allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2012: Collaborators in Craft

Excitedly walking through downtown Philadelphia’s “First Friday” gallery crawl this past weekend, I stumbled upon an exhibit of dedicated and extremely gifted artists showing at The Center for Art in Wood. This exhibition celebrates the Center’s seventeenth year of hosting the International Turning Exchange Residency (ITE) program; seven artists/scholars travel to Philadelphia to create new…

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Honesty and Elegance of Derek Au

Last Friday evening, I was excitedly hurrying into the city during peak rush hour to catch the opening of Derek Au’s work at The Clay Studio in downtown Philadelphia. American-born of Chinese descent, Au lives and maintains his studio in Jingdezhen China, a region historically known for its ceramic traditions. Au’s pieces are made from…

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One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you, Jeannette of French Paintings, for nominating art does matter for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” I’m thrilled to be chosen especially on this week that marks my seven-month anniversary of starting this blog. The rules of accepting this award are pretty simple to follow. First, you must thank the person who nominated you;…

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Ani Kasten: Refined “Offerings”

Ani Kasten’s delicate ceramic vessels were a sheer delight to see at Philadelphia’s The Clay Studio last week, as her solo exhibition, Offering, opened on Friday evening to a bustling area of “First Friday” art gallery visitors.  As I walked around the airy and open front rooms of the exhibit space, I couldn’t help but…

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“Strings + Things” – Fiber Art Thrives in Olde City

FiberPhiladelphia 2012 continues to thrive city-wide in local galleries, major institutions and art collectives, as the international fiber biennial continues its festival throughout the area. Strings + Things, currently at the 3rd Street Gallery in downtown Olde City, features significant pieces by fiber artists Melissa Maddonni Haims and Carol Wisker. Maddonni Haims’ Purge series showcases…

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