Community Sponsored Art (CSA) announces first art-share pickup at Esther Klein Gallery, Free screening of ‘Chasing Trane,’ John Coltrane documentary at Hatfield House, Plus Opportunities for poets, and at Fleisher Art Memorial and Philadelphia Museum of Art, and two good reads!

We are happy for the CSA project and it's first art-share pickup; Six artists participate this year in the project that takes off from community support agriculture and the "shares" method of support. Also, in the News Post, there's news of a free documentary film screening and a couple good opportunities, one at the PMA and one with the city to be the new Poet Laureate! It's News of our world! Read it and enjoy.


Community Supported Art project (CSA) announces first Art Pickup of the 2017 CSA portfolio – Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, 3-5PM at Esther Klein Gallery.

Artist Lucia Thomé's Hicks Lion, part of the CSA 2017 portfolio of prints and objects. See it in person at the first art pickup event this Sunday, Sept. 24 at Esther Klein Gallery
Artist Lucia Thomé’s Hicks Lion, part of the CSA 2017 portfolio of prints and objects. See it in person at the first art pickup event this Sunday, Sept. 24 at Esther Klein Gallery

Want to know more about this project? You can meet the artists, get a look at the art and even purchase a share in the portfolio of works….More below about this artist-supportive project!

Community Supported Art First Pick Up Event of 2017
When: Thursday, September 24th 2017: from 3 – 5PM
Where: Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market Street, Philadelphia PA
Free and open to the public.
More information about the project at the CSA project website.

Grizzly Grizzly & Co. is thrilled to announce the first pick up event for the 2017 Edition of our Community Supported Art initiative. Like a Community Supported Agriculture program, Community Supported Art (CSA) supports a direct maker-to-buyer relationship between artists and collectors working and living in the Philadelphia region. This free, public event will be an opportunity to view samples from each of the 6 artist editions, meet the artists while enjoying light refreshments courtesy of Esther Klein Gallery, and purchase a share. Shareholders will be able to bring home the first two artworks of the season by Alexis Nutini and Lucia Thomé.

For the 2017 CSA, Alexis Nutini has created a variable edition uniquely printed reduction woodcuts, in which each print will have six to eight layers of color. Although all of the prints come from the same block, each will be distinct based on the colors used and stage of the block. Lucia Thomé has created a series of glazed ceramic lions, inspired by the imagery of Edward Hicks and the creatures contained within his sixty-two versions of the painting, ‘Peaceable Kingdom.’ Each slip-cast sculpture in the edition features a unique glazing technique.

Surrounding the artworks from the CSA is the current exhibition at Esther Klein Gallery, A Mesh is Also a Snare, curated by and featuring the members of Grizzly Grizzly.

Stay tuned for more information about the second and third pick up events: Saturday, October 28 with Leah Bailis and Julianna Foster, and Sunday, December 10 with Marc Blumthal and Grimaldi Baez.


‘Chasing Trane’ documentary about John Coltrane, screens outdoors at Hatfield House Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Hosted by Philadelphia Jazz Project and Fairmount Park Conservancy
Friday, September 22 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Hatfield House
33rd and Girard Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130
Free Admission / But you must RSVP

On the night of the Equinox, the Fairmount Park Conservancy will screen, Chasing Trane: The definitive documentary film about John Coltrane, whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary, written and directed by documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld, is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.

Preceding the film, WRTI Radio host, J. Michael Harrison will moderate a panel discussion between notable musicians, friends and fans of Coltrane, including some familiar faces from the film.

Be sure to and bring a blanket, or a lawn chair.



Philadelphia seeks Poet Laureate! Apply by Oct. 13, 2017
We heard from Al Filreis, friend of Artblog and Kelly Family Professor of English at UPenn (he’s also Director of Penn’s Center for Programs in Creative Writing and Faculty Director of Kelly Writers House)…

As a member of the Philadelphia poet laureate governing committee, I’m pleased to pass along the link for those who wish to apply for the position as our city’s laureate.

(You can see that the administration of the laureate program has shifted from the Mayor’s office to that of the Philadelphia Free Library.)

Poets who are residents of Philadelphia, and who are able to demonstrate both a significant body of work and a record of commitment to community service, are eligible to apply. Using the online application form, applicants may submit four poems (up to 10 pages total), a list of publications, a résumé, an artistic statement, and three references. Applicants may also submit up to three links to videos of public readings or performances. The application process closes on October 13, 2017.

Please encourage poets you know to apply—and pass this message along widely. Thank you!

Full information and application online at the Free Library website.


Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks Full Time Administrative Assistant, Contemporary Art – DUE Sept. 23

The Contemporary Art Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a highly organized, dynamic, team-oriented Administrative Assistant with a special interest in Contemporary Art to assist the Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. This person will oversee the daily operations of the office and work closely with the contemporary team, providing support as needed for special exhibitions, special projects, and contemporary programming.

This person is also responsible for preparing the Department’s semiannual Advisory Committee Meetings. This involves correspondence with Committee members, spearheading the internal timetable for meeting preparations, organizing materials using online tools in advance of meetings, planning Committee trips and special events, and taking and compiling meeting minutes.

Full details and apply online at the PMA website.

Fleisher Art Memorial is looking for an Operations Coordinator – Apply by Oct. 1, 2017

Under the supervision of Fleisher’s business manager and closely with your colleagues in the programs department, you will coordinate operational details to ensure that delivery of Fleisher’s educational programs are of the highest quality, consistent with the goals and objectives outlined in Fleisher’s strategic plan. You will be the main point-of-contact to ensure that the needs of our faculty, models, teaching assistants, studio monitors, and other critical studio personnel are met with professionalism, efficiency, and grace. This is an administrative position for a highly organized person with strong communication skills and excellent attention to detail. Complete details and application at their website.