Showing posts with label Friend Friday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Friend Friday. Show all posts

Friday, October 26

Friend Friday!

I managed to catch a bunch of friends' shows yesterday...they all come down after this coming weekend so hurry if you'd like to see them too!

Eileen Neff at Bridgette Mayer
Wow is all I can say! A great show! I love her imaginative and playful work.

Weird shot in the video room (I'm trying to be like Eileen I guess!)
I never saw so many red dots at once...go Eileen!
David Wilson's show at Rodger LaPelle Galleries.

That's Rodger gesturing. Talking with him is always a lot of fun! 

Friend Sarah Barr momentarily becomes part of "The Incident on Pine Street."

Lorraine Riesenbach and I in front of Diane Feissel's lovely work at Artists' House Gallery!

Susan O'Reilly had several strong pieces at AH as well.
I especially liked this one, entitled "When Turquoise Was New."

Friday, August 3

Friend Friday

I have three amazing friends showing their work in a four person show opening this weekend at Haynes Gallery in Thomaston, Maine! The show,  Four Figurative Artists, features the works of three of my favorite artists and people: Ellen Cooper, Renee Foulks and Lea Colie Wight (Ryan S. Brown, whom I do not know, is also exhibiting.)

Four Figurative Artists

August 3 to August 28. 

Reception: August 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Haynes Galleries
91 Main Street
Thomaston, ME 
Jenn  Lea Colie Wight

Charnée  Renee Foulks

Cup and Vessel  Ellen Cooper

Saturday, April 14

A Belated Friend Friday!

Ay yi yi...things are crazy here with Henry home on long spring break and my end of semester press of work but it just occurred to me that I have so many friends doing such amazing things right now that I absolutely need to do a shout out, however brief! In first name alphabetical order:

Friend Alexandra Tyng has so many irons in the fire this month that I am probably leaving a few out by mistake! But here are two exhibits she is participating in (along with some other friends!)
This group exhibit at the Haynes Gallery runs April 13 thru May 9
I'm thrilled that Alex's portrait of me "Star at the Edge" will be in the show.

Alex and many other friends (pictured) are also in "The Expedition and Beyond" at Principle Gallery opening April 13 

Dale Roberts has a magnificent show of encaustic landscapes at Rosenfeld Gallery this month, April  1-29th. Don't miss it, Philly area friends! Above is his piece "Clear Day."

Eliza Auth is showing paintings this month at the Cosmopolitan Club in Philadelphia

Holly Brigham is in "Homefront Heroes: Women of WWll" at Penn State Lehigh Valley thru April 28th. Above is her piece "'W.A.S.P Bea I. Wolf'  

Jo-Ann Osnoe is in a two person show at Artists' Gallery in Lambertville, PA: April 6-May 6th

Last but not least, my friend Rachel Simon's wonderful book "The Story of Beautiful Girl" has just been chosen by the UK's equivalent of Oprah's Book Club, Richard and Judy, for their spring 2012 book club! This is a huge, and well-deserved, honor.  If you haven't read Rachel's book yet I enthusiastically recommend it!

Friday, June 3

Another Friend Friday!

Joe Sweeney, painter & Tony Boyd-Heron, gallery director
My friend Joe Sweeney has a show which opened last weekend in Lewes, Delaware.
Along the Coast
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, Delaware, USA
May 28 through June 28, 2011

This is Joe's first time exhibiting at the Peninsula Gallery and the first show in his career to consist entirely of oil paintings. Thirty paintings are on display featuring coastal scenes from Delaware, Ireland, Maryland and New Jersey.  Best of luck Joe! For more information about Joe's work, click here.

A relatively new friend, Jennifer Baker, is in a show opening tonight in Philadelphia:
Northern Liberties: A Transformation
June 3 - July 30, 2011
Projects Gallery
629 N 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA USA 19123
First Friday reception June 3, 6-9 pm
Readings start at 7:30 pm

Jennifer's paintings and monoprints chronicle the death and rebirth of a city neighborhood as she experienced it during three decades as an artist living and working in Northern Liberties. The work of Baker and nine other Northern Liberties artists tell the story of this unique place.

