Sunday, April 12, 2015

UPCOMING: Second Resident Show

Mark your calendars! 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program presents "Past and Present works by Brujo de la Mancha." On display at 4007 Chestnut Street, first floor, from April 18th to May 9th. More information below:

Saturday, April 18th, 6-9pm

Saturdays and Sundays 12-6pm
Or by appointment: (215)384-3369/

50% of the sales of this art show will be donated in favor of the caravan tour of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa Mexico, with the verification of RIUM (Red de Immigrantes Unidos port Mexico en PA) Network of Immigrants United from Mexico in PA.

About the artist:
I am a multidisciplinary, self-taught artist, teaching artist. Born in Mexico City in a mixed Mexican-indigenous and Spanish working class family. In my childhood, during visits to my father's family around Xico, Veracruz in Mexico, I experienced the surviving Mayan, Olmec, Aztec and Catholic cultures, traditional farming, and popular crafts that represent and express the life of the indigenous Mexican people. Later, I cultivated a sense of freedom to express my personal dreams and reality by immersing myself in indigenous cultures in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Michoacan and Tlaxcala. I grew up believing and experiencing independent thinking, realizing that people are rich in resourcefulness in their own power for self-control. My paternal grandmother migrated from Xico, Veracruz to Mexico City before I was born, and I have continued this family experience with my own migration to Philadelphia eleven years ago, where I have joined the diversity of lives and cultural exchanges of this city. In Mexico a great emphasis is placed on the connection between human beings and the natural world. In 2007 I got my Aztec name "Tletxayacoatl" (The Snake with the Face on Fire) in a summer solstice ceremony in Chicago with Master "Ocelotcoatl" (The Jaguar & Snake) and Master "Xavier Quijas Yxayotl". I also won a grant from The Institute for Cultural Partnership to learn how to make "Tlapizcalli" clay flutes with the Master "Xavier Quijas Yxayotl", my first formal training in art. I have continued this work on my own making a clay instrument called the "Ehekachiktli" -The Dead Whistle- an instrument that is very old.
My artistic name BRUJO DE LA MANCHA was giving to me by my friends through my artistic development. My name, Brujo, means "witch" in Spanish. Because transformation is a magic power that humans have inside, I encourage people to focus on the present, to recycle and embrace what they have around them now.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Resident Outreach Project Updates!!

Just to keep y'all up to date on what our artists have been doing to share their work with the community. 

Resident Brujo de la Mancha's outreach project works to generate dialogue about INDIGENOUS OF THIS CONTINENT LIVING IN PHILADELPHIA while resident Althea Baird has been collaborating with BARE TEETH dance group. Find pictures and further details below.


BRUJO's project discusses indigenous identity in Philadelphia. He wants to include and give a voice to indigenous people, which could include Northern, Central, Caribbean, or South American indigenous people, as well as Africans or non-Africans who mixed with indigenous people and who currently live in Philadelphia. He is currently leading discussions about identity in this city, which will culminate in a collective piece of artwork (possibly a mural or a book). ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN THE DISCUSSION.

Upcoming discussions.
Wednesdays April 8, 15, 22 from 6-8 pm at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street.
Sundays April 12, 19, 26 from 2-4 pm at By My Side Parenting Program at Atonement Lutheran Church, 1542 East Montgomery Avenue.

Some pictures from the first discussion, last Wednesday at the Rotunda:


ALTHEA has been holding choreography workshops and work-making sessions over the past few months. Pictures of these sessions are displayed below. 


And don't forget to check out our upcoming artist shows at 4007 Chestnut Street. Brujo's show opens April 18th and Althea's show is coming up in May!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Work by Aislinn Pentecost-Farren! GALLERY SHOW OPENING TONIGHT

Join us at our gallery (4007 Chestnut, first floor) this evening from 6-9 to celebrate the opening of our first resident show!
Afterimage | and other conditions of climate change

Featuring the work of Aislinn Pentecost-Farren. Come meet the artist, munch on some classy snacks, and check out her new work. 

Facebook event here.

Gallery Hours
Mondays: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesdays: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 28th: 4 to 7 pm
Sunday, March 29th: 4 to 7 pm

or by appointment.

On exhibit until April 7, 2015.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 residency!

Application can be found here or by emailing 

Read here for relevant info:

40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program


Residency: September 1, 2015 - August 15, 2016
Application Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:59pm
We'll alert ALL applicants by Friday June 26, 2015.

