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News post – Napoleon fundraiser, congratulations to Andrea, Douglas Witmer in Europe, opportunities and more!



Napoleon Gallery and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania are partnering for a fundraiser aimed at engaging artistically inclined young people. Forty artists have been invited to a charity art sale, with each artist contributing one piece of work; prices range from $40-$80, so it’s well within a thrifty budget. The proceeds are split fifty-fifty between the artists and Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA for a 2013 educational art event. The fundraiser began last night, with the sale continuing today and Sunday from 2-6 PM. Keep in mind that it ‘s cash-only!

Fishtown’s status as a cultural haven just got another prop from Steven Sparber, a dedicated local and creator of Fishtown Spotlights. This new blog focuses on community events, including those relevant to its community artists. The most recent article is a feature on local artist David Ohlerking.

Andrea Kirsh has received an Arts Writers Workshop award from the Warhol Foundation! Congratulations, and we are excited to see the outcomes of your hard work with this partnership with the International Art Critics Association!

Regretfully, the 2012 roster of United States Artists does not include any Philly artists. Previous years have seen Judith Schaechter and Zoe Strauss honored. Our community of creatives is as dazzling as it’s always been, though, and we’re confident that one of our incredible local talents will be honored next year.


The Artblog is now accepting listings for opportunities and workshops and other learning events on the calendar. You can find them all listed under “Learn.” Additionally, our 501 (c) (3) status is now official, and as such we have a fancy new “Donate” button on the homepage. Any contributions are majorly appreciated!

Attention sculptors: the Florida Center for Sculpture has issued a call for submissions, open to all artists working in North America who wish to see their work in outdoor installations. All ten artists selected for the exhibition receive a $1,000 honorarium to cover transportation, installation and de-installation of the sculpture, and all incidental expenses involved; any additional costs are the responsibility of the artist. Prizes range from Best of Show ($3,000), 2nd Place ($1,200), Honorable Mention ($500), People’s Choice ($500), and a Sponsor Award ($250). Winners are notified the week of January 14, 2013, and the installation of accepted sculptures is set for February 25 – March 8, 2013. The Reception & Awards Celebration Central is scheduled for May 9, 2013 at Park Stroll, Winter Haven, FL. There are many important details included in the prospectus, which you can read here.

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Among the art fair offerings in Miami this week, Robert Henry Contemporary is displaying works by Colin Keefe in Room 121 at Aqua Art Miami.  You can see the full lineup of artists they will be showcasing here. is 1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL (map). Opening Reception December 1, 2012 from 8-11pm, Free & 21+

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Show flyer for “Crush,” featuring Pakayla Beihn, Erin Riley and Jason Andrew Turner.

Orchard Skateshop in Allston, MA is hosting a three-person show featuring Erin Riley, Jason Andrew Turner, and Bay Area-born Pakayla Rae Beihn. The show features Beihn’s delicately layered photo realistic paintings, Riley’s tapestries of internet images and striking portraiture by Turner. You can see it until January 7; Orchard Skateshop is located at 156 Harvard Avenue in Allston.

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Douglas Witmer’s newest, untitled works on paper in Paris.

Douglas Witmer is celebrating the first showing of his work in Europe, with one of his “Fruitville” objects on view in the second iteration of “Manic Episode 3″ at the headquarters of the SPD in Hamburg, Germany. Meanwhile, in Paris “The Subjective Object,” which debuted at ParisCONCRET on December 1, is host to five of his recent works on paper as part of a 3-person exhibition; it can be seen until December 22. Additionally, Witmer has been asked to contribute work to The Artist Relief Project, an online exhibition benefiting artists who suffered significant losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Four recent works on paper are available for purchase, with half of the sale price benefiting artists in need through December 17.