THE LIGHT ROOM'S 7th ANNUAL SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Opening Reception, Friday, August 4, 5 – 9 pm

Artists’ Reception / Talk, Sunday, August 6, 2 – 5 pm

Closing Reception, Sunday, August 27, 2 – 5 pm

 

This August the Light Room, one of Philadelphia’s select photography organizations, will return to 3rd Street Gallery on Second Street for the seventh in an annual series of summer group exhibitions. Nine local photographers will present new images in various media and over a range of subject matter.

 

“I am proud of the new work on display this year” says Al Wachlin, Jr., Co-Director of the Light Room and show organizer. “It’s always a pleasure to see the wide variety of presentations, since people in our group are working both with modern methods and also historic and alternate photographic processes. And it has been great returning to 3rd Street Gallery for another year, we are glad to continue this annual collaboration.”

The nine exhibiting photographers are: Richard Boutwell, G. A. Carafelli, Ronald Corbin, Sandra C. Davis, Annarita Gentile, Geoffrey Margo, Joshua Marowitz, Tony Rocco, and Al Wachlin, Jr.

Tapestry

The 3rd Street Gallery is pleased to present Tapestry: An Intricate andComplex Combination of Ideas and Images, featuring the work ofAssociate Members Meri Adelman, Jean Burdick, Carol Deutsch, RyanDrummond, Tom Herbert, Robert Hunter, Bill Kendzierski, and Judith Schermer.

First Friday: July 7, 5-9pm

Artist Reception: Sunday, July 9, 1-3 pm

About the Artists:

Meri Adelman

Meri Adelman is a painter whose work includes portraiture, still life and

paintings derived from mythology. A graduate of the Maryland Institute

College of Art, Baltimore, Md. with a BA in painting, Adelman also has a

Masters in Art History from Temple University and was formerly Curator of

Education at the Woodmere Art Museum from 1992-2005. She is also an

arts educator.

Jean Burdick

In her paintings and works on paper, Burdick references landscape

photographs in a process involving successive layers, beginning with

silkscreen printing and enhanced by drawing, painting, printing and

experimental mark-making. Burdick has an MFA from The University of the

Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY She

has worked as a textile designer and an arts educator. She has been the

recipient of an artist’s residency in Visual Arts at the Banff Centre in

Canada, and was awarded a G.R. Dodge Foundation Visual Artist/Educator

Grant.

Carol Deutsch

Carol Deutsch's works on paper are inspired by sumi-e brush painting,

eastern and western style calligraphy, manuscript illumination and in a bit of

whimsy, by "magical creatures". Her paintings and drawings are a

meditative art form as well as a means of expression. Deutsch is also a PhD

in physiology who studies cell biology at the Perelman School of Medicine

of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ryan Drummond

An architect by training and profession, Drummond brings the sensibility of

a designer to the creation of artworks that explore continually evolving

interests in history, architecture, urbanism, art history, and literature. These

cultural aspects find expression through the media of drawing and collage,

where he builds upon the legacy of analytical and speculative visualization

that has recurred within architecture discourse through the ages.

Tom Herbert

Tom Herbert exhibits in the Philadelphia area. In his mixed media work,

which is a blend of collage, painting and assemblage, he attempts to reflect

and distort the world around us. His method of work involves deconstructing

print images and reassembling them in a way that creates a new narrative.

Robert S. Hunter

Robert S. Hunter presents a series of prints that use predominantly earth

tones and texture to explore personal narratives which also have political and

biblical sources. Some are more specific and others more general in theme

but all are combinations of allegory and metaphor offered as reflections on

contemporary culture. Hunter is a former arts educator and recipient of

numerous teaching awards, including a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Award

Bill Kendzierski

Bill Kendzierski wants people to see his sculptures as 3D photographs and

uses life casting and fiber and resin to create works based on the human

form. sculpting hyperrealistic pieces. He exhibits in the Philadelphia area.

Judith Schermer

Judith Schermer;s work has been described as "contemporary realism". She

combines imaginary elements with others from her sketches and

photographs to create images of city homes and scenes which convey a

sense of quiet intimacy, place and time.

