crane Company Building was built in 1905 out of cast concrete faced with brick in the Kensington warehouse and manufacturing area just north of Girard Avenue. It was designed by Philadelphia architect Walter Ballinger, an early innovator of concrete building techniques. The long wedge-shaped building was used as a plumbing warehouse, and had an adjacent three-story stable for delivery vehicles and draft horses. It was later used to process frozen seafood. The enormous concrete-block, first-floor addition which functioned as a walk-in freezer now serves as the Ice Box Project Space.

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The Tau Ceti Report, Tyler Kline

The Tau Ceti Report: recent works by Tyler Kline at Jed Williams Gallery

Artist Statement

Tau Ceti is a possibly habitable exoplanet, and I use painting as a type of remote sensing, a speculative visual report of phenomenon that is difficult or out of reach to data visualization. I am mining the possible clairvoyant properties to the visual art processes that are yet unnamed.

I come out of skateboarding and street art/graff culture.  A tremendous portion of the fecund subconscious and outer consciousness I pull from was formed by an urban spelunking of Atlanta in the late 80’s and early 90’s. What I am going for is a subterranean, under bridge type of abstraction, geological, mine shaft and reservoir influenced.  I contemplate this language of cartography I am constructing; map-making as a visual model of information at a macro/micro human scale.

Time marks the movement of the hand, light marks the movements of the body, maps show us were we are and were we are headed. These tools help us explore or surroundings. The mind moves the flesh through a labyrinth of possibilities.” – Tyler Kline

About Tyler Kline

Tyler Kline received his BA in Anthropology and Sculpture from Portland State University and a MFA in Installation and Sculpture from The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. Kline’s has exhibited solo at Moving Spirits and Youngblood in Atlanta, Zeitgeist in Portland, OR and Reload, Rebekah Templeton, The University of the Arts, Crane Arts, and Jed Williams Gallery in Philadelphia.

He is also the curator of the Hamilton Hall Public Art initiative at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has curated shows at: Atlanta’s Moving Spirits Gallery, Portland’s Martial Arts Gallery, Zeitgeist and Disjecta, as well as Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Little Berlin. A strong believer in the power of Art to revitalize communities and bring about social change; he is fascinated by playing with the porous boundaries between painting, video, sculpture, performance, and printmaking.

About Jed Williams Gallery

Named one of the top art galleries in Bella Vista and Queen Village by Philadelphia Magazine (March 2015), Jed Williams Gallery is a unique art space owned and operated since 2010 by artist Jed WilliamsJed Williams Gallery showcases up-and-coming and inspiring artists from the Philadelphia area. Artists featured are from all backgrounds including classically trained as well as self-taught outsider artists. The gallery shows a variety of thoughtful, cutting edge high quality works ranging from 2D, mixed media and painting, to video, installation and sculpture.


Jed Williams Gallery 615 Bainbridge Street,Philadelphia PA 19147-2111

Opening Reception: Saturday March 4th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

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Active Adults

Marilyn Lavins, Bernice Paul and Priscilla BohlenActive Adults: Marilyn Lavins, Bernice Paul and Priscilla Bohlen at Center on the Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, Pa. 19118

Three visual artists will be showing their paintings at Center on the Hill…the place for active adults. This art show runs from December 2nd until Dec. 29th 2014 and can be viewed for no charge at any time during ‘Center on the Hill’ business hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am until 4:00pm.

Marilyn Lavins has recently had her ‘Water Works‘ painting selected for the cover of the Surrey Services 2015 calendar. Lavins was awarded first place by Richard Rosenfeld, at Einstein Hospital in Elkins Park, for her collage necklace made from a coat hanger, pearls, silver, and copper. Marilyn has won many prizes and has shown throughout this area. Marilyn Lavins has a BFA degree from Tyler School of Art, has studied at Moore College of Art and Design, and at The Barnes Foundation in Merion with Violetta de Mazia and with Angelo Pinto

Bernice Paul is 97, still painting, and still showing her work. She emigrated with her family, to the US from Moscow, in 1929, at age 12. She has studied art extensively at PAFAThe Barnes Foundation, Fleisher Art Memorial, and The Philadelphia Sketch ClubBernice’s work has been shown at Woodmere Art Museum, Villanova University, Rosemont College, Inliquid, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Crane ArtsBernice Paul’s vibrant style has earned many awards; Best in Show at Main Line Art Center and also at Tri-State Artists Equity Association, for her “exciting composition and the physicality and joy of her brush strokes.”

Priscilla Bohlen is a professional visual artist who works on canvas using acrylic paint, with resist. Bohlen applies the resist to a colorful background, then with a palette knife, she covers it all with a complementary color. When the resist is removed, part of the underneath activity is revealed. From there Priscilla enjoys the challenge of resolving the painting, which involves many layers. Priscilla Bohlen loves the surprise element that comes about through this method of painting. Priscilla is a juried member of Delaware Valley Art League, of ARTsisters, and of Tri-State Artists Equity AssociationBohlen is actively involved with the workings of all three groups, when she is not painting.

Center on the Hill…the place for active adults“, is a vital outreach center. The director, Leslie Lefer has worked to build the center to its current level of excellence. Be sure to visit this gem of an outreach center, right here in Chestnut Hill at 8855 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, Pa. 19118. You may want to sign up for an exercise class, or listen to a speaker. For more information, call 215.247.4654 or email Llefer@chestnuthillpres.org.

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