Visual Vibration Vol 2: Photo Picasso

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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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Kelly Kozma: Mixed Media Class at Paradigm Gallery

Kelly Kozma’s mixed media show is currently on exhibit at Paradigm Gallery, located at 746 S. 4th Street, right down on Fabric Row. We are excited to check out the show but equally excited about the class Kelly is going to be leading!

FREE SUNDAY ART CLASS
Mixed Media Techniques with Kelly Kozma

Sunday June 7, 2015 • 12pm, 2pm, 4pm*

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Make sure to reserve your spot on Ticketleap:
http://paradigm-gallery.ticketleap.com/mixed-media-techniques-with-kelly-kozma/details

All supplies will be provided for you at the gallery. Sessions will start on the hour at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Check out more of Kelly’s work and get some inspiration here: http://www.kellykozma.com/

All works made in this free art class will be exhibited in our annual Community Arts Project Exhibition this winter and will be sold for $20 each. 100% of funds will support future free art class programming.

CraftLab: Handmade Philly at Philadelphia Museum of Art: Photo Recap

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Crafty Balboa Holiday Show

Crafty Balboa hosts a craft show in December at Broad Street Ministries, 315 Broad Street,  in Center City.  This building is a very attractive church that used to be home to the Chambers-Wylie Presbyterian Church.   This past December was a cool and crisp early winter day, and the interior was packed with crafters and shoppers.

The vaulted ceiling of the chapel was lovely and was hung with handmade decorations.  There were approximately 40 booths and shoppers were shoulder to shoulder.  Every type of craft was available — candles, scarves, ornaments, toys, cards, jewelry, t-shirts, placemats, upcycled, vintage, etc.   The main quality that all had in common was that these are not things you could find in a typical department store.   This is a great forum for buying that special, one-of-a-kind gift.  Items were selling at the low to mid range in prices.

One of the sellers here was Angela Davidson of Philadelphia.  She was surrounded by a zoo of her colorful crocheted creatures.  I personally noted squid, fish, cats, ponies, elephants, goats, and unicorns.

Angela uses her knack for color and whimsy and combines this with her skill of crochet to make these great items for gifts for the young and young at heart.  Applications for the holiday show are due in mid October.   Last year’s show was one week before Christmas and it drew a lot of shoppers.  I’m sure the mild weather helped.  Most booths appeared to be busy with shoppers.   My unofficial survey of sellers was positive, although not overwhelmingly so.

by Diane Olivia

Cardinal O’Hara Winter Craft Show

Cardinal O’Hara High School is located in Springfield, PA, on Sproul Road.  They have a craft show each Spring and Fall.  I recently attended their November show.  There was plenty of open and free parking when I arrived.  The craft show itself is in the school cafeteria.  One must descend quite a few stairs to enter the show, which is something to keep in mind if you plan to transport and set up your craft display booth.  The show runs for the weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

One of the crafters there was Handmade Philly’s own Pidge Molyneaux of MWM Designs in Drexel Hill.  She displayed some lovely artisan jewelry.   Her work is stylish and current, using crystals and semi-precious stones.  One of the pieces that caught my eye was a very elegant yet lifelike autumn leaf pendant.   The fiery red was beautifully offset by cylindrical turquoise beads.Pidge explained to me that it was a real leaf painted and sealed with precious metals.  What a great way to wear the beauty of nature!  Another lovely piece was a ceramic pendant depicting a tree, which was strung with silver and leather.  I imagined wearing it with a cowl sweater on a chilly winter’s night.   Clicking on the photo will bring you better detail.The show itself appeared well-attended, and many shoppers carried bags of goodies they had purchased.  The majority of the items for sale were at the lower price points, and very few items went over the $50 mark.  Most items were handmade crafts, there were some vintage items, and a few things that looked to be imports.  I saw home decor, paper crafts, needlecraft, photography, wood work, ornaments, soaps, baked goods, chocolates, and novelty decorations.  Many of the home items would be fitting for an American country casual style.   One of the exhibitors told me that her success was mainly “hit or miss”.  I did see more activity in the booths that either had food or the lower priced practical housewares.

