Art For Life Philly Honors Jane Golden, Judy Brodsky and James Brantley!

On Saturday, November 3rd,  Danny Simmons, and Rush Arts 

invite you to the inaugural Art For Life Philadelphia!

 Honoring Jane Golden of Mural Arts; artist, printmaker, professor, art activist Judy Brodsky, and artist James Brantley at this years’ Art For Life Philadelphia at The Painted BrideJoin us at #ArtForLifePhilly as we celebrate our honorees; showcase the #ArtForLifePhilly Art Auction featuring works by Derrick AdamsRashid JohnsonShepard Fairey & more; and continue to expand and highlight those central to our Rush Arts Philly mission: the youth & artists that bring our work to life!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA
6p Arrivals & Cocktails
7p  Program

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Rush Arts Philadelphia (RAP), a project of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF), has announced the honorees for the 2018 ART FOR LIFE PHILLY benefit on November 3, 2018 at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. It is the first time Art for Life is being held in Philadelphia. The honorees are Judith Brodsky, founder of the Brodsky Center which recently relocated to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art (PAFA) from Rutgers University; Philadelphia figure and portrait painter James Brantley; and Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Artist, poet and philanthropist Danny Simmons founded RAP in 2016 after relocating his home to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, NY. Simmons decided to locate RAP in the Logan section of Philadelphia to spur a revitalization of the neighborhood through the arts. Since RAP’s founding the organization has offered visual and performing arts classes to children and adults, including free progressive, multi-week programs, and exhibitions that have provided exposure to emerging artists and curators of color, while also introducing the Logan residents to high-quality fine art. RAP has exhibition and programming partnerships with the Barnes Foundation, Art Sanctuary, PAFA, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AMMP), and Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP), among others.

For Art for Life Philly, Danny Simmons hopes to create a new cannot miss event, with a more accessible ticket price starting at $150. Donors can further support the event by purchasing art donated by visual artists for the occasion.

ART FOR LIFE PHILLY’s hosts are Angela and Vanessa Simmons, nieces of Danny Simmons.  Angela and Vanessa were recently elected to the board of RPAF. Manayunk real estate development and entrepreneur, and Angela and Vanessa’s colleague on the PRAF board Lenny Bazemore serves as co-host andJo-Jo Simmons will serve as honorary co-host.

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Visual Vibration Vol 2: Photo Picasso

Stylez with the Smilez


Visual Vibration Vol 2: Photo Picasso.

Processed with VSCO with v5 presetPhoto Picasso is the second edition of a series of exhibits by experimental photographer Rell Stylez under his brand Visual Vibration.

Photo Picasso is a celebration of women of color touching on themes such as femininity, race, challenging beauty standards, and sexuality. The intention is to add to the discussion on these various issues with thought provoking quality images. The exhibit will showcase new, never before seen images that Stylez has created over the past year.

This conceptual, experimental photo art show that will be held at 1652 Ridge Avenue, July 29th, 2017 from 5 pm – 9 pm.

The show is free and open to the public.

In addition to the new collection being released and photos that will give off vibrations to the visual eye, stimulating your thoughts, there will also be live performances. Featured in the exhibit will be musical and visual performances by artists Bobbie Maack, Anubliss, Victorious, and Dolo. Stylez will also have limited edition autographed prints available for art collectors and admirers of his work.

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Rell Stylez aka Stylez with the Smilez is a self-taught photographer from West Philadelphia, who has been an artist since is childhood years. Through street art, Stylez was able to channel into ideas of how an image can have an impact on the eye of an observer, which would later develop into his photo art career. He started to create art by manipulating real life scenes with various forms of lighting to bring images to life that exude various moods. The brand “Visual Vibration” was born. Stylez describes his work as edgy and experimental with a touch of sensuality. His conceptual, experimental photo art, brings enjoyment, entertainment and discussion for art admirers. As he continues to grow as a photographer his recent work he feels will add to discussions on race, culture, sexuality, politics, and femininity. He also provides professional services to those interested in using his photography for personal and business use.

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For more information on the show you can visit click here.

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9 Tips to Create Your Own Publicity

Posted On July 10, 2015

Filed under DO IT YOURSELF, Media, Resources

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Great tips to gain exposure for your small business.

