Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Philly Stake

Philly STAKE is now accepting proposals for the next Philly STAKE event! Proposals are due June 9th! Check out the website for more info.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

PSG Wish List

As many of you know, the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym has run so far on donations of tools, time and money, for which I am extremely grateful! I am happy to report that we are almost ready to open, and are just waiting on them to finish hooking up the new electric service. The only thing that is missing are a few key tools...namely a belt and disc sander, a jointer and a bending brake. If anyone has one (or more) of these things (or anything else) and is interested in donating them to PSG or leasing them to us through our tool leasing program (in return for time in the studio), please send me an email at

We have gotten the following tools via donation or purchase using donated money or as a loan as part of our tool leasing program: drill press, horizontal band saw, band saw, table saw, sliding compound miter saw, miter saw (chop saw), abrasive cut off saw, 2 wood lathes, a MIG welder, a TIG welder, a plasma cutter, an air compressor, bench grinders, an anvil and more... and I cannot thank everyone enough. It has been a crazy, yet wonderful, yet *ahem* difficult, yet incredibly amazing journey and it would not be possible without all of your help. Stay tuned for opening party details soon! Ah!


Philly Love Notes

Yay! Check me and O'Rae out on the Philly Loves Notes blog and read my love note to Greensgrow Farm!

POST Deadline June 1!


- Connect to tens of thousands of arts enthusiasts from around
the region: 2012 audiences estimated at 36,876!

- Build and maintain an audience for your work, connect with
clients, arts professionals, and other artists.

- Program staff can assist artists in need of studio space for the
weekend of the Tour.

- Submit your portfolio for potential inclusion in the annual
POST exhibition series: 4 headlining shows in 2012

- Promote your work and studio location throughout the year:
POST visibility exceeds one million impressions

- Enjoy exclusive benefits from local businesses including Blick
Art Materials, Photo Lounge, and more.

- Participate in special promotions like GPTMC’s With Art
campaign and the Knight-funded Made In Philly project.


Call for Artists - First ever member show - Inliquid, Second State Press and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

Call for Artists - Members Show

This Thursday at CFEVA: Grantwriting for Artists

Grantwriting for Artists:

Learn how to Craft a Winning Proposal

Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 5:30 at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S 18th Street Suite 3A

Speaker: Ken Goldman, Senior Associate Vice President & Chief Philanthropic Officer, Drexel University
Ken Goldman has been a member of the fund raising profession for 30 years.  From 1983-1995, Ken raised money for arts-related organizations, first serving as a development officer for Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, WI and Playhouse Square Center in Cleveland, OH, then becoming Director of Development for the Memphis, TN Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, CA, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation in Woodland Hills, CA.

Since 1996, Ken has worked in higher education fund raising, entirely at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  Ken is currently the Senior Associate Vice President & Chief Philanthropic Officer.  In this role, Ken supports the fund raising efforts of the President and Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement, manages the Principal Gifts program, and oversees the Prospect Research team.

Ken had an additional role at Drexel as an Adjunct Instructor in the Arts Administration Program.  From 2000-2007, Ken taught the course entitled "Writing for the Arts," which primarily focused on grant writing.   Ken has a Bachelor's degree in English from Rutgers University and a Master's degree in Arts Administration from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Location:    CFEVA, 237 S 18th, Suite 3A

The program begins at 5:30 pm. This session is $12.00 general admission. Artists affilalated with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists and InLiquid  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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Moore College Video

Moore College put together this video of info on various Alumni, including me (eeep!).
Check it out and keep your eyes peeled for some images from PSG classes!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

THIS SATURDAY! Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Trenton Avenue Arts Fest and PSG BBQ!!!

Come out this Saturday for this amazing duo of events. Here's what's happening:

- We'll have a booth over on Trenton Avenue from 12-5pm with some demos and info about PSG. 
We'll also have stuff for sale and info on our upcoming classes!

- We are a sponsor of the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby so keep an eye out for our PSG judge representative, Andrew Wilkinson!

- The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery is having a reception for our 2nd Annual Charter Member Exhibition from 12-5pm! We'll also be giving tours of the space!

