Mosaic Society of Philadelphia Annual Exhibition

 

 

 

 

Annual Exhibition

May 18 – June 22, 2019

Perkins Center for the Arts

30 Irvin Avenue, Collingswood

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18 | 5 – 8pm

 

Members & Faculty Exhibition

This annual exhibition in Moorestown features work by staff, faculty and members of Perkins Center for the Arts. It is a diverse exhibition that includes art in a variety of mediums; including ceramic, photography, watercolor, pastel, gouache, oil, acrylic, crayon, pen, pencil, fiber and digital art.

Delivery of Work: April 15 – 23, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4 | 1 – 3pm

Exhibition Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 10am – 2pm | Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 4pm

PROSPECTUS SUBMIT WORK

 

The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

Storytelling, Performance Poetry and Spoken Word in the Oral Tradition

Join us, as we radically change minds and hearts at transformative, uncensored adult storytelling concerts.

The Butterfly is a FREE community storytelling concert held the 4th Tuesday of each month at our Collingswood location from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Storytelling is the first art form.  From its inception on the continent of Africa, storytelling has been steeped in communal ethos.  It is an amalgamated event of teller and audience.  It teaches lessons, empowers voice and maintains societal values.  It makes us laugh, cry, gasp, hold on and release — It connects.

If you would like to participate as a teller, please Submit to Tell Here by the 1st Tuesday of the Month.

Call for Featured tellers for the Following Themes:

2019 Schedule:

March 26: Herstory
April 23: Love Me, Love Me Not
May 28: Lessons from the Little Ones
June 25: Inspired Curiosity
July 23: First Time
August 27: Rhythms of Life (Perkins Center Mash Up with Oral Tradition, plus Music)
September 24: Scars
October 22: Mountains and Valleys
November 26: The Holidays

Be encouraged to indulge your creativity around the theme.

For more information about our Folklife Center & The Butterfly please click here.

 

 

Conversations on Culture – Tai Chi & Qi Gong 

We invite you to come and experience the benefits of learning to practice of Tai Chi & Qi Gong with Ray Blume, LMFT, Tai Chi / Qi Gong Instructor.

About Tai Chi & Qi Gong:

Qi Gong: Not Just Exercise, but a Recipe for Balancing Ones Life

Qi Gong aids in balancing your internal life with your external life. Moving slowly, in a controlled way activates the Qi (bio-electric energy) through the body to promote healing. Because the movements are done slowly, without tension in the body, the circulation improves which aids in the healing process. It takes energy to go slowly in a controlled way and Qi Gong is considered to be a moving meditation, The practice of Qi Gong is the cultivation of the Qi energy in the body and the exchange of Qi with the environment and is accomplished through mindful awareness of body sensations and breath as one moves slowly in a controlled way without tension in the body.

Tai Chi is a martial art form done the same way as Qi Gong and is not just exercise. It develops self-awareness, self-acceptance and self –assertion through the flow of continuous movement. Both Tai Chi and Qi Gong IMPROVES COORDIANTION, HARMONY AND UNDERSTANDING and allows you to enjoy the freedom of experiencing the merging of the mind and body through the “felt sense.”

Qi Gong and Tai Chi have many health benefits, and is recommended for treatment of hyper-tension, arthritis, heart attack recovery, back pain, Parkinson’s, Shingles, Asthma, Diabetes, Anxiety, and Depression, and Fibromyalgia, just to name a few.

Ray is a certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor with the American Tai Chi Association and is teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong at the William Rorher Center for Health and Fitness in Voorhees, and at the Virtua certified medical gyms in Moorestown and Washington Township since 2008, and the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill.  He is also instructs special needs young adults at the TOPS program in Cherry Hill in  Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

The series will be held in the Living Room Gallery at Perkins Center in Moorestown.

This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to PNC Arts Alive, Be Part of Art.

Photography 37 Awards Exhibition

Featuring Three Outstanding Artists in Photography

John Clarke

Annarita Gentile

Aubrey J. Kauffman

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 6-9 PM

Perkins Center for the Arts

30 Irvin Avenue | Collingswoood, NJ

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

About the Artists:

John Clarke’s interest in photography developed while he was an architectural student at Cooper Union in the late 1960s. The Cooper students were generally, very talented, poor, living in rundown lofts on the lower east side and struggling to find their way into the design world. The first year architectural students took all their classes with the art students, so they got a great introduction to freehand drawing, two and three dimensional design. At the suggestion of one of his design professors, John bought a used Nikon and began to shoot black and white film around New York City. Slowly photography began to be part of John’s architectural presentations.

