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AMIE POTSIC , Brazilian ReverieTropicalia #10, C-Print, 30″ x 30″  ©  Amie Potsic 2005

AMIE POTSIC, Brazilian Reverie: Tropicália, or Bread and Circuses

The Gallery at FRONT STREET1253 N Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (1 Block from the Girard El Station)

OPENING RECEPTION: First Friday, February 3rd | 5:00 – 8:00pm

Hours: Open Daily at 6:00am
Sunday – Thursday open until midnight
Friday & Saturday open until 2 am

The Gallery at FRONT STREET presents Brazilian Reverie, a solo exhibition featuring photographer and installation artist Amie Potsic.  Her large-scale photographs of Brazilian festival flags conjure the colorful public celebrations in a country of nationalism, economic disparity, and reverie.

The reception will be in the second floor gallery with artisanal cheeses and wine from the chef’s selection.

Front Street Cafe Philadelphia is a unique full service neighborhood Cafe open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The Cafe offers residents of Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods a friendly atmosphere and fresh menu featuring farm-to-table, locally sourced and organic New American cuisine with international influences. This unique space houses a coffee shop, fresh juice bar, European beer garden, outdoor terrace with garden seating, indoor & outdoor bars and private upstairs event space.” – Mission Front Street Cafe

AMIE POTSIC , Brazilian ReverieInstallation View @ Front Street 2017

Amie Potsic is a photographer and installation artist based on the Philadelphia area whose work addresses cultural, personal, and natural phenomena through the lens of social responsibility. With 19 solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions, Potsic has exhibited her work internationally at the Art Park in Rhodes, Greece; The Royal College of London, England; Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia; Medfoundart di Cagliari, Italy; the Museum of New Art in Detroit; The Woodmere Art Museum, The National Constitution Center Museum, The Painted Bride, The Gershman Y, and James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia; Mission 17 in San Francisco; and 626 Gallery in Los Angeles. Potsic’s solo exhibition at James Oliver Gallery (Enchanted Forest) was selected for discussion by The Review Panel, presented by ArtCritical at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2015. In the same year, her work was presented at the Delaware Contemporary in New Eyes: Experimental Photography Today where she was awarded Best in Show. Potsic received her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and BA’s in Photojournalism and English Literature from Indiana University. She has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley, Ohlone College, and the San Francisco Art Institute and has been a guest lecturer at The University of the Arts, The Delaware Contemporary, and The International Center of Photography. Potsic is currently the Executive Director & Chief Curator of Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA as well as Chair of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Art In City Hall program of the Office of Arts and Culture of the City of Philadelphia.” – About Amie Potsic

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The City of Love, Ekaterina Ermilkina

The City of Love, Ekaterina Ermilkina, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

The City of Love, Ekaterina Ermilkinaclick for large version

Ekaterina Ermilkina, The City of LoveBluestone Fine Art Gallery, 142 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

September 4th – October 23rd, 2015

First Friday September 4th & October 2nd, 2015

“Established in 2011 by Pam Regan, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery has been operating in the Old City District of Philadelphia on the corner of Second and Quarry streets. The gallery features original works by contemporary and traditional artists in a range of mediums, including painting, ceramics and sculpture. Our artists’ hail from Philadelphia and around the country – many of the city’s most well-known and emerging artists have exhibited their works in group and solo shows. Each month, we host new exhibitions that kick off during Philadelphia’s popular First Fridays that bring hundreds of art lovers into the neighborhood for special events and openings year round.

Our goal is to showcase the most engaging works in a welcoming atmosphere during regular business hours and by private appointment. We work closely with collectors, designers and architects, helping clients select the art best suited to residences, businesses and other destinations in the tri-state area. For our clients who visit us via Amazon Art, we offer complimentary shipping.  For our local clients, we offer complimentary delivery and installation.  Bluestone Fine Art Gallery is free and open to the public.” – Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

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Attic Graffix

Fabian DeJesus, Attic Graffix

Attic Graffix, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery. Fabian DeJesus

First Friday in Old City is a Philadelphia art tradition that has taken on a life of it’s own, check out the Old City facebook page. The arts district attraction is vibrant and exciting, if a bit exhausting, with street art vendors, musicians, even a magician, mixed with the art openings 2nd Street is like an ersatz art festival. Many of the galleries are having their own artists set up tables on the street to control the activity at their storefront, setting up a feedback loop taking advantage of the street art to draw people into the actual galleries.

