Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sarah Davenport features Wilmington photography in Philadelphia debut

“Portraits of A Queen”
by Sarah Davenport

For Davenport's debut in Philadelphia, her series featuring fine art film portraits in Wilmington's pre-construction Queen Theatre will be on display at Square Peg Artery & Salvage in Rittenhouse Square throughout January.

The medium-format film images were captured in the vacant treasure as it was left in 1959. And after much deliberation, pioneers in the community have taken The Queen under their wings and partnered with Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live to create an Arts and Entertainment venue like no other.

“The series is a labour of love. A love for art, history, and the opportunity to be part of something that will change the face of a city.”

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Light Up The Queen Foundation.

Artist Reception January 9, 2010 6-8 PM • Square Peg Artery & Salvage 108 S. 20th Street • Rittenhouse Square • Philadelphia, PA 19103 •

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

NWAA Director Michael Kalmbach recognized by the art blog & Spark Weekly

The ladies at the art blog have recently posted the recipients of the annual Liberta-awards. New Wilmington Art Association is pleased to announce that our very own Michael Kalmbach is the runner-up for the Risky Business Award. For those of you who grew up with Michael in Somerset, you already know that Michael did his best to duplicate this famous Tom Cruise movie every time his parents left town! Through NWAA, he has proven that he still knows how to throw a party.

Spark Weekly also recognized Kalmbach's efforts this week, naming him one of the 9 Most Intriguing People of 2009.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ruedazuela in The Review

So, unluckily it didn't make print becaue of lack of space, but still there was this little online article written about my performance at UD with the piece Ruedazuela.
Heres the link to the article... check it out:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

UD@Crane Presents Material Impact

The University of Delaware

1400 N American Street
Philadelphia PA 19122

Material Impact

Opening Reception
Thursday December 10 from 6 to 9

Exhibition Continues through January 31
Gallery Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday 12 - 6

Material Impact features the work of:

Lauren Comito, Janet Hethorn UD Chair, Art Department, Joe Ives, David Meyer, UD Faculty, Sculpture, Lisa Murch and Robert Straight, UD Faculty, Painting.

Poetry Reading December 10:
Devon Miller-Dugan, UD Faculty, English Department and Piotr Florczyk, UD Faculty, English Department

Downstairs Exhibition and Workshop Accomplished with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Big Picture Sites at Waring Elementary and Wissahickon Charter School

The third show of the year at UD@Crane is "Material Impact", an exhibition, poetry reading and workshop exploring the context of art, objects and material in relation to our contemporary thinking and concerns. The focus of this exhibition is around the impression, influence and effect of materials and their use as a vehicle for creating questions not only about the future of our environment but of our thoughts, actions and experience. Artists have been invited to participate who either have a main focus of material and impact in their work or have, as a byproduct of material choices, a conversation of this theme occurring around their work. Any looking can be framed in a context of questioning materials creating an awareness of ones position. This may translate to a shift in subjective experience, environmental and sustainability questions or objective explorations about culture. A poetry reading in connection with the University of Delaware English department will feature the work of two noted faculty members; Devon Miller-Dugan and Piotr Florczyk. The readings will touch upon the themes explored in the exhibition. UD@Crane will partner with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Big Picture in a material impact workshop. Students from select Big Picture art education sites in Philadelphia will make objects that explore materials, meaning and landscape. Workshops will focus on sustainability and materials as a means for creation. The objects those students make will be exhibited in the downstairs gallery at UD@Crane.

Monday, November 30, 2009


New Wilmington Art Association presents: REFIGURATION, a three-person exhibition consisting of work by A.D. Loveday, Chuck Mahley, and Mike Podolak on view at 4 West 5th Street, Wilmington, DE from December 4 - 31, 2009. The exhibition explores the alteration of the figure in the context of contemporary society's technological advances.

A.D. Loveday is interested in the human, natural, and technological relationships that occur in our world. She composes uncanny drawings that document that shift from natural to synthetic. Loveday's paradoxes are played out in an imagined landscape, populated by stylized characters that seem to forecast an imminent future. A childlike humor permeates her work, countering the seriousness of the deep undertones foreshadowing this paradigm shift of our culture.

