May 21st 6-9 pm come to project space and enjoy an evening of sketching and painting a still life. I will supply the materials and wine you come and engage in an evening of fun and color. The cost is 25.00.
I am a retired art teacher from the Tatnall Upper School. Come for fun or come for a class. A great way to spend the evening as aP1020430 girls night out or as a couple.

Dechemia – about chemistry – is the name for our collaboration.
We create process-based objects and installations through the use of poured plaster. We set paper, plaster and ink into motion with water. Our process is fueled by the visible transmutation of these materials. The paper and plaster react to each other immediately, forming spontaneous compositions of lines or indents. The plaster flows into a vessel. The story of our collaboration is told in the search for these forms. We started with the square frame, using paper as the skin, creating individual images, gradually moving into larger scale grids and deliberate compositions, insetting our drawings and sculptures flush with the walls and onto the floor of the gallery. We use the whole room as a vessel; we seek to activate the space through the viewer’s visual perspective.
We’re playing with the balance between the metaphoric and the physical aspects of our practice. After so many experiments – having made maps of chemical reactions, the grain of our favorite papers, the way the plaster and paper interact – still we are astonished at the way nature reaches in to affect the results.Johnisobelps.

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Today A(rt)vocation opens. The artist included in this show are the team of John Gibbons and Isobel Sollenberger, Stephen Ruszkowski, Hiro Sakaguchi, Jonathan Schoff, and Benjamin McCullough.

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A(rt)vocation
May 2–30, 2014

Caption:Hiro Sakaguchi. Recommission of a battleship, #5,
2013. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia.

Hiro recommision_5The job of art handler, exhibition designer, or security staff is most often tied closely to that of artist. A(rt)vocation examines this trend and presents the artwork of six local artists—Benjamin McCullough, Stephen Ruszkowski, Hiro Sakaguchi, Jonathan Schoff, and collaborative partners John Gibbons and Isobel Sollenberger. Employed by the Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, or employed as free-lance preparators, these multi-talented individuals work to both create and support the fine arts of the region.

Today is the last day of the “Luscious Landscape” exhibition @ project space de. I will be here until 1:30. I have an appointment and if you would like to come after 3 we could arrange something. We had a great representation of the region. The names of the artist whom participate are listed: Edward Bayley, Catherine Carney, Caroline Chen, Graham Dougherty, Iva Fabrikant, Lele Galer, Elizabeth Heller,Mary Powers Holt, Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian, Abigail McBride, Lee Muslin, Rick Phillips, Shoshana Pofelis, Ana Vizcarra Rankin, Stephen Ruszkowski, Tad Sare, Charissa Schulze, Carol Tippit Woolworth, Dganit Zauberman. I apologize for any misspelled names. This certainly was a challenge but at the same time what an eclectic group of artist. It was a great show for the City of Wilmington. Caroline and I were thrilled with the response and the quality of work I thank all the artist!!!

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Painting is personal. The slow act of seeing takes time, hands, and grace. I enjoy the history and the newness that I find in the process. I like the intimacy of the act of painting – it is a place where everyday life falls away and it’s just the painting -and me. I’m striving to express simple truths before me, to paint the emotion as well as the subject itself. I see something special and want to return there to understand it again.MeKennen's pondluscious lanndscape

My work often looks to relationships between the past and the present, and most specifically to our idealized or romantic notions of a time other than our own. For Mugs, I cut silhouettes of prohibition-era/early 20th century gangsters and bank robbers, drawing their likenesses directly from their arrest photographs. Placed in the context of 19th century Romantic landscapes, the resulting images exaggerate the rose-coloured spectacles through which we often view these unsavory criminals, and perhaps the spectacles begin to crack.

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Landscapes have always been an appealing photographic subject Kevin Ripp. For Luscious Landscapes, Kevin has adapted two digital images taken in Alapocas Park that capture part of the process of wood degradation. The wood structures take on geometrical properties as they are affected by the elements. These images were then printed on glass for a new perspective of viewing. (Pentax K-50, 55mm lens).

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Reminiscent of some of the 19th century painters, Rick Phillips uses his knowledge of light and color to create atmosphere you can almost touch and smell.  Painting en plain aire is almost a religious experience for Phillips.  Using hard and soft edges selectively he develops the feeling of moisture, wind, and the warmth of the sun in his seductive painting.

In 2012 Rick founded the Darley  Arts Center, a gallery for visual artist and a center for art erphillips1RPhillipsLLducation and workshops.

Stephen Ruszkowski artist: “While moving toward landscape he now looks at older works noticing the encroachment of geometric shapes he placed above the horizons.  Looking back now’ he says : I can see the transition happening without my control. I think it was a push for me to better understand what I was working with. At the same time those things were coming together, I was becoming more interested in the historic research I was nerding out on.”steve1

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