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery hosted an exhibit of art created by Attic Graffix, the design arm of The Attic Youth Center, had a table of super-kawaii Tee-shirts, bags and pillows with pop designs out on the street. Inside the gallery, the space is totally activated with vibrant graphics created by the young artists paired with artwork created by established fine artists.

Attic Fraffix, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

Attic GraffixBluestone Fine Art Gallery

DoN met the art director of Attic Graffix, Beth Pulcinella, of The Attic Youth Center.

Beth Pulcinella said, “We’re sort of thinking of it as how to build sustainable youth reach out project that young people can have really regular income. I mean the way with the high school job market is, I mean the job market in general, but high school youth…a lot of the kids at the Attic are helping their families with rent and bills and stuff. So, they’re really having a hard time. I think, a lot of us are like, ‘How can we be creative with whatever funds we can get or our own creativity.”

Fabian DeJesus, Attic Graphix

Fabian DeJesusAttic GraffixBluestone Fine Art Gallery

“How can we create things where young people can have, like, jobs that they enjoy. With dignity, to support their dreams and their future artistic aspirations.

The Attic Youth Center serves folks 14 to 23 but Attic Graffix tends to be a project for older youth. Those who are out of high school. My youngest is 19 and my oldest is 22. And there’s six of us, we’ve been meeting now for over a year, twice a week, it happens more in the afternoon and the evening, because we don’t have the space in the morning. But, we have a print shop we can pull out of closets and last year with all the money they made they got to figure out what new equipment they wanted.

So, we have a really fancy light table, it’s a pretty state-of-the-art silk screen shop. We can do custom orders for your team or organization. Tee-shirts, we can print them for you.”

DoN bought a deep orange skinny T with a Fabian DeJesus design of a tiger head on a kitten’s body with an op art zig zag background. The prolific young designer’s bold, Dadaist designs draw on pop culture and pop art simultaneously and effortlessly. And make the perfect statement to draw attention to the efforts of Attic Graffix.

 Attic Graphix, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

Attic GraffixBluestone Fine Art Gallery

“We’re working on getting a store on-line. We have yet to make that happen, but we’re out at a lot of the art festivals. It’s The Attic Youth Center‘s 20th year. And it’s an amazing place, it provides a ton of programs, there’s counseling, there’s life skills, all sorts of programming from dance to cooking to video. You know, it’s a lot of stuff, in terms of housing support, we don’t have housing but connecting youths. We do testing, we have a peer support prevention project, sex education stuff, there’s a lot of stuff happening there.” said Beth Pulcinella.

DoN wondered how they connected with Bluestone Fine Art Gallery?

“Well, Rex, he’s an interior designer and artist in Philly, wanted to organize a fundraiser and a show. The initial idea was youth would submit an unfinished idea then it would get paired with a local professional artist. But, I was like, we have a lot of other great stuff. Is there a way that some of our other work could be part of the show? There are these triptychs that are collaborations, a youth piece that an artist received and then created a new work. And then the youth can have a piece in the show and the artist can have a piece in the show.”

MASHUP, Jackson & Hipple, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

MASHUP, Jackson & Hipple, 40″ x 32″, $150.00, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

Attic Graffix, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

Attic GraffixBluestone Fine Art Gallery

The long-term goal of Attic Graffix is to create a sustainable and profitable business that reflects and supports The Attic Youth Center’s mission of assisting LGBTQ youth in developing valuable workforce development and leadership skills.  Currently, Attic Graffix is using two specific marketing strategies:

  1. Distributing and selling Attic Graffix merchandise at community events such as Pride, Outfest, art fairs, and youth events.
  2. Accepting print orders from nonprofit organizations, schools, community groups, and individuals. Attic Graffix will work with your organization to print silk screen merchandise that meets your specific needs.  Recent customers include Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project and William Way Community Center.

Attic Graffix strongly values sustainable practices and innovative and compassionate business models. For more information, or to place an order, please email graffix@atticyouthcenter.org. – The Attic Youth Center website.

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