During the First Friday opening reception, short readings will be given by
Nathaniel Popkin, author of Song of the City: An Intimate History of the American Urban Landscape and The Possible City: Exercises in Dreaming Philadelphia; Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of Caviar: The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World’s Most Coveted Delicacy; Stephan Salisbury, senior Culture Writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland; and Jennifer Baker. A John Thornton “Northern Liberties” video will also be shown.
Summer gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 pm
For more information about Jennifer's work, click here.

Friday, April 1

A big friend friday!

Things are heating up all over except for the weather! There's a lot going on. I'll start off by beating a soft tattoo on my own drum:
Small African Drum, o/c, 12 x 9 inches

This piece and the work of many friends and colleagues can be seen in a wonderful group exhibit opening this weekend:
Celebration of Music
March 30-May 1, 2011
Artists House Gallery

57 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA USA  19096
First Friday, April 1, 5-8:30pm
Sunday, April 3, 1-4pm


Friend David Shevlino's work is featured in the current issue of The Artist's Magazine. The article extensively discusses David's lush and juicy oil painting technique.
 For a full scale version of the entire article click here 

BTW David also recently produced a DVD on his painting philosophy and technique called In The Studio. Highly recommended!


Friend Alexandra Tyng was recently the subject of a write-up in Poets Artists, an online magazine devoted to poetry and the visual arts. 

I was especially thrilled that they used a photograph I myself took of Alex last year while we were painting together on Mount Desert Island in Maine. That was such a fruitful painting trip! The article about Alex is excellent: click here for a full sized (readable) version.

Friday, February 18

Friend Friday!

Yeah, I sure WISH Oprah was my friend. She seems really fun, intelligent and nice. But to be honest, I must be the only woman in America who has never even once watched her TV show (it's nothing personal, I just never watch TV.) However this current issue of O Magazine features my friend, painter Abbey Ryan in the Women who Create Beautiful Things section! What a thrill...way to go Abbey! Get hold of the magazine and it is on p. 38, February 2011 issue.

click to enlarge and read the great article on Abbey and her work!

Dick Ranck giving his packed-house gallery talk at Rosemont last night

Dick Ranck is having a show of his work exploring religion and mythology at Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. It is entitled The Company I Keep (when i am alone)  The work looks great in the space, glowing with color and vigorous iconic form, both 2D and 3D. It runs through March 25, so you'll have a chance to catch it. For more info on the show click here.

One of my favorite pieces in the exhibit.

Pink, Egg, Cream, photograph, 20 x 16 inches, Sarah Barr

Friend Sarah Barr has a show opening this week at the Cosmopolotan Club in Center City, Philadelphia, PA:
New Work
The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia
1616 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, Pa.
February 25 - March 25
Opening Reception: Friday, February 25, 5 pm

Friday, February 4

Friend Friday

Opening Reception for this one is tonight!

After the Meal, oil on canvas, 11 x 14

There's Always Room For Dessert
Date: Feb 4, 2011 - Feb 24, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 4, 6-9 pm
Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Road Haverford, PA 19041

Myself and numerous friends are participating in this fun and delectable fund-raiser. Feast your eyes on delicious artwork of all mediums inspired by desserts. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, Feb. 4 to see all of the eye candy and indulge in some sweets! 10% of sales made from exhibition will go to support MANNA.
For more information on this delectable exhibition click here.

Anne Tyng, 1/13/11, Institute of Contemporary Art, photo: Garth Herrick

Sorry for the delay on this one! Anne Tyng is having an amazing exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, PA. I went to the opening reception on January 13 where Anne held court to a packed crowd of admirers. Congratulations to all involved in this exhibition!
Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry
January 13-March 27, 2011
ICA at the University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Fay Stanford on her way to NYC, 2/3/11

Friend and neighbor Fay Stanford's one person show Love and Dementia opened last night in NYC.
February 1-26, 2011
SoHo20  Chelsea Gallery
547 West 27th Street
NYC, NY 10001

I was unable to attend the opening night but have a date on the calendar to go see the show. For previews, click here.

Friday, December 3

A Big Friend Friday!

It's Friend Friday time again, and there is quite a list this week!

