Labor of Love- works by Jeff Schaller
September 1st – 30th
For the month of September Black Moth will feature select works by local mixed media artist, Jeff Schaller. Drawing from decades of pop culture and advertising styles and techniques Schaller creates some playful, exciting and provocative collages. "I paint in the unique medium of encaustic, creating textural art pieces which incorporate representational form with the printed word. In essence, the visual and written symbols merge to create a unique aesthetic language that is both provocative and whimsical. My multiple-image pieces, with images ranging from polka dots to popular culture, evoke emotions and memories in the viewer. The combination of images tells a story and provokes a personal exchange between the art and the audience."
Ferns and Feathers
July 1st – August 31st
As the warmth and showers bring life forth and teaming all around us, this summer’s show will celebrate the variety of life forms that make the world around us so beautiful, creepy, comfortable and wondrous. Ferns and Feathers aims to spotlight this appreciation for the flora and fauna featured in unique works from a group of talented artists. The exhibition will showcase a range of styles and perspectives that venerate plants and creatures.
This year a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the globally reaching non-profit organization, World Wildlife Fund, to support their efforts in conserving the vital ecosystems.
May 1st – June 30th
The exhibition will showcase a range of styles and perspective on the theme of the landscape, from the natural to the man-made and fantastical. Inhabited encompasses the natural landscape that is home to and beaming with creatures, including our own, who value and depend on the cycles and roles each component plays. The works of art that celebrate the spaces we find joy in our activities, respite, memories, aspirations, and resources from help the viewers appreciate the precious surroundings we all too often breeze past. The subject of the landscape has remainder a favorite to visionaries and collectors alike for centuries partly because of the symbiosis between humans and nature, for the romantic aesthetics and vital necessity. Sometimes the commonplace and quiet spaces need to be elevated with a spotlight shining on it, and that is where the creativity and talent of the artist comes in to serve.
This year proceeds will be donated to the non-profit land conservation organization, Natural Lands Trust, to support efforts in protecting the beauty and necessity of the lands in our region.
re-faced- works by Wendee Yudis
April 1st- 30th
Wendee Yudis is a serigraph mixed media artist whose paintings and prints have been exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries in NYC, Chicago, and Philadelphia since the mid-1990’s. The females in her work become icons that reoccur in new contexts and combinations to create a visual vocabulary. Many times they question the females’ role in society as well explore the various roles within ourselves. By juxtaposing various images, nuances are implied and tension is created to imply and explore new meanings. I primarily use printmaking along with painting rather than printing in edition because it allows her more freedom to create spontaneously and to explore the subtleties of printmaking. Yudis typically print images or icons in combination with other images to create not only a dialogue between the images but also to create an illusion of being camouflaged by translucency, patterns, and layers to explore relationships seen and unseen.
David Jablow- Further Adventures
March 1st- 31st
Philadelphia artist, David Jablow collects and meticulously completes the compositions on obscure and somewhat risqué novelty note pads from the mid-20th century. Jablow's vision and creativity holds no bars on the possibilities of characters and scenarios. Fully developed stories evolve from a very simple suggestion of a female form. Its clever, captivating, hilarious, albeit impressive how much an artist like Jablow can develop for these damsels and heroines in such a small amount of space.
"Giving new life to objects left for dead is fun, quirky, and often times environmentally considerate. What I’m doing with these old sheets of paper is ‘purposing’ them. I’m doing exactly what the printers had in mind when they originally produced and distributed them. I like the idea that I’m doing this decades after they were made, after they’ve been sitting in drawers until someone decided to post them for sale on eBay or Etsy.
When artist’s face a complete blank canvas or paper, they face that paradoxical problem of endless possibilities. Too many options can often be constraining.
I sidestep this with the help of my muse. I simply access that part of the brain that we use when we play the game of charades. “What could she be doing.” my mind asks. Ideas then flow. I mentally sift through them and make loose sketches to narrow down the options. Which would make a drawing that I’d want to make? What haven’t I done before? Maybe something funny, maybe macabre, or maybe I feel like challenging myself with some complex perspective angle. I get to draw it all; foliage, animals, technology, different eras of human history. That’s half the fun. It’s always the same challenge and always new and different.”
Mark Price- ROI, Real-time Or Instead
February 6th- 28th
New and recent silkscreen printed collage works from artist Mark Price. A collection of Price’s collage works from 2014 - 2018. Engaged with the silkscreen printing collage processes over the past ten years Price utilizes a self produced archive of printed imagery including optical patterns, found graphics, and gradient color fields that collage into rich and frenetic two dimensional compositions. The works explore where our psychological and information architecture become one. The resulting compositions operate as high-resolution experiences that attempt to map out a mediation of internalized and externalized information flows. The compositions address the possibility of a static image of today that encompasses our multi-modal experience with an ever expanding built environment.
