[Editor’s note: Longtime Fishtown resident Roman Blazic want to make sure everyone knows all the stuff that’s cooking in Fishtown on First Friday. Here’s what he had to say.]
Piety Choi at Highwire
First Friday in Fishtown continues to grow along Frankford Avenue and the surrounding streets. The more recent art attractions include The Angler Movement Arts Center, 1550 Montgomery Ave. and Perpetua, 2041 Frankford Ave., 215-634-4447.
Perpetua presented Art by Nathan. His original work of comic book drawings succeeds because of the conflict of the stark imagery and imagination and his delicacy of colorization. This conflict evokes mixed feelings that draw me in to challenge the starkness and delicacy of the human condition.
Highwire Gallery presented the work of Piety Choi, an art instructor at Lutheran Settlement, and longtime Highwire member Jeff Waring. There were more similarities than differences between their artwork. Both create art rich with earthly texture and color that’s alive with depth and dimension. This was work that would look as good in a home as it looks on the gallery walls!
Germ Book Store, a favorite of mine, exhibits art from the sublime to the subliminal and just about anything in-between. You never know what to expect. Young artist Christopher Wilke favors the strong influence of Dali and Bacon. I see an artist with much potential.
The best moment of the night was when I met up with Marie Ulmer. Marie, at age 91, is a most-elder active artist. She and my mother, Mary Blazic, also 91 years but now in nursing care, were the original artists with some recognition from the Fishtown area.
Marie’s main body of work was silkscreen prints and now watercolors.
[editor: I thought it might be fun to see a picture by Roman’s mother, Mary Blazic:]
–Roman Blazic of Fishtown is an artist member of Positive Space.