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Living together in the community through the arts

Since its founding in 1953, Allens Lane Art Center has been a cornerstone of the Mt. Airy community by bringing the residents together to participate in and enjoy the arts.  Whether its art classes for children or adults, amazing art exhibitions or cutting edge plays on the mainstage, there is something for everyone at Allens Lane.

601 West Allens Lane ~ Philadelphia, PA 19119 ~ p: 215.248.0546 f: 215.248.0559


Carolyn and Howard Alber

The Carolyn and Howard Alber Gallery at Allens Lane Art Center mounts exhibits by area artists each season from September through June. The gallery has over the years exhibited a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, woodworking, book arts, jewelry, crafts, ceramics and more. Each exhibition is accompanied by a special cocktail fundraiser reception that helps to support the yearly exhibition program.

Gallery Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
and evenings and weekends by appointment
The gallery is closed for most major holidays .

In 2007, the gallery at Allens Lane Art Center was named after the late Carolyn Fiedler-Alber by her loving husband, Howard Alber. Mrs. Alber was a graduate of the Tyler School of Art and had taught in both the Philadelphia and New Jersey public school systems. She was chair of Volunteers at the Quadrangle and a member of Friends of Artists Equity. She also devoted much of her time helping shut-ins and handicapped persons and was involved in several AIDS organizations.

In 2012, Howard Alber passed away at the age of 101. Understanding just how important Howard was to the center, the name of the gallery was changed to honor them both. Howard was an accomplished artist and when he passed, the center put on a memorial retrospective of his works. A short video of the exhibition reception is posted on this page (right).

Both Carolyn and Howard both had an affinity for Allens Lane Art Center and were very supportive of the Center's mission of making the arts as accessible as possible to the community. Their passion for art and life spoke volumes about the type of people they were and it is very fitting that the gallery is named after them.



2017 - 2018 GALLERY SEASON

The Alber Gallery

Jenna Hannum

Sept. 18 - Oct. 21
Reception:Oct. 21

Jenna Hannum will be showing a series of brand new works on paper that spring forth from the artists imagination and her deep-seated interest in microscopic aquatic biology. A number of these large format drawings will dance across the mind's eye and will challenge the viewer to investigate each work to decipher the artists ever evolving creativity and imagination.

Reception tickets available here

Misbegotten Sea Creature III, 2016
12x12 inches
graphite on paper mounted on panel

Jenna Hannum

The Lieberman Gallery

Linda Garfield
Sept. 5 - Nov. 5
Reception: Oct. 28, 2pm


Linda garfield

The Alber Gallery

James Maurelle

Nov. 6 - Dec. 8
Reception: Nov. 11

James Maurelle's work is nuanced, engaging and very accessible.  His current work blends a playful joy of imagination and creativity as he transforms common materials into unique forms all his own.  Come see some his newest creations in this very unique and lively exhibition.

Reception tickets available here

James Maurelle

The Lieberman Gallery

Jud Sharp
Nov. 12 - Dec. 30
Reception: Dec. 17, 2pm

Jud Sharp is a mostly self-taught artist, who explores his own blend of fantasy-surrealism and playful abstraction. His cartoon world of inter-relationships and ambiguities are seen in his paintings. The images draw, in part, from his novice fascination with advanced physics (Relativity, wormholes, etc.) and his love for science.


Jed Sharp

The Alber Gallery

David Aipperspach

Jan. 8 - Feb. 9
Reception: Feb. 3

Reception tickets available here

Microwave (5)
, 2017
Oil on linen

David Aipperspach

The Lieberman Gallery

Don Fortenberry and Priscilla Bohlen 
Jan. 7 - Feb. 11
Reception: January 27, 2pm


Don Fortenberry

The Alber Gallery

Colin Pezzano

Feb. 19 - Mar. 16
Reception: Feb. 24

Reception tickets available here

Colin Pezzano

The Lieberman Gallery

Jonathan Greenberg
Feb. 18 - Mar. 10

Reception: Feb. 25, 2pm

Jonathan Greenberg

The Alber Gallery

Vision Thru Art

Mar. 26 - Apr. 20
Reception: Apr. 14

Our amazing sculpture program for Blind and Visuall-Impaired Artists will showcase their talents in this not-to-be-missed exhibition.

