Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I have a recently completed edition in this project:

October 9 - November 6, 2009: The Hexagon presents: Hexchange, an emerging artist printmaking portfolio with over 40 participants nationwide. Following the exhibition, Hexchange will become a part of the permanent collections at the International Printing Museum in Southern California, and Goya Contemporary and Nudashank Gallery in Baltimore. Hexchange will also travel to Philadelphia for satellite exhibition during the Southern Graphics Council in 2010. Individual prints and whole portfolios will be available for purchase for the duration of the show.

The Hexagon is a community-run gallery and performance space that embraces all media and is located in the Station North Arts District at 1825 N. Charles Street. The Hexagon features music performances, community outreach events, film screenings, art exhibitions, and many other creative events. For more information about the space, please visit

(If you are in the area, you should come and check it out!)-Nikholis Planck

Southern Tier

Broken Mossy Steps

In late August I took a trip to New York State's Southern Tier. I took some nature photos which can be seen on my Flickr page,
. There are a couple other images: Mark Twain's headstone and Ernie Davis High School.

I recently blogged on the subject of Suburban Sprawl, based on my experiences during this trip.
That blog entry can be seen at
. I plan to do a couple more entries about the Southern Tier- look for them throughout October. -Ahlen Moin

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fringe Wilmington & the NWAA group exhibition, Eclosion, opens on Wednesday, September 30th at 312 N Market Street

Eclosion: New Work from New Wilmington Art Association

312 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Opening Reception
September 30, 5-8pm

Visual Fringe Gallery Hours:
October 1, 6-9pm
October 2, 6-9pm
October 3, 1-9pm
October 4, 12-4pm

Fringe Wilmington Additional Information:
October 1 - October 4
(check the Fringe Wilmington Website for additional perfromances, places, and times)

Closing Reception & Art:21 Season 5 premiere of episodes 3 & 4

October 15

Eclosion: New Work from NWAA

New Wilmington Art Association promotes exposure to contemporary art theory and practices through its unique guerrilla model. NWAA inhabits the raw storefront spaces on Market Street-literally on the "fringe" of Wilmington's commercial district. During the inaugural festival of Fringe Wilmington, NWAA continues its practice by presenting Eclosion. The theme of this group exhibition is transformation-the transformation of downtown Wilmington, NWAA's transformative activities, or the recent transformation in our political and economic atmospheres. This subject is evident in the work selected for the show and offers the opportunity to discuss the intriguing and thought-provoking art produced both locally and internationally today.

Art:21 Access '09

For October's third Thursday closing event, NWAA will participate in Art:21 Access '09-- an international screening initiative of Season 5 of Art:21--Art in the Twenty-First Century. On October 15th from 6-9pm, NWAA will screen Episode 3: Transformation and Episode 4: Systems. Transformation includes interviews with Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cindy Sherman, and Paul McCarthy. Each of these three artists observe, satirize, or reinvent characters from literature, history, art history, science, and popular culture. Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja, and Allan McCollum are included in Systems, which examines work that conveys networks, structures, mapping, or information exchange today.

NWAA member artists featured in Eclosion:

Benjamin Austin, Brookes Britcher, Breck Brunson, Alexander Chassey, Hunter Clarke, Jennifer Dillner-Vincent, William Fields, Francine Fox, Ryan Jones, Michael Kalmbach, Amanda Kamen, James Lipovac, Ronald Longsdorf, Chris Marrero, Jared Mimm, Gregg Morris, Eric Napier, Ashley John Pigford, Nikholis Planck, Michael Podolak, Dan Rios, Phillip Scarpone, Chuck Schultz, SquareWell, Brad Turner, and Eddie Whelan.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

All for One closing reception to be held this Thursday, September 17th, Special Performance by Drew...

Drew, of Drew and the Medicinal Pen, will be performing at the closing reception of All for One, this Thursday, Sepetmber 17th at 4 West 5th Street, Wilmington, DE. The reception begins at 6pm and the music will start sometime after 8... see you there...

NWAA "Straight Outta LOMA" T-shirts FREE with your 25 dollar donation...

Colors & Sizes

Colors & Sizes

Monday, September 14, 2009

Michael Kalmbach featured on Delaware Arts Info...

The Delaware College of Art & Design's 13th annual Faculty & Staff exhibition is on view until October 15th.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Boxed Water is Better

"The Arts As Prevention"

In 1983, when I arrived to settle in Wilmington, one of my first and most lasting observance was the sign at the entrance to a park in my new communitiy, which read, "Welcome to Wilmington...A Place to Be Somebody." After 26 years, I still feel that Wilmington is indeed "A Place to Be Somebody." Since 2001, I have collaborated with the "Stop the Violence Coalition." In my many workshops with young children, we participated in art activities. Most memorable, was a project in which I worked with over 40 children in the Tubman Garret Park, to paint a Banner, which we titled, "A Peaceful World Begins With Me." Many studies indicate that children who are involved in the arts at an early age, are less likely to be involved in violence and crimes.There is an ongoing need to provide a forum to engage children and adults on the street corners, in the arts. I am issuing the challenge to the NWAA, of which I recently became a member, to plan community projects in the Arts, to involve 'At Promise Youth" City youth. It should be noted that the term "At Risk Youth" is obsolete. They are not at risk, but "at promise." It is the "society" that places them at risk, by not engaging them in creative activities. It is my goal to see a program titled "The Arts As Prevention" come ALIVE in the City of Wilmington. We can do it! I already created a painting on the title "Arts As Prevention."
Eunice LaFate

Artist As Citizen

Artist As Citizen is a great way for students to get involved with major world issues via an art practice.

Check out the NY Times Article

Artist As Citizen

Artists fill a void in downtown Wilmington

NWAA article in the Community news:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fostering Diversity in Art Awareness

As a folk artist and educator, I see a great need to encourage awareness of diversity in art appreciation in the Wilmington Community. There is a perspective of art in the traditional context, i.e. the Brandywine painters. Most people tend to gravitate towards traditional art. However, there is a vast arry of art in our community that speak to life stories and issues, We need to educate art consumers to patronize the diversity in the art forms. -Eunice LaFate

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


New Wilmington Art Association is pleased to announce that Michael Kalmbach will receive the 2009 Christi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Advocacy & Community Service. The Christi Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00pm. This year's theme is " Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge, Passion - Unifying the Community Through the Arts." The awards program will take place at the Baby Grand Theatre followed by a reception at the Christina Cultural Arts Center.

" It's an honor to be recongnized by the Christina Cultural Arts Center. More importantly, the Christi Award will give New Wilmington Art Association a new platform to promote the needs of emerging artists in downtown Wilmington. As this new downtown begins to unfold, New Wilmington Art Association will continue to serve the needs of the young cultural workers who are largely responsible for the revitalization of our City." - Michael Kalmbach, Director of New Wilmington Art Association

For more information about the Christi Awards, visit:


and for more photos.

Sculpture: Found Object Course at DCAD

If anyone is interested, see below:

Registration deadline is Monday, September 14, 2009.