Mike Miller, fourth from left or right, in front of his newly unveiled painting
First notice goes to my nephew Mike Miller, 14, whose collaborative art piece based on the work of painter Jackson Pollack was unveiled at the Greenwich, CT board of education building earlier this week where the painting will hang. I'm proud of you Mike! You can read the full story here. And a little back story: Mike really enjoyed working on this piece but has told his art teacher he really prefers Monet to Pollack. Those Miller representational art genes just keep coming on through!

Valerie Craig (far right) with friends at her recent opening reception

My friend Valerie Craig has a show of more than fifty of her lovely plein air paintings currently on display at Newman & Saunders Gallery in Wayne, PA. It's a wonderful show! Plus I kept thinking about how much great vitamin D Valerie soaked up all spring and summer while she was doing all this work...plein air painters don't need vitamin supplements, just bug spray! ;-)

November 23- December 24
Tuesdays- Saturdays 10:00- 4:30

Newman & Saunders Galleries
(One Block west of the center of Wayne)
120 Bloomingdale Avenue
Wayne, PA

View the exhibition at

This month's Funny Times is better than ever!
My friend Roz (Rosalind) Warren has a humor essay in the current issue of  The Funny Times! I had some cartoons published in this monthly humor magazine myself, many years ago, and although I have stopped making cartoons, the whole family still eagerly awaits the arrival of FT each month. What a thrill to find Roz (and her writing partner Janet Golden) have a piece in the current issue: Gone with the Wildebeest. Read it here, or go get yourself a copy of The Funny Times while supplies last. ;-) Who couldn't use a little more laughter in their lives?  Congrats Roz!

Tangerine Rose, oil on linen on board, 7 x 5 inches, 2010
Last but not least I should mention that I am in a small works show that opens today at Artists' House Gallery in Old City Philadelphia.  I have several small pieces in this show that includes many of Philadelphia's finest representational artists including Renee Foulks, Daniel Miller, Carolyn Pyfrom and Peter van Dyck. Both Artists' House receptions are always wonderful, but I prefer the Sunday opening (live classical guitar, coffee and cake) so that's the one I will be attending: if you are planning to come then be sure and let me know!

Small Works 2010
December 3 to December 24, 2010
First Friday December 3,  5 - 8:30pm
Sunday, December 5,  1 - 4pm
Artists' House 
57 North Second Street  
Philadelphia, PA 19106  (215) 923-8440    
Wed - Sun 12-5 PM or by appointment

Friday, November 12

Friend Friday!

Nancy Bea Miller, Sarah Barr, Lisa Mintzer at the
Philly Photo Day Exhibition

Regular readers of this blog probably realize that I do a lot of photography in addition to painting. I don't consider myself a professional photog, even though I have had several photographs bought for book-covers, magazines and websites, and I am occasionally commissioned to take product shots, art shots and head shots. I still think of it more as a hobby. I don't really know what I am doing, technically speaking. I'm just an eye with a lens. Photography simply satisfies my unflagging impulse for observation and appreciation of life and expression, quick and easy! I can't be painting 24/7 but I do have a camera to hand at all moments. You never know when something will reach out and grab your heart. When that happens I reach out and grab my camera. As Baudelaire put it:
To glorify the cult of images (my great, my only, my earliest passion)

Nonetheless, I have never exhibited my photography in a gallery setting until now. Pal Sarah Barr urged me to participate with her in the first annual Philly Photo Day. On October 28, photographers took their best shot within the Philadelphia city limits and send it in to the Philadelphia Photo Art Center. The work was compiled and printed out on huge banners and hung. There was a real opening reception too, with drinks and nibbles and a speech by the fascinating director of the PPAC, Sarah Stolfa. So, thanks to both Sarahs and the PPAC I finally have a piece of photography on view...a first for me.