Kennedy Robinson, Public Relations

What is the easiest way to get publicity, build trust and gain visibility for your business? Promoting yourself is the answer. Yes paid PR can guarantee results but self-promotion never hurt anyone! If you don’t do anything, you won’t get anything.
So use one of these tips today,everyday if possible and you’ll see how easily you can create publicity for your company, both online and offline.

  1. Create your content usinggraphics and photos.Use websites likeCanva or PicMonkey to create graphics. Gather (or take) your best product photos or photos showing you in action with the services you provide. Use your content on social media to drive traffic to your website.
  2. Obtain testimonials from your customers or clients. This is pretty easy if you already have a website like Etsy, Amazon, Thumbtack or Fiverr where you sell your services or products. Most of the time websites such as these have a…

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Featured Handmade Phillyer: Meet Alyse Schulte

Alyse in Mexico City
Alyse is a graphic designer and currently runs an Etsy Shop called Random Lake. Random Lake sells a variety of items in the shop and all items are design and made by Alyse. Let us take a peek into her world.

Where does your shop name “Random Lake” come from?

The name Random Lake comes from a small town right outside where my aunt lives in Wisconsin. Not only is it a beautiful town, I felt the name described a lot about me and my design.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

I grew up and went to school in Florida. I moved to Philly about two years ago and love everything about it. I am a graphic designer, I enjoy freelancing and all the people it has allowed me to meet and work with.
Why do you do what you do?
I love how stimulating all the creativity in my life is. I am always searching for new ways to express my ideas, which is what led me to creating Random Lake. It allowed me to design for myself and then share with everyone, instead of vice versa.
How do you stay fresh?
I keep a very open mind when coming up with ideas for projects. I love trying all new types of projects and if I’m stuck with a print design, I’ll move over to jewelry design or a different medium until my ideas make their way out.
How do you create when you don’t feel particularly creative?
If I am not feeling very creative, it always helps me to look at what other people are doing; a lot of times my inspiration comes from seeing what others are capable of. During the weekends, when I want to get away from my computer, I love taking day trips out of the city. I enjoy going hiking or exploring interesting places in the area. One of the last places I’ve been in Philly that really stood out to me was The Cliffs, (the house where Sarah Franklin sewed bandages for soldiers during the Revolutionary War) in Fairmount Park.
When did you start?
I have been designing as long as I can remember, but I started Random Lake in February 2013.
Where do you want to go with this?
A dream of mine would be to run a kind hybrid between a graphic design shop and boutique. For now though, it would be great to see Random Lake expand and become recognized in the community.
Brownstone Earrings

Brownstone Earrings

Adjustable Deer Ring

Adjustable Deer Ring

Who is on your Ipod?
I listen to a little bit of everything. Some of my favorites are Rilo Kiley, The Weakerthans, AA Bondy, and Wye Oak. One musician that can always motivate me is Buddy Holly, its hard to be lazy when I hear him. I also love a lot of different podcasts, including WTF with Marc Maron and Comedy Bang Bang.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
A lot of historical sites and stories inspire me.The most recent project that I have developed has been dedicated to the USS United States. I’ve been keeping up with the news of the plans to destroy the ship for scrap metal if enough money isn’t raised over the next month. I designed a poster to help raise money to preserve the ship.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I really love doing personalized projects. People are always so grateful and love to see their designs and ideas in motion.
Did you ever feel like giving up?
 My creativity usually comes in marathon sized packages. I’ll spend every waking minute for weeks working on things until every idea inside of me has come out. This usually leads to a period of time where I don’t do much in the way of designing or crafting. I have learned to develop hobbies that don’t require much room for variation to keep myself productive. I have taken up canning and gardening for those times when I just can’t work in the studio.
What is the first craft project you remember making?
I remember making my own play-dough with my Mom when I was a kid. The first part of the process, I remember thinking we were making cookies, when I found it was a toy, it was even better.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

I am a new Etsy seller myself, and I would definitely say put your all into it. Every time you have an idea, do it! You’ll most likely end up with an awesome piece for your shop.

Do you listen to music when you create?

I usually have music, a podcast, or the tv on, but it’s really only background noise. I usually in my own head when I am working.