- From 12-1pm the PSG side yard will be a spectator spot for the parade of derby vehicles and we'll be doing a potluck BBQ! Bring a snack to share with your fellow lovers of sculpture!

Looking forward to seeing everyone!!!!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Rise of the Philly Maker Community

Did you guys see this article by Cary Carr for Technically Philly? Thanks so much for including us Cary! We're excited to be a part of the community!!

Weekend Recap

 This past weekend we set up a booth at the Art Star Craft Bazaar. It was am amazing event, with tons of people (despite the threat of rain). It was so great to meet everyone and to talk about the Sculpture Gym with you all!
Ladies of PSG - Jenny, Me and Brynn

Puppy love...

Kids casting!

Intern Monica assisting with a casting project

So many cute dogs...

Charter Member Joshua Parker Coombs demonstrating the process
 Want more PSG in your life? We've got tons of things coming up:

This Weekend! Saturday May 18th
Come by for tours of the space, a BBQ when the derby is going by, or visit our booth at the Trenton Avenue Arts Fest from 12-5pm!

We have a Call for Artists for our June Exhibition, Process Show: CASTING

And we have tons of great workshops and classes coming up for May and June!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Weekend Recap (VERY Late First Friday Edition)

Woah. This week has been nuts. I'm moving. We're getting the Sculpture Gym ready to open. We're getting ready for the Art Star Craft Bazaar this weekend and the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival/Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby next weekend...Whew! So, all that to say, sorry for the quietness on the blog, but we have alot of awesome stuff coming up. Also the 2nd Annual Charter Member Exhibition opening was so much fun this past first Friday! Check out the photos below, or come out on the 18th to see it in person!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

*NEW* May & June Workshops

Sculptural Metalworking Workshop
Saturday, May 25th 10:00-5:00pm 

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.

Sculptural Metalworking 
Sculptural Metalworking
Click Here to Sign-Up

Bookbinding *NEW*
Saturday, June 1st 11:00-4:00pm

Bookbinding with Brynn Miller 
Bookbinding with Brynn Miller
This one-day workshop will teach you how to make and wrap your own cover and learn how to sew an entire sketchbook using the “Coptic stitch”. This specific stitch is especially suited for sketchbooks because it allows the book to lay completely flat when open. 
(great for drawing)

Oxy-Acetylene Cutting, Welding, Metalworking *NEW*
Saturday, June 1st 10:00-4:00pm

Oxy-Acetylene Metalworking with Jenny Welsh
Oxy-Acetylene Metalworking with Jenny Welsh
This one-day workshop is a basic course of oxygen-acetylene cutting & welding.  It will focus on all the procedures and safetly associated with using an oxy-aceteylene set up.   This workshop will give the opportunity to fabricate a 3D letter/symbol out of steel by cutting the steel, welding it, and grinding/polishing within 6 hours.  Your instructor will be available to answer questions & help with any planning prior to class. 

Miniature Dimensional and Flat Needle Felting *NEW*
With Holiday Campanella (check out more of her work!)
Sunday, June 30th 12:00-4:00pm

Holiday Campanella

Holiday Campanella

Holiday Campanella
You will learn the basics of flat needle felting with loose wool and added yarn embellishments.  
Part 1: "Your House" 
Participants can bring a photo of their house, or a house they'd like to re-create (roughly 4"). You will learn the basics of flat needle felting with loose wool and added yarn embellishments.
Part 3: "Your Chair/Teapot"

Participants would create a miniature chair or teapot (roughly 2") while utilizing the basics of dimensional needle felting. Adding a top coat of color will also be discussed. 

Click Here to Sign-Up

Blanket Molds 101 *NEW*
Thursdays from 6:00-9:00pm 
June 6th, 13th, & 20th 

Blanket Molds with Darla Jackson 
Blanket Molds with Darla Jackson
Blanket Molds with Darla Jackson
Blanket Molds with Darla Jackson
This three week long class is an introduction to rubber blanket molds. Students will learn how to create a rubber blanket mold and plaster mother mold on a small sculpture. No prerequisites.

ANY QUESTIONS?  Email Jenny @ 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

This Friday: 2nd Annual Charter Member Exhibition

This Friday night is the 2nd Annual Charter Member Exhibition!
Come out for the opening reception from 6-9pm! Yay!