"Leaf Blow on Clearfield Street"(click image to enlarge.) On Philly Photo Day I happened to be driving through the East Falls section of the city when a sudden gust of wind whipped the leaves into a hail of gold pieces. I checked behind me, saw there was nobody coming up and quickly shot the scene. Talk about driving while distracted (just kidding, I of course, stopped the car while shooting.) Steering wheels make good tripods! Rotopods? :-) Prints can be ordered through the PPAC: $10 for a 5 x 7, $20 for an 8.5 x 11. If you're interested in purchasing a copy of "Leaf Blow" contact the PPAC and tell them you want image number 168.
Philly Photo Day Exhibition

November 11 - 21
Philadelphia Photo Art Center
Grey Area, Crane Arts Building
1400 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
267.324.3268 (fax)

And here is my friend Sarah Barr, with her own beautiful image:

It is truly an amazingly interesting show, giving a wildly varied portrait of a day. It should interest Philadelphia historians and sociologists as well as artists and anyone who just loves Philadelphia!

Friday, October 29

Friend Friday

Racing to States

Today was the District cross-country meet held at Lehigh University and my son P qualified for the State Championship (along with another Harriton team mate) setting a personal best along the way. I kept hearing that it was a very fast course. Not exactly sure what that implies, but all the kids seemed to have sprouted wings on their feet. Congratulations to my wonderful P and the whole Harriton team! Two young men qualified but it was definitely a team effort.

Friday, October 22

Friend Friday!

The Inferno for Kids
My old Penn friend Ginny Jewiss is in town speaking at the American Literary Translators Association conference and I managed to catch up with her for lunch at Reading Terminal Market today. In addition to being a respected and highly sought-after translator and leading Yale University's summer in Rome program, Ginny has recently had a children's book published. This is based on, if you can believe it, Dante's Inferno! Ginny was always creative and multi-talented.
Dante's Journey: an infernal adventure
by Virginia Jewiss
Get it while it's hot (sorry, just could not resist!)
Good luck with all your many fascinating endeavors Ginny, and I hope we'll catch up again soon. Ciao bella!

Friday, August 27

Friend Friday!

Hey, that's a lot of Friends!
(photo: Dainis Roman)
An enormous crowd of Philadelphia's red-hot talented artists showed up at Camphill Special School on Saturday August 7. What was going on? Plein Air for Camphill. The artists gathered to do their art thing, but of course the day included socializing and feasting (people were treated to three gourmet meals featuring school-grown and otherwise locally raised food:yum!) I am the creator of this fun and unique plein air event which raises money for my son Henry's wonderful school. In particular its program for 18-21 year olds (an under-served segment of the special needs population.)

The actual money-raising part of the event comes later...when we hold an exhibition of the work at Rosenfeld Gallery in Old City, Philadelphia. Save the date: Tuesday, October 5, 5:30-8:30 pm. Food, drinks, live music and live artists too! ;-) Last year the event was a succès fou (here is a video that shows the huge, happy, crowd!)

This is the second year of what looks to be an annual event. Last year it was called Plein Air at Beaver Farm, but as Beaver Farm (part of Camphill Special School) is undergoing construction this year (expanding so that more 18-21 year olds can be served) we couldn't hold the big art day there! Stymied by our own success in fund-raising! So, as the event was moved temporarily to Camphill Special School's main campus, we decided to change the name to the more all-purpose Plein Air for Camphill. This will enable us to hold the event at any number of different locations in future, but clearly explains the beneficiary of the effort, wherever it is located! I hope this is clear (and not as mud!)

So, why is this plein air event unique? Because I invite all manner of different excellent artists, not just traditional plein air artists (outdoor landscape painters.) This year I believe PAC was absolutely groundbreaking in having Dale Roberts doing en plein air encaustic painting (complete with hot plate and hair dryer and lots of heavy duty extension cords) and Amy Kann and Stephen Layne doing plein air clay sculpture! Now THAT is some seriously heavy lifting! It was also a thrill to have cartoonist Tony Auth and book artist David Wiesner joing in the fun this year. Back again this year was Fay Stanford drawing directly onto the wooden boards which she will carve into woodcut blocks, and Aina Roman taking photos which she will turn into video collages. This kind of eclecticism would have a regular plein air event organizer scratching their head, but this exciting, innovative mix is exactly what I love and want.

I am so grateful for all the time, energy and enthusiasm shown by the 57 artists participating this year. I'm also thankful for the gallery directors, the Camphill community and all the other friends who are helping and supporting me (you know who you are!) Too numerous to name everyone here, but their names are written on my heart.

Some random shots of the day: