Center for Creative Works, Allens Lane benefits, Sarah McEneaney in Portland, OR, Blackstar Film Fest and Wall Writers movies at International House, Crane Arts Archive Space closes Philly space+opens elsewhere, Plus Brown Bag it with ICA and Opportunities

News today has some great opportunities and more movie news! - Artblog editor


David Matthew Schmuckler, Evil Scary Monster, painting
Caption: Evil Scary Monster, by David Matthew Schmuckler. Acrylic on paper. 18 x 24 inches. 2015. Schmuckler is an artist in the Center for Creative Works program.

Support the Center for Creative Works – Attend their 2-day Open House and Sale, June 17-18

Summer Open House, happening this year on June 17th and 18th!
Center for Creative Works
241 E. Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood PA 19096
Center for Creative Works is an art studio for adults with developmental disabilities, focused on providing creative vocational opportunities for our artists. Over 60 talented individuals attend our program five days a week, creating original artwork and unique products for exhibition and sale.

On Friday, June 17th, we invite you into the studio from 10am to 2pm to see the artists at work. Check out our wood shop with alternative power tools, like a hand-cranked coping saw and a bicycle operated lathe. See our screen printing studio, where artists design and print unique t shirts. And meet our talented artists!

Saturday, June 18th is our annual Summer Sale. Many of our artists will be manning their own tables, selling their work and talking about what they do at CCW. Shop for unique products from our ceramics and wood shops, paintings, drawings, screen prints, embroidered pillows, and other wonderful works of art.
We’ll also be offering free ice cream with the purchase of a ceramic bowl!
Sale from 12pm to 5pm


Allens Lane Art Center’s Second Annual “Night of the Arts” This Saturday, 6PM – Immerse yourself in this vibrant community art center in Mt. Airy – and spend time with their gallery exhibition by photographer Harvey Finkle , whose socially-activist works Artblog has long admired.

A NIGHT OF THE ARTS – BENEFIT: June 11, 2016, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Bigger and better than last year! New Artists, New Activities, New Performers, Don’t Miss Out! All proceeds will go to directly benefit the programs at Allens Lane Art Center. Tickets available online now.
A Night of the Arts 2016
Tickets on sale for A Night of the Arts Benefit
Join us on June 11, 2016 for our second annual A Night of the Arts Benefit. Tour the facility and join in the fun as we transform the Center into a showcase for the arts. Watch actors perform in our theater, join a line dance workshop in our dance studio, see a photography exhibition by noted artist Harvey Finkle called “”Humans Not Illegal: Faces of New Americans”and have your picture taken by him for a future exhibition, watch artists work in our ceramics studio and outdoor RAKU kilns, or bid on items in our silent auction – all w…hile enjoying delicious food and an open bar. Your ticket purchase helps directly support the four core programs at the Center: Summer Art Camp, Visual and Performing Art Classes, Gallery Exhibitions, and Theater performances. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at:


Movie News 1 – Blackstar Film Festival at International House August 4-7

The pre-eminent showcase of independent black cinema returns to Philly Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7. Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the widely lauded BlackStar Film Festival brings together 40 films from five continents by Indie Means Necessary. Filmmakers, critics and film-loving audiences will gather at International House Philadelphia for the event Ebony magazine has named “the black Sundance.”

The theme of this year’s festival is Migration, examining the pathways of the African diaspora through the lens of both emerging and established filmmakers.

…This year’s festival honors the work of the internationally acclaimed director Julie Dash. Dash’s debut film Daughters of the Dust (1992) was the first full-length work by an African American female director to be given a theatrical release. Her other works, including Brothers of the Borderland, Love Song, Funny Valentine and the NAACP Image award-winning CBS Network Television Movie The Rosa Parks Story, have cemented her status as a prominent filmmaker and leading voice in black cinema. Dash is the recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award from the Images of Black Women Film Festival in the UK.

Other new highlights include a new location for the festival’s annual award ceremony recognizing jury and audience favorites: the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts (300 S. Broad Street). The Youth Program, juried for the first time ever, will be held at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street). An expanded program/journal will document the event. This year’s festival will open with a reception at Johnny Brenda’s on August 4.

The full slate of films, parties and events will be announced later this month. For more information on the festival and its programs, visit or


Movie News 2 – WALL WRITERS, a new feature documentary about the origins of grafitti art premiers at International House, June 25th.

…Featuring exclusive interviews with famed graffiti artists, and narration by legendary filmmaker John Waters, Wall Writers is an unprecedented look into the artistic expression, racial context, and rebellious counter-culture history of street art.

The film will be showing at the International House Philadelphia on June 25th, followed by a Q&A and book signing with director Roger Gastman and special guests from the film.

Release Date: June 25
Location: International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA)
Director: Roger Gastman
Narrator: John Waters
Featuring: Rocky 104, Cornbread, Cool Earl, Kool Klepto Kidd, Lewis, Taki 183
Wall Writers Website

Tickets and Additional Information at International House website.

Closing reception Thursday, June 9, and closing of Crane Arts Archive Space as the founders leave town From the founders of the little corridor space at Crane Arts, this news:

I was hoping you could include an announcement in the Artblog letting your readers know that there will be a closing reception this Second Thursday, June 9th 6–9 PM, for “The System and Process For” an exhibition including works by Philadelphia artists Sofie Elana Hodara and Nathan Thomas Wilson.

