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Celestine Wilson Hughes, in her 40th St. A.I.R. studio in West Philly.

Next week on artblog radio – a podcast with Celestine Wilson Hughes

Celestine Wilson Hughes makes large colored glass sculptures that are totemic and sing the praises of the natural world and community. They especially are a celebration of women’s undervalued inner strength, and women’s bodies. Hughes, who has a studio at home in her basement, just started a residency at the 40th St. A.I.R. (Artist in Residence) studios in West Philadelphia. The artist is self taught and her free-standing collages of cut glass, metals, and other objects like beads are wonderful–bright and engaging objects that catch your eye from across a room that you want to explore up close. Next week ... More » »

Claes Gabriel in his studio talking with us

New podcast-Claes Gabriel on creating a tribe of totems

Locks Gallery sponsors this episode. Claes Gabriel (Claes is pronounced “Clays”) makes bright-colored totemic shapes from stretched canvas over wood armatures.  The works show the artist’s attention to detail in crafting and painting.  The artist, who was born in Port au Prince, Haiti in 1977  is not making “black art” but rather painting his feelings, he says.  He’s the son of a famous Haitian artist, Jacques Gabriel, and yes, he was named after Claes Oldenburg.  Claes came to the US in 1989 and studied at Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA 1999) and while right now he’s in Philadelphia, his ... More » »

Claes Gabriel, next on artblog radio

Claes Gabriel (Claes is pronounced “Clays”) is an artist whose work we encountered at Sande Webster Gallery in last year’s “5 under 40″ exhibit.  We love his bright-colored totemic shapes made of stretched canvas over wood armatures.  The artist was born in Port au Prince, Haiti in 1977 and came to the US in 1989.  He studied at Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA 1999) and while right now he’s in Philadelphia, his long-range plans involve living in Europe.  Below is a short sample from our talk.  The full podcast interview will run next Monday. Claes Gabriel 43-second clip