Dear Applicant:

Thanks for your interest in the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program. This letter describes the program and provides information on the application process.
Please read carefully.

The mission of the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program is:

   To address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia by offering studios rent-free, on a rotating basis, to visual artists who reside in/are strongly affiliated with Philadelphia neighborhoods west of the Schuylkill River.

   To assist in the career growth of new and emerging artists and those whose work has not been recognized in mainstream venues.

   To enrich the 40th Street area by placing artists here and allowing them to share their talents with members of our community.

What you get and what you give:
If accepted, you will be given a studio space at either 4007 Chestnut Street or 4013 Chestnut Street beginning September 1, 2015 and ending August 15, 2016. You will be encouraged to use that time to develop your own creative work. In exchange, you will be asked to share your talents with West Philadelphia through a minimum of 40 hours of outreach service over the course of the residency. Examples of outreach projects include a public installation, a workshop, or a class. You may work at a school, prison, hospital, nursing home, etc. Administrative and modest financial support will be provided. In addition, all residents will have opportunities to work together to plan group exhibitions.  Monthly resident meetings (or fewer/more when necessary) will facilitate this while creating opportunities to foster community within the program. In addition to collaborating with your fellow residents, a student intern and a part-time facilitator will help to coordinate efforts, including outreach, gallery activities, publicity, maintenance, etc.


• You must be a new or emerging artist. This does not necessarily mean that you are a recent college graduate (though it’s fine if you are!). You can be any age, at any stage of life.

• You must be affiliated with West Philadelphia, meaning you live, work, volunteer, or create art here.

• Full time students may not apply.

• Former 40th Street artists-in-residence may not apply.

• Groups may not apply, though collaborative duos may apply. Our studios cannot accommodate more than two artists at a time.

• Artists who have applied in the past and were not accepted may re-apply.

Important Notes:
Our sites are not live-in facilities. The studios are available at all times, but the buildings are shared; you must be considerate of other tenants. The spaces can accommodate a variety of creative activities, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, photography, puppetry, and fiber art. The studios are too small for dance. Ceilings in most studios are high (approximately 12 feet in some areas); rooms range from 150-300 square feet. Some areas have ample natural light, while others do not. The studios are not furnished. The buildings have small back yards that may be used for assembling larger works, or as a place to exhibit sculpture. The spaces have ventilation, running water, and 120- volt AC outlets. However, the facilities will not accommodate highly toxic chemicals, welding, or very high-powered electrical equipment. Note also that within the spaces, there is open access to different work areas; we count on residents to show respect for others’ property and privacy.

To apply, please submit the attached application by Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:59pm to  Feel free to email with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Resident Althea Baird: Cosmic Soul Force

On MLK day, current resident Althea Baird worked with local young people, adults, elders, and artists to create a powerful art demonstration entitled "Cosmic Soul Force". The project was youth led co-facilitated, with collaborators ART F//ACTION and Ash Richards.

In her own words, "We will write alone and together to create a speech that speaks to the freedom dream we are unfolding, to the destruction of the forces of oppression, and the transformation of power and spirit. This speech will be painted onto double sided signs for anybody that wants to roll to the protest."

Check out more about the project here. Video on Youtube here. Pictures below.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Friends and Neighbors Opening!

Our annual Friends and Neighbors Exhibit opened at the 4007 Chestnut gallery last Saturday, January 17. Check out some photos below of the reception and artist talks. 

If you missed the opening, no problem. Gallery hours for this exhibit are January 31 and February 7 from 2 to 6 pm, or by appointment (email 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friends and Neighbors Exhibit opens SAT JAN 17! Emerging Artists from all over Philly!

The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program
5th Annual
Friends and Neighbors Exhibit

Exhibiting work from friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues of our residents

January 17 - February 7

Opening Reception: 
Artist Talk at 7pm
Refreshments provided

Gallery Hours: Saturdays Jan 24, 31, Feb 7 • 2-6pm
+ by appointment - email

at AIRSPACE Gallery
4007 Chestnut ST, 1st FL • Philadelphia

Twitter: @40thStreetAIR


Yemaya Gabriel
Yemaya Gabriel was born in Philadelphia, PA in 2009. She is a visual artist and musician of both the violin and piano. Gabriel studied at the University City Arts League and has studied with Philadelphia-based artist Jacqueline Unanue. Gabriel is most interested in drawing and making objects out of clay, paper and other found materials.