Chuck Mahley also addresses the natural and the technological in his sculptures. These objects, which at times reference the body, oscillate between prosthetic-a replacement for a missing body part-and augmentation-an attached additive. As in Loveday's work, Mahley's forms and concepts echo this shift into the artificial. Works such as The Observer and Life Support use wooden carved elements contrasted with technological elements, such as computer parts, web cams, and fans, in reference to early automata.

Mike Podolak creates and manipulates images in a manner similar to digital computing. Using software such as Illustrator and Photoshop, Podolak builds, generates, layers, and distorts visual information. Sometimes the outcome is a digitally composed image, while in other instances the final product is an oil painting. In his Idol Glitch Series, Podolak, assumes the role of the machine as painter, re-creating pixilated images of the Virgin Mary. Podolak's work speaks not only to the deficiency of digital processes but also to the deficiency of religion and culture.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 4, 2009 from 6 - 9 pm with the closing reception on Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 6 - 9 pm.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shipley Loft construction pictures!!!

Recently, NWAA artist member Brad Turner and local Gallery owner Geoff "Red Mohawk" had the opportunity to tour the renovation process at the brand new Shipley lofts. The floor plan is open and is about 20ft X 40ft. (roughly) There are a total of 23 loft spaces and they are already starting to fill up! The Ingerman group has informed us that weather permitting the first tenants will have the chance to move in as early as the second week in January 2010!!!! Here are a few shots of the construction phase that were shot.

Rent is between $610- $1080 a month
3 Handicapped lofts (Ground floor only)
4: Larger lofts with more windows (Shipley side only.)
16: Regular floor plan lofts

This is a short list of what is included for each loft:
Mail box
The bathroom = walk in shower
2: Closets
1: Half wall that divides the living area from the bedroom area.
Laundry room on each floor
There will be security doors with key fobs.

****Parking and Internet/phone/cable will be up to each tenant.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nancy Breslin

Call for Proposals

Apply for solo or small group shows at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD. Rolling application. Details online at:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Red Mohawk Presents: Stenciled-[The CLOSING] - Friday, November 20, 2009

Good Friends = Epic Times!!!!

Red Mohawk Presents: Stenciled-[The CLOSING]
New work by Brad Turner

Do to the overwhelming success of the opening this past Friday we are going to do it again!!! There will be plenty to see and do! Geoff at Red Mohawk and I hope to see you there!!!!

Don't forget that there will be limited prints and T-shirts for purchase.

Friday, November 20, 2009
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Red Mohawk Gallery & Studio | 228 West 9th St. Wilmington, DE 19801

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Performance November 11th

Rain date scheduled for Tuesday Nov 17th, same time.
Here are links to two local newspapers that have featured the piece in an article:
(last edition, #6)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

LANGUAGE OF LINE - Opening - Nov 6th

To view photos from NWAA's November 6th NWAA opening of Language of Line, click here.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


4 West 5th Street, Wilmington, DE
November 5 - 30, 2009
Opening: Nov 6th, 6-9pm
Closing: Nov 19th, 6-9pm

“A line is a child’s first instrument of depiction, the boundary where one thing ends and another begins.” Language of Line compiles 8 artists using a primitive sense of line to build a larger more intricate composition. Line is explored in a drawing practice, transfer of information, tracing, painting, cutting, bending, forming, and repetition of linear qualities, exploring a range of mediums and practices.

Stephanie Beck utilizes cut paper referencing the grids and lines of city plans, while also carefully composing large scale drawings of aerial two dimensional line patterns of Philadelphia and neighboring regions. Beck’s beautifully layered intricate cut paper carefully pinned to the walls form depth and shadow. Andrew Wapinski presents the grid subtlety with his mixed media resin paintings. Wapinski contrasts the man made grids of metal leaf squares or spray paint against visceral organic lines and layers of pigments and acrylic. His gold leaf squares speak to Yves Klein, while his line of coal becomes a material “zip”, reminiscent of Barnett Newman.

