Celebrate one year with Germantown’s Noname Gallery, Jane Irish and Jennifer Bartlett at Locks Gallery, Stencil workshop by David Karaswo at Palumbo Park, RAIR and Mural Arts opportunities, plus our reader’s list

Hi, this week’s a light one as we see two new exhibitions just getting ready to open at Locks Gallery and a celebration of a year anniversary at Noname Gallery. Glen Foerd will have it’s final third Thursday of the Summer with food, family fun, and live music. Take a chance at submitting your design for a Mural of Coach Dawn Staley for Mural Arts Philly. Or apply for RAIR, a residency based out of a demolition recycling center. What ever it is you do this week, we hope you have fun and stay cool. And while you’re staying cool, check out some of the readers list links to weird, wonderful and great articles and things we’ve rounded up for you.

Notable Exhibitions

Noname Gallery celebrates 1 Year anniversary with First Friday opening exhibition

Grey poster advertising first fridays at noname gallery and the first year anniversary.
Image courtesy of Noname Gallery.

September 1st, 5 – 8 PM
8127 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

As a special celebration of Noname Gallery’s first anniversary, they are holding a First Friday exhibition showing the work of over 30 artists! Noname Gallery holds monthly First Friday exhibitions as do some of their neighbors. Check it out it should be a fun celebration!

Learn more here.


Locks Gallery presents Eureka New Works by Jane Irish

A grey haired woman sitting at the front of a palette and canvas.
Jane in her York Springs Studio, July 2023. Photo by Nicolas Tosi

September 1 – October 13, 2023
Locks Gallery, 600 S Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Check out the series of oil paintings on linen by Artist Jane Irish at Locks Gallery starting September 1st. Jane says the purpose of her work is to engage the viewer to let go of the history of atrocity while acknowledging its reality as we move to an ecstatic future. The soft swirling linen paintings reveal complexity and turmoil under the surface beauty and suffering of the world.

Learn more here.

Also at Locks Gallery Jennifer Barlett Swimmers

Image of painter Jennifer Bartlett painting in black and white.
Bartlett in her studio, c. 1978, working on Swimmers paintings. Courtesy The Jennifer Bartlett Trust

September 1 – October 13, 2023

The second exhibition soon to be on view at Locks Gallery are abstract paintings that take on a sculptural quality in the creation of shapes, the representation of surfaces, and presence. The works look like something that can only be experienced in person.

Learn more here.



Third Thursdays at Glen Foerd

August 17 6 – 8:30 PM FREE
5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114

Join Glen Foerd for the final Third Thursday of the Summer for an evening of family fun. This month there will be food from The Clean Plate Club Food Truck, live music from Birdie Busch, lawn games, and a teaching artist who will create environmentally focused art with visitors of all ages. Drinks will be available for purchase.

Learn more and register here.
And, for more about Glen Foerd, read Sharon Garbe’s feature on the Gnome Core performance by Alex Tatarsky


Stencil Fun Explore: A David Karasow Workshop

Saturday, August 19, 1- 3PM in Palumbo Park, 723 Catherine St.

Join Da Vinci Art Alliance member, David Karasow, for a free stencil workshop learning to layer and transform geometric stenciled shapes into organic objects, people, or imagine creations. He will go over his process, starting with line drawings, working back into them with dimension, then tracing and painting the new forms onto bristol paper for a fantastic finished result. Materials are provided.

Learn more and register here.


Mural Arts seek artist for Coach Dawn Staley Mural

Deadline: August 21, 2023

Mural Arts Philadelphia is seeking an artist or team of artists to apply for a project honoring Coach Dawn Staley, a trailblazing women’s sports figure who lived and worked in Philadelphia. The selected artist will be responsible for leading community engagement and designing the mural; the artist can also lead the painting of the mural or Mural Arts can assemble a team to support the production with input from the artists. The project will replace an existing mural located at 550 N. Broad Street. The mural is expected to be approximately 3,000 square feet. The project is expected to be dedicated in the Spring of 2024 with engagement events beginning in Fall 2023.

Learn more here and apply here.

2024 Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR) Open Call application coming soon!

Take advantage of a major material and collaborative opportunity at RAIR. The residencies have two stints on of 4 – 6 weeks and another of 2 – 4 weekends, both in March – November. The residencies gain you varying access to the facilities, studios, and materials of RAIR a residency that takes place in a construction and demolition recycling center in Northeast Philadelphia.

Learn more here.

Readers List

Philadelphia Contemporary announces 2023 Velocity Fund Grantees, Including friend of artblog Yvonne Lung!

Here’s an Artblog Radio podcast Yvonne and Dave Kyu did talking about their community meal kit project.

The New York Times – Werner Herzog the Voice of A.I. Poetry

The Met enters the Metaverse through a Roblox digital experience

Shawn Theodore photo used in New Yorker magazine

Opportunity soon to arise from Forman Arts Initiative

98-year old co-owner of a small Kansas newspaper dies after the stress of police officers raiding her home the home of employees and her offices