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Imagine: 13 Associate Members’ Annual Exhibition

Imagine: 13

Associate Members’ Annual Exhibition at the 3rd Street Gallery

May 2-27, 2018

Exhibition Highlights:

First Friday: May 4, 5-9PM

Artist Reception: Sunday May 6, 1-4PM

The 3rd Street Gallery is pleased to present Imagine: 13, a group exhibition of artists who will show work in a variety of media including painting, photography, and installation.

Howard Brunner is an MFA photographer whose most recent body of work was created during walks through the urban landscape of Philadelphia. His work is represented in collections in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Allentown Museum of Art, and the James A. Michener Museum of Art. Brunner is also a professor at Temple University's Architecture Program.

Constance Culpepper's work is a study in domesticity and the commonalities of personal experience. In her paintings and collages she depicts heavily patterned interior scenes with vibrantly colored objects that she uses as a framework for conveying emotion. A featured artist at Select Fair Art Basel Miami 2013 and 2014, Culpepper's paintings were recently exhibited at the 2016 Democratic National Convention Headquarters.

Rhea Dennis paints on handmade paper. She uses many layers of pigmented wet pulp to form a base sheet on Plexiglas. Then using various media and methods such as gouache, stenciling and pulp manipulation she adds or subtract shapes and colors to create her brightly colored works that have echoes in indigenous art.

Nancy E.F. Halbert is an artist, art educator and former dancer with MFA's in Art Education from the University of the Arts and in Dance from Temple University. An abstract figurative painter, her work is full of color and movement. Halbert exhibited in juried shows at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, The Betsy Meyer Memorial Show at the Main Line Art Center, and the James Oliver Gallery.

Andrew Hart is an architect (B. Arch Temple University, M. Arch Cornell University) and educator, currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Philadelphia University. His exhibitions are usually a departure from his drawing practice in which he combines architectural images throughout history with contemporary cultural references.

Mary Beth Kazanicka, a corporate design and space planner for 25 years,is an expressionist painter who describes her process as "trusting and letting go.” She proceeds intuitively, discovering images as she paints. Kazanicka exhibits in and around Philadelphia, and was awarded First Prize in the 2013 Wayne Art Center Exhibition for Abstract Art.

Katherine Kurtz, a longtime member of 3rd Street Gallery, is an abstract expressionist painter who loves to make large works in dense bold colors softened by translucent layers and delicate lines. She uses figures, objects and forms to create expressions of mood and states of being. Kurtz has exhibited extensively in and around Philadelphia, and won First Prize at the Goggleworks exhibition in Reading in 2014.

Jennifer Rodgers is a new member. She is a graduate of Moore College of Art, with a BFA in printmaking, and the Tyler School of Art, M. Ed. Since 1998, she has taught art at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA. Jennifer teaches drawing, painting, and printmaking along with portfolio preparation. Her recent works include a series of small index card-sized mixed media, including inks and collage.

Phyllis Rosenberg New member Phyllis Rosenberg is a painter and a graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her large-scale floral works are infused with soft, glowing colors and light.

Elynne Rosenfeld A new member, Elynne received her MFA in Painting from UMass Amherst and her BA in Art from Rice University in Houston. Active in the Philadelphia art community, she has served with many area arts organizations and was recently appointed Curator of the new Salus University Art Gallery at Hafter Student Center. Also a Reiki Master, Elynne uses acrylics, glass beads and glass shards to create paintings that "produce healing intention ensconced in visual beauty.”

Carol Wisker A mixed-media artist, sculptor, and long-time member who has worked at various times in paint, collage, assemblage, sculpture and fiber. Carol’s interests are in the environment, politics, war and gender, and are expressed abstractly using materials that are industrial or mechanical. She studied textile arts and received a BA in psychology at Mansfield University, and a MEd. from UArts in Philadelphia. Her artistic practice includes a fifteen-year tenure at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Division of Education.

James Stewart Following a forty-year career as an illustrator, art director and graphic designer, Stewart has been painting full time since 2009. A colorist, Stewart paints lyrical landscapes that find their balance between the abstract and the representational. He starts with watercolor sketches on site from nature and then goes to the studio where, in a more abstract approach, he proceeds to add color until an image occurs. He aims to paint his response to a place at a moment in time.

Jacqueline Unanue is a native of Chile and received her art education there, including an MFA in Graphic Design as well as training in drawing, painting, art history and textile art. Her abstract paintings on canvas and paper employ gestural mark-making and colors that are influenced by the palette and forms of the Chilean landscape, the country's pre-historic rock art, and its classical music. Unanue has exhibited extensively in the US, Chile, Spain and Ecuador.