‘What Is & What If’ at Main Line Art Center

Main Line Art Center in Haverford is proud to announce James B. Abbott (Ardmore, PA), Gregory Brellochs (Philadelphia, PA), and Samantha Holmes (Bronx, NY) as the 2018 recipients of the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art. Selected by Members of Main Line Art Center’s Board of Artistic Advisors through a highly competitive application process, Abbott, Brellochs, and Holmes are featured in What Is & What If, the 14th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, on view at Main Line Art Center March 12 to April 15.  There will be an artist talk and reception on Friday, March 16, beginning at 5:30 pm, which is free and open to the public.
Through photography, drawing, and sculpture these artists investigate human perception, interpretation, and conceptual forces, challenging us to examine our environments and the world around us. By means of creative exploration, these artists analyze historical contexts to create new innovative landscapes, leaving us to question what is and what could be.

Now in its fourteenth year, Main Line Art Center is proud to present an annual exhibition in memory of Teaching Artist Betsy Meyer featuring the work of forward-thinking artists who are pushing boundaries within their artistic practice. As an artist, Betsy exemplified what is most exciting about engaging with the artwork of living artists: watching them experiment with their media and tackling complicated and tough subjects. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to follow her example and expand their practice into new frontiers. And finally, as a member of the board and exhibition committee, she assured that the Art Center was there for the artistic community of Philadelphia.

The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, consists of an award of $1000 and a solo exhibition to each selected artist. This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement.
Along with the three recipients of the 2018 Meyer Family Award, seven finalists were also chosen. Those finalists are Heather Beardsley (Virginia Beach, VA), Mia Bosna (Phoenixville, PA), Nick Cassway (Philadelphia, PA), Joan Wadleigh Curran (Philadelphia, PA), Michael Froio (Williamstown, NJ), Oki Fukunaga (Lawrenceville, NJ), and Dawn Kramlich (Philadelphia, PA).

Main Line Art Center’s galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.  For more information about these programs, including registration for artist workshops, visit www.mainlineart.org or call 610-525-0272.


Photographs on view at MAC


The Media Arts Council is showcasing recent works by acclaimed Media based photographer Keith Sharp.  “Keith Sharp: Projections” will be on exhibit at the MAC Gallery 609-B West State Street, Media, PA 19063  through April 7, 2018.
Sharp started out as a street photographer, photographing in a very direct and straightforward manner.  He enjoyed finding and taking pictures of quirky, subtle, and humorous groupings of things.  Sharp then began to create his own images by creating props that he placed in real scenes.  These performances or tableaus were then re-photographed for the final image.
Several years back, he switched to color and the use of Photoshop.  Now Sharp has been constructing his images on the computer using street and straight photography as a starting point for his assemblages.  According to Sharp, “By transforming the ordinary world around me, I attempt to create mysterious, subtle, and poetic images that cause the viewer to do a double take. I create playful and surreal images that mimic reality and make us question photographic truth. All of my work is conceptual, intuitive, has a performance element to it, and explores the boundaries of the outside and inside.”
Sharp’s show can be viewed during regular gallery hours: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 4pm to 7pm.  For more information on the many programs of the Media Arts Council visit www.mediaartscouncil.org

MAC is at 609-B W. State Street, Media, PA 19063

www.MediaArtsCouncil.org or  484-445-4161


‘Creature Feature’ at Community Arts Center

Juror Brad Hagmayer’s love for animals and his incredible technical skill come together in his ceramic animal sculptures like “Polka Dot Octopus” which will be included in the “Creature Feature” exhibition opening at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, on February 3, 2018.

“Creature Feature,” an exhibition juried by Brad Hagmayer, Garth Herrick and Martha Perkins that features artistic interpretations of the theme “creature” using any conceptual framework desired, opens in the Duke Gallery at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA, on February 3  and runs through March 9. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The show will be anchored by a multi-piece ceramic installation by Brad Hagmayer and Bob Deane and will feature selected entries that are two dimensional works in mixed media, wall sculpture, hand-pulled prints, photography or digital art (no digital print reproductions of hand-made works) plus three dimensional works. Entries must have been completed during the last three years and not previously exhibited at Community Arts Center. Selected entries are in competition for cash prizes in Best of Show, Second and Third Place. Most exhibited works are available for sale.

The public is invited to meet and greet “Creature Feature’s” exhibiting artists at the reception and awards ceremony on February 18 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions. Additionally, there will be artist receptions on February 18th for the BeaDazzle Gallery Wall exhibit of mono prints by Alvina Ridpath and the Stairwell Gallery exhibit of 2D art work of the students of instructor Alice Myers Wallace and 3D art work of the students of instructor Lucy Edwards.

Also at the CAC that day, musician Peter Delaplane will perform a solo guitar recital featuring the works of Bach, Diabelli, Sor, Villa Lobos and Jobim from 3 -4 p.m. The recital will take place in the Ballroom, a separate space from the exhibitions. Peter has been performing and teaching music in the Philadelphia and surrounding area for 20 years and is the founder and musical director of The Rock Garden, a summer music program for 10-18 year olds, which is offered at the Community Arts Center each summer.

Paul Downie, Executive Director of Community Arts Center said, “It will be a wonderful day of art and music at the CAC. We have been planning the Creature Feature show for over three years, spearheaded by CAC faculty member and Potters Guild member Brad Hagmayer. The juried show will feature work by many local artists who share an affinity for “creatures” of all sorts. We’re also very pleased to present Peter Delaplane’s guitar recital, which he has prepared in anticipation of receiving his Masters of Fine Arts degree in music this spring. A highly talented and versatile performer, Peter presents his rock and roll camp here each summer, sharing the magic of music with young people.”

The Community Arts Center is at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. For additional information, call CAC at 610-566-1713 or visit communityartscenter.org.