It’s time to light 20 candles for Pentimenti! Happy anniversary to one of Philly’s best galleries – it’s great to see them running strong! To celebrate, they’re presenting 20 in 2012 vision, an exhibition featuring the work of sixteen of their artists, all of whom have created new work specifically for the show. The only guideline they had to follow was the use of emerald and/or white (apparently traditional 20th anniversary colors) as their basic palette. The particpating artists are: Steven Baris, Kim Beck, Laura Bell, Cecilia Biagini, Matthew Cox, Anthony DeMelas, Kevin Finklea, Kiki Gaffney, Judy Gelles, Matt Haffner, Joseph Hu, Mark Khaisman, Jacob Lunderby, Margaret Murphy, Hadieh Shafie and Jackie Tileston. The exhibition opens on September 15, 2012, with an opening reception Saturday, September 15 from 6 to 8 PM; it closes on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Happy 20th and many more!
The Friends of the Japanese House and Garden are bringing a beautiful traditional event to Shofuso Japanese House and Garden for the first time ever: an Otsukimi, a harvest moon viewing celebration. From Saturday September 29 through Sunday September 30, this festival is celebrated by making offerings to the full moon, as well as a range of family- and child-oriented activities including crafting, taiko drumming, storytelling, a Shofuso Japanese maple tree raffle, and making (and eating) Japanese foods and sweets. Tickets are $12 per person; purchase them and find more information about the event at Shofuso’s website.
Over fifty artists are appearing in a huge community show at Germantown’s newest art spot, Imperfect Gallery. Dedicated founders Renny Molenaar and Rocio Cabello have brought together artists from the neighborhood and the world at large for “Old Friends, New Friends: A Full Circle,” Imperfect’s third and final inaugural exhibit. To give you an idea of the talent they’ve amassed, artists include Tristin Lowe, Syd Carpenter, Colin Keefe, Antonio Puri and David Kessler. The opening reception is on Saturday, September 8, from 6-9:00 PM, and the show runs until September 29. For more information on this show, and on everything else Imperfect has going on this fall, contact Renny Molenaar at 917-957-4504, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 new appointments – 1. Erin Boyle has been appointed the new interim director of University of the Arts’ MFA Studio Art Program, taking over from Joe Girandola, former Director. UArts has a unique leader in Boyle: since 2002, she’s been part of the UArts community as a student, an administrator and a faculty member. We know that her trifecta of experience will be a huge benefit to UArts during this transition period! 2. Teresa Jaynes, the former director of Philagrafika, has stepped in as interim director of Fleisher Art Memorial in the wake of Matt Braun’s departure. Congratulations to Erin and Teresa!
The West is on its way out as the power player in global media, and the 2012 Impakt Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands, boldly called No More Westerns examines how and why. Chronicling the rise of nations like China, India and Brazil, and what that means for the way we communicate, Cher Potter and Samantha Culp are curating the program, with Indian academic Parmesh Shahani as festival fellow. Over four days (October 24-28), the festival brings talks, screenings, music, workshops and expert meetings to several locations across Utrecht, and the festival exhibition is happening at CBKU from October 12-28. The opening exhibition is Thursday October 11 at 8 PM. Their site contains newsletters, press releases and the festival blog.
On September 7 Freewall, the public mural space on the side of Fergie’s Pub that’s prettying up Sansom Street, is having its first official opening. Robert Goodman’s “The Tumble” kicks off with a reception from 6-9PM.
Gitana Rosa Gallery in Brooklyn has put out a call for prints and small works for their upcoming exhibition “The Others.” They’re specifically looking for high quality work that’s valued no higher than $500. They’ll be taking submissions (each of no more than three images) on their website. All work is to be up in rotation, as sold (cash and carry), for one month, and 1% of all proceeds benefit the Human Impacts Institute of NY. The opening reception is September 14, 6-10 p.m; the show is up until October 14. Check their site for full submission details.
Sarah Gamble is part of “Assembly 2012,” a group show at the at the Edward Thorp Gallery in NYC. The show runs from September 13 – October 20, and there’s an artists’ reception on Thursday, September 13 from 6-8 PM.
Our Spanish is unfortunately lacking, but we can say with confidence that cheese painter Mike Geno’s interview in the Spanish edition of Esquire contains high praise. They’ve published a great photo spread of Mike’s work, so our takeaway is this: if there’s one thing that transcends language barriers, it’s tantalizing portraits of fine cheeses.
Gabe Martinez is included in Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer’s groundbreaking survey Art and Queer Culture 1885-Present, to be published by Phaidon in the “Themes and Movements” series. He was also a participant in the recent Vertigo Performance Art Series, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls, Iowa.