After receiving a master’s degree from Columbia University, John was offered a position as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture teaching first year year design. The subject of his photography shifted from urban landscapes to rural landscapes and traditional building structure. John’s photo medium changed from black and white film to color slides. The slides left no room for post processing. The crop and exposure you got at the time of taking the photo was the end of the story. You had to get the image right in the camera.

Fast forward some years, John moved to New Jersey and founded Clarke Caton Hintz, a high recognized, award winning architectural and planning firm based in Trenton. During the time John was practicing architecture, the world changed from analog to digital. When he started, architects drew everything by hand. Now, virtually everything an architect designs is drawn with the aid of a computer. The same dramatic change has occurred in photography. Architects and designers went from having vast color slide collections to using digital cameras, Lightroom and Photoshop to illustrate their design intentions.

While in architectural practice, John specialized in the design of large scale, mixed use communities. This interest in urban design gave him a reason to travel extensively both in the U.S and abroad. Photography became critical to his urban design work and documenting his travels became a source of great enjoyment.

Since retirement from architectural practice, John has devoted his artistic talents to fine art photography. His background as an architect is evident in the composition and structure of his photos. A life time of looking intensely at his surrounding is evident in the quality of his images.

 

Annarita Gentile – As a photographer, I aim to reflect the world around me as I experience it. That is saying a lot, to try to show in an image a personal experience. Some of this aim is accomplished through composition and editing are a result of an individual process and a lot of luck.

We carry emotional narratives deep within our internal world. The narrative holds the meaning to what we see. The mind reacts to an image in .33 seconds. Once we registered what we see, our own meaning is applied to the image.

My work as an artist coincides with my psychoanalytic career. I approach all of my endeavors with a desire to understand my own motivations and how my perspective is formed by my feelings. My emotional perspective and hopefully, expressed production is evident in both my artistic pursuits and professional hours.

For me, the creative process on a shoot occurs in a seamless process from the drive that comes from inspiration to the act of composition. Studio work is an attempt to continue the messaging by selecting certain images and editing which involves a variety of choices.

The message in this portfolio is one of glorious celebration through shapes and colors. For me, this work symbolizes a part of the story of the natural journey from hibernation, and germination, to the blossoming period shown here. What is expressed through the colors, shapes textures and the infinite possibilities of these flowers is a triumph and celebratory victory. And as brilliant as it is, there is some darkness and the sense that change is not far away. This is about the immediacy of the moment. The photos in this collection are flowers in Botanical Gardens in Pennsylvania and Maine, as well as various wooded locations.

 

Aubrey J. Kauffman is a photographer living and working in New Jersey.  He received his BA in Media Arts from New Jersey City University and his MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.  He has taught photography at Mason Gross, Middlesex County College, Mercer County Community College and Community College of Philadelphia.

He was Guest Curator for  “Landscapes: Social Political Traditional” at Rider University, in Lawrenceville, NJ, and was Co-Curator for “On Photography: Culture, History and the Narrative” with LaToya Ruby Frazier at the Mason Gross Galleries in New Brunswick.

His photography has been included in group exhibitions including: The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover DE, The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester MA; The 38th Annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia , PA and Expo 35 at the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington, New York.

He has exhibited in solo shows at The New Jeresey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Enfoco at 7th and 2ND Street Gallery, New York, NY; Southern Light Gallery in Amarillo, Texas; the Marguerite & James Gallery Hutchins Gallery at the Gruss Center of Visual Arts in  Lawrenceville, NJ and the Rider University Art Gallery in Lawrenceville, NJ.

He was awarded the Brovero Photography Prize by Mason Gross. His work was named “Best in Collection” by Alpha Art Gallery in New Brunswick, NJ.  He was awarded  3rd Place in the Urban Landscapes exhibit at the New York Center for Photographic Arts.

His work is represented in the permanent collections of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ,  Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ.

At present he is a Contributing Producer for “State of the Arts” broadcast on PBS and a Contributing Journalist for US1 in Princeton, NJ.

Conversations on Culture – The Art of Pinhole Photography

As part of Perkins’ current exhibition, Photography38, photographer Sharon Harris will give a lecture describing the process of pinhole photography and how she uses it to create one-of kind, atmospheric photos. In addition to the lecture, Sharon will show her collection of handmade tin cameras.

