What we want to see Friday and next Thursday


Work by Amy Stevens (top), Kim Alsbrook (left) and Miha at Bambi Gallery

Say it isn’t so!!! Some galleries have moved their openings to Second Friday this month. Too much New Years’ partying, we guess. That would certainly be the case for those crazy Space 1026ers who are marching in the Mummer’s Parade with the Vaudevillains New Year’s Comic Brigade. They’ll be performing around 9 a.m. in front of City Hall. Sounds fun, if you can get up that early–better yet, just stay up from the night before. Then go back to sleep until Friday, the 9th, for theirs and Vox’s exhibits).

But there’s still plenty to do!

Friday, Jan. 2

Toying with kitsch at the Clay Studio

At the Clay Studio objects comes from Non Fiction Design Collective cross over between commercial and handmade, pop and romantic, clay and print. They look pretty great! Also, works by artist Jeremy Brooks seem like a good pairing with Non Fiction. Brooks’ slightly abstracted flora and fauna put to shame their traditional kitschy forebears–like Boehm and the ceramic tchotchkes on my grandmother’s shelves. Also showing, cartoon-y figures by John Casey.

Clay Studio
137-139 North Second Street
January 2 through January 25, 2009.
An Opening Reception will be held on First Friday, January 2, from 5 – 9 pm.

The neighbors at Proximity Gallery

print by Marie Ulmer, dating to ca. 1940

Proximity is a jewel of a little space, and they are having their 1st Annual Neighborhood Show of Fishtown/Kensington artists. Winning the prize for the youngest oldest artist in the show–Marie Ulmer, who at 91 will be showing prints dating from 1937 to 1941. They look fresh as a daisy. Others showing–Karen Gibson, Andrew Leach, Noel Hefele, Alicia Curtis and Veronica Hanssens.

Proximity Gallery
opening reception 6pm-9pm
2434 East Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA
Exhibition runs throughout the month of January.

We cherish Bambi

Technically, the Happy Hour for the show Cherishables at Bambi is not an opening. The opening was in December. But we all know that Candace knows how to throw a party. The exhibit includes Amy Stevens’ photos of excess–ornate food and flower sculptures; Kim Alsbrook’s historic portraits painted on trash, as in crusshed soda cans and flattened cups; and Miha’s pictures influenced by Japanese Pop and traditional imagery. Yippee for the ladies!

Bambi Gallery
Reception Friday, Jan. 2nd
5:30 – 8:30
1817 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Show closes Jan. 25

Thursday, Jan. 8

Up All Night at Rebekah Templeton

Dan Schank, Lights Out, 2008, mixed media: pencil, gouache, india ink and paper collage on board, 18” by 24”
Dan Schank, Lights Out, 2008, mixed media: pencil, gouache, india ink and paper collage on board, 18” by 24”

Philadelphia artist Dan Shank has an exhibit, Up All Night–the perfect post New Years’ Eve title ever. So what if the show doesn’t open until the 8th. I had to give it a shout. Shank’s cut paper and gouache landscapes are of familiar places and things in disarray. Can’t wait to see this.

Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art
Opening reception 1/8, 6 – 9 p.m.
The exhibition closes Feb. 28
173 W. Girard Avenue


amy stevens, dan schank, first friday january 2009, kim alsbrook, marie ulmer, miha



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