Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Press for Artists at CFEVA this Thursday

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 
The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at 
The University of the Arts and Flying Kite Media present:

Press for Artists 

Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 6:30 at The Gershman Hall, Chapel 401 South Broad

Between an ever-changing, crowded media space and the busy lives of artists, it’s often hard to make your marketing and PR efforts count. Join our expert panel to learn about best practices and tips on how to stand out, pitch and develop relationships with reporters, and how to get creative when marketing yourself and your work. Select panelists will offer open office hours at the Corzo Center to offer additional assistance and support to attendees.

Moderator: Michelle Freeman, Publisher, Flying Kite Media 

Emily Guendelsberger, Arts Editor, Philadelphia City Paper
Bonnie MacAllister, Arts & Culture Freelance Writer; Multimedia Artist
Rakia Reynolds, CEO, Skai Blue Media

Location:    The Gershman Hall Chapel, 401 South Broad Street

The program begins at 6:30 pm (6:15 registration). This session is free for UArts students and alumni (with ID) and $12.00 general admission. Artists affilalated with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists receive a $2 discount. Pre- Registration is required. Individuals who have not pre-registered are not guaranteed a seat. To reserve a space or to receive more information about The Center for Emerging Visual Artists or Direct Dialogues Lecture Series, please contact Genevieve Coutroubis, by phone (215) 546 - 7775 x 11 or by email Genevieve@cfeva.org

Monday, March 25, 2013

New Furnace! New Layout!

Gus has been hard at work on a new furnace! 
We are going to test it out in our upcoming Aluminum Casting class this Saturday!

We are also in the process of changing the layout of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym to make space for a new process...more details coming soon!

Monday, March 18, 2013


Wow...I think I'm finally recovered from all the awesomeness from last week...


I want to extend a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with the Philly Food Truck Fundraiser:

First, to Jenny Welsh for pulling everything and everyone together. Jenny, it would have not happened without all your hard work.

To Team PSG, Brynn, Molly, Gus, Bevan, Rachel, Jesse, Monica, and James (honorary Team PSG member) for making the place look AMAZING and taking care of business all week long...cleaning, arranging, rearranging, more cleaning, sweeping, moving giant things, working the door, working the floor, running the furnaces during a packed event...Whew! Amazing work, guys, seriously amazing.

To our fabulous and wonderful vendors, Just Jackie's, Farm Truck Philly, Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream, Art in the Age, Proper Cuppa, St. Benjamin's Brewing Co., My Dear Watson Brewing Co. and You Cut the Cheese Dessert Truffle Co. The food and drink was incredible and your generosity and support of the Sculpture Gym is so incredibly appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To the fabulously amazing musicians, Umer Piracha and Danie Ocean from the non profit Working While Playing AND to Eric13 and Johnnie Ritchie of the Whiskey Bending Cowboys (who debuted a new song "Darla Rose" the night of the event!) You guys made it an amazing party! Thank you thank you thank you!

To Nate and Jonathan of Lucky Ant for helping us with fundraising! The support you guys gave us during the process was incredible.

AND to everyone who came out to support the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym!! You are helping to build an amazing space for artists and we can't thank you enough!

AND the winner of the raffle for the Lucky Horseshoe and one year PSG membership is Joon Bae!!! Runners up, winning a one month PSG membership (each!) are Andy McGowan/Beth Blinebury!! Congrats guys!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more photos from the event (and we'd love to see your photos as well!!)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Darla Jackson named the Founder's Award Artist in todays Inquire!

March 13, 2013

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists will honor the late Happy Fernandez and Darla Jackson has been named the Founder's Award Artist!  Darla, you are an inspiration to us all at PSG! Congratulations! We love you! Check out the full link Here

Darla Jackson in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Monday, March 11, 2013

March/Early April Classes!


Sphere's on Fire
This one-day intensive project-based workshop takes students through the races of creating a decorative spherical oil lamp. We will use the oxy-acetylene torch to cut designs into a hollow stainless steel sphere, and then embed an oil lamp inside to create a beautiful and functional art piece. No previous experience necessary.

Wed, March 27th, 6-9pm - $100 (+ $25 Materials Fee)

Animal Sculpture NEW

Students will sculpt a small animal from life using clay. No previous experience necessary.

Thursday, March 28th, 6-9pm - $50

Sculptural Metalworking Workshop NEW

This one-day intensive workshop is an introduction to metalworking and welding, and is
focused on creative exploration through steel. Students will learn MIG
welding, grinding & polishing, and other techniques while collaboratively creating a
sculptural work that will adorn PSG upon its completion. No prerequisites.

