Jed Williams Gallery expands, Main Line’s Digital Festival, Pope Up, Locks and Fjord websites, Ron Klein, Hiro Sakaguchi, The Dalai Lama and Meyer Family Opportunity!

Today's News features people, places and things you need to know, rounded up by Roberta. -- the artblog editors


His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, will be in Philadelphia Oct. 26 and 27 to receive the National Liberty Medal and to speak at the Liacouras Center.

So first there’s the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in late September, provoking the Zone of Papal Anxiety.  But a month later, in a quieter, less urban-apocalyptic way, comes the Dalai Lama, speaking publicly, and apparently with no extreme fuss on the part of the City Fathers and Mothers! Thank you Philadelphia Folklore Society for this news.  Full information about His Holiness’s visit here:

Rain by Kim Wilson
Rain, by Kim Wilson, 2015, 16 X 20 inches, collage (acrylic and discarded books on canvas). On view at Jed Williams Gallery. Image courtesy of the gallery.

This in from Kimberly Neff of Jed Williams Gallery

Jed Williams Gallery is expanding it’s tiny 150 square foot gallery space in Bella Vista! The gallery will be closed for 4-6 weeks for renovations and expansion to a 600 square foot space, and we’re closing our current exhibition with a big party on Saturday, Aug. 15, featuring works by Kim Wilson, Hannah Fillingim, Brad Carmichael and Michael Weaver in their current exhibit, Wanderings in Focus.

The gallery, by the way, is owned and operated since 2010 by artist Jed Williams. The closing party Saturday, August 15, 3-5pm; live music, light bites and drinks, and special discounts on small works. 615 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia.

The Sisters by Simone Spicer
Simone Spicer – “The Sisters,” featured in Pope Up at Globe Dye Works.

Just in time for the Pope’s visit, Philadelphia Sculptors will present “Pope Up,” an exhibition of sculptures and paintings centered around all things “Popish.” The show will be up at Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth St. in Philadelphia, Sept, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, although it is recommended you get up there Pre-Papal Onslought.  Hours are noon – 5:00 pm. Public reception Sunday, September 20, from noon – 5:00 pm.

"Golf" (detail) by Tim Portlock
“Golf” (detail) © Tim Portlock 2012, at Main Line Art Center

Whole lotta stuff happening at Main Line Art Center: Panorama, a festival about photographic images in the 21st Century, kicks off Sept. 12 and runs to Nov. 4, with community programming, an exhibition, a virtual exhibition for community art, a new Digital Artist in Residence Program and an evening of fun on Oct. 24.

Tim Portlock, an Artblog favorite, is MLAC’s first Digital Artist in Residence, and on Oct. 24, 5 to 9 pm, Portlock will “light up the night with a presentation of site-specific work,” according to the Center (I think that may mean outdoor video projections).  Other activities that night include music, food trucks, art-making, digital demos, and more.

I’m not sure about this gallery-sponsored barter program for artists but it’s worth talking about. Art for Miles, is a two week mileage drive featuring visual artists who are offering artwork in exchange for mileage points or airline tickets. Art for Miles launches August 14 and continues through August 31, 2015. Art for Miles encourages art lovers to use their extra mileage points to support artists and acquire contemporary art. Artists, would you participate in this?

Well Done, Guys.
Locks Gallery’s new website:
Fjord’s new website:


In conjunction with its festival about photographic images in the 21st Century, Main Line Art Center just listed an open call for its annual Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art. Here’s more:

2016 Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition &
The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art
We are excited to offer an opportunity at Main Line Art Center for contemporary artists that includes $1000, a solo show, and the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art.
DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by 11:59 p.m.
AWARD: $1000 & solo show
QUESTIONS: Beth Boardman, Exhibition Coordinator: 610.525.0272 ext. 116
APPLICATION FEE: Members $30/Non-Members $35
EXHIBITION: March 7 – April 17, 2016


Model of Ron Klein installation
Model of Ron Klein’s 3,000 piece wall on Sanya Island.

Artblog Friend Ron Klein has a wonderful installation in Terminal E at PHL: Check the video of the piece here Klein is also working on a “hugeola wall ( 40 x 30 ft )in Sanya, China, an island off the southern coast of China, across from Viet Nam… It’s made up of 3000 pieces!” Congratulations, Ron!

Hiro Sakaguchi gets a sweet write up in the June, 2015, edition of Art News, in a piece by Annette Monnier, one of our favorite writers (and a former Artblog contributor!) See it here:
The artist has a solo show at Seraphin Gallery, January 29 – March 6, 2016. Congrats!

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