Sunday, February 22, 2009


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247 South Camac Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19107

PLASTIC AT THE PLASTIC, an exhibition of work by members of the Philadelphia Women's Caucus for Art takes place at the historic Plastic Club of Philadelphia. The Plastic Club is located at 247 South Camac Street in Philadelphia, and the show will run from March 1-29. The exhibition is open to the public on Tuesdays from 12-3, Wednesdays from 9:30-12:30 and 1-4, Thursdays from 10-3 and 6:30-9:30, Fridays from 6:30-9:30, and Sundays from 2-5. A opening reception will take place Sunday, March 1, from 2-5. There will also be a women's performance event on Sunday, March 15, from 2-4.

First Floor Solo Exhibiters

Pamela Flynn is a mixed media artist. She received her MFA from New Jersey City University and is a Professor of Art at Holy Family University, Philadelphia. She presents, “Ponderings,” a solo show in the first floor gallery.

Her statement for the show is as follows:
“When is there really the now?
As soon as it is now, it is after.
The before cannot reveal the now.
The after reflects the before and the now.
We live in the before and we live in the after.
The works in this exhibit are reflections on the before and the after.
They ponder the past and its impact on the future.
The after is always impending.”

Diana Riukas presents “Neurotica,” a solo show in the first floor gallery. Her artist statement for this exhibition is as follows:

"This body of work reflects upon a common inner state of being that many experience including anxiety and fear. Expressed in abstract imagery of nature and human figures, this theme is examined intertwined with a focus on spirituality, as it relates to a flowering of consciousness. A duality of universes of the lower and higher worlds, of darkness and light, of lower and higher consciousness is explored."


Alison Altergott exhibits widely and is a member of Gallery 22, Philadelphia. She works as a printmaker and photographer and is a teaching artist.

Cynthia Back has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, a Puffin Foundation grant, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant; fellowships to The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ltd., Co. Mayo, Ireland, Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the New York Public Library, the Newark Public Library, Newark, New Jersey, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and The New-York Historical Society.

Ellen Bonett is an abstract artist who enjoys experimenting with mixed media. She holds a very specific fascination for merging commercial products into formal artistic works.

Sharon J. Burton is a self-taught artist, art consultant and curator based in the Fort Washington, Maryland area. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Authentic Contemporary Art, based in the Metro Washington, DC area.

Marie H. Elcin holds a B.F.A. from Moore College of Art and Design. A fiber artist, she teaches adults and youth at Fleisher Art Memorial, Perkins Art Center, and with the Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Art Bridges" program. Elcin writes, “As a traditionally female occupation, embroidery strengthens my connection to my maternal ancestors. However, my use of embroidery for fine art challenges the preconceptions associated with the materials and techniques.”

Molly Crowley studied photography at Temple University and Project Basho, she holds a B.A. in the Anthropology of Visual communication. Molly is the owner of Blue Luna Studios, a web technology company and on the staff of Rubia, a non-profit organization serving women and families in Afghanistan.

Joanna Fulginiti is an artist and fundraiser for a non-profit social services organization. She holds a B.F.A from Tyler School of Art of Temple University and studied textile design at Philadelphia University. She combines fibers and painting in her mixed media work.

Julie Goolsby

Jennifer Judelsohn is an artist, psychotherapist, educator, and author/illustrator of the book "Songs of Creation: Meditations on the Sacred Hebrew Alphabet," which was included in the Utopian Library exhibition in Viareggio, Italy, in 2008. She has exhibited her drawings and paintings in numerous solo and group shows, and her artwork is in private collections around the world. She offers seminars and workshops on a variety of art-related topics; she currently is facilitating a monthly
seminar called "Artmaking as a Spiritual Practice." She also curates the "Evolution of Art" series at Beanetics Coffee Roasters in Annandale,Virginia, which provides a unique venue for emerging artists in the Washington, D.C., area to show their work.

Martha Knox exhibited at the Plastic Club in 2007. Her relief prints are in permanent library collections, and she has worked as a teaching artist for Mural Arts, Multicultural Youth Exchange, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts among other institutions.

Bonnie MacAllister, M.Ed., is an artist, author, and educator. She has most recently exhibited at the Utopian Library in Viareggio, Italy and in la Galería del MEC, Montevideo, Uruguay (along with Michelle Wilson). She is participating in a traveling show as part of the Art House Coop Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia which will reach Laconia Gallery in Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art DC, Antena Gallery in Chicago, 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, Soulard Art Market in St. Louis, and several other venues.

Virginia Maksymowicz received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture, and her artwork has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Newsday, The New Art Examiner and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Maksymowicz teaches at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she is Associate Professor of Art.

Debbie McCarthy earned her MA at The University of Leeds in the UK, and her BFA and Fifth Year at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. She exhibits nationally, and has received several commendations for her mixed media pieces, which are in featured in private collections.

Michelle Wilson is a printmaker, bookmaker, papermaker, and installation artist. Her work deals with correlations between environmental and sociopolitical issues, and how stories can serve as connections between people. She and imprint, Rocinante Press, are based in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Diana Riukas received a M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She creates abstract figurative mixed media paintings and has been the recipient of various awards and grants including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship and the 5-County Arts Fund for the Dress Project, a Women’s Caucus for Art collaborative project. She exhibits regionally and nationally and her website is

Michelle Wilson is a printmaker, bookmaker, papermaker, and installation artist. Her work deals with correlations between environmental and sociopolitical issues, and how stories can serve as connections between people. She and imprint, Rocinante Press, are based in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.
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