Saturday, March 30th, 10am-5pm - $125

Aluminum Casting

This one day workshop is an introduction to Aluminum Casting. Student will create 2 part greensand molds and cast pieces in aluminum. No previous experience necessary.

Sat, March 30th, 10am-5pm - $75

Build Your Own Bicycle Frame NEW

Students will leave the class having built their own bicycle frame, fitted specifically for them (or for the person of their choice) from steel tubing. Students will learn about fabricating structures made of thin wall tubing, and about brazing techniques.

Monday, April 1st through Friday April 5th, 4pm-10pm - $450 (+ $250 Materials Fee)

Oxy-Acetylene Welding

This one-on-one workshop is designed to introduce students to the basic process of gas welding. No previous experience necessary.

$30 for 1 hour long One-on-One Session by appointment

Contact Programs Manager Jenny Welsh with any questions or to sign up

Friday, March 8, 2013

1 year since this...

 Yesterday was teh one year anniversary of being in the space at 1834 E. Frankford... Sometimes I forget what a difference we have made...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Special Workshop - BYO Bicycle Frame Class 4/1-4/5

Announcing a special workshop with Paul Carson! There is a limited amount of space available (only 5 people!) so please email Programs Manager Jenny Welsh at PSGJennyWelsh@gmail.com to sign up asap.


Ever frustrated by riding a bike just not shaped well for you? Ever tempted to try and build your own frame, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you!
In this class, students will learn how to build their own bicycle frame from steel tubes, using lugged construction. They will learn about bicycle geometry and handling, and what configurations are typically applied to what kind of riding applications. They will learn the basics of fitting a bicycle frame to a rider, and how to set up a bicycle frame jig.
You will come out of the class with an unpainted steel roadbike frame set up for fast city riding, commuting, or touring, It will accept caliper brakes and 28.6mm threadless headset.  Extras (handlebars, seat, pedals, and wheels) are totally up to you!

Class Goals:
Students will leave the class having built their own bicycle frame, fitted specifically for them (or for the person of their choice) from steel tubing. Students will learn about fabricating structures made of thin wall tubing, and about brazing techniques.
(Outside the scope of this class, but highly recommended:  build up your bike. paint your name on the side. ride it around. impress your friends.)

No previous experience required. 

This is a week long workshop taking place Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th from 4-10pm.
Students will need to attend each night of class, from 4-10pm, Monday through Friday.

Class fee is $450. Does not include materials.

Materials are provided, for a materials fee of $250.  Students may customize their build with a selection of dropouts and braze ons.

Instructor Biography:

 Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast.  After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.


We did it guys!!! WE DID IT! Thank you so much... so so so very much. Words are not enough to describe what I'm feeling right now... Thank you thank you thank you...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Last Day on Lucky Ant!

This is the LAST DAY of our Lucky Ant Campaign...! We are all so very thankful for all the generosity so far and are happy to be able to give exciting rewards in return. As I know I've said before, the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym has truly changed my life...I've given so much of myself to see this dream through to a reality and to hear the amazing feedback from everyone has been what's kept me going through the hard times. The support from everyone, whether it be a donation of time, tools, or money, or some really great advice, or referring someone to us...it's all been over the top goodness. Starting a business is hard. Making art is hard. Finding a space to make art can be hard. Finding a community you love is hard. I think that the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym is going to make those things a little bit easier for everyone, myself included, and I am so excited for that. Coming together as artists, as makers, as small business owners, and as a community...I just cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has made this possible...  On opening day, you probably find me crying in a corner somewhere, overwhelmed with happiness...(be sure just to give me a snack and tell me to go lie down somewhere for a while, as I'm sure to be sleep deprived.) It's been a lot of work but it's all for something bigger than each of us alone. And I thank everyone for helping to build it...from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

Day 1 of PSG Side Lot Clean Out!

Dump Truck, Stump Grinder, Chainsaws, Shovels, Spades, Pick Axes, Rakes, Wheel Barrows
& lots of hands made Sunday's clean out possible! 

Thank You to Steve Burns from Razor Tree & Lawn Care for donating his time & tools!
 & our wonderful volunteers Kimberlee & Rie!

Brynn, Kimberlee & Darla
Brynn with the pick axe!
Brynn, Darla & Steve
Darla Jackson
Jenny, Brynn & Darla 
Day 1 Completed!
If you would like to help out next Saturday 
email PSGJennywelsh@gmail.com for more info! 

Friday, March 1, 2013

TONIGHT: Aubrie Costello and Steven Earl Weber at PSG Gallery

TONIGHT! First Friday at PSG Gallery with work by Aubrie Costello and Steven Earl Weber
6-9pm at 1834 E. Frankford Avenue. Hope to see you there!