All in all, it was a nice way to spend a nice fall afternoon, and because of the high traffic, it is a show that might interest a prospective exhibitor.

Written by Diane Olivia

How to Make Paper Ornaments (An Etsy Workshop at West Elm)

Tonight our Handmade Philly Etsy team hosted an ornament making workshop at the Chestnut Street West Elm store. The store provided a lovely spread, and local Etsy artisans shared their wares.  Our team worked on a paper ornament craft from an Etsy pattern.  We decorated a tree for the Bethesda Project, a nonprofit that serves the chronically homeless.  The event had a tremendous turnout, and it was so exciting to see each ornament form, knowing that the tree would be so much more beautiful with each addition.  We hope that the folks at the Bethesda Project love it as much as we do.

For ways to help the Bethesda Project, click here.

For the pattern and instructions: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/how-tuesday-paper-ornaments

Thank you again to West Elm and to Etsy for such a meaningful event!

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A Visit to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Oaks, PA

Sugarloaf Crafts produces several festivals every year in the Northeast.  This November I attended the show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.   When arriving with my Friday ticket, I received another ticket for entrance on Saturday or Sunday, which I thought was nice.  The show is huge, and one might not see everything on the first visit.   There are over 260 booths, so you might want to economize your energy by seeking out your favorite booths first and then doing your general browsing.    The event was wheelchair accessible.   If walking, wear comfortable shoes for the cement floors are hard on feet.  I’m including a few highlights here, and the photos should become larger with clicking.

Susan Wechsler Designs, Chester, NJ

Susan creates hand built, high fired, sculpted porcelain and stoneware.   Her works have dimension, texture, and use a rich palette of colors.  Much of her work is inspired by nature, as you can see with the shapes of leaves on many pieces.   Her red maple leaf line really picks up the actual colors of autumn.   She has an extensive line of cheese plates with coordinating knives, which would make a pleasing gift for just about anyone.

JMN Creations, Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Lavrich was an experienced cabinet maker before directing his talents to wood turning.  He uses domestic woods to make his lovely creations.  He knows the characteristics of each type of wood, and uses this knowledge to make pieces of varying smoothness, color, and pattern.  He told me that although he might start off with a certain design in mind, he allows the wood itself to tell him how the design will actually “turn” out.

Simon Xianwen Zeng, Flushing, NY

Simon paints in acrylics and oils, and also has giclee prints of his originals for sale.  His works show lively colors in landscapes and nature, among other subjects.   In addition to brilliant, popping colors, his paintings’ subjects are clear and artfully succinct.   I especially enjoyed the painting of the autumn red tree, perfectly colored for fall, the leaves represented by even swirls.

Light Painter Photography, Stroudsburg, PA

Dan Mohr’s specialty is fine art nature photography.  He showed many works of the beautiful countryside of the Poconos.   He explained to me the high quality of the inks that are used in his giclee prints, and that they can last for 50 years or longer, depending on display and storage.   His works are printed on canvas wrapped frames, making an actual frame unnecessary if so desired.  The image detail and colors can have you reliving your last trip to the Poconos, or wishing you were planning such a visit.

Olevano, Wilmington  DE

Olevano gets its olives from their family farms in southern Italy, and produces their oils, cosmetics, and soaps in Wilmington.  I can attest to the tastiness of their lemon infused olive oil, and there are many other flavors such as red pepper and white truffle.  Their soaps are lovely and are made in a variety of fragrances.  They seem to be able to do anything and everything that one can do with olive oil.  I thought the design of their honeycomb olive oil soap was just darling.

Add the above mentioned artists to another 255, and you have yourself a very full day, and perhaps a very full weekend.   The next Sugarloaf show will be in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the weekend of  November 18th.  They will be back in Philadelphia on the weekend of March 16, 2012.

—  Written by Diane Olivia

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