Recently relocating back to the Philadelphia area from Portland, Maine this will be Price’s first exhibition in the area since showing his collage works in 2016 at Gallery 543 located at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Mark Price is a graphic artist who uses the silkscreen printing process to produce 2-D and 3-D visual works. Working with gallery director Christina Ray he has mounted three New York solo exhibitions including ‘The New Real Fantasy Now’ 2009, ’Designer Endgame Strategies’ 2010, and ‘Hyper 20XX’ 2012. Additionally his work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. In 2009 his work was selected by curator Aaron Betsky for inclusion in the internationally recognized Confines exhibition at the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern.
City Between Two Rivers- Woodblock Prints by Jennifer Manzella
January 2nd – Jan 30th, 2019
This latest series of prints presents inverted skylines that depict remnants of industry and architecture along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers in Philadelphia and along the riverways in New York City. This particular series of multiple wood block prints represent the human desire to reconstruct the environment, especially in cities. These altered urban landscapes are evidence of the actions to transform, destroy, and exploit what was there before. Colorful overlapping silhouettes form inverted skylines depict remnants of industry and architecture on the waterways of Philadelphia, inspired by the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers in Philadelphia as well as the New York City river ways.
Big Talent, Small Works Annual Sales Exhibition
November 6th- December 30th
A holiday art show and sale from some of the areas most talented artists. A wide variety of affordable pieces under $450.00. Find a small gem for yourself or someone on the gift list!
Jennifer L. Manzella
Amanda Marie Passero
Poisons and Antidotes
September 4th- October 28th
Some energies shroud in the shadows while some shine strong and brightly, such are the forces that push and pull amongst us. From toxic foes to altruistic Samaritans, we are surrounded by other’s motives, left to our own volition in the aftermath. It is up to us to wither under, thrive on, possibly even pass along. With personal reflection, what side of the line do we stand on, with the healers and do-gooders or with the cruel and mischievous?
Poisons and Antidotes present the duality of the damages and the remedies. A collection of artist portrayals of malicious intents and selfless healers throughout history, in the myths, as well in our contemporary times. From symbols to epic stories to iconic embodiments of the deeper workings within the human spirit and the physical. The rain can heal and nourish some, while others writhe in pain.
Papercutting by Jessi Brown and Casey Lynch
July 3rd - August 31st
Dating back as early as 100 CE in China, paper cutting began as a decorative folk tradition focusing on landscape and floral motifs. Moving to Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, the craft evolved as a cheaper alternative than woodcarvings for home decoration with its height. Paper cutting arrived in the States with an influx of German and Dutch immigrants in the 19th century, and took hold in Pennsylvania. The practice is experiencing a resurgence with a contemporary reinterpretation and rising popularity among young talents. Artists Casey Lynch and Jessi Brown engage in the dialogue of present day paper cutting, by remixing old subject matter and techniques while pushing the art form forward with innovative styles and themes. Casey Lynch, a paper cutter from South Jersey, focuses on paper cutting’s narrative potential and fantastical qualities. On the other hand, Jessi Brown, working out of Gladwyne, explores paper’s expressive potential while also speaking to the process’s tradition. The coexistence of Brown’s traditional silhouettes, original compositions, and expressive portraiture speak to the modern practice of paper cutting which quotes is history but elaborates on its potential.
Garden of Illumination works by Marilyn Foehrenbach
June 1st- 30th
Illustrator Marilyn Foehrenbach brings the beauty of nature through her art for others to re-imagine and enjoy. Having a wide range of illustration and design experience which she employees to capably manifest unique narratives. As a preferential calling, Foehrenbach continually refers to the infinite splendor of our world’s flora and fauna for subject matter and compositional elements. In a modern society fixated on devices and narcissism, the artist here feels charged with the mission to remind viewers of the nuances both amongst us and far out of reach; at least until we decide to venture from our comfort zones and explore the great world Foehrenbach has re-presented. By way of a “fantastical, tribute to scientific illustration” and symbolism the artist creates captivating, proficient, and fun works of art for everyone to enjoy.
Monoprints- Christine Stoughton
Select works by local printmaker, Christine Stoughton. Stoughton's process of monoprint creates one of a kind works that are both lyrical and evocative. These works on paper speak to the delicacies and complexities of natural forms in the macros as well as micro dominions.
Controlled by Desire- Steve Martin
These paintings explore ideas of our world where violence and illicit sex are strong negative forces at work on us all, from our youth to old age. These forces build momentum and work down our tolerance regarding socially acceptable acts and images, powering the roller coaster of life as Martin recognizes it.