Three artists work in process based drawing. Martin Brief meticulously traces the edges of the form from the text on each page of the dictionary with his ink on paper ongoing Dictionary Series. Although hand drawn, Brief’s work appears to be digitally produced due to its super clean minimal quality. Brian Patrick Franklin marries the concepts of sports and art with his Game Day Series. Franklin watches sporting events and traces the path of the ball to generate digital drawings, appearing like a computer generated Jackson Pollock drip painting. Zach Chupa also combines athletics with a drawing practice. Chupa produces simple line compositions on paper by mapping various running paths with a GPS device, in his Drun Compilation Series. The result is a small, minimal, refined process driven composition.

Beyond drawing a reference, artists work with line sculpturally. Anthony Cervino produces large-scale versions of plastic die cast scraps from toys and model kits. Blurring the line between mass-produced and hand made objects, Cervino’s Fleet mirrors the sensibility of the “ray gun” collection of Claes Oldenburg. Stephen Ruszkowski uses perspective lines of historic architecture and maps of the Delaware Valley region to create wall installations consisting of yarn and nails. The lines of yarn float off the wall expressing a paradox of permanence, disappearance and remembrance of structures and landscapes. Abby Donovan creates installations using low-tech materials such as wire, sculpey, tape, and clay to develop temporary site-specific material constructions questioning the urgency and absurdity of spaces and materiality. Her installations use altered symbols of language such as letters of the alphabet and arrows, creating organic forms of the once rigid lines transforming geometric spaces.

In a culture ‘devoted to the ordering of space’, the artists simply forgo the use of representation via abstraction, being more concerned with what things are more than what they look like to the eye’s camera.

—Ron Longsdorf, Curator
November 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Art Works: Address from the NEA Chair

Check out this inspiring address from the new Chair of the NEA, Rocco Landesman.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Philly artist wins $150,000 prize.

Imagine being awarded $150,000, at the age of 28! Read the article about a Philly artist who won the first Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

2 New Jams

psychedelic bear week, coming soon on the discovery

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CHECK OUT THIS TIMES ARTICLE: Luring Artists to Lend Life to Empty Storefronts

" Pop-up galleries" are taking hold in New York as development advocates and landlords are turning to artists with vivid imaginations and splashy exhibits.

Does this sound familiar?

Artist Networking Opportunity Friday, October 23rd at Deep Blue


Check out the article "Learning the Trade" in the Baltimore City paper. It is a review of the Seventh Annual Curator's Incubator Program at Maryland Art Place in Baltimore. Included is Soft Space: Architecture in Contemporary Art curated by NWAA curator Margaret Winslow and including work by NWAA member's Ron Longsdorf, Janell Olah, and Stephen Ruszkowski.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


NWAA Artist member Brad Turner's new show at the Red Mohawk Gallery

Event details: The opening will take place on Friday Nov. 6th, from 6PM - 9PM at the Red Mohawk Gallery in Wilmington. It will be a great time and as always there will be beverages to consume. There also will be a band. I will have plenty of shirt for those who missed out on the last run... I know many of you will be there in spirit and cannot make it out. There will be plenty of opportunities in the future! - Hope to see you there. - Brad

Red Mohawk Gallery & Studio
228 West 9th St. Wilmington, DE 19801
Date: Friday, November 6, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday, October 16, 2009

SHIPLEY LOFTS! Available in March 2010

The roof will be on 701 Shipley by the end of October!

Check out the article in Spark weekly for further details about the affordable artists live/work spaces that will be available this spring!

Applications for Shipley Lofts can be downloaded by following this link:

The Ingerman Group and the Shipley Village Community Development Organization will begin taking applications from artists immediately. The application will be a three-part process: the applicant must first qualify as a perspective renter, followed by an income and credit check, and lastly there will be a review of the applicant's artwork.

New Wilmington Art Association will continue to provide up-to-date information about Shipley Lofts. If you are interested in learning more about the live/work spaces contact Michael Kalmbach at

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Art:21 screening at 312 N Market Street Thursday, October 15th from 6-9pm

At the October 15th closing reception for the exhibition Eclosion, New Wilmington Art Association is proud to present a screening of episodes 3 & 4 of Season 5 of art:21. This screening event is part of a national initiative titled Access '09 which aims to introduce the award winning PBS production, Art:21 Art in the Twenty-first century, to a larger audience.

Episode 3 Transformation

Episode 4 Systems

Ryan Jones