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News post – One year for CFAW, thanks to our British benefactors, Michelle Post at Grounds for Sculpture, opportunities and more!



Ever wonder how Renoir can be so loved and so hated? Limited tickets are still available for a members-only lecture coming up at the Barnes on October 18. “Why We Love to Hate Renoir” is a talk and book signing by Dr. Martha Lucy, author of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation, who asks how he can be both revered for his work (Barnes voraciously collected his paintings) and disparaged for lack of originality. The lecture is from 10:30-11:30 AM, and tickets are $12. Reserve online.
Further proving that we’re all part of a global online art village, we have our first international sponsorship banner on the blog! Ascot Studios Art Gallery of England have endorsed us; check out their site to see the cool work they’ve done. Calls for a cup of tea or a pint!
Benjamin Volta and Gord Peteran’s mural and delivery doors at the Center for Art in Wood.

Their move to 141 N. 3rd Street in Old City was a wise one: in the first six months at their new home, the Center for Art in Wood has seen a 600% increase in visitation, as well as a major rise in art and museum store sales. Join them on October 12 to celebrate their achievements and the newest additions to their building, a mural on Quarry at N. 3rd Street by Benjamin Volta and “At the Center,” the Center’s new 11’4″ delivery doors designed by Gord Peteran. The dedication and reception begin at 5:30.


On October 9, celebrated its public launch. Over the last four years, their mission to make all the art in the world freely accessible has garnered some formidable support from high-caliber museums, galleries and investors; their story in The New York Times is illuminating.


Apocalypse: the hottest trend of 2012? PhilaMOCA says so, and they’re calling for submissions for their upcoming show, which (depending on how deeply into Mayan mythology you are) is going to be either a last hurrah for humanity or a mockery of the doomsayers. “It’s the End of the World (Again)!” opens Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 PM at PhilaMOCA, and concludes on December 21. The three-night show allows for in-depth discussions on apocalyptic scenarios of all stripes (except zombies, which the prescient folks of PhilaMOCA have proscribed – rightfully – for being played out). The reception promises a multimedia presentation on apocalyptic sci-fi and a screening of the original “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Send digital files or photos of submissions, as well as any questions to curator Genevieve Gillespie ( Links are preferred for six or more entries. There’s a $20 participation fee per selected piece of artwork; 100% of sales go to the artist, and artists must handle all shipping arrangements/costs involved. Deadline for submissions: Monday, December 3.


via James Erikson – An artist’s studio is available in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, offering approximately 650 sq. ft. of a larger shared space; $175/month + utilities; lots of light; easy access to bathroom and utility sink; a freight elevator; easy street parking; and is located just off I-95, minutes from the Market/Frankford El. Call 215-219-5884 or email 


Loudoun Arts Council (LAC) has put out a call for submissions for a Public Art Project in Leesburg,VA. Involving three sculptures, this project is to be completed on a 50k-75K budget. For complete information, visit their site. The deadline is November 9.
Hallowed neighborhood hole-in-the-wall Dirty Frank’s appropriately-titled Off the Wall Gallery has picked “What’s Your Inspiration?” for the theme of its upcoming eighth annual juried exhibition, which closes to entries in 36 days and runs from December 2 to 28. They are seeking entries in all media, and the content and subjects are more or less in the hands of the artist, as long as the work addresses sources of inspiration, if your art has the potential to inspire others, and the like. The size requirement for framed 2D work is 48 inchesD, and 2D art must weigh 15 pounds or less (the Wall has seen better days). The entry form can be found here.

Artist News

Michelle Post, “Bruno.” 2011. Painted aluminum 68″ x 20″ x 19″. Part of Grounds For Sculpture 10 piece commission, permanent installation, Fall 2013.

Michelle Post’s show “Tronies” opened on Saturday at Da Vinci Art Alliance. What’s on view are ten new works commissioned by Grounds for Sculpture, which will be installed on the GFS campus in Fall, 2013. The gallery is open on weekends from 12-5, and Wed. 5-7pm.  “Tronies” consists of head/plinth compositions of anonymous people that are carved in styrofoam, cast in aluminum and then painted. Congratulations Michelle!

Elyce Abrams, I’ll See You Again. 2012, acrylic on panel, 16″ x 16″.
Elyce Abrams is part of a two-person show, along with J.T. Kirkland, at Blank Space Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. Opening on Thursday, November 15, the show runs until December 28.

Fresh off the opening of a show at Kelly Writer’s House, Katie Pomerantz has begun a one-month residency at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in the Chesapeake. Hidden Midden explores the history of oystering and its vicissitudes due to, industrialization and environmental change. This is Pomerantz’ first project using sculpture. Based in part on the oyster ‘middens’ formed by Native Americans along the eastern seaboard, Pomerantz and fellow Philly artist John Heron are building the sculpture with oyster shells, which the public is enthusiastically encouraged to donate. Visitors can also watch the construction of the Hidden Midden and create a mini-midden of their own in the artLAB from 1:00 – 4:00 pm daily, to be displayed as the Fall Public Art Project from October 1 through October 19. Pomerantz is in the artLAB on Sunday afternoons, through October, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For additional information and questions, please contact Kaitlin Pomerantz via email at or call Annmarie Garden at 410-326-4640.