Chimaera Gallery goes brick and mortar, Chelsey Luster solo at Vox Populi, Big Percent for Art opportunity, Anne Minich solo at Commonweal, Flower Art Book Club at the Free Library, plus DIY Shrinky Dinks and more

Hi, this week there’s so much to tell about. There’s a solo exhibition by Chelsey Luster at Vox Populi, a culmination of the Windgate Arts Residency as an exhibition at the Museum for Art in Wood, and news of an upcoming exhibition at Commonweal. Chimaera Gallery announces their new brick and mortar location bringing their online presence into reality. Plus more and opportunities.

Notable Exhibitions

Finding Home by Chelsey Luster at Vox Populi

Image for Chelsey Luster's solo show. It has an image of a black woman with sparkling skin of orange and red quality. She sits in front of a window that opens to purple and pink clouds. She gazes wondrously at the viewer resting her head on her hand.
Image courtesy of Vox Populi Gallery.

September 8, 2023 – October 15, 2023
Opening reception: Friday, Spetember 8, 2023 6 – 9 PM Free
Vox Populi, 319 N 11th St #3, Philadelphia, PA 19107

‘Finding Home’ is an immersive solo exhibition that tells the stories of Chelsey Luster’s models’ physical and mental safe spaces through mixed-media paintings, text, and film. The stories fo the models inform the creation of these imaginative safe havens while aslo creating a physical safe space for them to share vulnerabilities.

Learn more here.

PLACING: The Windgate Arts Residency Progam in Wood exhibition at Museum for Art in Wood

August 4 – October 15, 2023
Museum for Art In Wood, 141 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Museum for Art in Wood’s annual summer exhibition is a culmination of the Windgate Wood Arts Residency Program, a two-month residency. An international group of artists presents work created during the residency, emphasizing research, exploration, and opportunity to work in a collaborative environment. The exhibition features immersive and installation sculpture, furniture and woodworking, kinetic sculptures and more from a list of artists. Emma Chorostecki, Terry Holzgreen, Adam John Manley, Maiko Sugano, Laura Zelaya, Teresa Audet, Deidre Visser.

Learn more here.

Commonweal’s Fall season kicks of with ‘Containing Multitudes: Anne Minich’s Head Series’

September 1 – October 28, 2023
Opening reception: Friday, September 15th, 6 – 9 PM
Commonweal Gallery, 1607 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The exhibition assembles, for the first time, over thirty original paintings and drawings created over almost the past 50 year by Anne Minich. The Head Series chronicles the complex experience that have come to be Minich’s guiding lights, while more widely hinting at the shadows cast by personal adversities she has faced as an artist, a woman, a mother and a friend.

Learn more here.


Chimaera Gallery in-person!

Previously only an online gallery, Chimaera Gallery looks to open a space in Sherman Mills by September. A big congratulations to everyone involved and we’re looking forward to seeing what events and art will be held there! That said they are looking for artists and other creatives for events, workshops and other activities. Or photographers who need a place to shoot.

Learn more and find contact information here.

Scribe Video Center Street Movies

Thursday, August 10 – August 26th 7: 30 PM

Street Movies! Is a free screening series for audiences of all ages that tours neighborhoods around the Philadelphia region, bringing a program of independent films – fiction, animation, documentary, and youth and community-produced work – from the world to local parks, lots, playgrounds, and community spaces.

Learn more and see schedule here.


The Language of Flowers at the Parkway Central Library

A display case in the Free Library of Philadelphia's grand entranceway that holds books and artwork by Anesu Nyamupingidza.
Image courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Now through Thursday, August 31, 2023
August 18th, 3:30 PM Look at the exhibit with the artist and a flower art themed Art Book Club.

Display curated by artist Anesu Nyamupingidza in partnership with the Art Department. Boks on display are the artist’s selections from the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Art and Literature Department as well as the Children Literature Research Collection, shown alongside original artwork by Anesu inspired by them. The display unearths the meaning of life through the Victorian practice of Floriography, the secret language of flowers.

Learn more here.

Shrinky Art Craft Day

Saturday, August 12, 1 – 4 PM
InLiquid Gallery, 1400 N American St #314, Philadelphia, PA 19122

As the City of Philadelphia can’t recycle #6 plastic, Jazmyn Crosby InLiquids 40th Parallel North Preservation Brigades’ Artist Ambassador, teaches turning recycled plastic into shrinky art. Disposable plastic cups, lids, clothes hangers, and plastic utensils are all plastics that cannot be recycled in Philadelphia. Shrinky Dink Craft Day is an exciting chance to recycle plastics that usually sit in landfills. Make your own custom earrings, keychains, and trinkets. Partner, Rabbit Recycling, will provide clean #6 plastic. All ages and experiences are welcome.

Learn more and get free tickets here.


NextFab x Da Vinci Art Alliance Residency Open Call

Deadline to Apply: August 31st, 11:59 PM

Two organizations in Philly exploring the intersection of art, science, adn technology, partner each year to give one artist within 20 miles of DVAA the opportunity to use collective resources to create an exhibition and other activities during and leading up to the Everyday Futures Fest, held each April. The selected artist will begin their residency in October. Residents receive a studio at the North Philly NextFab location and use of facilities at North and South Philly NextFab.

Learn more about this major opportunity here.

Percent for Art site-specific public art proposal

Deadline September 21, 2023
Informational Meeting (optional): August 17, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Ordinance requires new City construction or major renovation projects to include site-specific public art fin the amount of up to one percent of the total budget. The program commissions outstanding and enduring artworks for pubic sites inclyding libraries, recreation buildings, and fires stations, that are specifically for these spaces and respective communities. Working with design professionals, community stakeholders, and neighborhood residents, the program creates permanent site-speciifc public art that is community-driven and is a true reflection of the communit it inhabits.

Learn more here.

News Links List

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Broad Germantown Erie
Project Budget: $200,000
Part 1 Deadline: September 21, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Arts in the Parlor: talented youths sought to perform/present at Paul Robeson House