News post –- Hilary Jay moving on from @PhilaArchCenter, @FleisherOllman in Tucson, #DavidLynch’s Silencio sets up in South France, opportunities and more!

[Today in art news, events, and opportunities: One of Artblog’s own reviewers curates a show! We’ve also got the lowdown on upcoming History Truck events, plus a juried show and a teaching position just for artists. — the Artblog editors]


A vibrant welcome to the Brandywine Workshop’s first resident fashion designers, the flamboyantly named Burning Guitars! The Art of Fashion: Corrupted Aesthetic, powered by Showroom77, brings the collective’s designs to BWA from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, June 6 at the BWA space.

A 3D exhibit, this show takes place in Brandywine’s Glass Lobby Gallery and the outdoor fashion show on the grass plaza at 7 pm, featuring models from Philadelphia Fashion Week. Admission is free with ticket reservations.

Rachel Gross, “Gone the Rainbow,” intaglio, paint, collage.

Artblog’s own Jennifer Zarro curated a great-looking show at Hooloon! Rachel Gross has had exhibitions at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in MA and the International Print Center in NY, among others, and is now showing in Philly–getting back to her local roots. The well-known printmaker received her MFA from Tyler School of Art and last exhibited here in 1998 at her Tyler thesis exhibition.

The plywood panels Gross makes are like handcrafted considerations of Minimalist, shaped paintings. Her prints consist of layered etchings and aquatints, some of which add collage and painted elements. Join Rachel, Jennifer, and others for the reception on Saturday, May 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Hooloon, 53 North 2nd Street. The show is on view from May 20 – July 19.

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The History Truck presents “They Say They Gonna Build”

The History Truck invites you to They Say They Gonna Build, opening Friday, June 5 from 5pm to 8 pm! Summing up an entire year of North Philadelphia community work is no easy feat, but it’s well worth the effort. The last 12 months have seen partnerships with Tree House Books, Philadelphia Urban Creators, the Free Breakfast Program, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

The History Truck, currently shared by Kensington civic leader Jeff Carpineta, is going to be the subject of a crowdfunding campaign to fund a permanent vehicle for the project. If you cannot make it June 5, Erin Bernard invites you to Monument Lab on June 2 during the lunchtime talk–and to the celebration of the History Truck’s receipt of the John Andrew Gallery Community Action award from the Greater Philadelphia Preservation Alliance at its Annual Achievement Awards reception on June 3.

Huge news from the Philadelphia Center for Architecture: Hilary Jay, organizer of DesignPhiladelphia and a 10-year fixture on our scene, is heading to new ventures. Although Jay is saying goodbye, it’s nowhere near the end for DesignPhiladelphia, still the signature event of the Center, making an annual splash for designers and the public.


With a deadline of July 15, Shades of Pastel, sponsored by the Maryland Pastel Society, is calling for applicants for an exhibit running from October 5 – 28, 2015. The venue for this year is Hill Center Galleries at the Old Naval Hospital, with over $6,500 in cash and merchandise. Juried by Doug Dawson, the show is open to all artists 18 or older living in the USA and Canada. All paintings must be the artist’s original work and at least 80% soft pastels (no oil pastels). Work cannot be produced whole or in part in an instructor-led class or workshop, or from photo reference materials belonging to others. Other than that, all manner of subjects and styles are eligible.

The entry fee for a MPS member is $35 for one to three digital images, and $40 for non-members; Hill Center Gallery retains 30% commission. Send a SASE to 3706 Whispering Lane, Falls Church, VA 22041. For more info, call 703-409-5126.

Darlington Arts Center is now accepting applications for a ceramics teaching artist for immediate hire. Applicants should have at least an undergraduate degree in art and one year of teaching experience. If you’re interested, send your resume to Susan Quinn, executive director, at

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Sonoran Hot Dog Stand.

Fleisher/Ollman is in the midst of two concurrent summer exhibitions, with the Jocko Weyland-curated Sonoran Hot Dog Stand featuring artists working in sculpture, installation, painting, and drawing, and Jocko Weyland’s own Ski Maps. Sonoran Hot Dog Stand runs June 5 to August 28, 2015, with a reception Friday, June 5 from 6-8 pm.

It’s members-only, but one can dream: Silencio x Maison de l’Aiguebrun, the pop-up version of David Lynch‘s Club Silencio, opened at the 19th-century Maison de l’Aiguebrun in the South of France on May 14, and runs until September 20, 2015. The property once belonged to film director Agnes Varda and is now owned by her daughter, Rosalie Varda-Demy. The lavish mansion includes 15 guest rooms, a restaurant, and a star-studded selection of concerts, DJ sets, and outdoor film screenings. Bonus: in July, Varda herself is producing a film installation on the property.