Magdalena Elias Reconfiguration: My Own Spin on Things

Magda Elias is presenting a series of"gobelins," or rug wall hangings, constructed ofwool and acrylic. She draws inspiration for these unique and often whimsical latch-hook rugs from her environment and from the masterpieces of art history. As an avid museum-goer, she likes to re-imagine paintings and sculptures to fit her aesthetic. In the well-known tradition of artists reinterpreting their predecessors' work, Elias takes well-known pieces and makes them her own. Elias says " For the artist, the practice of reconfiguration is fluid and emancipatory, always respectful of previous masters’ interpretive arrangements, yet incessantly in pursuit of a new one that is rebelliously “I”-centric.

Exhibition Highlights:

First Friday: June 2, 5-9 pm.

Artist Reception:  Sunday, June 11, 1-4

BRUCE GARRITY: RECENT WORK

ARTIST RECEPTION: JUNE 4,  1-4PM

ARTIST TALK: JUNE 18,  3PM

Bruce Garrity’s  work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, most recently in the exhibitions ”Bruce Garrity: Recent Work” at 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Bruce Garrity: Smaller Works” at the Rehoboth Art League in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, “Bruce Garrity: Paintings and Works in Progress” at The University of Delaware Department of Art Gallery in Newark, Delaware and “Into the Woods” at the Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Art Center, in Vineland, New Jersey.

The artist’s work is in numerous private and public collections including The Stedman Art Gallery of Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, The Hoyt Institute in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Cooper Medical Center, Camden, New Jersey, and Capital One Financial, Wilmington, Delaware.

He has taught at Rutgers University in Camden since 1997. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware, Stockton College, Rowan University, Delaware College of Art and Design.

Garrity received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lives and works in Penns Grove, NJ.

CONSTANCE CONE & DEMETRA TASSIOU

DEMETRA TASSIOU: REFLECTIONS

First Friday opening May 5 from 5-9pm
Artist reception  Sunday May 21st  4-6pm.

Tassiou gaining inspiration from her past artwork and with her internal thoughts, ideas, and imaginative reconnections, she constructs new and in a way surrealistic environments of the external world. 

Abstract and elemental movement is at the center of her artistic process.

She is Incorporating shapes and lines that mimic the rhythms and the forms of organic materials from the nature by using a mixed media of acrylics, oils, pastels, embossing paper and digital prints. 

 

CONSTANCE CONE: DRAWING WILFRED OWEN

First Friday, May 5, 5-9 pm

Artist Reception: Sunday May 7, 2-4 pm

In Drawing Wilfred Owen, Cone presents work based on the poems of Wilfred Owen, one of the British "Trench Poets" of World War I.  After a pause of several years, she returned to the poems and made a journey to the battlefields from Verdun, France to the Menin Gate, a monumental portal in Ypres, Belgium that honors the 54,395 missing Commonwealth war dead killed in the Ypres Salient.  It was through the original city gate at the site that British and American soldiers left for the front. Having come of age during the Vietnam War, Cone finds that the poetry of the Great War is incredibly powerful and resonates with her. She translates this feeling into her visual work.  Her show includes pastel drawings, photographs, and mixed media.

Cone has an MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.  Prior to that, she was a fine art photographer working in platinum and palladium.  Cone has exhibited extensively in Philadelphia, the Tri-State area and around the country including Maryland, Texas, New York City, and New Orleans. Her work is in collections in the Delaware Art Museum, and the art galleries of the University of Notre Dame and Vassar College, as well as in corporate collections.

 

CONSTANCE CONE & DEMETRA TASSIOU

Works by Constance Cone and Demetra Tassiou are featured in the Annex Galley.

We Persist

First Friday: April 7, 5-9PM

Artist Reception: Sunday April 9, 1-4PM

The 3rd Street Gallery is pleased to present We Persist, a group exhibition of artists who will show work in a variety of media including painting, video, photography, ceramic, sculpture, and fiber.