This series is dealing with ideas of temptation and the struggle for discipline in one's intimate surroundings and our greater global environment; popular social ills, such looming shadows as lust and violence, as well other powerful influences that one must work against in the following of a higher conscious path.
"I am using objects familiar and available to me; enhancing, complimenting, and juxtaposing objects in my life or those close to me, and allowing the development of the ideas instinctively." Using Super Soakers, military grenades and helmets, video game controllers, guns, and masks to address aggression, homogony, and influence to a world completely dominated by such.
Intimate Grouping- Paintings by Keith R Breitfeller
March 1st- 31st
Internationally shown and collected painter, Keith Breitfeller has honed in on techniques of mark making and color theory that are striking while pensive. Breitfeller's paintings are contemplative color fields built by heavily textured brush strokes, applied layer upon layer. Clarity and intent intensify as the layers build upon each other while almost completely obscuring most of the work previously assembled. Shifts in the pigment’s temperature and tone lead the viewer through a ruminative phase while commanding the larger space the art inhabits. These paintings calm and introspective nature are partly due to a muted palette transitioning into a vibrant swatch that subtly descends within its confines. The artist has mastered his method as well as provided a respite for the over stimulated surroundings we are each constantly tapped into.
Steve Martin- Large and in Charge
January 1st- February 30th
Inspired by the visual vocabularies of urban design and decay, graphic design and illustrative tattoo art, Martin allows these sources to infuse the work with both a psychological and visual vibrancy. These large scale pieces are characterized by spontaneous mark making, layering, and dynamic composition. Martin utilizes many of the materials and techniques characteristic of street art, remnant of his shadowy aerosol conquests. Emulative of Action Painting, the base of the works are playful with dynamic energy, while foreboding undertones stamp the surfaces. Working in a method of automatism, the subconscious allows to define the process and outcome.
Small Works Show and Sale
November 6th- December 30th.
A holiday art show and sale with a wide variety of affordable pieces from some of the areas most talented artists. Find a small gem for yourself or someone on the gift list!
Nannette A. Clark
Justin G. Doughty
Jennifer L. Manzella
September 4th- October 27th.
The exhibition will showcase artists appreciations and interpretations of our awe-inspiring surroundings, both natural and man-made. The landscape as a subject for painters has been long standing favorite. For some it is the engaging experience on being surrounded by their muse, for others it is a longing for a distant place while diligently working in a controlled space. Paintings of the space we inhabit and have yet to visit speak volumes to the relationship we have with the greater world, it’s humbling while intimate. We are part of something synergistic, a cycle, a constant change. Part of the greatness of capturing a scene is that it is eternally secured, now a moment in time encapsulated and celebrated for others to enjoy beyond that which happened just once. This collection of works give a not only an appreciation for the skill and talents of the artists but an opportunity for the viewers to look through a unique lens at something glorious and yet often taken for granted.
July 10th- August 27th.
The exhibition will showcase a range of styles and techniques in modern printmaking. Works exhibited will aim to bring attention to a beautiful, technically proficient, and yet often overlooked art form that has illuminated mankind for centuries.
Linda Dubin Garfield
Jennifer L. Manzella
Please join us for a chance to meet local artists and purchase their original works. Light refreshments will be provided by our local Iron Hill Brewery.
May 9th- June 27th, 2017
A group exhibition exploring form as subject by contemporary artists. The collection of artworks addresses issues of self-identity, body type acceptance, intimacy and aging. Working in various mediums from timeless practices to exploring new materials and techniques, artists evince their appreciation of the human figure. Some exercise mastery of classic renderings of the subject while others seek expressive interpretations and inspirations of the all so familiar forms, albeit infinitely unique.
These modern examples of a classic motif naturally register with us because what we recognize is most familiar, a variation of the material self. These are moments in the finite life of another being, stilled and eternalized, sometimes celebrated. A story is told, energy is felt, and technical skills are admired. The intimacy of engaging a portrait or figure painting will always be reflective, enticing, and esteemed, from the experience the of artist to that of the viewer.
Mashiul H. Chowdhury
The Painted Ménagerie
April 1st- 30th, 2017
“The Painted Ménagerie” is a group exhibition that showcases a range of styles and perspectives on the theme of animals, from those common household pets to the rare and exotic creatures in the wild. The show features works by talented tattoo artists from across the country.
Featured works by;
March 1st-31st, 2017
A collection of original works by the shop owner, Steve Martin. These oil paintings echo the traditional disciplines and vocabularies of Impressionists mixed with American Realists. Playful still lifes with haunting subtexts, landscapes from the Swiss Alps to the American Southwest, and suggestive figurative paintings span the range of this body of work. Come in to engage the eternally captured moments, suspended in pigment and oil on wood and fabric.