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Excellence

Jakob Weissflog, Sculptures in Wood, Ist Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award, The Center for Art in Wood

The Center for Art in Wood offers activities from within several different program areas, including the Gerry Lenfest Gallery, the Museum Collection, The Fleur & Charles Bresler Research Library, the Museum Store, and The Earl Powell Artist Research Files.

The Center displays wood art on site and in traveling exhibitions. Our Windgate ITE International Residency Program has involved over 100 international residents as it continues through its third decade. Education and community outreach programs bring hands-on wood turning and woodworking experience to students throughout the region. The Museum Collection contains over 1000 objects from around the world, ranging from functional, every-day objects to contemporary sculptures. Our research library consists of over 25,000 images, artists’ files, and books that help preserve the exciting history of wood turning and woodworking and their continuing evolution as a contemporary art form.

Over the last two years, the Center mounted 15 exhibitions which served as the central programming focus during the time of their presentation. For instance, the Center publishes catalogues and books around many exhibitions and offers special events and dinners that correspond with each show. The Center comes alive during Old City District‘s notable First Fridays, which are the perfect opportunity for exhibition openings and events.” – The Center for Art in Wood

“German craftsman Jakob Weissflog just won the first Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award. He learned woodturning from his father Hans Weissflog. Both are world class artists in wood.” – John Thornton


Jakob Weissflog, Germany, is the inaugural honoree recipient of the Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award.

Supported by an anonymous donor, the Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award annually grants $1,000 and a documented exhibition to an emerging or mid-career artist whose work, like Stocksdale’s, unites quality of craftsmanship and respect for materials.

All exhibition items are for sale to the public. For inquiries, please contact Lori Reece, at 215-923-8000 or by email at lori@centerforartinwood.org.” –The Center for Art in Wood


“Bob Stocksdale (born 1913 in Warren, Indiana—died January 6, 2003 in Oakland, California) was an American woodturner, known for his bowls formed from rare and exotic woods. He was raised on his family farm and enjoyed working with tools. His wife of more than 30 years, Kay Sekimachi, stated that, “His grandfather gave him a pocketknife, and he started to whittle. That’s how it started.”

According to an oral history he recorded at the University of California Bancroft Library, Stocksdale powered his first lathe with a surplus Maytag gasoline washing machine motor. He turned baseball bats and spindles among early projects. After graduating from high school, he worked in a factory making wooden paddles used by cracker bakers. Later he worked in a factory that made cedar chests. His job was to assemble the chests from the pre-cut wooden pieces.

He was drafted into the Army in 1942. Like two of his three brothers, he claimed conscientious objector (CO) status during World War II because he believed war never solved anything. He spent World War II in several CO camps doing forestry work. It was at a camp in Michigan where Stocksdale turned his first bowl on a lathe. This brought him to the West. He was encouraged in his woodturning efforts by Helen Winnemore, the owner of a crafts gallery in Columbus, Ohio.

After the war, Stocksdale moved to Berkeley, California in 1946, one year after Gump’s in San Francisco began showing his work. His first solo exhibition followed in 1958 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. He bought a Victorian duplex in South Berkeley, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He put together a shop of modest tools in his basement, and there turned out work for more than 50 years that gradually earned him acclaim and fame as a woodturner. He was a friend, and sometime collaborator, of Sam Maloof.

His work was included in the American exhibit of the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and has been recognized internationally for fine design and workmanship. His many honors include the American Association of Woodturners Lifetime Achievement Award (1998) and the Masters of the Medium Award, James Renwick Alliance (2003). Stocksdale received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 1995.

Stocksdale’s bowls are prized by collectors. They have been shown in Europe and Japan, and they appear in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Oakland Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Stocksdale died on the January 6, 2003, at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in Oakland, California from complications of prostate cancer. He was 89. He was survived by second wife, Kay Sekimachi, a famous weaver and craft artist; a daughter, Joy, a noted fabric designer, of Sebastopol, California; a son, Kim, of Los Angeles; and a sister-in-law, Marge Stocksdale of Huntington, Indiana.” – Wikipedia


The Center for Art in Wood,141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Jakob Weissflog through April 8th, 2017.

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Untitled

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

www.musegalleryphiladelphia.com

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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All

All Together Now!/POST 2016Pink Cloud, Pia DeGirolamo

All Together NOW! An Annual Members Exhibition Celebrating

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2016

October 5-30, 2016

The 3rd Street Gallery is pleased to present All Together Now! An Annual Members Exhibition featuring painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage, mixed media, ceramic and fiber art. This exhibit coincides with the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours: POST 2016, a program of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists and one of the premier open studio tour events in the country. As a Community Partner with POST 2016, 3rd Street Gallery supports POST’s mission to foster community engagement with the visual arts in Philadelphia.

All Together Now!/POST 2016Copse, Jim Stewart

In addition, as a Creative Partner of the Main Line Art Center’s “Panorama 2016: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century”, a project celebrating the photographic image and digital media, the 3rd Street Gallery Annex presents Remix: Integrating Art and Technology, an exhibit highlighting the work of those members who use photographic and/or digital art technologies or who blend traditional processes with photographic/digital media.

All Together Now!/POST 2016Toast, Constance Culpepper

Gallery Hours: noon-5, Wednesday-Sunday.

First Friday, October 7, from noon to 9 pm

An Artist’s Reception will take place on Sunday, October 9, 1-3 pm.

POST 2016 weekend activities will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 12-6 PM and will include art technique demonstrations, Artist Talks and a Drawing for a basket of art supplies.

