Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Exhibition: The Women of Lancaster Avenue

For Immediate Release:

Drexel-Lower Lancaster Corridor Partnership presents

Maria Anasazi
Wendy Graves-Papadopoulos
Mandy Katz
Liddy Lindsay
Bonnie MacAllister
Virginia Maksymowicz
Rebecca Rose
Ellen Tiberino
Ana Uribe

Opens 9/30 from 5-9 p.m. as part of LOOK! on Lancaster Avenue

Show runs 9/30-10/30
Special Philadelphia Open Studios Hours 12-6 on 10/1-10/2
Gallery hours through 10/30 Wednesday 5-9, Saturday 12-6

People’s Emergency Center

Fattah Homes
4017 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Drexel-Lancaster partnership presents, as part of LOOK! on Lancaster Avenue, The Women of Lancaster Avenue a historic show at 4017 Lancaster Avenue, Fattah Homes a PEC (People’s Emergency Center) property dedicated in the name of U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA).    The exhibition features work by nine women of diverse backgrounds, all residents of the Lancaster Avenue corridor.  Several have historic connections to the neighborhood.  The show will feature 2D and 3D work including installations, quilted blankets from hand dyed materials, painting,  dye-infused metal prints, cast sculpture, and mosaic work.

LOOK! on Lancaster Avenue: Concept and Vision

To begin to restore West Philadelphia's Lancaster Avenue Corridor and support the creative talents of its residents, Drexel University, in partnership with the University City District, the People's Emergency Center and Powelton-Mantua community arts groups, is sponsoring a public art project: LOOK! on Lancaster Avenue. This project will run from September 30-November 30, 2011, and will take place in various locations along the Lancaster Avenue Corridor, starting at 34th Street and extending westward to 41st Street.

LOOK! will feature art placed in the windows and storefronts of vacant buildings along Lancaster Avenue; group art shows in existing galleries or public spaces; and public performances at various locations along Lancaster Avenue.  As Drexel University embarks on an extensive program of urban revitalization in Powelton and Mantua, LOOK! provides a unique opportunity for West Philadelphia residents to come together in a celebration of creativity and innovation. The project's goals are to encourage public participation and social interaction; serve as a catalyst for business and culture along the Lancaster Avenue Corridor; and help engender a sense of civic pride and community spirit among the residents of the Corridor neighborhoods. The project also consists of public presentations by local artists and performers on September 30, 2011. LOOK! will present performing arts across various disciplines—music, dance and theater—in various locations along the Lancaster Corridor.

Women of Lancaster Avenue Artists

Maria Anasazi
  is an artist who works in sculpture, installation, video and performance. She has had solo exhibitions at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, DE, Arlington Arts Place, VA, and Pyramid Atlantic, MD and has been included in group exhibitions in the USA and Europe. Through her art she interacts and transforms materials that are remnants of our collective history by adding personal meaning to them. www.mariaanasazi.com

Wendy Graves- Papadopoulos has lived in West Powelton for 15 years. She volunteered at the University Arts League for 5 years. She is the co-founder of the Satellite cafe at 50th & Baltimore.  Her current work involves hand-dyed natural fabrics which are assembled into blankets.   She believes that there is something inherently valuable in art that you can use, i.e. ornamental utilitarianism.  She also works in ceramics and silversmithing.  

Mandy Katz will be showing mixed media paintings and drawings that express her subjective experience of the local architecture. Included are portraits of nearby historic buildings Hawthorne Hall and the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company of Philadelphia building. She has lived in various West Philadelphia neighborhoods over the past 15 years and has been in West Powelton for the last 4. By day she works as a gardener at Bartram's Garden, passionately collecting and tending both rare and common plants there. She is devoted to personal creative expression and for her that has taken a variety of forms including music making, painting, sewing, ceramics, dress up, building, and gardening. www.flickr.com/photos/mandykatz/

Liddy Lindsay
 is an artist living and working in Powelton Village since 1987. She graduated from the Tyler School of Art in 1976. From 1978-83, she lived in Perugia, Italy. While in Italy, Lindsay studied Decorative Painting and Fine Art.  Since returning to Philadelphia in 1983, Liddy Lindsay has had a Decorative Painting business, with clients that include the Reading Terminal Market, Winterthur and the Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion. Liddy Lindsay also designed the mural on the corner of Baring Street and Saunders Avenue in Powelton Village.    LiddyLindsay.com

Bonnie MacAllister (WCA member) is a multimedia performance artist who works in oil, watercolor, film, theatre, and mixed media.  She has recently shown her visual artwork at the Delaware Art Museum, Galeria 6 (Mexico), the Center for Green Urbanism (DC), University of Pennsylvania, Montclair State University (NJ), and Florissant Valley Art Gallery in St. Louis, MO. She studied under Jacques Derrida, Helene Cixous, and Agnes Varda. She is a Fulbright-Hays recipient to Ethiopia and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has lived in Sanders Park since 2004. bonniemacallister.com

Virginia Maksymowicz (WCA member) is an artist who was born in New York City and now lives in Powelton Village.  She is a past recipient of an NEA fellowship in sculpture, and has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, the Elizabeth Foundation and Grey Gallery in New York City, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries across the country. Her recent installations have combined representations of the female body with architectural elements.  She is currently Chair of the Art &  Art History Department at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.  tandm.us

Rebecca Rose is a portrait painter, sculptor, and director of RMFAC Studio/Gallery whose works of art are inspirational on quality and exceptional detail.  She is well known for her “perfect portraits.”  She studied under Ms. Rose Washington-Metzger known for her work during the Harlem Renaissance.   She has created commissions including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. bronze bust monument as part of the Pennsylvania State Historic Marker Project launched by the HUB Coalition in Philadelphia in 2008. www.wix.com/rebecca_rose/RMFACart

Ellen Tiberino
can claim a connection to the Lancaster corridor since birth.  She is daughter of distinguished artists Ellen Powell Tiberino and Joe Tiberino.  She studied visual arts at Fleisher Art Memorial and Moore College as a child and during high school at Creative and Performing arts she studied the performing arts of drama dance and singing. Over the past five years, as well as teaching she directed her main energies to sculptural relief glass work (mural and easel size).  She worked at times with artists Joseph Brenman and Gail Gruniger Scuderi on different mosaic mural projects and the community peace pole project (a  joint project between the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum and the West Park Cultural and Opportunity Center where students clay masks were affixed to a pole in mosaic.)  Ellen curates shows at The Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial, named for her mother and where she has executed two major murals “And Still I Rise” (2007) and “Tomorrows a New Day” (2008). She is currently working on several small mosaic pieces for upcoming shows. tiberinomuseum.org

Ana Uribe is an artist of many talents who enjoys working in both Colombia and in Philadelphia, Pa as a muralist. She has worked on a number of murals sponsored by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. In the 80's, when the men of her family died, she went back to Colombia, and with her mother, she moved to the cattle ranch in the Cauca region of Antioquía, Colombia, and that's when she started painting landscapes. By expressing herself through them, she experienced the power of nature, and her whole career took a meaningful path that has carried me on since then. anauribev.com
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