Allies in Art

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How do artists share ideas? How can artists from different communities find opportunities to share their work, their process, and meet new artists? How can artist studio spaces be made more accessible for community building and collaboration?

 

Allies in Art was developed to create opportunities for the artists of Center for Creative Works to work alongside their peers in the greater Philadelphia arts community. Over the course of eight week intensives, CCW artists travel to the studio of a local artist to take part in a project revolving around a specific material, technique, or approach, familiarizing them with the studio practice of a professional artist in the process. At the same time, local artists have the opportunity to meet an inspiring new group of makers and engage with them through collaborative making processes. AiA creates an invaluable opportunity for CCW artists to expand their creative circle and broaden their range of influence and engagement in the local creative community.

Allies in Art is made possible by generous funding through the Genuardi Foundation

2018/2019 Allies in Art Projects

Printmaking with Mark Rice / Pressure Club

featuring Mary Beth Frampton, Clyde Henry, and Kristina Salamone

April/May 2019

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Plaster Casting with Lucia Thomé

featuring Lillian Moseley, Joyce Moseley, and Natasha Plaza

May/June 2019

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3D Painting with Alyssa Piro

featuring Olubunmi Ojo, Faith Rowbottom, and Timothy O'Donovan

February/March 2019

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Printmaking with Carla J. Weeks

featuring Natasha Plaza, Benjamin Riley, Brooke Heckler

August and September, 2018

Carla is a British born artist and designer living in Philadelphia, PA. Using pattern as a vehicle to articulate memory, Carla's paintings, textiles, and murals are visual recordings informed by her interactions with both natural landscapes and the built environment. Distilling the color and form experienced in specific geographic locations, Carla aims to create 2-dimensional patterns that communicate a resonating sense of place. Carla holds a BA in Art History, and professional experience in Exhibition Design, Set Production, and Retail Display. Her formal and applied skills are both self-taught and lovingly collected from a sea of talented colleagues and friends.

This Allies in Art project explored pattern through two types of printmaking: block printing and screen printing. CCW artists were asked to engage with the idea of using pattern as a vehicle for memory and place. It culminated in a series of small-scale block prints on fabric and paper, and large-scale screen printed fabric banners.

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2017 Allies in Art Projects and Galleries

Looks Like a... with Kaitlin Pomerantz

featuring Brandon Spicer-Crawley, Judy Barnett,

Joyce Moseley, Julie Ostertag, and Matthew Correale 

July and August, 2017

Kaitlin Pomerantz led a project centered around the theme of the specimen: drawn, photographed, and collected. Inviting CCW artists into her studio practice rich with a wide range of inspiration and material processes, the artists investigated the translation of physical objects into photographs, cyanotypes, drawings, and new amalgamated objects. Artists also took part in “digs” from Philadelphia’s abundant community gardens as well as RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency, an artist residency program run by Billy Dufala at Revolution Recovery), and photography/sketching trips to the Wagner Institute. 

Highlights from the project's diverse offering of works are ornate pencil drawings of birds by Julie Ostertag, colorfully painted poured plaster sculptures inspired by taxonomical charts by Joyce Moseley, densely textured ceramic shells and stones made by Judy Barnett, evocatively painted photographs of flora by Matthew Correale, and embellished cyanotype by Brandon Spicer-Crawley.

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in the studio
eagle drawings by Matthew C
eagle drawings by Matthew C
at the Wagner Institute
at the Wagner Institute
assorted cast plaster sculptures
assorted cast plaster sculptures
Joyce and Kaitlin taking photos
Joyce and Kaitlin taking photos
Kaitlin and Brandon casting plaster
Kaitlin and Brandon casting plaster
at Recycled Artist in Residence
at Recycled Artist in Residence
working in the studio
working in the studio
painted plaster sculpture by Joyce M
painted plaster sculpture by Joyce M
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Fresco Project with Mariel Capanna

featuring Paige Donovan, Tamisha Williams, and Vinetta Miller

September and October, 2017

Buon Fresco is the traditional process of painting with earth pigment into wet plaster. Most commonly associated with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, fresco wall-painting techniques have been used by dozens of cultures over the span of thousands of years, from Egypt to Mexico. Over the course of the project, Mariel worked with three CCW artists to learn this ancient technique of painting into plaster, from mixing dry earth pigments with water to slaking lime and plaster onto plywood surfaces, and included a variety of individual and collaborative endeavors.

The artists created a diverse range of work in fresco, including Vinetta Miller's old master copies inspired by a range of art historical figures (from 15th century Florence to Whistler), Tamisha Williams' shaped frescos in the form of birds, weeds, and rainbows, and Paige Donovan's fresco landscapes created in the giornatto technique and featuring her signature stippled mark-making.

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in the studio
Vinetta with a completed fresco
Vinetta with a completed fresco
landscape fresco by Paige Donovan
landscape fresco by Paige Donovan
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Vinetta in the studio
Paige with a fresco display
Paige with a fresco display
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Vinetta in the studio
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Tamisha in the studio
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Paige in the studio
Joyce and Mariel slaking lime
Joyce and Mariel slaking lime
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Painting and Printing Fabric Yardage with Tim Eads

featuring Jacob Berger, Lydia Thompson, and Mary T. Bevlock

 October and November, 2017

 

In his own practice, Tim designs repeat patterns to screen print on thick fabrics that he sews into bags that he designs for high-end boutiques. Together the group planned designs for fabric yardage with the intention of making both bags and clothing. Using both fabric paint and printmaking techniques, the artists created immersive designs on the surface of the fabric. Bags and garments were cut and sewn in the studio, premiering in a fashion show in early December at West Philadelphia's Rotunda. 

The fabric created represented each artist's unique style based on years of aesthetic development at CCW, along with improvisational painting and mark-making facilitated by the large fabric painting table in the studio. A budding graphic designer who has worked with Tim to design fabric for bags in the past, Lydia Thompson developed a flock of chickens design which she printed on fabric and embellished with painted donuts. Jacob Berger printed and painted his trademark abstract forms, which look like amoebae or space shuttles. And Mary T. Bevlock created a repeat pattern of a psychedelic Jesus and painted the fabric with various additional figures, including the Saint Joseph's University hawk mascot. 

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Lydia painting donuts
behind the scenes fashion show
behind the scenes fashion show
Jacob, Tim and Lydia printing
Jacob, Tim and Lydia printing
fabric by Jacob Berger
fabric by Jacob Berger
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Jacob in the studio
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Mary in the studio
Lydia, Tim and Kay printing
Lydia, Tim and Kay printing
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Jacob in the studio
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