Artists at Work
- Photo courtesy of Symone Salib
Thanks to a grant from the Penn Treat Special Services District, the popular shop-and-stroll event, Artists at Work, returns to Northern Liberties! Working artists will take over storefronts in Northern Liberties several times throughout the year for an evening of art and exploration. Watch the artists create, learn about their craft, then grab some drinks or dinner at a local restaurant.
Meghan Gaffney Wells
Meghan Gaffney Wells is an artist and calligrapher. She founded Little G’s Letters and Goods in 2017 and is a small creative source for everything from custom watercolors to invitations and event signage. When she’s not creating, she’s raising two beautiful littles with her equally talented husband, Jake.
Find Meghan at Casa Papel (804 N. 2nd St.)
Dawn Reid has played with a variety of mediums over the years as a maker + mover, including clay, glass, watercolor, and photography. While wandering vacant lots, manicured gardens and woodlands, she’s inspired by the shapes, colors, and textures that abound in nature. She can usually be found close to the ground — herding cats, practicing yin yoga, or watching a bumblebee dance on a dandelion. Reid has been teaching in the Body Pathways program at the University of the Arts for 15 years.
Find Dawn at The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop (713 N. 4th St.)
Kimmy Juhas is an artist, printmaker, and educator based in Philadelphia. She uses her art to manipulate the spaces and shapes she sees around her. The process and research is the most important part of her pieces because it brings her ideas alive. Kimmy shares her skills working at both an elementary school teaching students and also at a community studio, Second State Press. She draws her inspiration from a mix of her interests which include 50/60s interior design, organic shapes and plants, and also, of course, her own students’ work. Her most loved processes include experimental lithography, monoprint techniques, and painting.
Her time at Artists at Work will be dedicated to getting the community involved and making art. She will have live screen printing demos for tote bags and also painting demos. Kimmy welcomes the community to get together and create.
Find Kimmy at Tuck Barre & Yoga (1101 N. Front St.)
Mikaela is originally from New Jersey, living now in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She is self taught, works in a variety of mediums and experiments with many different styles and techniques. Her inspiration comes from nature, she loves the outdoors, and stargazing at night. Looking up helps her clear away every day distractions, enabling her to visualize and imagine what can be possible. She uses that imagination to create her fantasies into reality on paper, bringing her inner color to life. This spontaneous, messy and mixed process allows her to be free and limitless in her approach. Her father is her biggest influence, he always taught her to express herself through art.
For November’s Artists at Work, Mikaela along with fellow artist, Christina Rissell, will be creating art of the same live subject matter from complementary perspectives, simultaneously, and side-by-side. This is an experiment of intergenerational collaborative commentary, with Christina (34 years old) working solely in black and white medium, and Mikaela (16 years old) approaching the same subject in color.
Find Mikaela and Christina at Penn Herb Co (601 N. 2nd St.)
Born and raised in New York currently living and creating in Philadelphia. Visual Artist Keshida Layone’s mediums range from watercolor, and acrylics to mixed media. His obsession with all living things finding a way to live and stretch towards the Sun for relief and safety is what fuels his soul.
Layone’s visual communication shines a light on threats to the planet like endangered animals, climate change, and mental health struggles.
He tries to convey in his work a sense of serenity, creativity, and visual healing. His artwork will significantly improve creativity, workflow, and happiness. His pieces are euphoric and will ignite a conversation with art lovers and art buyers. His career focus is to have work hanging in homes and offices around the world.
Find Keshida at Heritage (914 N. 2nd St.)
Originally Distinct (Duane Gordon Jr.) is an independent artist that creates visual art, home, lifestyle and designer products. Specializing in lifestyle and design, Originally Distinct has a homegrown following/core audience that supports and grows organically. Originally Distinct is most proud of being self-sufficient as an artist, and distinctive where real lovers of design and lifestyle value the art/products like collectors.
Find Originally Distinct at Trunc (929 N. 2nd St.)
Joseph Daniel “MCCLØZKEY”, a native of the Greater Philadelphia Area, began skateboarding at the age of 5. Introduced to photography at 9 years old, he was able to express his love for street art and skate culture by capturing it on camera. Joseph entered the fine art world as a hobby, merely a means to help him find his voice. As demand increased and his art became more noticed, Joseph chose to dedicate his time to sharing his vision with his community. Inspired by modern design aesthetics and the vibrant colors of street art, he developed painting styles which allowed him to translate messages of raw emotion that pertain to his life. His signature Roman numeral encrypted language concept emerged soon thereafter.
Joseph’s works can often include colorful and dark abstractions which are inspired by music, famous abstract expressionist’s styles with his own twist and the genuine emotion felt at the time of painting. In his mixed media works, he implements photographs of celebrities & cultural icons to relate the emotion of the painting to the photo of the person. Joseph pulls inspiration from all aspects of his life and continues to use fine art to grow and communicate with his audience.
Find MCCLØZKEY at Maleek Jackson Fitness Boxing Gym (926 N. 2nd St.)
Kierston Marie is a screenwriter, writer, artist, and creator. At the heart of her work— in all its forms— are themes of identity, sensuality, fantasy, communication, and play. Her new collection is a body of sculptures that respond to: “Said where are you goin’? Can I come too?”
Find Kierston at SET NoLibs (1030 N. 2nd St.)
Kathleen Catanese is a Philadelphia based artist who uses printmaking materials, paint, and collage to express her interest in architecture and the urban environment. After graduating from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey), she taught art for 32 years in the public schools of NJ. Kathleen studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Kean University, The New School and The Art Students League. She is a member of The National Association of Women Artists, The Plastic Club and The Philadelphia Sketch Club. Her work is in private and public collections. Kathleen is an experienced workshop presenter, who loves sharing her process and artwork with others.
Find Kathleen at Figo Italian (1033 N. 2nd St.)
Singer/Songwriter, Jeff Campbell, is from and lives in Philadelphia. His onstage experiences have taken him coast-to-coast countless times and found him sharing stages with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, The Grateful Dead, and opening for Train. His 2013 EP Release, “In Spite of Everything”, produced by 6x Grammy Winner John Shanks, premiered at #1 on the iTunes rock EPs and singles charts, following a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jeff creates music that helps him understand and process life.
Find Jeff at The 700 (700 N. 2nd St.)
Jessica is an upcycle artist who uses items found in thrift stores, trash and on the ground of her local city of Fishtown to create works of art. She has a creative eye for detail and loves to use bright colors. Jessica will be creating a mix media collage from items, menus and trash she has gathered from local restaurants and eateries.
Find Jessica at Just Cravings (946 N. 2nd St.)
Ray Benner is a Philadelphia based fine artist and teacher practicing drawing, painting and sculpture. Just as a musician may translate the sounds of nature and industry into music, Ray Benner interpolates the visible.
Find Ray at Jerry’s Bar (129 W. Laurel St.)