Howard Brunner is an MFA photographer whose most recent body of work was created during walks through the urban landscape of Philadelphia. His work is represented in collections in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Allentown Museum of Art, and the James A. Michener Museum of Art. Brunner is also a professor at Temple University's Architecture Program.

Peter Cunicelli is a ceramic artist whose work contrasts smooth fluid forms with the sharp lines that join them. Lately his work "walks the fine line between form and function" and includes pieces such as bowls, pitchers, and lamps in which functionality is as important as aesthetics. His work has been exhibited inPhiladelphia and surrounding areas.

Francesca Costanzo is a painter and videographer who will be presenting Complexion: Dark, a video on the current political climate surrounding immigration and immigrants. Costanzo honors the struggles and successes of all immigrants by focusing on the story of her maternal grandfather, Umberto Liberati, who emigrated from Italy in 1920.

Constance Culpepper's work is a study in domesticity and the commonalities of personal experience. In her paintings and collages she depicts heavily patterned interior scenes with vibrantly colored objects that she uses as a framework for conveying emotion. A featured artist at Select Fair Art Basel Miami 2013 and 2014, Culpepper's paintings were recently exhibited at the 2016 Democratic National Convention Headquarters.

Nancy E.F. Halbert is an artist, art educator and former dancer with MFA's in Art Education from the University of the Arts and in Dance from Temple University.  She was also a member of Muse Gallery in Philadelphia and its Executive Director for three years. An abstract figurative painter, her work is full of color and movement. Halbert exhibited in juried shows at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, The Betsy Meyer Memorial Show at the Main Line Art Center, and the James Oliver Gallery.

Andrew Hart is an architect (B. Arch Temple University, M. Arch Cornell University) and educator, currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Philadelphia University. In this exhibition he is departing from his drawing practice in which he combines architectural images throughout history with contemporary cultural references to present a sculpture engraved in wood based on the etchings of the Baroque architect, Giovanni Piranesi.

Mary Beth Kazanicka, a corporate design and space planner for 25 years, is an expressionist painter who describes her process as "trusting and letting go". She proceeds intuitively, discovering images as she paints.  Kazanicka exhibits in and around Philadelphia. In 2013 she was awarded first prize in the Wayne Art Center Exhibition in the category of Abstract Art.

Katherine Kurtz, a longtime member of 3rd Street Gallery, is an abstract expressionist painter who loves to make large works in dense bold colors softened by translucent layers and delicate lines. She uses figures, objects and forms to create expressions of mood and states of being. Kurtz has exhibited extensively in and around Philadelphia and won First Prize at the Goggleworks exhibition in Reading in 2014.           

Ellen Silberlicht is a sculptor, ceramicist with an MA in ceramics and fiber artist who combines media to create unique works that marry Raku vessels with colorful felted wool sculpted in whimsical organic shapes. Her work has been sold in the US and internationally and has been recognized with awards, including honors at the Art of the State in Harrisburg, Pa, the Northeastern Biennial Show, and ArtPop.

James Stewart Following a forty-year career as an illustrator, art director and graphic designer Stewart has been painting full time since 2009. A colorist, Stewart paints lyrical landscapes that find their balance between the abstract and the representational. He starts with watercolor sketches on site from nature and then goes to the studio where, in a more abstract approach, he proceeds to add color until an image occurs. He aims to paint his response to a place at a moment in time.

Jacqueline Unanue is a native of Chile and received her art education there, including an MFA in Graphic Design as well as training in drawing, painting, art history and textile art. Her abstract paintings on canvas and paper employ gestural mark-making and colors that are influenced by the palette and forms of the Chilean landscape, the country's pre-historic rock art, and its classical music.  Unanue has exhibited extensively in the US, Chile, Spain and Ecuador.

Dan Evans is an artist and art educator. He has taught art history at the Community College of Philadelphia for over 40 years. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Evans is landscape painter, whose works reflect his moods about places he loves and his images "come from the borderline land between the conscious and the subconscious, the poetic world of imagination." Concerned with creating new color combinations in his work, he also explores the quirkiness of line and drawing, flat decorative patterns versus depth, and the illusions created by light.