Tuesday, September 22, 2009


The day after the film festival put on by Positive Space, 88 people visited Sage Projects. Not everyday brings in that many people but then again during opening receptions we get a lot more. I think a fair, ballpark number for the people who have come through the doors during the last 6 months would easily be 4,500. Since the gallery is located on South Street there are a fair amount of tourist who drop in, many from New York and Europe, but it seems that the great majority of visitors are from the area and already have an interest in art. All age groups, students, families, artists, art professionals, musicians, you name it, have come in and enjoyed the art being presented.

Sage Projects is open 5 days a week
Wednesday and Thursday 12-6
Friday through Sunday 2-8
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

October at Sage with Phillips/Raven

SAGE PROJECTS is pleased to present an exhibition of works by photographers Heather Raquel Phillips and Deborah Raven. This will be the 7th exhibition at Sage Projects and the first devoted exclusively to photography.

Heather Raquel Phillips (top) explores the complications of racial identity in the photo project entitled Mixed. This exhibition is a portrait series of people who are unique in their composite ancestral backgrounds, while sharing the collective experience of being bi-racial/ multi-ethnic in a so-called “post-racial” America. To view this series of photographs is to encounter Phillips' subjects eye-to-eye. It is an activity that is at times both tender and confrontational, as each person's expression of identity comes across via inescapable gazes.

The photographs by Deborah Raven (above) explore how we look at animals in a show entitled Semblance. The images were photographed in Natural History Museums, at the Midway, aquariums and on farms. The images consider how animals are “subjected and worshiped, bred and sacrificed”. Series depict "tethered" animals at the midway, portraits of taxidermy subjects found in Natural History Museums, skeletal remains as organic still lives, and a series of aquatic “Liquid Life” images.

Download Full Press Release (pdf)

October 4 – October 25, 2009
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 11, 6-8pm
Sage Projects 333 South Street, Phila., PA

The gallery is free and open to the public
Wed and Thurs 12-6pm, Fri, Sat and Sun 2-8pm
Validated parking is available (see sidebar details)
For more information 215-706-0406

Film Festival

Positive Space held their Film Festival last night at Sage Projects. It was well attended and everyone enjoyed films of Andrew Frueh, Bruce James, Noah Grant-Levine, Lindsay Kovnat, Greta Scheing, Kevin Kernan and others. Here is an image from one of those films.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Special Preview for September

This link will bring you to a number of images from the current show featuring Don Kaiser and Vincent Romaniello. Top image from Don't Kaiser's Objects and Storms. Above a photo from Blue Collar by Vincent Romaniello. The show runs until September 27, come out and see it!.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Reception for "Kaiser/Romaniello"

Thank you all for coming out to the opening and making it such a nice night. Above are a few of the artists, friends and associates who came to see the show and enjoy the refreshments and conversation.

The show runs through September 27th so if you missed the reception there is still plenty of time to visit. Scroll down for more information.

Thank you too to Nic Coviello for this and the other photos that you took.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Member Paul Behnke in India

Paul Behnke and wife Robin liked their trip to India so much they are already making plans to return. Paul met with an Indian art who demonstrated his technique for traditional minature painting. There's a long tradition of artists making the pilgrimage to India including Francesco Clemente, one of my favorites.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Two events coming up that are not to be missed.

This Sunday the 13th from 6-8pm is the opening reception for Don Kaiser and Vincent Romaniello. Scroll down for more information and images.

Also at Sage Projects on Friday, September 18, starting at 7pm is the Positve Space Film Festival featuring short films and animation. More info here.

Both events are FREE and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Kaiser/Romaniello show opens today

This installation photo (top) gives just a small slice of the many layers of work that Don Kaiser has created specifically for the Sage Projects space, come out, there is a lot more to see.

Romaniello has also used 2D and 3D pieces for his installation on the upper level including a table displaying maquettes, a deconstruction piece, and a wall sculpture.

Don Kaiser list of works (pdf)
Vincent Romaniello list of works (pdf)

For information on the show you can visit
Philly Art Galleries
Tim McFarlane - Blog
Structure and Imagery - Blog
Artblog maps
Thank you all fro the support!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Jon Manteau @ UD Crane

Lines, an exhibition of Regional
University of Delaware Alumni

Sage member, Jon Manteau, will have an 8x8 foot painting and two works on paper on display at the University of Delaware space on the first floor of the Crane building.

Lines, will also feature the work of Donna Czapiga, Francine Fox, Amanda Kamen, Pilar Perez and Stephen Ruszkowski. All explore the sensual and descriptive qualities of line. “Lines”, is the curatorial debut of Anthony Vega, the new director of the UD@Crane Gallery.

Opening: Thursday, September 10, 6-9 pm
exhibition continues thru - October 11
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sun, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1400 North American St.
Philadelphia PA 10122

Friday, September 4, 2009

Nic Coviello Web Launch

Nic Coviello has launched his new website at niccoviello.com. It is a retrospective of sorts with a range of work made over a number of years that include, prints, paintings, works on aluminum and more. Enjoy.

Image shows "Skins" a pemanent installation at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

London: Empty Shop Fills With Art

Artist, David Foss, pointed me towards the story in the NYTimes that sounds very familiar, artists using vacant stores to exhibit their work. I think we in Philadelphia beat them to it with the help of local and out of state business people who made the Arts on South program possible. Read how they do it in London.