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.