Wexler Gallery presents Thomas Hucker and Thomas Huang

Posted by on April 27, 2010

In the main space, Wexler Gallery presents new works by contemporary studio furniture artists Thomas Hucker and Thomas Huang. The exhibition will run from May 7 through June 26, 2010.

An Opening Reception will take place First Friday, May 7 from 5 – 8pm.

Thomas Hucker’s work focuses on the contextual relationship of his designs and their surroundings. According to the artist, “a piece of furniture’s composition, proportions, and finishes must relate to its surroundings, as furniture does not exist alone.” With a focus on designing and fabricating both functional furniture and sculptural objects, the artist is greatly influenced by traditional European and Asian furniture such as Beidemeir and Ming Dynasty, his aesthetic representing a unique fusion and interpretation of influences.

Thomas Huang’s work attempts to better understand the global condition of cultural mixing through the use of weaving and binding as a metaphor. He explores both traditional and non-traditional techniques and materials. As functional objects, his objects suggest the commonality of our basic human utilitarian needs. As sculpture, they celebrate the diversity of various materials and the intrinsic qualities these materials contain. Combining bamboo, bronze, rattan, wood, steel, and acrylic, his work moves fluidly between studio furniture, contemporary fiber arts, and sculpture.

On the second floor, WALLS at Wexler presents recent works by photographer Lisa Tyson Ennis. Ennis studied studio art and art history at the University of Delaware, while teaching herself photography, a passion she acquired early in life. Through intense workshops with master photographers and by assisting internationally known fine art photographer Michael Kahn, Ennis has developed a unique style of work in which she eloquently explores symbols that tend to touch our primordial senses and evoke a mysterious sense of calm. Working in the ethereal and fleeting half light of dawn and dusk, the artist is able to capture mysterious images that record, over time, that which the eye can not see. Ennis has shown extensively in national group and solo exhibitions. She currently devotes her time primarily to fine art photography and teaches private seminars at her studio in West Chester, PA.

Wexler Gallery is an internationally recognized gallery exhibiting the finest in art and design, located at 201 North Third Street in the historical district of Old City Philadelphia. The gallery is proud to showcase some of the world’s most esteemed artists working in the fields of contemporary glass, paintings, and design, along side emerging talent from these fields.

Wexler Gallery

Guest Blogger: John Welsh (Part 1 of 4)

Posted by Cassandra Hoo on April 27, 2010

Personal projects, Part 1 — Finding ideas

“Photograph what’s important to you.” It was advice given to me by a veteran photographer (thank you David Wells) in my early days as a professional. We were discussing photo ideas before I would travel for an entire summer in the high latitudes of Scandinavia. I didn’t have solid ideas for photo stories during the trip. I was committed to the experience of travel and my escape from small town photojournalism was most important. But the advice, the idea of being open to photograph whatever I found, was solid.


Photographing people in Copenhagen, 1993.

The images I created that summer, in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, were quite different from what I worked on during the early 90’s. I was locked into a format of covering baseball games, holiday parades and community happenings for a small town newspaper. At times it was rewarding, but it also was a creative albatross. News photography should be alive and breathing, not created to fit a format.

In Scandinavia, I had spent over a week in the arctic. I photographed and hiked in the permanent summer light around Norway’s Lofoten Islands. I photographed the play of shadows and sun Stockholm’s Old City. My last days were spent roaming the streets of Copenhagen photographing people. Soon, after adding the new images to my portfolio, I gained several new clients. The new photographs sold my vision and I was sold on the concept of personal work.

Since then, I made sure to explore ideas as often as I could. Not all would develop into complete projects, which was frustrating at first, but I learned that the process of exploring ideas was just as important as the results.

Persistence is also a key to success in creating new projects. I always explore ideas to a very deep level and once I find a groove, I work at an exhausting pace. Another factor was confidence. As I completed new projects, my confidence also grew. Whoever coined the phrase Success Breeds Success, was right on.

