Friday, July 26, 2013

PSG in Philadelphia Business Journal

Huge thanks to Jared Shelly of the Philadelphia Business Journal for coming out and doing a story about the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym!

Check out the article HERE

Featured in the article are yours truly (Whoot!), Charter Member/PSG Monitor Matthew Frederick, PSG Intern Monica Morris, and Mural Arts Education Instructor Brad Carney! Thanks guys for your kind words.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

August in PSG Gallery: Jedediah Morfit - Flat as Hell

I'm super psyched about the upcoming show of new work by Jedediah Morfit. The opening is next Friday, August 2nd from 6-9pm, so come through!

Friday, July 19, 2013


What a week its been! Insanely hot and things are getting more exciting here at PSG!

On Sunday, Jenny taught a private metalworking workshop to a couple celebrating their 10 year anniversary! Congrats guys!

Michael Hinkelman of Talking Small Biz from the Philly Daily News came by for a visit this week thanks to my Momma! (She sent him an email telling him about PSG...she's the sweetest!)

Hi Mom!
Kyle just got back from a visit to Detroit and he came bearing gifts...Jumparoonies!

Jumparoonie chic...(Yes, I love jumperoonies.)

Gabriel and Josh (and Lucy too, I think?!) kicked ass on three new studio cubbies. Just need to drywall and trim these out and they are ready to go! One of the 3 is still available if anyone is interested!

Oh yeah...and people have been in here MAKING STUFF!!!! I'm beyond excited to have people actually in here using the space. Its wonderful!
Rea welding our new back gate
Jenny cutting out steel circles for a commission she's working on
Josh's progress on a new piece in this blazing heat!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


During the month of November 2013 a group of like-minded, independent art groups currently active in Philadelphia will come together for CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition. Participating artist-run galleries will host and exchange with other spaces to represent over 100 local artist in a month-long exhibition in more than 20 artist spaces throughout the city.

CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition is partially made possible by a $13,000Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the Knight Foundation. But it also will depend on support from donors. CITYWIDE will only receive the Knight grant if the project is able to attract matching funding from other donors.

They are throwing a barbecue at Crane Arts as part of their fundraising on July 20th, 2013.You can purchase tickets HERE

More information about CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition can be found on its website:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

To Apply: Philadelphia Public Art Program Artist Registry

Hey guys. Just thought that while we were talking about Public Art, this might be of interest!!!

Philadelphia Public Art Program Artist Registry
Philadelphia's Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public Art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists. There are no residency requirements for the registry, although some opportunities will be limited to artists living in the greater Philadelphia region.
Artists now have the option to apply or update their application online. Applying online only takes a few minutes, and you'll receive an email confirmation upon successful completion of the application process. Of course, you may still print the application form and submit your materials by mail if you prefer.

Please note: applications are kept on file for two years from their submission date. If you are already in our artist registry, please do not reapply unless you need to update your images.

If you have any questions about the registry or application process, please contact Dave Kyu, Percent for Art Project Manager, at (215) 686-4593 or
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Coming in October! Figment Phila

Check out the latest info on Figment Phila, a free interactive public art event!

FIGMENT Phila needs your Participation, Passion, and Creativity!
FIGMENT Phila is a FREE day-long collaborative art event in West Philadelphia's Clark Park! Share your participatory artwork, volunteer to help, or bring your friends and family to interact with the projects at this inaugural celebration of public art and community. 

Click here for more info!

October 6, 2013     |     11am - 5pm     |     Clark Park, West Philadelphia
 "The Rose Petal
Pool" by Neal Gran, photo by Sangram Kachwaha
FIGMENT, "The Rose Petal Pool" by Neal Gran, photo by Sangram Kachwaha

Submit a Project!
FIGMENT is a reflection of the creative spirit of the community, and it's a great forum to showcase your interactive or participatory artwork.  We'd love you to bring yours to FIGMENT!

Our Call for Participation is open until August 23 - so take a gander, and then put down that goose and submit a project!  Don't wait until the night before the deadline! 

Want to help?
We'd love to have ya!  FIGMENT is produced entirely by volunteers, so if you've got the giving spirit here are a few ways you can help make this awesome event happen:
  • Tell your friends - Spread the word to the creative types in your life, and convince them how awesome it would be to bring the delight of participatory art to Clark Park.
  • Make a donation -  FIGMENT is funded entirely by grants and donations, so if you want to keep Philly full of exciting art events and participatory happenings, please visit our donations page.

Figment Geelong Volunteer Team and Artists (C) 2013 Erin Pimm  

We will be hosting meet-and-greets and an awesome fundraiser, so stay tuned for information. We look forward to seeing you at our main event on October 6th in Clark Park!


FIGMENT catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream. FIGMENT’s annual participatory arts event began in New York City in 2007 and has expanded to include events in Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, DC, San Diego, Jackson, and Philadelphia.

FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT is supported by public funds from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  FIGMENT Philadelphia is being produced in partnership with the University City District.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

July & August Workshops

TIG Basics 
Sunday, July 28th 11:30-1:30
Sunday, August 4th 11:30-1:30
$80.00 per person

This 2-hour session will teach you the basics of TIG Welding and give enough time to practice the skills needed & ask questions. Working 2 on 1 with the instructor there is a lot of time for one-on-one instruction.  No prerequisites.

Blanket Molds 101 *NEW*
Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm 
July 30th, August 6th & 13th
$125.00 per person

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.

Miniature Dimensional and Flat Needle Felting 
BYO wine, we will have the Cheese & Crackers!  
With Holiday Campanella (check out more of her work!)

