From Trashstream to Mainstream – 2017 Group Show

From Trashstream to Mainstream Mar-Apr 2017

“From Trashstream to Mainstream”
Celebrating 25 years of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers
March 5th – April 29th

Pebble Hill Gallery
320 Edison-Furlong Rd, Doylestown PA 18901
215-990-9542

Artist Reception: March 5, 12:15 pm – 3 pm

Gallery Hours:
Sunday afternoon 12:30 pm – 2 pm
Mon, Tues, Thu 10 am – 12 pm (please call ahead for weekday visits: 215-348-3428 x2)
2nd Friday Drum Circle 7:30 pm – 10 pm (a very special way to view the gallery)

 

Featuring the work of Dumpster Divers: Joel Spivak, Diane Keller, Dan Enright, Simone Spicer, Alden Cole, Gretchen Altabef, Sally Willowbee, Sara Benowitz, Smokie Kittner, Harry Anderson, Bruce Gast, Joanne Hoffman, Susan Richards, Hugo Hsu, Carol Cole, Neil Benson, Ted Warchal, Kim Alsbrooks, Charna Eisner, John Jonik & Burnell Yow!

‘Mixed Media’ Art of the Dumpster Divers – 2016 Group Show

Mixed Media Art Show Aug 2016

“Mixed Media” Art of the Dumpster Divers
August 11 – 28, 2016

Media Arts Council
609 W State St, Media PA 19063

Artists Reception: August 13, 4 pm – 7 pm

Gallery Hours: THU – SAT 4 – 7 pm

Featuring the work of Dumpster Divers: Betsy Alexander, Joel Spivak, Diane Keller, Joanne Hoffman, Dan Enright, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee, Sara Benowitz, Kim Alsbrooks, Carol Cole, Susan Richards, Eva Preston, Ann Keech, Alden Cole, Taji Nahl, Gretchen Altabef, Neil Benson, Burnell Yow!, Ted Warchal & I. George Bilyk.

Dumpster Diver Linda Lou Horn announces Cast of Curiosities – 2016 Solo Show

Linda Lou Horn, Cast of Curiosities, 2016
Cast of Curiosities
July 1 – August 30, 2016

Philadelphia Magic Gardens
1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Artist Reception:
Friday, July 15, 6 – 9 pm

Gallery Hours
Wed – Mon: 11 am – 6 pm (closed Tue)

Finding the balance between the polarities, the serious undertones, and a playful spirit.

Influenced by decades of experience as a nurse and psychotherapist, self-taught artist Linda Lou Horn highlights the potential of the old, the broken, and the damaged. Horn pairs expressive faces with her found object sculptures to explore universal themes of pain, fear, joy and humor. When positioned together, Horn’s cast reveals a complex and curious connection with each other and the viewer.

Philly VOTE – 2016 Group Show

Philly VOTE 2016
Philly VOTE
June 13 – July 29, 2016

2nd & 4th Floors, City Hall
Broad & Market Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Artist Reception:
Thursday July 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Display Hours
Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy presents Philly VOTE, a nonpartisan exhibit of works that encourage voting. These artworks were created by community arts organizations and schools throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

Featuring the work of Dumpster Divers: Gretchen Altabef, Sara Benowitz, Ellen Benson, Neil Benson, Dave Christopher, Alden Cole, Charna Eisner, Dan Enright, John Jonik, Ann Keech, Susan Moloney, Taji Nahl, Eva Preston, Susan Richards, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee.

James Dupree Gallery presents If Walls Could Talk – 2015/16 Group Show

James Dupree Gallery presents If Walls Could Talk 2015

James Dupree Gallery presents If Walls Could Talk
December 20, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Dupree Gallery
703 South 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Artist Reception
Sunday December 20, 4 – 10 pm

Gallery Hours
Sat: 4 pm – 9 pm
Sun: 2 pm – 5 pm
Weekdays by Appointment: (215) 386-1804

Featuring the work of Ellen Benson!

Participating Divers:
Lion Studio, John Jonik, Ann Keech, Toni Nash, Susan Moloney, Ellen Sall, Neil Benson, Randy Dalton, Hugo Hsu, James Dupree, Joanne Hoffman, Sara Benowitz, Susan Richards, Burnell Yow!, Gretchen Altabef, Jim Ulrich, Betsy Alexander, Sally Willowbee, Len Davidson, Taji Nahl, Carol Cole, George Felice, Alden Cole, Smokie Kittner, Joel Spivak, Harry Anderson, Diane Keller, Eva Preston, Charmaine Caire, I. George Bilyk, Charna Eisner, Linda Lou Horn, CW Lewis, Larry Denenberg

Special thanks to James Dupree for hosting and Eva Preston for currating the show.
James Dupree Gallery presents If Walls Could Talk – 2015/16 Group Show

Finders Keepers – 2015 Group Show

Finders Keepers (Front)

Finders Keepers
February 4 – March 27, 2015

The Art Trust Gallery at Meridian Bank
16 W Market St, West Chester, PA 19380

Artist Reception:
Friday February 13, 5:00 – 8:30 PM

Gallery Hours
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.

Finders Keepers (Back)

Upcycling, The Art of the Dumpster Divers – 2015 Group Show

Upcycling, The Art of the Dumpster Divers 2015 Upcycling, The Art of the Dumpster Divers
January 10 – February 22, 2015

Goggleworks, Cohen Gallery East
201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601

Opening Reception:
Friday January 9th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Gallery Hours
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.

Upcycling, The Art of the Dumpster Divers 2015

Participating Diver’s:
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.

Free Neon Slide Show Talks by Dumpster Diver Len Davidson

Len Davidson Slide ShowFREE talks will be given by neon expert 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.

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.

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Neon Design Workshop with Dumpster Diver Len Davidson

Len Davidson Neon Design WorkshopStudents 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.

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Lost & Found – 2014 Group Show

Lost & Found Show Postcard

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.

 

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