In 2001, I had a shot at what would become my first long-term project. On a whim, I traveled to Iceland in the winter darkness. I became fascinated by Iceland and returned in the spring to find amazing landscapes and began a several year project documenting the island. After several exhibits in the U.S. and Canada, I had new identity as a landscape photographer. It was puzzling since I considered myself a photojournalist. But I accepted the new persona and used it to advantage.

Soon enough, I was photographing people again. First, a short project about Philadelphia fire performers, then a series on women’s sports . I revisited the subject of fire — a very tricky series of close-up images of burning flowers.

I’m always asked how I think of these ideas. I can’t answer that question. I don’t really know how and why these ideas appear. I guess it’s something in my subconscious, something that keeps me from the deep sleep I really need, that sends me in these directions.

In March 2010, an online news story pointed me to NASA and the Space Shuttle. In autumn, the shuttle would be retired after 30 years of service. I had always appreciated the space program and as a kid was somewhat of a space geek. I remember creating presentations in elementary school on the comet Kohoutek, which did a celestial drive-by in the mid 70’s. In third grade, I even built a solar eclipse viewer (though my efforts were for naught as the clouds that day blocked the show.) These days, with the exception of watching occasional Sci-Fi (my only thoughts of space), I was out of touch with NASA and its projects.

I started thinking about when I visited the Kennedy Space Center as a kid in the 70’s. I imagined what it could be like to witness a launch. And to entertain myself, I surfed to NASA’s website. There were 4 launches remaining. The next was in early April and only a few weeks away. The others were in May, July and September and were traditionally  busy times for my freelance business.

Could I make it to Florida and get really lucky and see a launch? I had to at least entertain the idea. A window of time when I was traditionally slow (Easter weekend) opened up and I started the What if I went to Florida to see a launch? process of planning. What had been an errant daydream, was now a mission. I was determined to see a launch, and also photograph one.

Next week: The Plan

John Welsh is a freelance photographer in Philadelphia and a vice president for ASMP Philadelphia. His current project, photographing the Delaware River in its entirety, is his latest challenge.

Projects Gallery presents Susan B. Howard

Posted by on April 22, 2010

Projects Gallery is pleased to present “Tipping Point”, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition of work by Susan B. Howard. Well known for her intricate oil paintings, Howard creates dense populations of imaginary creatures fraught with color and texture. By etching into many layers of paint, she crafts a very personal visual language. The fanciful yet familiar residents in her imagery chatter and interact in their Technicolor landscapes. Often humorous but never silly, these works also reflect the artist’s concern for our environment and the health of our planet. Her art is a peek into a better world she wants us all to share. Howard invites us into this world to “talk with the animals”.

Tipping Point will run May 7 – 29, 2010 with a First Friday reception May 7th from 6-9 pm and an Artist’s Reception Saturday, May 15th from 5-7 pm. Both receptions are free and open to the public.

Howard earned her M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work is included in several private and public collections, including The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and WHYY-TV12. The artist was chosen to provide the artwork for a new book by Lexie Brockway Potamkin entitled “What is Love, Messages from the Heart”. The book will be released in June, 2010. She will also be featured in a new book called “100 Mid-Atlantic Artists” to be released later in 2010.

Projects Gallery is located at 629 N. 2nd St. in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties section. A preview of works may be viewed on the gallery’s website at www.projectsgallery.com.

Guest Blogger: John Welsh

Posted by on April 20, 2010

Our next guest blogger will be John Welsh; read his four-part series with new articles each Tuesday starting April 27th. John Welsh is a freelance photographer in the Philadelphia area. Since 1987 his images have been regularly published in regional newspapers and both corporate and institutional publications.

Personal projects – Why we all need them.
Entries will be about managing his latest project (photographing a shuttle launch) and the experience, benefits and challenges of doing personal work.

John Welsh

Da Vinci Art Alliance presents Connections

Posted by on April 20, 2010

During the month of May at the Da Vinci Art Alliance, on display is the art exhibition Connections. Featuring local artists: Sandi Neiman Lovitz, Ellen Abraham, and Louise Herring. Connections is about the work of three women who work differently but use similar energy in their use of color and marks.