Part 1: Tuesday, July 30th 
Part 2: Thursday, August 1st 
$35.00 for one session or $60.00 for both 

"Acts I-V" by Holiday Campanella
You will learn the basics of flat needle felting with loose wool and added yarn embellishments.   
No prerequisites.

Part 1: 2-Dimensional
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. 

Needling Felting with Holiday Campanella
Part 2: 3-Dimensional
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. 

Needling Felting with Holiday Campanella
Email to Sign-up or with any questions about the workshops.

MIG, Plasma Cutter, & Oxygen-Acetylene Crash Course
Sunday, August 4th 7:00-9:00pm
Tuesday, August 6th 7:00-9:00pm 

(space is limited)

MIG, Plasma Cutter, Oxygen-Acetylene Crash Course

This two-day workshop is an introduction to metalworking and welding.  It will go over the MIG, Plasma cutter, Oxygen-Acetylene Welding, and grinding/polishing techniques.  You will have the opportunity to cut out shapes/images from steel and construct a small sculpture or form while learning all the basics.  No prerequisites. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

PSG in the Press

Yay! Here we are mentioned on The Artblog and Philly! Thanks guys!

PSG on The Artblog HERE

Check out the mention in Technically Philly HERE

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

PSG Pin-Up Girl Calendar Competition

PSG Pin-Up Girl 2014 Calendar

We ladies of PSG are making a Pin-Up Girl Calendar!
Why? FOR FUN.  The shoot will take place right here in PSG featuring all our tools.
Charter Member J. Kyle Keener of KeenerVision Studios will be the Photographer. 
Calendars will go on pre-sale soon and will be out for delivery before the Winter Holidays. 
They will be amazing gifts for your loved ones. 


We are looking for one more lady to join us! Think you might be the perfect Pin-Up for us?

Email Jenny at with the following: 

1. Email Subject Line: PSG Pin-UP
2. Name & Phone Number
3. Photograph of yourself
4. Reason for wanting to be a PSG Pin-Up 

We will review the applicants and post the TOP 10 on our Facebook Page. 
Then, PSG Fans will vote on the winner by "liking" the applicants photographs. 
The most "likes" wins! 

Email Submission due: Wednesday, July 17th 
Top 10 Finalists Announced: Friday, July 19th 
Voting: Will be from Friday July 19th till Friday July 26th 
Winner will be Announced: Saturday, July 27th 

"I was never the girl next door." - Bettie Page 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July Potluck and Info Session!

Hey guys! Sorry we haven't had any recent potlucks!  Now that we are OPEN we can get back to the fun stuff!  

Saturday, July 20th from 6-9pm. Come by with some food or drink to share, tour the space and get all the latest info!

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym is located at 1834 E. Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Hope to see you there!

Questions? Email Programs Manager Jenny at 

Friday, July 5, 2013


Photo from our opening party by Roman Blazic
Oh hi! Sorry for the super long silence here on the blog. I've been nuts getting everything ready for the opening party, then opening the space! So I'm back (yay!) and wanted to first thank EVERYONE who helped with the party profusely. It was a huge success! The donations of both time, services and food were awesome! J. Kyle Keener did an incredible job with his photos. Joshua Parker Coombs and Jenny Welsh did an amazing job on the food. DJ Snk Pk was fabulous, yet again! All of our PSG Managers, Monitors and Interns kicked ass on getting the space ready. And huge thanks to Lil' Dan's, Sweetbox Truck and Philadelphia Brewing Co, for food and beverage donations!

I also wanted to answer a few questions people have had:

1. Wait, weren't you guys already open?

Well sort of. The gallery has been open since May 2012. And we've been running classes since December 2012. We've been waiting on an upgrade to our electrical service which finally happened 2 weeks ago, so now our shops are ready to be used!

2. So what can I do at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym?

All kinds of things! We have a wood shop with a bandsaw, drill press, compound miter saw (aka chop saw), disc and belt sanders, table saw (Saw Stop coming soon!) and a metal shop with a MIG Welder, TIG Welder, 3 Oxy-Acetylene Rigs, Plasma Cutter, slip roll, bench grinder, abrasive cut-off saw, drill press, and horizontal band saw. We also have a mold making and casting area and a variety of hand tools available.

3. What about classes? 

We have a new bunch of classes coming soon. Needle felting, TIG welding, Building with Reclaimed wood, BYO Bicycle and more! Check out the blog early next week for specifics!

4. What about the stuff you don't have? 

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym is a work in progress. We are working very hard to get everything up to full speed but ask for your patience in the beginning while we get everything situation and running smoothly. We will add new equipment and new areas (like ceramics and small metals) as soon as we are able. We appreciate any help in the form of equipment donations, wonderful advice and/or volunteer time! The space will only continue to get better as it goes on.

5. Sounds great. What about studios? Storage? Lockers?

We have all of those things! 50 sq ft studio spaces are available for $100/month. We also have pallet storage for $30/month or shelf storage for $10/month. Lockers are available for $5/month (full locker) or $3/month (half locker).

6. Awesome! How do I get started?

Everyone has to do a safety training class in order to use the space. Very soon these will be available online. For now, shoot me an email at to set up a time to come in. Once you've passed your safety training. You'll be able to come in to use the space Tuesday through Sunday, 11am - 11pm. Starting in August we will also be open on Mondays and will expand our hours in either direction as soon as we are able!

7. Will there be someone in the shops to help me?

Yes, we will have a shop monitor available at all times to assist with using equipment safely.

Any other questions? Send me an email at and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!