Gallery in the Garden September 2009 Update

After 10 wonderful years of hosting thousands of people, hundreds of artists, and creating innumerable cherished memories, Gallery in the Garden will take some time off to be re-invented, and allow me to explore some other projects I've wanted to pursue. When we bought this charming house at Hawk Mountain 11 years ago I quickly realized it was too special to keep to ourselves. When you buy a 200 year old house you realize you never quite "own" it, you are simply an "agent of history". So our chapter of history quickly revealed itself -- inspired by salons throughout time, it would exhibit the work of emerging and recognized artists from the Philadelphia and New York region. Showing contemporary work; including site specific installations, works in bronze, glass, steel, juxtaposed in a primitive home and naturalistic gardens -- drawing people as far as south as Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and a host of international visitors dragged along by other visitors -- imagine their pleasant surprise.

So Gallery in the Garden has lead to inSitu:628, the urban version of the salon -- and who knows what will come next up at the country -- just stay tuned. Something is brewing...

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inSitu: 628

invitation from inSitu

The third "salon" was held in April in the city house. A fabulous group of artists participated to create a magical environment (to be seen in the upcoming Fall/Winter issue of Philly Home). A collaborative effort with letterpress and bookbinder doyenne, Bridget Bullen, and artist Eric McDade worked together to create a limited edition of 50 numbered/signed small prints enclosed with the letterpress invitations sent to invitees.

Many thanks go to all the participating artists: Paul King, Eric McDade, Emil Alzamora, Alice Oh, Brooke Hine, Doug Bucci, Jedediah Morfit, C. Pazia Mannella, Brenna Murphy, Rebecca Gilbert, Beth Beverly, Julia Stratton, Jenny Lynn, Paul Cava, Schuylar Blanchard, Joanie Turbek, Michael Biello, Greg Nangle, Warren Muller, Lenny Wilson, Darla Jackson and Ralph Gibson. And many thanks also to Cathy at Behind Closed Doors Interiors for the gorgeous pillows made in the nick of time, Steve at Michael's Decorators for resurrecting mid-century chairs with supple gorgeous black leather, Trevor Dixon, for photography extraordinaire, the entire team from Philly Home who took over like nothing I've ever seen, and Global Dish for whipping up a "little sumpin" to eat.

Because it truly "takes a village"...

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