News Kelsey Halliday Johnson, formerly of Vox Populi, is the new Assistant Curator at Locks Gallery. Johnson is thrilled to be at the helm for Locks’ new fall exhibitions, Sarah McEneaney’s Trestletown and Ena Swansea’s Fugitive Scenes, opening today and continuing hough November 23. There’s a reception November 1 from 5:30-7:30pm, where, if you haven’t already seen Johnson at her new digs you can meet and wish her well! Tom Devaney, excellent poet and artblog contributor, has a reading with Charles Bernstein tonight as part of the 215 Festival tonight at 8:30pm at Steap & Grind on 1619 Frankford Ave. 2 from us - 1. Don’t forget, our ... More » »
News It’s not every year you get to celebrate the same milestone birthday as your favorite neighborhood institution, but this year the privilege falls to the artblog and the Green Line Cafe . Both of us turn ten this year! We’re teaming up with Green Line for a show-up-and-show event, Unfiltered, opening Oct. 19, and, as you’d expect, we need visual artists to celebrate with us. That day, bring your work to The Green Line on Locust, and see it on the wall! Overflow pieces go into a flatfile on site that visitors can access. Check back here about what to bring and ... More » »
News This week brings major accolades for Kim Sajet, currently the president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and now the director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. A Portland gallery with a Philadelphia flavor opens: Amy Adams and John Ollman of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery have teamed up to open a new gallery in Portland, OR. Adams and Ollman, founded to showcase 20th century self-taught American artists and contemporary artists for Portland, opens with an exhibition of two and three-dimensional works by Philadelphia artist Bill Walton. The show is on view from March 1–April 27, 2013. Between this, the recent ... More » »
Artist Douglas Witmer thinks a lot about community and how he can create an ideal one around him–and beyond. You may know him as a co-owner, with his brother-in-law, of the Green Line Cafes, which I think of as the community hub of University City. Or maybe you know him as a musician, or by his art work. The thread that weaves through everything he does is that commitment to community, and how he’s just a part of a larger whole. The modesty carries over into his philosophy of art, including issues related to whether we should care if art ... More » »
This episode sponsored by The Art of the Covenant – at FLUXspace The new exhibitions coordinator of Fleisher Art Memorial goes by Dave, but as a performance artist he’s been calling himself Jong Kyu Kim. He talks to us about celebrities, identity and living up to his family’s expectations. Below is the 30-second sample clip. And below that is the full 11-minute interview. Right click to download 30-second clip
We often put up our own version of public service announcements, but rarely do we follow up on them with the outcomes of the efforts. Here’s an outcome worth mentioning, plus lots of crunchy details explaining how Green Line Cafe successfully raised money for Haiti earthquake relief. I’m including most of the press release because of all the useful info in there, should someone want to follow their formula for a fundraiser:
Ebullient drawings of heaving landscapes and meditative mark-making by Kelsey Halliday Johnson, now up at the Green Line Cafe, caught my eye on my way in for a cup of joe. I was drawn in by the mix of gorgeous colors and powerful geographical forms.
CD cover art by John Overmyer Here’s your chance to do a little good and stuff the stockings with some swell alternative music recorded at the Green Line Cafe. The profits–all 100 percent–from the CD, Songs on the Green Line, benefit Cooperativa San Fernando, a worker-owned coffee cooperative located high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, where the Green Line’s house coffee is grown. This is quite a different model from the Starbuck’s music marketing scheme, which makes me squirm a little. And the packaging has a Christmas-y kind of jaunty cheer from the pen and brush of editorial illustrator ... More » »