News post – Farewell to Vivant, Bridgette Mayer in Vegas, Cadmium Red under fire, Jeff Carr retires, opportunities and more!



Some of Vivant's greatest hits. Photo courtesy of Florcy Morriset.
Some of Vivant’s greatest hits. Photo courtesy of Florcy Morriset.

A sad moment for Old City, but we’re pretty determined to end it on a happy note: after seven years of being the only African-American owned gallery in Old City, Florcy Morisset is closing Vivant Art Collection.  She and Honorary Co-Chair Lisa Nutter are understandably emotional to see it end, but they’re sending Vivant out with a full five days of festivities celebrating Vivant’s place in the community. Check out the listing of events below, and, in the words of Florcy for the last seven years – vivant!

Wednesday, October 1st,  6pm – 9pm

M‘ART’ini Cocktail Reception hosted by Dyana Williams and Mike Jerrick

Thursday, October 2nd, 6pm – 9pm

Vivant Salutes! Women in Non-Profit Sector

Co-hosted by Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown. Vivant Salutes honors the contributions of Philly’s leading women in the nonprofit sector.

Friday, October 3rd, 9pm – midnight

First Friday Art Crawl

Young professionals meet up for a night of art, wine and colorful conversation during First Friday Art Gallery Crawl in Old City, Philadelphia.

Saturday, October 4th, 6pm – 9pm

Signature Champagne Art Auction

Stop by the gallery to sip champagne, toast & celebrate cultural artists from around the world.

Sunday, October 5th, 6pm – 9pm

Jazz and Mimosas featuring Surprise Guests

Enjoy mimosas and a live jazz performance by world renowned bassists Jamaaladeen Tacuma for our grand finale.

A page from Elisha Lim's 100 Crushes. Photo courtesy of the artist.
A page from Elisha Lim’s 100 Crushes. Photo courtesy of the artist.

via Leeway – Crushes and Mountains, a reading from some incredible authors in the LGBTQ community, is coming to Philly soon. Hosted at the Asian Arts Initiative on October 22 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Elisha Lim and Vivek Shraya‘s works fight against conformist views of sexuality, gender, love and identity; their event features reading from Elisha’s new graphic novel 100 Crushes and Vivek’s novel She is the Mountain. The event is free and admission is first-come, first-served. Don’t let this one fall by the wayside!

Lots of people are getting sanguine about the potential ban on cadmium red being considered by the the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). A Europe-wide ban of cadmium pigments in acrylic, oil and watercolour paints could help reduce the pollution that occurs when artists rinse their brushes in the sink….or not, according to dissenting artists and pain manufacturers. Are they being unfairly targeted? We’ll see when the decision from the ECHA comes out in December.

Another major retirement this week: Jeffrey Carr, Dean of the School at PAFA announced on Thursday announced that he’s retiring effective July 31, 2015 after thirteen extremely dynamic years. Carr’s been a huge part of PAFA’s development as a unified campus, including – but not limited to – the the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, the completion of Lenfest Plaza, and the addition of a Bachelor of Fine Arts and liberal arts studies degree programs. Congratulations and good luck to Dean Emeritus Carr!




S.I.P.M.A Contemporary Juried Exhibit 2014 is calling for entries, deadline October 19, for “I Live Here” at the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery in Jersey City. Juried by Bruce Waldman,“I Live Here” is based on the theme of individual space, and is open to works in print making, sculpture, mixed media, and installation. The show runs from October 29 – December 17, 2014.


In a new effort in the online art-slash-social media platform, Exhibit at Art Hive Online is seeking submissions from 2D artists of all media. Their model, a free-to-display online gallery and social network, has all entries reviewed by an expert panel, with a target audience of experienced collectors, design professionals, and first time art enthusiasts. They work on commission and the artist keeps possession of work until it sells, at which point Exhibit at Art Hive Online pays and arranges for shipment. Applications and images should be submitted online via The deadline is October 24.


Artist News


Derrick Velasquez is one of the artists in a group show at McNichols Civic Center in Denver, CO. Fashion/Culture opened August 21 and runs until December 21, 2014, so there’s still time to catch it this year.


Rebecca Rutstein, you come and go (diptych), 2014. Photo courtesy of Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
Rebecca Rutstein, you come and go (diptych), 2014. Photo courtesy of Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

Bridgette Mayer Gallery is setting up in the glitzy digs of Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco, opening October 9-12, 2014. The roster includes such favorites of ours as Radcliffe Bailey, Federico Herrero,Tim McFarlane, Ryan McGinness, Eileen Neff and Rebecca Rutstein.


Brian Ulrich is one of the artists included in “Country Living,” an installation at Bucknell University’s Samek Museum. September 30-December 7. This exhibition taps into the ongoing conversation between the art world and rural America and looks at country as a cultural aesthetic. Among the extracurricular offerings for “Country Living” are some real gems, including music by local artists, a knitting circle , two Art in Bars events at breweries, conversations with artists, an art game, and some Country Living film screenings.