May 1 – May 29, 2010
Artist Reception: Friday, May 7th 6-8 pm

Sandi Neiman Lovitz has been a practicing artist since 1968. She presently uses plexiglas and canvas to experiment on because they offer different challenges and therefore distinct results. Sandi’s abstractions are an extension of the subconscious impressions that result from her reactions with experiences in her life, whether it be personal relationships, the miracle of nature, or her enthusiasm for music and rhythm.She loves to combine color and mark to achieve an exciting and energetic language in her paintings.

Ellen Abraham developed a passion for history, politics and parody at an early age. She hopes her ability to conjure up the absurd, the ridiculous, the comic in her paintings will induce people to laugh at the image and also think about the content which usually deals with the perversity of the human condition. Ellen’s propensity for distortion, caricature, stylization and expressive color are evident in her work. Her goal is to create good art that is sown from the depths of comic outrageousness, satirical observation and mild misanthropy.

Louise Herring uses oil/mixed media paintings, inspired by nature, reflect her involvement with the process of making art. She is not concerned with rendering what she sees, but is challenged to express her response to certain images. The finished piece, often a composite of memories, incorporates markings/threads which travel through the work. These gestures serve not only as the memory of a walk taken, but as an expression of her excitement in reliving the journey. However, color is the constant and motivating voice in Louise’s art.

Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Gallery Hours: Wed. 6-8 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1-5 pm

Guest Blogger: Jonathan Slingluff (Part 4 of 4)

Posted by on April 20, 2010

Side Arts welcomes our first guest blogger, Jonathan Slingluff! Jonathan is the founder and co-owner of Slingluff Gallery in Fishtown.



An interview with pro skateboarder, artist, and friend of The Slingluff Gallery, Jason Adams. Jason will be having a solo show at the gallery here in September of this year.

Jonathan K. Slingluff: So, Jason, when did you get started with art, or is it something that has always been there for you?

Jason Adams: Ahhhh, no, well…. I always liked taking art classes in school, or any applied art classes whether it was wood shop or ceramics or whatever. Plus I always tried to draw when I was a kid, and I even tried to get into oil painting when I was like seven or eight. But I never showed any natural ability and would always end up frustrated. I guess I was always attracted to creative-minded things like making zines, trying to take skate photos. Nothing really clicked. Except for skateboarding. I was obsessed with skateboarding starting just before I turned 13. So fast forward bit. 1992 I turn pro for skateboarding. Find myself sponsored by Santa Monica Airlines. S.M.A. was owned by N.H.S. that does saSantarCruz skateboardrds and blah blah blah….Any ways…. They had a really cool art department. I would hang out with those dudes all the time and shoot the shit — talk about graphic ideas and what not. I remember wanting to be one of those dudes more than wanting to be a pro skater. But I could barely draw a stick figure… Wasn’t gonna happen…ha ha ha…. So fast forward again. 2001 I hurt my ankle…I have no clothing sponsor. I decide I’m going to start making t-shirts and have a concept for a brand. It’s called Six Gun. My influences are punk rock record imagery mixed with westerny-country-musicy-show poster thing…hatch showprint to be specific. I start cutting and pasting, Xeroxing and cutting stencils of western fonts to piece these ideas together. It was the Rancid logo with the skull dotting the “i” that got me into cutting stencils, and here I am now…. Oh yeah, I started attempting “paintings” about five to six years ago. I know, a bit long-winded. Sorry…. I’m sure I forgot a bunch of shit, too — uugh!

JKS: That’s a lot of fast forwarding, but it seems that your art and your skateboarding go hand-in-hand these days. It’s awesome that you have found a nice balance between the two. Do you feel that you would be able to do the one without the other?

JA: Umm … It’s good to have a balance of creative things to do. Keeps me from burning out. I always knew skateboarding was a creative activity. But now I realize it even more. When I started painting in my garage, I would trip out how much time I would be putting into it and not even craving going skating like I use to. That’s when I realized skateboarding was filling that creative void all those years.