All Together Now!/POST 2016Figure in Blue and Orange, Nancy Halbert

About 3rd Street Gallery: The Gallery has been in existence since 1978, opening in its first space on the corner of 3rd and Bainbridge in South Philadelphia. As one of the oldest artist-run fine art galleries in the City it has been home to thousands of Philadelphia artists. The members are a diverse group of artists of all ages and backgrounds. They are multigenerational, have advanced degrees in the arts as well as the sciences, work in diverse media from the traditional to the digital, range from the classically trained to the self-taught and include arts educators, award-winners, and artists whose work is collected by museums as well as by corporate and private collectors.

All Together Now!/POST 2016Side, Keith Sharp

About the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours: Each October, the Tours span 20 unique Philadelphia neighborhoods, feature over 300 participants, engage audiences topping 30,000, and introduce Philadelphia’s professional artists to locals and tourists alike. As an annual Fall festival of visual art, the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours includes self guided tours of artist studios and related creative workspaces, gallery exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, artist talks, receptions, and guided tours.

All Together Now!/POST 2016Tempest, Tom Herbert

About Main Line Art CenterMain Line Art Center, located in Haverford PA offers visual art classes and contemporary and innovative exhibitions. Committed to increasing the visibility and accessibility of art, the Art Center also presents exhibitions and events in the community, including Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, an annual celebration of the photographic image and digital media which last year featured 60+ events over the course of two months presented by the Art Center and its 35+ Creative Partners.

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Sweet Tooth

Neil Marcello, Sweet Tooth, 3rd Street GalleryNeil Marcello, Good and Plenty, Sweet Tooth Series, 2014-2016

 NEIL MARCELLO: SWEET TOOTH

Through  July 31, 3rd Street Gallery, 45 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia

ARTIST TALK – Sunday, July 10, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Q & A WITH THE ARTIST – Friday, July 15, 5:00 – 7:00pm

The 3rd Street Gallery is pleased to announce, Sweet Tooth, the solo show of photographer Neil Marcello whose works continue to explore complex industrial solutions that ultimately become the problems that bear examining.

In Sweet Tooth Neil’s photographs of architectural dioramas, that he designed and hand built, suggest the role industry plays in the production of candy and the use of artificial dyes in the United States. His interest in the candy industry began as a boy consuming readily available sweets such as Nestles, Butterfinger, which just recently eliminated artificial dyes in its manufacturing process for this particular brand of candy.

neil2Neil Marcello, LemonHead, Sweet Tooth Series, 2014-2016

He was surprised to learn that the Mars candy manufacturing company used (and continues to use) natural dyes in their production of candies in Europe, and the United Kingdom, but not in the United States.

He says, “I offer them up as kitsch motifs, similar to the shapes, colors and forms used by candy manufacturers to stimulate and entice the viewer…”.

While viewing these fantasy images, Neil encourages the viewer to reflect on how far we may be willing to go in order to satisfy our cravings. Together with the launch of his latest exhibition, Neil has collaborated with Philadelphia street photographer, Ronald Dean Corbin, on the release of Corbin’s new self-published photographic book, entitled “Photographs My Way” (2016), available on Amazon.

Contact: Neil Marcello

neil@neilmarcello.com

www.neilmarcello.com

http://www.neilmarcello.com/books-catalogs.html

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neil3Neil Marcello, Twizzlers, Sweet Tooth Series, 2014-2016

3rd Street Gallery, an artist-run fine arts gallery, opened its first space in 1978 on the corner of 3rd  and Bainbridge in South Philadelphia. It has shown numerous artists since its inception and currently hosts fifty member-artists. These multigenerational, award-winning artists hold advanced degrees in the arts and sciences, work in diverse traditional and contemporary media, and have their works included in collections at museums, as well as in corporate and private collections.

Thank you to Neil Marcello for the content of this post.

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Moments

Moments, Eli Smith, 3rd Street GalleryEli Smith, TS sit StiLL, 3rd Street Gallery

Moments, Eli Smith at 3rd Street Gallery

“I want to capture the periods when we break down and lose control; when we become what we fear and even what we hate. In these moments when we become completely vulnerable, we close in on ourselves and wish those outside do not see. My intention is to evoke empathy with what I believe is a common struggle.” – Eli Smith

Eli Smith, Moments, 3rd Street GalleryEli Smith88, 3rd Street Gallery

3rd Street Gallery, 45 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 625-0993 – Wednesday, March 30 – May 1, 2016, First Friday, April 1, 5-9pm, Artist Reception, Sunday, April 3, 1-4pm

Moments. Eli Smith, 3rd Street GalleryEli Smith, And Again,3rd Street Gallery

“I am a Philadelphia based artist, mostly working in oil paint, as well as gouache and charcoal. Much of my art is monolithic and epic in form and style, adhering to bold imagery. I want the viewer to be unable to ignore my work, I want it to grab them and not let them go until they have noticed it, even if they cannot fully appreciate it. My desire as a painter stems from my inadequacy as a social colleague.” – Eli Smith artist statement excerpt

Contact:

Eli Smith, Philadelphia, PA 19104
eli@elismithart.com
www.elismithart.com
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About 3rd Street Gallery

Since its inception in 1978, 3rd Street Gallery has been an artist-run cooperative in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. The gallery brings together past and new generations of independent artists, who actively create new work for the gallery’s exhibitions. Splitting their time between their studios and the gallery, our member artists volunteer their efforts on the day-to-day business and logistical operations of the gallery that enables our cooperative to adapt to the ever-changing world of art.

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