2019 Annual Perkins Board of Trustees Meeting

2019 Annual Perkins Board of Trustees Meeting

Please join Perkins Center for the Arts for the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place in the Historic Perkins Manor in Moorestown and will be accompanied by light refreshments.

Join us for the Executive Director’s report detailing the successes of Perkins Center during 2018-2019 year; have a chance to meet Perkins Board of Trustees; hear about new opportunities for this coming year and ask questions. This meeting is free and open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you!

CANCELLED: The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

CANCELLED: The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

*Unfortunately, we have to cancel this evenings’ Butterfly event. We look forward to seeing people atthe October 22nd event at 7 pm in Collingswood for the Mountains and Valleys theme.**

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
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.

 

 

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians (POM) 5th Annual Audience Appreciation Day

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians (POM) 5th Annual Audience Appreciation Day

An Invitation from the Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians:

One Monday each fall, The Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians (POM) voluntarily organize and donate a Day of Music throughout the greater Philadelphia area.  This year, join us September 23rd for a series of free, informal small ensemble concerts, a token of appreciation to the Philadelphia area community. We’ll perform in 32 different venues throughout the day, including schools, churches, public plazas, libraries, retirement homes, coffee shops, and even SEPTA stations. We hope to reach as many of our neighbors as possible with these up close and personal musical experiences, so that we can spread the joy and sense of meaning that music can bring to our lives. Come enjoy the music and get to know us! For a complete listing of events ,please visit  www.pomusicians.org  or  Facebook.com/POMusicians.

Surroundings

Surroundings

Featuring the works of:

MICHAEL SCHWEIGART  |  MATTHEW GREEN  |  MICHAEL SCOTKO

Perkins Center for the Arts Collingswood presents Surroundings a curated exhibition  of three very talented artists working in landscape in oil, and pastel on paper . Our fall exhibition at the Perkins Collingswood Gallery is always an exciting time to see  the gifted artists that flourish in our region. This year is no exception featuring three artists, Michael Scotko and Michael Schweigart from New Jersey and Matt Green from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All arelandscape painters with distinctly unique visions.

Michael Schweigart, Michael Schweigart’s inspiration comes from taking the road less traveled whenever possible with his focus on what characterizes a region. Scenes of coastal Maine and parts of eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey make up the bulk of his work. Schweigart combines technique and medium to create paintings that depict bucolic landscapes and seascapes. “Like many I have a deep appreciation for nature. It offers me a constant source of ideas to explore,” he says. His works display texture and atmosphere, with a presence of man and a sense of place. Michael Schweigart has been exhibiting his landscapes for more than 3 decades in galleries from New York City to South Jersey, Philadelphia and even the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. His paintings have won awards and are included in many prestigious public and private collections.

Mike Scotko, “Growing up in Southern New Jersey, a mostly flat region, devoid of vistas, valleys and sublime grandeur, I’ve nevertheless been intrigued and inspired by the simple, undulating lines of the landscape around me. I find something pleasing and engaging about the horizontal line. My sense is that our world is experienced in a relatively narrow window of view running left and right, with vertical elements becoming an interruption, a tension to our natural tendency.

In my paintings I experiment with the crisscrossing of tree lines, edges of fields, riverbanks and sweeping clouds. Working in a small format, my pastels are applied, rarely with strokes, but by pushing, twisting and dragging, allowing for a certain amount of uncontrolled results and unexpected details to develop. The most successful works are often a surprise and become a gift to myself.”

Matt Green, “The way I see it, I am a realist painter with a lean to the abstract, and I try to capture more than the physical structure of a building or landscape. I find the essence of a subject and show beauty in the nuances, often featuring the conflict of Nature versus Man. It began with a fascination for found objects. It’s the stuff that floats in on the tide, blows in on the wind or rises up from the soil; random objects, even buildings once centers of industry or tourist destinations, that are turned from useful to useless. I can see the strength and allure in things and in their history, and I try to bring life back in. I want to show both the harsh realities and magnificent beauties in everyday life and our surroundings.”

