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POP: Up Next

Wanna see the Cadillac up close? Come visit Chestnut Hill Gallery for the Artists’ Reception on July 17th. 6-8:30 pm

The Chestnut Hill Gallery, located in the heart of historic Chestnut Hill, is thrilled to present a summer exhibit featuring two NYC standouts and two rising stars in the Philadelphia area. Steve Ladner was one of the top fashion photographers and studio owners in New York City in the 70s, 80s and into the 90s. He has photographed fashion, beauty and lifestyle for top magazines and cosmetic ad campaigns. He also spent 7 years living and working as a fashion photographer in Paris. Steve has recently relocated to Philadelphia where he continues to photograph portraits and lifestyles for private and corporate clients, and magazine editorials, both in Philly and NYC. Steve was early on inspired to create digital artwork beyond his commissioned photo assignments. Recently, Steve has begun painting, combining photography and paint in a personal and unique way. It is an organic out-growth of what inspired and informed his photography in the beginning: beauty, color, geometry, imagination, and the unknown. Gwendolyn Chambers, an award-winning School of Visual Arts graduate, who lives in NYC began her current body of work in 2002 shortly after the purchase of her first car–a 1973 Dodge Dart. Her layered style incorporates symbols or images that tie into the history of the car, location or personality of the person to whom it belongs. The cars take on transcendental personality–levitating and driving away. Rounding out the exhibit are two local favorites: Anne Buckwalter and Lila Duey–truly the finest of the Tyler BFA program and very popular in the Philadelphia area.

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Presented by Chestnut Hill Gallery. Show runs through July 31st.




On Display: November 1st – December 7th , 2009

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 1st, 1pm-3pm
Paramount Center for the Arts – Peekskill, NY
“Megadeck,” showcases a wide variety of work by 21 young, emerging artists from the Peekskill area.   The exhibit features the artists’ visions of urban life and includes sculpture, paintings, photographs and thematic installation.  Each artist has one representative piece of their work in the show with a unique skateboard deck mounted beside it, creating a unifying relationship between the exhibiting artists.  The individual skateboard decks, created specifically for this show explore the artists point of view on opulence, the disenfranchised, progress, poverty, the contrast between constant development and the dwindling natural world, and how these ideas penetrate broader society in the formats of graffiti, punk rock, tattoos, skateboarding and other forms of self-expression.  The show was curated by Geoff Feder, a Peekskill sculptor.