This closing reception is particularly important as it also doubles as the Crane Archive Space’s final reception, as we are leaving Philadelphia. More information at the new website, Archive Space Project.

For the past 8 years, the Archive Space Project has been fortunate enough to call the Crane Building, and Philadelphia, our home. However, like proud parents, we are pushing our project out into the world. After the conclusion of The System and Process For The Archive Space Project will be expanding and exhibiting in new cities, beginning with a pop-up show in Mangalia, Romania under the auspice of our artist-in-residency at The International Institute of Contemporary Art and Theory. Our core mission, to provide exposure to emerging artists, will now grow to include international representation, as well.

We cut our teeth as curators and artists in Philadelphia, a city that nurtured and mentored us,and hope that Artblog readers will continue to follow us as we take the lessons that they, and this city, have given us, and use them to engage with communities across the globe. We look forward to what the future has in store for us,


Annie Daley, founder
Ingrid Pimsner
Soumya Dhulekar

Want to learn more about ICA’s Open Video Call? Brown Bag it this Friday, June 10.

Brown Bag Lunch with Associate Curator Kate Kraczon
Bring your lunch and join us on the mezzanine for our final Brown Bag Lunch this season. An ideal break from the workday or lunchtime routine, the Brown Bags are perfect for those interested in learning more about contemporary art and what informs the work that goes on the wall in our galleries.

Associate Curator Kate Kraczon will lead a discussion about Open Video Call, an annual exhibition presenting works on video by Philadelphia-area artists and filmmakers.

Register here for this week’s free Brown Bag Lunch.


The Fabulous House of Mrs. Fox by GroJLart in Hidden City.


Percent For Art competition for Free Library main branch at Parkway Central

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy announces a public art competition to commission an interior site-specific artwork for The Free Library of Philadelphia’s main branch at Parkway Central. This commission is part of a $36 million major project renovation.

A budget of $50,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses.

Click here to view the entire Call to Artists

Corzo Center and DaVinci Art Alliance present Legal Issues for Artists

Laura Solomon, lawyer, and Rachel Nave, Interim Director of Legal Services for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will join us for the popular monthly Da Vinci Art Alliance Third Thursday Salon.

Thursday, June 16th │7:00 – 9:00 pm
Da Vinci Art Alliance: 704 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public
Click here to register
This is a program of the Da Vinci Art Alliance with the Corzo Center @ UArts.

BLUE MAN GROUP seeks original art for outdoor gallery at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre

Juried Art Competition Open to Professional and Emerging Artists Nationwide With Cash Prize of $2,500 Awarded To Six Winners

Blue Man Group, the critically hailed theatrical phenomenon, will celebrate 25 years of living in full color with the launch of a unique art competition open to professional and emerging artists. The competition will award six, $2,500 cash prizes to the winning artists. 10-foot by 10-foot reproductions of the works will be displayed at Blue Man Group Chicago’s Outdoor Art Gallery, located on the south exterior wall of the Briar Street Theatre (3133 North Halsted Street), with the original pieces on display inside the theater lobby.

Artists planning to submit an entry in the Blue Man Group Art Competition should enter work that is inspired by 25 years of “Daring to Live in Full Color” as the group celebrates their 25th birthday in 2016. The work should not feature a Blue Man. The competition is open to artists working in acrylic, digital art, drawing/pastel, mixed media, oil, painting, photography and printmaking. No three dimensional pieces will be accepted.

Artists interested in the competition can visit for more details, full rules and regulations and entry requirements. Entries will be judged by members of Blue Man Group’s Chicago cast and creative team as well as civic and cultural leaders from the local community to be announced at a later date. Entries must be submitted digitally and will be accepted from Thursday, May 19 through Monday, August 8, 2016.

The winning artwork will be unveiled at the Briar Street Theatre’s Outdoor Art Gallery in October 2016, coinciding with Chicago Artists Month. The 2016 Blue Man Group Art Competition will be Blue Man Group’s second art competition. The inaugural competition was held in 2013. The 2013 winning artwork, currently located in the lobby of the Briar Street Theatre, will be moved to other locations within the building for patrons to enjoy.

More about Blue Man Group.


Sarah McEneaney Dog Heaven painting
Sarah McEneaney, Dog Heaven, 2008 (detail), egg tempera on linen, 36×48″

Sarah McEneaney, Artblog favorite and community activist, gets solo debut in Portland, OR!

Adams and Ollman is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Sarah McEneaney opening with a reception on Thursday, June 9 and on view through July 8.

For over three decades, Philadelphia-based artist Sarah McEneaney has singularly interpreted her daily experiences and observations in paint, recording both the mundane and the exceptional and creating a highly personal body of work that contemplates the moments that make up a lifetime. Inventive space, brilliant color, and awkward figuration characterize her paintings which often depict the artist at work, at leisure and in travel. This ongoing investigation of the intimate details of her life and environment draws from a range of referents and influences—observations, memories, invention and art history.

On view in the exhibition, Out West Back East, will be recent diaristic paintings that present, in splendid and celebratory detail, the artist as she swims, reads, and dreams. In the work, Reading Listening, we look down over a skewed space, a porch in Cape Cod, where we find the artist reading with her beloved dog Trixie nearby. In other works, we see the artist camping in Florida under the Milky Way, rafting down the Colorado River, or swimming at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.

This exhibition marks the first time McEneaney’s work will be on view in Portland, Oregon.