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Paros

I Love Paros, Off the Wall Gallery

I Love Paros!, Winter Getaway Show at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

“GETAWAY ALREADY?: While it’s the first day back for most of us, it’s also never too early to think about vacations ahead. That is exactly what our WINTER SHOW, which goes up this Saturday, will conjure in your head. On display will be the output of 10 talented artists, including several OFF THE WALL veterans, who traveled to the Greek island of PAROS last year — under the guidance and tutelage of ALICE MEYER-WALLACE – to create, celebrate life, collaborate, find inspiration and then create some more! Please mark your calendars for the OPENING RECEPTION on THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 7:00 – 10:00pm. We look forward to seeing you then and getting away — if only for a few hours…and only through the power of art!” – Togo Travalia

  • Linda Avila
  • Meri Collier
  • Anders Hansen
  • Alice Meyer-Wallace
  • Jess Perlitz
  • Ron Ploeg
  • Susan Ploeg
  • Susan Stromquist
  • Phillis Dyer Weldon
  • Rick Wright

“Paros is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies to the west of Naxos, from which it is separated by a channel about 8 kilometres (5 miles) wide. It lies approximately 150 km (93 miles) south-east of Piraeus. The Municipality of Paros includes numerous uninhabited offshore islets totaling 196.308 square kilometres (75.795 sq mi) of land. It’s nearest neighbor is the municipality of Antiparos, which lies to its southwest.

Historically, Paros was known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term “Parian” to describe marble or china of similar qualities. Today, abandoned marble quarries and mines can be found on the island, but Paros is primarily known as a popular tourist spot.” – Wikipedia

The Dirty History of Franks, in a shot glass:

  • Dirty Frank’s opened its doors as “Franks” on November 8th, 1933, and was owned by Lou Silverman.
  • Prohibition was repealed December 5th, 1933 (how did Lou know?).
  • Frank Vigderman was the second owner. Apparently due to his hygiene, the name ‘Dirty Frank’s’ was born.
  • John Segal was the third owner from 1959-1978. He tried to change the name to the ‘347 bar’ but it never really stuck. In August of 1965 Dirty Frank’s was closed for 45 days as penalty for serving minors. John took the opportunity to tear down the dividing wall between the two rooms and to build the horseshoe-shaped bar that we still have today.
  • Jay McConnell became the fourth owner from 1978 – 2011. He completely embraced and embodied the Dirty Frank’s persona.
  • The Off the Wall Gallery was launched in 1979 by by Jay with Mary Liz, Bunky Devichios, and Phil Sumpter.
  • Since 2011,  Dirty Frank’s is owned by Brad Pierce and Jody Sweitzer, two longtime employees of the “institution”.

There you have it. And, as they say, much is still to be written…

Thank you to Togo Travalia for the content of this post.

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Monochrome

monochrome8Monochrome Visions

By Laura Storck

The Monochrome Visions photography exhibition of silver emulsion prints is nothing short of a visual feast.  This show features handcrafted black and white prints made by the students of Fleisher Art Memorial‘s ‘Art of the Fine Print’ class taught by the venerable Rick Wright. As a former member of Rick’s darkroom, I’m always amazed at the quality and nuances of the beautiful images produced by the talented individuals in this class.  Fascinating and thought-provoking are the slices of life that are captured from each photographer’s perspective, and subsequently coaxed into physical manifestation through the combined magic of light, chemicals, and paper.

Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaMonochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Paula Brumbelow Burns, Fire, 2014

This exhibit contains approximately 40 photographs which adorn the walls of Red Hook Coffee and Tea arranged salon style on rustic brick.  Each black and white image has an amaranthine quality and evoke simple yet powerful feelings of connection with the photographer. What was he or she thinking at this exact moment of capture? What message is being conveyed? Every piece – each moment – seems to have a special meaning to each photographer as he or she spent the time to enlarge, transfer, and develop each image to perfection on photographic paper. Simply put, the photograph contains an emotional investment of time and artistry.

Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaMonochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Ed Keer, Philadelphia Walk #1

Developing a picture in a darkroom for the first time is a timeless experience that everyone should experience at least once in their life. The cathartic feeling that you get when you first see an image appear on a once blank sheet of paper is simply magical and spellbinding.  Nothing can compare.

Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaMonochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Amanda Abramson, Shadfest, Lambertville

Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaMonochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaCarlos Chan, Azulejos

Stop into Red Hook to see the Monochrome Visions exhibit between now and June 18th and experience it for yourself.  Sit on a comfy chair in this charming cafe, enjoy a deliciously crafted Iced Honey Mint Latte or a tasty bowl of corn chowder, and allow the colorful panorama of Monochrome Visions to wash over your soul.

Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaMonochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaAndrew Siegel, Capri, Italy

Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaMonochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaGene Renzi, Heavenly

Red Hook Coffee and Tea, 765 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA, 215-923-0178

Participating artists:

  • Amanda Abramson
  • Paula Brumbelow Burn
  • Carlos Chan
  • Chrissie DiAngelus
  • Edoarda Frangi
  • Rachel Glidden
  • Eddie Goldstein
  • Ed Keer
  • Katie Marcucci
  • Scott McClellan
  • Alexandra Orgera
  • Gene Renzi
  • Andrew Siegel
  • Rick Wright

Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and TeaMonochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea

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