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News – Bambi pop-up show, RAW 2011 winners, FiberPhiladelphia, and more!



Bambi Gallery pop-up show

The Bambi Gallery is back with a pop-up show at Projects Gallery in Northern Liberties to kick off the New Year. They have had some tough luck this year with floods, foreclosure, theft, and bad landlords, but 2012 is sure to be better. Featured artists at the exhibition will include: Jim Garvey, Bonnie Brenda Scott, Stacey lee Webber,  and Matthew Osborne.


Matthew Osborne

Bryn Mawr Film Institute pop-up show



Jocelyn Firth and Rachel Zimmerman have an ongoing pop-up show that they organized at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. The show was just extended to run through Christmas, so there’s some extra time to see the art on display. There are a number of local Philly artists and a few from New York too. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

RAW 2011 includes two Philly winners
RAW: natural born artists has announced its winners for 2011, and two of the nine winners are from Philadelphia. The Visual Artist of the Year award goes to Lawren Alice and Fashion Designer of the Year goes to Mariel Rojo. Season Commencement will take place Thursday, January 12th and will award emerging artists with career boosting prizes like boutique placement, gallery placement and consultations.

FiberPhiladelphia 2012 dates and new website
The address is the same, but FiberPhiladelphia’s website is fresh and new. Also announced are the dates for their 2012 international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. March 2 – 4 is the opening weekend for FiberPhiladelphia at Moore College of Art and Design.  Exhibitions are planned for 40 locations including major institutions and independent venues. The festival will run through April.

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s
Macy’s in Center City has opened the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, reports The yearlong project is a collaborative effort of the city, Macy’s department store, and the Center City District to nurture young designers. The designers will get space and participate in workshops and seminars which will help them with their business skills in addition to their design work. Winning designers will be announced at the end of February.

Temple Gallery attendance quintuples
Rob Blackson, director of the Temple Gallery announced that the attendance for the venue is way, way up. “Most likely due to the Art Blog and other support our attendance has dramatically increased.  We are about 100 visitors shy of 5,000 visitors since this new programming structure began in September,” said Blackson. At this time last year, the gallery had just slightly over 1,000 visits.

Amazon Mechanical Turk has launched a new type of marketplace for work. Mechanical Turk is an online brokerage between employers who need Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) completed and the people who have internet access and the ability to complete them. You can take qualification tests online, and then get to work. A truly innovative new idea in the world of online jobs.

ArtStrong bags launch at Art Basel Miami

ArtStrong bags
The silver, blood orange-lined ArtStrong bags made their first appearance at Art Basel in Miami, but now they are officially on the market. Tired of bubble wrapping and packaging work? Well ArtStrong bags are ideal for storing and transporting delicate work. They’re reusable and come in 15 standard sizes, plus the option to create your own custom size.

Vivant Art Collection holiday sale
On Saturday December 17, the Vivant Art Collection is presenting a holiday art sale from 10 AM – 4 PM at Club House, 4700 City Avenue across from Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center. For more information contact Florey Morisset at 310-612-4636 or e-mail


The Flux Factory in New York has announced an open call for a silk screen printing residency. The deadline for application is January 15. For more information, visit the open call page.

Artist News

Michael Konrad constructed a sculpture for the Recycling Artist-in-Residency (RAIR) program. He is also participating in a short group show in New York entitled “I am the judge. I am the jury.” Rebellion & Empowerment in Contemporary Art.

Michael Konrad RAIR
Michael Konrad constructing his sculpture for RAIR.

Ted Adams will have a solo photography exhibition at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York from January 18 – February 26.

Katie Murken had the opportunity to work as a resident artist at the Babayan Culture House in Capadoccia, Turkey back in October. The residency was funded by an Alumni Travel Grant from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

Andrew Jeffrey Wright will be hosting Comedy Dreamz this Saturday, December 17 at The Barbary. There will be stand-up comedy, videos, and DJs… and of course drinks. The cost is $5 and doors open at 8 PM.

Daniel Phillips
Daniel Phillips, “River Street”, 2011, video projection on debris, dimensions variableT

Philly -> Boston transplant Daniel Phillips will be having a show of new video work at DODGE gallery in New York.

Tim Pannell of Little Berlin and his brother just launched a company which sells high-quality, digital prints of Philadelphia, aptly named The Brothers Pannell.

Hayley Tomlinson
Hayley Tomlinson, “One Accolade I Must Achieve to Become a Successfully Working Artist”, 2011, digital print featuring a handmade ribbon.

Hayley Tomlinson won the My Philadelphia competition at Prelude Gallery. Her winning piece? A parody of being featured on this very artblog. It indeed looks like her photo was somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Congratulations, Hayley!