Saturday, December 29, 2012

Support PSG!!

For anyone who missed the PSG December Newsletter, here is a link: December 2012 Newsletter

Below is the note I included in the newsletter that I also wanted to share here on the blog. I am so proud of PSG and everything that has been accomplished this year...Check out the progress below:

2012 has been an interesting, yet amazing, year for the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym...To recap:
  • PSG found a home in March 2012
  • The first opening in the PSG Gallery was on May 19th, 2012
  • PSG Gallery had 5 more amazing openings on First Fridays in July, September, October, November and December
  • PSG Gallery sold 4 pieces of art and exhibited the work of 46 artists
  • PSG donated memberships to AIGA, The Hacktory, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and more
  • PSG charter members participated in events outside of PSG Gallery, such as the PHS pop up garden and Indy Hall In Progress Show
  • The very first PSG workshop offered sold out in 4 days
  • I've met countless volunteers and PSG supporters
  • PSG now has 21 charter members
  • PSG has a group of 5 hard core volunteers, made up of Jenny Welsh, our Programs Manager, Gustavo Actis, our Shop Manager, Brynn Miller, our Assistant Shop Manager, Bevan Weissman, as yet untitled, and Molly Denisevicz, intern extraordinaire.
  • We have a workshop schedule set up for January
  • We've gotten some amazing press:
6abc Loves the Arts - Get Creative at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
The Atlantic Cities - Neighborhood Revitalization Tools: Band Saw, Drill Press, Welding Helmet
Philadelphia Business Journal - Places for people who want to make things
Grid Magazine - Open Shop: Co-working 'gyms' provide tools and space for beginners and experts alike
Newsworks - New 'gym' carves out a place for sculptors in Philly
Flying Kite Media - How to make it in Philly as a Sculptor
Knight Arts Blog - Winner Profile
Knight Arts Blog - Philadelphia Sculpture Gym settles into new Frankford home
Knight Arts Blog - Wooden Art and POST at Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

None of these things would be possible without the love and support that everyone has shown me and the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym. I am forever grateful to everyone who has ever said that they thought it was a good idea, told their friends about it, or donated tools, money or time...Thank you for all of it. You are all making so many's people's dreams come true...whether its someone like me who is starting the business, or one of the many artists who have been dying to have a place of their own to weld/cast/cut/etc for years, or one of the many people who just wanted a community that they felt like they fit are making this place a reality for all of us, and for that I cannot thank you enough.
Here's to an even more amazing 2013...for all of us!

Most Sincerely,


 If you like what we're doing and want to see more awesomeness in 2013, we'd love if you would help support the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym by making a tax deductible donation. By clicking 'DONATE' below, you will be taken to the Miami Foundation Website (our fiscal sponsor). Please be sure to enter "Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Fund" under 'Select a Designation'.
Contact me with any questions at  Again, I cannot thank all of our supporters and volunteers enough. But I will keep thank you thank you thank you!!!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Artist: Thomas Doyle

I "met" sculptor Thomas Doyle recently when he ordered a piece of my sculpture for his wife for her birthday (thanks Thomas!) He sent me a link to his website and I just love his work...I highly suggest checking out his website for more amazing is a taste of it for now...

Thomas Doyle / Courier / Mixed media / 12.5 x 14 inches diameter / 2007

Thomas Doyle / A corrective / Mixed media / 42 x 40.75 inches diameter / 2010

Thomas Doyle / Courier / Mixed media / 12.5 x 14 inches diameter / 2007

Thomas Doyle / A corrective / Mixed media / 42 x 40.75 inches diameter / 2010

Thursday, December 20, 2012

CFEVA Direct Dialog Lecture Series: Tonight, Thursday, December 20th

All programs begin at 5:30 pm. Each session is $12.00. 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, December 18, 2012

A Mid-Winter Gathering with Peg and Awl

Come check out the new Peg and Awl Workshop tomorrow night at 3211 Cedar Street, from 6-9pm! I'll be there with some art and Philadelphia Sculpture Gym goodies and gift certificates available for purchase. For more info, check out the Facebook Event Page

Monday, December 17, 2012

Thank you so much!

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Table at Coldhearted II
Wow! You know it was a good event when it takes over a week to write about it. A huge thanks to everyone who made Coldhearted II and our very first workshop so successful. Our amazing vendors and Food Trucks, everyone who helped us spread the word and set up the space, everyone who came out on Friday and Saturday and especially Team PSG, who went above and beyond for this event. Also thanks to everyone at Hive 76 who participated in the workshop. Check out their post about it here: Hive76 Aluminum Casting

And for more photos, check out the Coldhearted II photo album on our Facebook Page. 

Coldhearted II

Lil Dan's Food Truck on their way in!

Beautiful work by Geoffrey Thompson

Zsa's Gourmet Ice delicious!