Carlos Gonzalez
My name is Carlos Gonzalez, and I am from Mexico. For the last three years, I have been drawing with charcoal. But I'm primarily a tattoo artist and have been living in the US for the past 17 years.

Ms Lisa
My name is Lisa Barkley, born and raised in West Philadelphia. I started taking an interest in art at an early age. My Aunt Inez showed me how to make all kinds of crafts from which I later developed a love of Mosaic Art. You can use buttons, pennies, gravel, just to name few, and make beautiful art. I started trying beans that come in all sorts of colors and eggshells which can be painted in many colors. Combined with my love of fashion I came up with the lovely pieces that you'll see at the show.

Emyluz Almodovar Ortiz
Emyluz Almodovar-Ortiz is currently a student at The Community College of Philadelphia. She is the Co-Facilitator/Intern at Art Factory.

Rachel Hoppenstein  
Rachel Hoppenstein paints and draws in her home studio in West Philadelphia. Also a yoga teacher and occupational therapist, her work explores forms in the human body. She uses diverse media, including oils, acrylic, ink, pencil, pastel, nail polish and other beauty products. She received her BA from Brandeis University and a Certificate from Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts.

Lucy Pistilli
A mother, artist, curator, and teacher, Lucy Pistilli's community work has focused on collaborating with mental health patients and children.  Growing up in Philadelphia and studying art in post-industrial Kansas City, MO, she developed a fascination in the beauty of imperfection, humility, and humanism.  She recently teamed with Brian Bazemore to found The Pedestrian Project, a collective that encourages artists to engage directly with under-represented communities through collaboration, actualizing philosophy that art should be accessible and not reserved for elitist populations. Pistilli collects discarded family photography and utilizes it as a primary subject matter in her work, finding definitive qualities in images people have weeded out and nostalgia in the captured moments of awkwardness of strangers. She has said: "I see life's greatest beauty in its simultaneous strangeness and familiarity, in the struggle to comprehend and connect and the unpredictable and ephemeral moments in which this is achieved."

Kaitlin Kylie Pomerantz
Kaitlin Pomerantz is an artist living in West Philadelphia. Using a variety of mediums, her work explores the relationship between humans and the environment, attempting to capture what a modern "nature" might look like and mean. Kaitlin facilitates the ongoing botanical arts project We The Weeds. She recently completed the RAIR residency at Revolution Recovery recycling plant in North Philadelphia. She is working towards her MFA at University of Pennsylvania.

Antonio Rojas
Nazbalam Cascada del Jaguar

Soy Antonio Rojas, de la ciudad de Mexico ; el proposito de nazbalam arte y cultura es plasmar la riqueza que nos distingue reflejando asi la diversidad cultural, creativa de nuestros antepasados identificandonos en todo el mundo .y tratar de mantener viva nuestra cultura y nuestras raizes. I'm Antonio Rojas, from Mexico City; Nazbalam the purpose of art and culture is to capture the richness that distinguishes us so reflecting the cultural, creative diversity of our ancestors identifying ourselves worldwide, and trying to keep our culture and our roots alive.

Samarah Tahir
Samarah Tahir was born in Philadelphia, PA in 2003. She is a writer and performance artist. Tahir studied at the Freedom Theater in Philadelphia from 2010 -2012 and Philadelphia’s Young Performers Art Camp from 2012 - present at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Tahir is most interested in writing short stories and performing in plays and dance shows.

Barbara Zanelli
Barbara graduated with a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in 1999, and then moved to NYC. She met success in shows at Figureworks and Get Real Art, but felt drawn to study classical painting in Florence, Italy. She lived there for one year studying drawing under Mario Pachioli. In 2004 she moved to Philadelphia, on a full scholarship, to study at Studio Incamminati with master painter Nelson Shanks. She left the atelier in 2005 to work on a series of large paintings. After travelling and painting extensively, Barbara has returned to Incamminati to finish the Professional Program. While studying, Barbara continues to show her work and take on commissions. Continuously challenging herself to find new expressions through painting and drawing and the combination of the two, Barbara has been working on all different types of approaches from gestural, alla prima to slowly developed realist painting. She currently paints plein air, figure paintings, portraits and combined paintings from life, photo and imagination. She also works on traced monotypes, a drawing technique used by many painters of the past including Gauguin and Degas. Barbara strives to merge intuitive feeling and gesture with a studied, trained or cerebral approach, but never too much of either. Being an artist, for Barbara, means not being afraid to create the ground she is about to step on, taking risks and following instinct.