Dazzling Places & Wild Creatures: Sybil Roe Thompson & Brent Brown

Friday, July 14th - Sunday, September 10th

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 14, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Dazzling Places & Wild Creatures invites viewers to explore an imaginative world of cardboard creatures made by Brent Brown and pattern-filled landscapes by Sybil Roe Thompson. Both self-taught artists live with developmental disabilities and use art as an important means to express themselves. This exhibition, made in partnership with the Outsider Folk Art Gallery, also addresses a larger conversation about the validity of untrained artists and how their art should be viewed as equally profound within the larger art community.

Brent Brown uses cardboard and acrylic paints to create unique sculptural puppets inspired by mythical creatures and pop culture. His love for making art began during his time at the O’Reily Children’s Hospital in Indiana, and he was later encouraged by his art teacher in high school to continue his practice and experiment with other mediums. Today, Brown’s work has been featured in various galleries, including at the Very Special Art Gallery in Washington, DC, and at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania. Recently, Brown has also been featured in Raw Vision magazine, a publication that focuses on outsider artists.

Sybil Roe Thompson paints meticulously detailed patterns as a means of self-administered therapy to convey complex ideas and feelings she can’t express through words. She has a phenomenal memory that she uses to draw elaborate interior and exterior scenes. Her mesmerizing works tap into the artist’s subconscious and offer a look into how she experiences the beauty of world around her.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and the Outsider Folk Art Gallery are excited to celebrate the achievements of these two artists during a pay-what-you-wish opening reception on Friday, July 14, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Light fare will be served and a complimentary glass of wine will be provided by Barefoot Wine and Bubbly®.

Interweave: Fabric Works by Folk Artists & Isaiah Zagar


Friday, May 5th - Sunday, July 9th

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 5, 2017; 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens presents a dynamic look at the complex connection between Isaiah Zagar and international artisans in Interweave: Fabric Works by Folk Artists & Isaiah Zagar. This exhibition highlights Zagar’s extensive collection of vibrant textiles from around the globe alongside his personal paintings, photographs, and relics that served as the inspiration for these fabric pieces. The finished textiles created by the folk artists take the energy of Zagar’s original artworks and reinterpret them – giving them new meaning and life.

Interweave includes blankets, rugs, and carpets from Mexico to India.  The collaborations between Zagar and these folk artists are visual conversations that harmoniously encapsulate different cultures, ideologies, and traditions. The partnerships develop a deep connection between Zagar and the folk artists, stimulating new ideas and igniting new possibilities.  Shown together here for the first time, it becomes apparent that the works and artists can be even stronger together than when they are apart.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and Isaiah Zagar welcome you to share this collection during a pay-what-you-wish opening reception on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Enjoy some light fare and a complimentary glass of wine from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly


Friday, March 3rd - Sunday, April 30th

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Ceramic artist Jacintha Clark creates intricately rendered sculpture installations. Influenced by her career as an architectural restorer, Clark uses porcelain to imitate designs from historical buildings and captures nuances that are overlooked in our urban environment. Her installations expose the stories of city life layered underneath the streets and behind the walls of old architecture.

Threshold illustrates a moment frozen in the endless movement of our industrial surroundings. A “threshold” by definition is the point or level at which something begins or changes. Clark’s choice to use porcelain embodies these moments, as the material itself goes through changes of form and color, which are then trapped and preserved within the work when fired and hardened. The handcrafted nature of her sculptures is revealed through the warping and cracking of the porcelain, exposing both the fragility and beauty of our imperfect and unstable surroundings.

Clark has shown in various solo and group exhibitions throughout Philadelphia, including at the Woodmere Art Museum, the Annual Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge, and Bridgette Meyer Gallery. She has also been featured at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Red Dot at Art Basel Miami, Florida.

Clark earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts from Arapahoe Community College, a BFA in Fine Arts from Metropolitan State College of Denver, a Post Baccalaureate certificate from Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jacintha Clark and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens invite you experience Threshold during a pay-what-you-wish opening reception on Friday, March 3, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Light fare will be served.