Art In City Hall Artist Reception Celebrates Philadelphia's 'Summer Of Love'

Art In City Hall Artist Reception Celebrates Philadelphia's 'Summer Of Love'The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is celebrating the Art in City Hall Summer of Love exhibit with an artist reception on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in City Hall, Room 116. The reception is free and open to the public.

Summer of Love is a juried exhibition featuring the work of 23 artists from the Philadelphia region, tackling the theme of love and relationships. Artwork was selected by Ona Kalstein, local artist, board member of the Da Vinci Art Alliance and a member of the Art in City Hall Advisory Committee.

"This selection attempts to show the theme of love in terms of relationship, family, community, pairings, couplings, etc. Some of the selections show this relationship literally in terms of image, with actual text, or abstractly," stated Kalstein.

Artists responded to an open call on the theme of love and relationships. They were encouraged to explore personal and contemporary contexts. The featured works reflect a wide range ideas and interpretations, and the mediums include photography, painting, prints, mixed media and small sculpture.

"This exhibit strives to explore the binding force of love by asking artists to respond to its relevance in today's current climate," said Tu Huynh, City Hall Exhibitions Manager. "Some artists choose to present a social, contextual narrative, while others seek love's meaning through the intimacy of human experiences."

Summer of Love featured artists include: Marlene Adler, Joseph Barbella, Michael Biello, Anna Boothe, Leora Brecher, Joe Brenman, William Butler, Eiko Fan, Gary Grissom, E. Sherman Hayman, Kip Krieger, Kwon, Jong-Hyun, Rob Lybeck, Dindga McCannon, Michael Nathan, JOURMA (Janus Ourma), B. Proud, Robert Reinhardt, Mark Rice, Elice Slafka, Akilah T'Zuberi, Jaqueline Unanue, Ted Warchal.

This exhibit is on view in City Hall, Room 116 until August 24, 2018.

About Art in City Hall
Art in City Hall brings the people's art to the people's building, establishing a presence for the visual arts in one of the city's most important civic spaces and providing space for the local cultural community to display their work. Art in City Hall showcases juried exhibits united around a single community-driven theme or idea and may feature local emerging and professional artists, or be a partnership with arts and culture institutions, schools, and community organizations. The year-round schedule of exhibitions highlights the diverse cultural vibrancy of Philadelphia and showcase artwork by professional, emerging, and aspiring artists.

About City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy supports and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; develops partnerships that ensure culture and creativity are essential components of Philadelphia's community revitalization, education, and economic development strategies; and links Philadelphians to cultural resources and opportunities. For more information about the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, visit CreativePHL.org and follow @CreativePHL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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