Sharon Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, Camden NJ. Her work can be found In several public collections including The Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University Camden Campus, The University of Medicine and Dentistry, Camden, NJ and The Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Haddon Twp., NJ. She has exhibited and won awards at the Krappy Kamera, Soho Photo, NY, The Curious Camera,  Artseye Gallery, AZ, New York Center For Photographic Art, NY, The Darkroom Gallery, VT, and LightBox Photographic Gallery, OR. Publications include the German publication Kwerfeldein, SHOTS magazine issue 138, Photo pace Gallery ’s Myths Legends and Dreams, Plates to Pixel’s Lenzless, and Krappy Kamera X1 and X11. She continues to photograph, lecture and hold workshops throughout the Philadelphia area. If you would like to learn more about Sharon, please visit: www.sharonharrisphotography.com.

The series will be held in the Living Room Gallery at Perkins Center in Moorestown.

This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to PNC Arts Alive, Be Part of Art.

Conversations on Culture – The Last Veterans

Join us for a conversation with photographer, Richard Bell as he tells us about his book, The Last Veterans of WWII. Bell will discuss his experience working with this amazing group of people, how he found them, and his inspiration. If you would like to learn more about Richard and his book, please visit: www.richardbellphoto.com and www.thelastveterans.com
 
Chronicling the many faces of the WWII effort, these contemporary black-and-white portraits of the longest surviving veterans remind us that the war comprised a collection of Americans from all walks of life.
 
Appealing to the families of soldiers, academics, history buffs, and veterans of other wars, this collection is a testament to the spirit of patriotism and diversity of a collective American effort.
 
A lifelong photojournalist and commercial photographer, Richard Bell started his career at Kent State University with a degree in Journalism. After witnessing the shootings at Kent, Richard switched his major from Biology to Journalism. Jobs at two large metropolitan daily papers followed: The St. Petersburg Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. At the Inquirer Richard moved from Staff Photojournalist to Photo Editor where he was awarded the ‘Newspaper photo editor of the year’ award from ’Pictures of the year’ competition (POY). More
 
Leaving the newspaper business Richard started his own commercial photography business, ‘The Bing Group’, which produced print advertising for business uses. Concurrently he was a Senior Lecturer at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, teaching documentary photography. Richard is currently working on fine art and book projects at his studio in Medford, NJ.
 
The series will be held in the Living Room Gallery at Perkins Center in Moorestown.
 
This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to PNC Arts Alive, Be Part of Art.

Pumpkin Party & Parade

Join us for a FREE, after school, family-friendly Halloween Party & Parade.
 
The festivities will be held on Evergreen Lawn at Perkins Center for the Arts on Kings Highway/Main Street, Moorestown. Wear your costume and march in our parade, play games, create a piece of art, snap a spookie selfie in our photo booth, and enjoy seasonal refreshments.
  • Costume Parade will begin at 4:00pm
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Rain date: Monday, October 29

Parent & Child Art Discovery Days

New at Perkins! Parent and Child Art Discovery Days will feature free art based programs designed for children and their caregivers. This series will be held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in our Living Room Gallery.

2019 Art Discovery Days Schedule:

1/24 – Coloring the Northern Lights

2018 Art Discovery Days Schedule:

10/25 – Autumn Gelli Printing

11/29 – Amazing Owls

This series is FREE and open to the public.

Social Artworking programs are focused on eliminating barriers to the arts.  These acts of Social Artworking are made possible with the support of PNC Arts Alive, Be Part of Art.

 

 

 

 

The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

Join us, as we radically change minds and hearts at transformative, uncensored adult storytelling concerts.

The Butterfly is a FREE community storytelling concert held the 4th Tuesday of each month at our Collingswood location.

Storytelling is the first art form.  From its inception on the continent of Africa, storytelling has been steeped in communal ethos.  It is an amalgamated event of teller and audience.  It teaches lessons, empowers voice and maintains societal values.  It makes us laugh, cry, gasp, hold on and release — It connects.

If you would like to participate as a teller, please Submit to Tell Here.

October: Travels, Travails and Triumphs (traveling stories, vacations, outside the US)
Deadline for Submission: October 8
Notification to Tellers: October 10
Rehearsal: October 16
Concert Performance: October 23

November: You’ve Got to Know This (history, relationships, values that must be shared)
Deadline for Submission: November 8
Notification to Tellers: November 10
Rehearsal: November 20
Concert Performance: November 27

CANCELLED December: Holiday Faux Pas (surviving the holidays, that special aunt, uncle, cousin or gift, humorous celebrations)
Deadline for Submission: December 2
Notification to Tellers: December 7
Rehearsal: December 10
Concert Performance: December 18

Be encouraged to indulge your creativity around the theme.

For more information about our Folklife Center & The Butterfly please click here.