News post – Dave Kyu vs. Nature, Gallery Joe in Amsterdam, 2nd Friday brings out West Philly beauties, opportunities and more!



Jeremy Holmes, Convergence. Photo courtesy of Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.
Jeremy Holmes, Convergence. Photo courtesy of Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.

A special shout out from us to Blaise Tobia for reminding us about what’s coming to this Second Friday (Sept 12). In the span of a few blocks in West Philly near Powelton Village, there is an amazing sculptural installation at Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street) called “Convergence,” the work of artist Jeremy Holmes; a show of urban landscape photography by John Dowell (Prof. Emeritus at Tyler) at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral from 5-7 PM (and likely a bit later); and, at Art on the Avenue Gallery (3808 Lancaster Avenue – near 38th Street) is”Living in the Transit Lounge,” by Romanian artist Raluca Ungureanu (reception at 6:30 PM).

Exciting stuff from American Media Output, comprised of Tyler MFA Andria Morales and her partner Maya Escobar. Together with this year’s 30th annual Feria del Barrio on September 21, Taller Puertorriqueno and AMO are rolling out a fresh new idea for the the N. 5th Street commercial district, El Centro de Oro. Yo Soy Oro (I Am Gold), is soon to be seen on advertisements on big belly trash receptacles along the Golden Block, in the HACE Business and Visitor’s Center.  Taller Puertorriquenos’ 2013 Knights Arts Challenge winning proposal, Conociéndote (Getting to Know You), is to thank for this re-imagining.

Dave Kyu, a trooper of the highest caliber. A community project he’s been working on through Asian Arts Initiative, which centers on sky writing, has been touch-and-go for ages due to poor weather.  September 14, he’s decided, is the end of the road: if it doesn’t happen then, it’s never happening. But that shouldn’t discourage project loyalists or curious onlookers: regardless of what happens with the skywriting mission, the BBQ – Dave’s way of saying thank you to all those who showed any interest – cannot be stopped. The event is planned for 11:30-12:30 PM at 1234 Noble Street.


Three Percent for Art Opportunities at the PHL airport have just popped up. Intended for permanent installations with project budgets ranging from $25,000-$44,000 each, Creative PHL has the scoop. The competition is open to artists and teams who live in the US, and the application deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014.

via Leeway – The Requisite Movers are offering a Wellspring Artistic Dialogue and Critical Feedback series of intensives on November 1. Designed in a laid back and productive group setting, this is a great opportunity for Black female choreographers or women choreographers of African descent to receive critical feedback on their artistic work.  Typical themes explored by Wellspring workshops include diasporan physicalities, social issues, theatre, and/or literature. If workshopped during the Wellspring Intensives, choreographers can expect to be part of The Requisite Movers’ 2015 performances. If you’re interested, please email  The deadline for application is September 22, 2014.


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Amber Lia-Kloppel, Aurora. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Amber Lia-Kloppel, Aurora. Photo courtesy of the artist.

via Amber Lia-Kloppel – Beyond The Threshold, featuring the work of once-upon-a-time-Artist’s House Gallery artist Amber Lia-Kloppel, is showing at the Mark Miller Gallery in NYC; we’ve written about her work in the past as well, and this show is no less exciting. Also on deck are  the paintings of her husband Luis Borrero (a PAFA alumnus), and two fellow New York Academy graduates Dina Brodsky and Tun Myaing. It’s up through October 5.


Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, 1122812. Photo courtesy of Gallery Joe.


Gallery Joe is part of the array at Amsterdam Drawing 2014, running September 18-21, 2014. They’re housed in Booth #31, Amsterdam-Noord on the NDSM-werf. This showing features drawings by Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Christine Hiebert, Sharka Hyland, Rob Matthews, Alex Paik, Allyson Strafella and Lynne Woods Turner.