JKS: Where do you pull your inspiration from with both?

JA: I think both activities share the same inspiration. But I think it’s more like medication. I started skating as a way to escape all the shit that drove me nuts as a kid. I felt freedom when I skated; I could actually focus on something. Then I ended up supporting a family from skateboarding, which brought on all new kinds of stresses. Art became my new escape. I now feel freedom in art. It’s really the only thing that calms me down and that I can actually focus on for now. But skateboarding is coming back for me. It’s all starting to balance out, which I’m really happy about. So it’s the search for a sense of freedom that motivates me to do anything…. Well, that and the bills need to get paid.

JKS: It seems that you have a lot going on with your art. That must feel great! I know that right now you have stuff going on in Colorado , Japan , and here in Philadelphia. What’s next?

JA: Who knows? I wish was more of a planner. I just want to keep going. Keep climbing up the ladder. Get through this fucking economy bullshit. Figure out a way to keep paying the mortgage. Try not to fully turn into Al Bundy.

JKS: Well I hope not to see you in a ladies shoe store anytime soon, Jason.

More info about The Slingluff Gallery here: www.slingluffgallery.com, and come back next Tuesday for Part 1 from John Welsh, photographer and Webmaster for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.

The Slingluff Gallery presents Alex Duke

Posted by on April 15, 2010

The Slingluff Gallery is excited to announce their upcoming show with Alex Duke.

Opening reception is May 1, 2010 from 7-10pm.

Alex Duke is a freelance artist living in New Jersey, USA. His work is heavily influenced by cartoons of the 80’s, depression, frustration, and revenge. He shares the same birthday as Jesus Christ (December 25th). Enjoys treasure hunting, making zines, hoboken frank sinatra dr., writing, hiking, nyc, philadelphia and drawing wizards. When not doing any of those things, he is probably skateboarding. He is known for designing skateboard graphics for Consolidated Skateboards and others. He is a core street skateboarder that kicks ass as well!

The Slingluff Gallery
11 West Girard Ave
Philadelphia, Pa 19123

Guest Blogger: Jonathan Slingluff (Part 3 of 4)

Posted by on April 13, 2010

Side Arts welcomes our first guest blogger, Jonathan Slingluff! Jonathan is the founder and co-owner of Slingluff Gallery in Fishtown.

This is a three part interview with three different artist for a three person show for The Slingluff Gallery that opens on April 3rd. The last artist is Shawn Whisenant (Ako). Ako is a San Fransisco based artist who has been doing a lot of commercial work for skateboard companies and shoe companies over the last past few years.


Jks. What inspired you when to get into art?

Ako. My arts inspired by life ,skateboarding, San Fransisco, my friends, the struggle, love, family, hate, passion, weed, writing on stuff, trains.

Jks. Do you still find inspiration in this?

Ako. Yes I still have the same passion for making art as I did when I started. Every time I create I find out something new and am still excited about making art.

Jks. Any other shows coming up that you would like to let the views know about?

Ako. I have a installation at Old Crow gallery in Oakland, Ca I’m painting with my friend Jeff meadows opening april 9th and a solo show at Dwntwn skate Shop here in SF coming up in June and a installation At hive gallery in Los Angeles in June too! There’s other shows but I forget?

Jks. Anything else that you would like to add?

Ako. Thank you to everyone at Slingluff Gallery, Jeff Meadows, 48 Blocks, Terry At Culture Skate, Dwntwn skate Supply, Osiris Shoes, Vans and everyone who supports my art and skateboarding!

More info about The Slingluff Gallery here: www.slingluffgallery.com, and come back next Tuesday for Part 4.

Twenty-Two Gallery presents Michele Gallagher

Posted by on April 12, 2010

Landscape & Still Life Paintings recent works by Michele Gallagher
Through May 9th

Like many artists , Michele Gallagher paints to honor beauty and how it speaks to her visually. The artist consciously intends no symbolism or hidden meaning; however, this does not suggest that there is no mystery or depth within these exquisitely executed works of art.