Greensand molds at our Aluminum Casting Workshop.

Elizabeth Heller pours aluminum

A beautiful piece by Elizabeth Heller

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Just Jackie's Food Truck!

Today during Coldhearted II Just Jackie's Food Truck will parked outside from 12-6pm! Everything sounds delicious...check out their menu:

Pork belly sliders with a ginger honey sauce on homemade pretzel rolls
Black bean and mushroom sliders with a  horseradish mustard sauce on the pretzel rolls
Melted brie sandwich with  a sweet onion jam and granny smith apples
Ratatouille soup
Chicken and rice soup with jalapeƱo and lime
Pork tacos  with a spicy avocado sauce
Potatoes Brava with choice of 3 sauces: sriracha aioli , spicy blue cheese, zesty honey mustard or  parsley truffle aioli
AND Tres leches hot chocolate with peppermint whipped cream.

Coldhearted II- A Few Shoots from First Friday!

Coldhearted II- An Art/Craft Event 

SquidWhale Designs & Mouse Trap Vintage

John Shoemaker 


Coldhearted II- Friday Dec. 8th 

Lil Dan's Truck & Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream Truck

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

Bevan Weissman

1834 E. Frankford Avenue 

 While you are here.... Check out the Aluminum Casting Workshop that will be going on taught by Gustavo Actis & Brynn Miller. 

Brynn Miller & Gustavo Actis

Friday, December 7, 2012

Coldhearted II featured in Geekadelphia's First Friday Guide

Big thanks to Geekadelphia for the shout-out in their First Friday Guide!!!!

Featured Vendors for Coldhearted II Cont.

Lil Dan's

Lil Dan's was started in Philadelphia, Pa on September of 2009 by Daniel and Laura Pennachietti, in  memory of their son Daniel Pennachietti Jr. who passed away in September 2005. We are close knit family made up of a strong Italian and Irish heritage. The majority of our recipes have been passed down for many generations!

Check out their Website & Facebook!

Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream Truck

Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream Truck is a small batch producer of classic and original artisanal ice cream treats.  They sell their flavors by the pint and by the cup; and sandwiched between their own gourmet cookies and backed goods! They are a Mobile ice cream shop/stand that brings delicious treats to various farmers markets and evening in the Philadelphia/Montgomery County area! 

Check out their Facebook !

Auntie Rose's  Hot Cider Stand 


smallsound/bigsound is owned by Brian Hamilton. It is an effects pedal company making pedals… one at a time with love.  
Check out the Website

Geekboy Press

Geekboypress is all about my fun, geeky creations based on various bits of pop- culture influencing me to create comics, t-shirts, and other assorted types of art.

Check out his Website & Etsy

World Wildlife Fund

A Group of local artists will be fundraising for the World Wildlife Fund.  They will be selling original designed shirts, prints, handmade books, food, totes, and more ! Some artists include Ryann Casey, Alina Josan, Justin Gray, Josh Robeson, Dylan Garrett Smith, Doug LaRocca. 

Justin Gray
Doug LaRocca

Alina Josan

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Featured Vendors for Coldhearted II Cont.


Rebecca Allen is owner of REEBSredisgn.  She will be selling a wide variety of items including photography, pillows, ottomans, totes, refurbished, reupholstered chair/ benches. 

Check out her Facebook & Etsy

Night Owl Designs

Night Owl Designs is owned by Nicole Wiegand. Nicole aims to create fun, kitschy pieces meant to give you that overwhelming feeling of nostalgia while simultaneously making you break into hysterical laughter. She will be selling her Kitschy jewelry + housewares inspired by pop icons and cult oddities. 

Check out her Facebook & Website

Rainbow Alternative

Rainbow Alternative is owned by Nicole Krecicki.  Nicole is Nicole Krecicki is a Center City based artist on a mission! Her original t-shirt/apparel line, Rainbow Alternative, strives to create social change through wearable art. All designs are hand-stenciled & spray painted by Nicole, which means that nothing is mass produced & each item is one-of-a-kind!  She will be selling her stenciled + spray painted t-shirts, apparel, and pinback buttons. 

Check out the Facebook & Etsy

Micah Adams

Micah Adams is a new sculptor in town! He will be selling small scale sculptures, cast silver and brass rings, necklaces, brooches, and wax novelty candles.

Check out his Website
Stitch Prism 

KellyAnne Mifflin is the owner of Stitch Prism.  She will be selling handmade jewelry, cards, and her beautiful unique hanging aerium gardens. 

Check out her Website & Facebook

Drew Falchetta

Drew graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration.  He currently lives in this great city of Philadelphia with his loving, supportive archaeologist wife and his abnormal dogs. 

Check out his Website

Portraits by Colleen 

Colleen Rudolf will be selling her accessories, ceramics, paintings and drawings of shelter dogs and cats!

Check out her Website & her Shelter Dog Project