Have you had formal training?

I went to UNF in Jacksonville, Fl for Graphic Design and Digital Media. My classes were really small and it was a tight-knit group.
Where do you live & how does it influence you?
I live in South Philly, just off Passyunk Ave. I have a small house with my boyfriend and I have enough room to have my own studio. Our house and neighborhood is a dream come true, we have great neighbors and a little garden on our patio. Being happy with where I live has definitely made an impact on how I work. I spend less time fantasizing about what I could have and I have started creating and working with what I do have. A lot of my work is inspired by the city and the different personalities the neighborhoods take on.
Alyse’s first craft show is going to be the 30th Street Craft Market on June 15th in Philadelphia. She’s very excited about it, so hopefully you’ll make a visit to her booth and let her know that you saw her interview on Handmade Philly.  You can shop with Alyse Schulte at her Random Lake Etsy Shop, Read her Blog at Made By Alyse.
Interviewer: Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade.  Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby.  She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival.

Design Curator: Two Documentaries for the Artsy Christmas List

Christmas is coming, chestnuts are roasting over an open fire, and the shopping craze has begun. If you want to add something to your Christmas list or need a gift idea for the art lovers in your life here are two documentaries worth buying.

Mad Men fans who have fallen in love with Don Draper and the three-martini lunch will love Art & Copy. The world of advertising is not just the face of every manipulative salesperson, but the brains of brilliantly creative minds.  George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in Art & Copy were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and more. This documentary is not just about advertising, but about inspiration and a dynamic impact on culture and society. Starting from the “creative revolution” of the 1960’s, film director Doug Pray exposes some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time.

If you want to be outraged this Christmas watch The Art of the Steal. This documentary uniquely impacts us, because it takes place right here in our hometown. According to 37-year-old documentary filmmaker, Mr. Don Argott, Philadelphia is the thief.   His controversial documentary relays the story of intrigue, politics, and the art world surrounding an art collection owned by the deceased Albert C. Barnes.

Barnes was born in 1872 and made his fortune in business but kept his focus on collecting Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modernist paintings. In 1922 Barnes set up the Barnes Collection in a unique way. His art was not categorized by time period, school of art or artist, but by aesthetic appeal.

The Barnes Collection is worth billions, and Mr. Barnes made sure to preserve his wishes for the collection in his will. To find out what ensued, you’ll need to watch…

Elizabeth Wann {Writer & Designer}

Design Curator: Design Website Pick

Many of my posts have covered elements of design: timelessness, uniqueness, and simplicity. Last month I featured Sultana Maria Jewelry, whose designs exemplify the element of uniqueness. A new addition to my posts will feature design blogs and websites. I will curate the most fun, educational, and inspiring sites for your reading and viewing pleasure.

My first pick is Design Sponge. This website has so many tasty slices of design pie, which makes the whole pie a gourmet delight. So much good stuff is packed into this site that it’s easy to let the time slip by as you browse. Design Sponge is best known for its DIY projects and videos, as well as its before and after design makeovers. Want to know how to do faux French windows? Pattern fan blades?  What about turning a birdcage into a chandelier?

For a variety of design columns, from recipes, DIY projects, mixing drinks, entertaining, and much more, Design Sponge has it all. Biz Ladies is a section on the site with business advice for women. If you are an artist and want to learn how to market your work, sell, and grow your business, then you need to be checking out this section everyday.

If you need some creative inspiration when you are entertaining, Design Sponge is where it’s at. Whether you want to decorate a room, plan a party or mix a drink you can come to Design Sponge and soak up its creativity for all your design projects.

{If you have recommendations for a design blog or website feature please let me know below in the comments section.}

Elizabeth Wann ~ Writer & Designer


This Saturday if you’re in the Philadelphia area come check out Northern Liberty’s latest jewelry studio, Concrete Polish.  Jeweler’s Angela Monaco, owner of Concrete Polish and Linda Smyth of  Topstich come together to bring you their original and collaborative creations. An exquisite mashup of baubles to stimulate your cutting edge fashion exploration. 716 n. 3rd st,  Sat June 4th from 6-10. Music by Guns Garcia, sweet treats, libations, friends and fun!!

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