Meet The Artists Reception:
Saturday, October 12  |  5 –8PM

Gallery Hours: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays  |  10AM – 2PM
Saturdays  |  10AM – 2PM

Pottery Seconds Sale

Pottery Seconds Sale

Our Pottery Seconds Sale consists of handmade pottery that is donated by students, teachers and pottery associates and sold at discounted prices at the Collingswood Farmers Market. Prices range from $1 to $40. Proceeds from the sale go towards securing new equipment for the Perkins Center pottery studios.

FREE DeCafe House Concert with The Butterfly Storytelling

FREE DeCafe House Concert with The Butterfly Storytelling

Join us on August 23rd in Moorestown at 6:30 pm for a FREE concert with Soulport and featuring The Butterfly storytellers Dwight James
and Denise McCormack. This is the return of the DeCafe House Concert series.

The Moorestown DeCafe is a warm coffeehouse environment where great folks gather to enjoy live folk music, jazz, the blues, or world music once per month. Performers range from nationally known singer-songwriters like Michael Smith, Debbie McClatchy, and Chris Smither to talented local musicians on the verge of breaking out.

Approximately 75 guests attend each performance, providing an intimate setting for audience and performers alike. In keeping with its coffeehouse inspiration, the cost of admission includes coffee, tea, and light fare.

The paid series continues from September to March.

Concert dates:

August 23rd (**starts at 6:30 pm**) – FREE concert with Soulport and Storytelling with “The Butterfly” series themed “Rhythms of Life” with tellers Dwight James and Denise McCormack.

September 13th – Grady Hoss

October 11th – Madeline Finn

November 8th – Soulport

January 10th – Brian Betz featuring Denis DiBlasio

February 14th – April Mae and the June Bugs

March 13th – TBD

Doors open at 7:30pm and shows start at 8:15pm

A season subscription to the Moorestown DeCafe Coffeehouse Concert Series provides you with one ticket to each of the 6 concerts in the 2017-2018 season. Season subscriptions are $140. Individual tickets are $25 each (admission includes light refreshments).

Please note that a season subscriptions and individual tickets will not be printed – your name will be on the list at the door on the day of each concert.

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

 

Plein Air Competition & Exhibition

Perkins Center for the Arts announces our 1st Annual Plein Air Competition and Exhibition at our annual Handcrafted 2019 fundraiser, on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The 2019 competition begins for participating artists one week prior to the event on May 4 – May 9, 2019. The finished works of art must be turned in by 11:00 a.m. that morning to the event site. Handcrafted will begin at 5:00 p.m. and award winners will be announced at the evening reception. Artists will receive a ticket to the event.

PROSPECTUS SUBMIT WORK

 

Directions to Possible Sites to Paint:

Smithville Mansion

Riverton Yacht Club

Croft Farm

Taylors Lane

Delair RR

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.

8th Annual Empty Bowls

Join us for our 8th annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser at our Collingswood location on Saturday, December 1st  from 12 to 3pm. 100% of the proceeds will be divided evenly between the Food Bank of South Jersey and the Perkins Center for the Arts Scholarship Fund.

Empty Bowls is an international program that engages participating artists to create and donate handmade bowls in which a simple meal is served to a gathering of caring community patrons. In exchange for the meal (and the hand-made bowl), guests contribute a minimum donation of $15.00.

Empty Bowls Press Release

Participating Restaurants:

Abandoned Luncheonette – Moorestown, NJ

Denim American Bistro – Cherry Hill, NJ

El Sitio Grill & Café – Collingswood, NJ

Espressit Coffee Shop – Haddon Township, NJ

Keg & Kitchen – Haddon Township, NJ

The Kibitz Room – Cherry Hill, NJ

Legacy Diner – Audubon, NJ

The Pop Shop – Collingswood, NJ

Short Hills Deli – Cherry Hill, NJ

The Square Meal – Oaklyn, NJ

Tortilla Press – Collingswood, NJ

Tres Yan & Wu – Mt. Laurel, NJ

Sponsored by Wawa, Liberty Bell Bank, and Pazienza & Softly Business Ventures, LLC.