Twenty-Two gallery represents quality, affordable, original art by twenty area artists. Owned by Shawn Murray, the gallery is also the permanent home of the Bruce Murray Collection of photographs depicting vintage baseball images and Americana from the early 20th century.

Twenty-Two Gallery
236 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hours: Wed. – Sun.; Noon – 6 pm and by appointment

Tyme Gallery presents The Annual Psychic Fair and Jewelry Party

Posted by on April 11, 2010

On Saturday, April 24th, from 11:00 to 4:00 pm Tyme Gallery will hold their annual Spring Psychic Fair. The fun starts with tarot card readings, channeling, free chair massages by Havertown Chiropractic and of course the artwork of over 200 artists that line the walls of Tyme Gallery. And yes not to miss the Jewelry Party. So come and relax, have a massage, have your cards read, and check out some jewelry. The fair takes place right in the gallery. Admission to the gallery is free with a small fee for a reading. There will also be free light refreshments.

Tyme’s psychics include: Havertown’s Celeste Mattia, Grimm Brightstave, who is somewhat new to the gallery; Kathee, the international psychic and Colette Katz, holistic healer and spiritual advisor.

Celeste, who is the Astrologer for the News of Delaware County is also a certified Tarot reader, medium, psychic, and channeler. She has been both on radio and television with a national and international following. Mattia has been a psychic counselor for over 20 years with a specialty in contacting passed over friends and relatives, as well as solving current love and financial concerns. Celeste teaches classes in metaphysics, psychic development, astrology and Tarot. She is also a certified Reiki Healer.

Grimm has been a reader since the day he was born. Gifted with very strong empathic senses he was naturally drawn to the mystical as a young child. Grimm is a holistic healer and spiritual advisor. He started reading professionally at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire from 1982 to 1985 and has most recently been a reader at Harry’s Occult Shop in South Philadelphia until 2006. He reads Rune Cards, palms, and auras.

Kathee will provide a clear, concise, and empathic reading. With her clairaudient, clairsentient, and empathic abilities, Kathee can feel the emotions of other people in your life and is able to help you work through the karma of your relationships through spirit guidance. Her ability to see the true potential in people helps her to assist others in seeing the potential in every aspect of their lives…self, relationships, career, spirituality, choices, obstacles, events, people, etc., that will have a bearing on the present and future; helping people to be aware of how to change negative situations, actions, or trains of thought that may affect their future; turning situations into positive life lessons thus learning to move with the cosmic flow.

Colette was born in Quebec, Canada and now resides in Merion PA. Colette has been a psychic all of her life, and a tarot reader for the past 30 years. The gift passes to her by way of her mother, and from her mother before. Colette is deeply involved on a spiritual path, and prays for guidance every day.

Her readings provide useful guidance for everyday life, times of crisis, spiritual growth, relationships and business dealings. After a reading, people feel they have the direction and tools needed to embrace their life and a sense of peace in making their decisions. Many diverse people come for readings: the businessman in Grand Cayman who checks prior to making any deals; the geologist in the northwest who consults with her before she leaves on an exploration trip; many women, unsure about the path they should follow when in the midst of making very personal decisions …there are so many who have come and left with heartfelt appreciation for the guidance they received.

Dr. Todd May, who is providing the free chair massages, has been a practicing chiropractor for 18 years. At Havertown Chiropractic and Wellness Center he works with patients of various needs, including, acute and chronic pain, sports injuries, and wellness care.

So come and meet the psychics, see jewelry by local jewelers including Tere Petrovic and Sherry Tinsman and receive a free massage. And yes, do not forget the free refreshments! If you come the fair is Saturday April 24th 11:00 to 4:00. Come ask your question and see the splendor that is Tyme Gallery.

Tyme Gallery is located at 17 W. Eagle Road in Havertown. For directions or questions call Tyme Gallery at 610-853-1215. For additional information on this event and other upcoming events at Tyme Gallery visit www.tymegallery.com/event.htm The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 to 6:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 4:00.