February 4 – March 27, 2015
Friday February 13, 5:00 – 8:30 PM
Mon – Fri: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Rediscovered, resused, reinvented, repurposed, eclectic and collectable. Just a few of the many words that desrcibe the unique work in this exhibit.. Currated by Art Trust Board Member, John Baker, this show features the work of Dumpster Divers Linda Lou Horn, Jim Ulrich, Susan Moloney, Ellen Benson, Dan Enright, Carol Cole, Burnell Yow!, John Lindsay, Eva Preston & Neil Benson.
Held in January, at the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen at 700 S 4th Street in Philadelphia.
Upcycling, The Art of the Dumpster Divers
January 10 – February 22, 2015
Goggleworks, Cohen Gallery East
201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601
Friday January 9th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Daily: 11 am – 7 pm
Who are The Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia? They are a group of over 40 found object artists, meeting monthly to socialize with fellow art eccentrics, share trash-picked finds, art-making, stories, field trip and flea market news and exhibit announcements
This major group exhibition will show how found objects inspire artists to create figures, masks, political statements, abstract assemblages, still life, works of art contained in boxes, and art used for story-telling or function. Their artwork is as diverse as the group and as the materials used. All of it is engaging, often playful, sometimes political, ironic and definitely delightful.
Betsy Alexander, Gretchen Altabef, Sara Benowitz, Neil Benson, Alden Cole, Carol Cole, Randy Dalton, James Dupree, Dan Enright, Hugo Hsu, John Jonik, Ann Keech, Diane Keller, Leslie Matthews, Susan Moloney, Taji R Nahl, Eva Preston, Susan Richards, Leo Sewell, Ellen Sall, Joel Spivak, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee & Burnell YOW
Special thanks to Ann Keech for organizing this event.
Shawn Trawick has a very nice write up and review of our Lost & Found group show at West Chester University’s The New Gallery at the EO Bull Center for the Arts.
Davidson collects and restores classic neon signs, and about 10 of his 100 piece collection are on display in the Center for Architecture gallery and AIA Bookstore. Since 1979 he has also operated a neon design business in Philadelphia.
Len’s interest in neon was planted by growing up in Philadelphia in the ’50s, while gazing in childhood wonder at such iconic signs as the Levis Hot Dog, Sun Ray Drugs’ animated mortar and pestle, and the Boot and Saddle. His interest bloomed in the mid-’70s when he started a bar/restaurant with a neon ceiling while teaching sociology at University of Florida in Gainesville.
The talks combine insider insights on neon signs, technology, and history with stunning images of classic neon pieces. All talks are held in the Center for Architecture’s gallery/auditorium, and run from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
Students in this class will design a sample neon piece for signage, architectural, or artistic use. Participants will be instructed in neon pattern making and will begin to create a paper design to be made into neon. Designs will be discussed and suggestions made on design improvements.
Participants will learn how neon transformers, hardware, and other elements such as metals, plastics, found objects, glass, drywall, etc. can be integrated with neon design. The workshop can be used for familiarization with neon, but it is particularly appropriate for architects, designers and artists who want to create with neon, or integrate neon into their work.
Please bring any sketch pads, pens, pencils, erasers, drafting equipment, etc. as you see fit. Neon pattern paper will be supplied. Some metals, plastics and other such materials will be shown, but if a particular material is of interest, it is suggested that participants bring a piece of the material to the workshop.
This 3-hour hands-on class will be led by Len Davidson, author of Vintage Neon (Schiffer Press, 1999). Davidson collects and restores classic neon signs, and about 10 of his 100 piece collection are on display in the Center for Architecture gallery and AIA Bookstore. Since 1979 he has also operated a neon design business in Philadelphia.
Len’s interest in neon was planted by growing up in Philadelphia in the 50s, while gazing in childhood wonder at such iconic signs as the Levis Hot Dog, Sun Ray Drugs’ animated mortar and pestle, and the Boot and Saddle. His interest bloomed in the mid 70s when he started a bar/restaurant with a neon ceiling while teaching sociology at University of Florida in Gainesville.
Lost & Found – 2014 Group Show
October 27 – December 12, 2014
The New Gallery at the EO Bull Center for the Arts
West Chester University
2 East Rosedale Ave, West Chester PA 19383
Opening Reception October 30 from 4 – 7 pm
Gallery Hours of Operation
Mon – Fri: 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday: Noon – 4 pm
For over 20 years, the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – a group of about 40 Philadelphia-area based artists, collectors and friends – have been working with found objects and recycled materials to create extensive works and group efforts.
Neon signs have been a dramatic part of Philadelphia and America’s landscape since the 1920′s. These tours will highlight signs built from 1936 to the present, examining signs of various styles and functions. The tour guide, Len Davidson, is one of North America’s leading experts on restoration and preservation of classic neon signs, and has written the sign industry’s bible on historic neon, Vintage Neon (Schiffer Press, 1999). Len’s tour will introduce you to neon history and technology while examining some of the most spectacular and historic signs on view in the city.
Highlights include a mint condition 1936 neon on porcelain-enamel Pittsburgh Paints sign at the Center, animated signs, neon inside and outside the Reading Terminal Market, signs of Chinatown, and the revolving Hard Rock Cafe sign.