Reception tickets available here

Vision Thru Art

The Lieberman Gallery

John McDanials
Nannette A. Clark
Mar. 18 - Apr. 14
Reception: Mar. 25, 2pm

John McDaniels

The Alber Gallery

Contemporary Tile & Mosaic
May 4 - June 1
Reception: May 26, 7 - 9pm

Janice Strawder
Debra Felix
Jessica Liddell
Laura Lyn Stern
Lisa Muller
Katia McGuirk


The Lieberman Gallery

Apr. 22 - May 19
Reception: Apr. 29, 2pm


Archive of 2014 - 2015 GALLERY SEASON


The Alber Gallery

Ron Tarver

Works in Progress
Sept. 16 - Oct. 21
Reception: Sept. 17

Ron Tarver is one of Philadelphia's most recognizable photographers. His work has a distinctive charm that sets it apart. In this exhibition, we get to see a brand new selection of works that directly shows how photography has been a thread that has run through his family history. This exhibition is sure to surprise even those who follow the work of this fine artist. Join us for our Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception on Sept. 17.

"Working with photograms made by my father in the 1940's through the60's I seek to establish a dialogue between he and I by reinterpreting his images, making them relevant to the 21 century. It is said that every time a photograph is made it captures a little death, freezing an instant in time forever. This work is an attempt to resurrect those subjects who fell within the gaze of my father’s camera." - Ron Tarver


Ron Tarver

The Lieberman Gallery

Art Sisters (Group Exhibition)
Sept. 5 - Nov. 5
Reception: Oct. 29, 2pm



The Alber Gallery

Unique Chairs, etc.

Curated by AM Weaver

Nov. 11 - Dec. 16
Reception: Dec. 3

Unique Chair, Etc. takes a look at chairs the invite, startle and amaze. The woodworks presented by three artists affiliated with Philadelphia are Rebecca Kolodziejczak, Marc Andre Robinson and Keunho Peter Park. They explore the literal and metaphorical concept of the chair.  A throne by Kolodziejczak, a cocoon chair by Peter Park and sculpture by Robinson are folded together to give the viewer something new, when contemplating a structure designed for sitting or reclining. In many ways the works range in intent from the notion of a throne, evoking historic designation of power, to sculptural renditions of found classic chair parts reconfigured into aerial displays. Peter Parks Cocoon Chair is probably the most conventional and even this work in its sleek deign offers an unusual take on the chair. Overall, Unique Chairs, Etc., investigates woodworking in a myriad of styles and samples some of the most expressive works being made in the region.

Special thanks to Albert LeCoff the Center for Art and Wood in helping with this exhibition.

Image: Marc Andre Robinson
Wingback Throne for the Next Right Excellent, 2008
60" x 180" x 60"

The Lieberman Gallery

Glen Allens and Brandon Cooper
Nov. 12 - Dec. 31
Reception: Dec. 18, 2pm



The Alber Gallery

Leslie Pontz

Jan. 6 - Feb. 10
Reception: Feb. 4

"I remember thinking on my first visit to the desert how glorious it was with its grayed colors and hard shapes and soft sand and prickly textures. There were so many contrasts in this quiet world of sand and lizards. Yet from the very first moment that I experienced this environment, it seemed so peaceful, full of shapes and textures that did not seem to go together but definitely wanted to live together. Since that time I have continued to be intrigued with exploring the juxtaposition of contrasting elements that are far more exciting existing together than independently. By combining materials like crocheted metal, silk organza, thread, and rusted industrial elements, I am able to explore this concept of co-existing contrasts that constantly reminds me that life itself presents an array of conflicts that always need balancing." - Leslie Pontz

The Lieberman Gallery

Gina Michaels, Nancy Agati, Cynthia Back, Lyn Godley, Amie Potsic
Jan. 7 - Feb. 12
Reception: January 28, 2pm



The Alber Gallery

Cari Freno

Feb. 24 - Mar. 31
Reception: Mar. 25

Cari Freno's work is both familiar and unique at the same time. She uses video, drawing and sculpture to explore the landscape where internal and external worlds intersect. Join us for the Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception on March 25 and get a chance to meet the artist and learn about what drives this amazing artist to make her work.

The Lieberman Gallery

Carla Fisher
Feb. 18 - Mar. 11
Reception: Feb. 26, 2pm


The Alber Gallery

Sarah Langsam

Apr. 7 - May 5
Reception: Apr. 8

Sarah Langsam's work is captivating, engaging and very accessible.  Her current work blends a playful joy of imagination along with a serious artist's discovery of just how far the materials she works with can be pushed to conform to her vision.  Allens Lane Art Center is thrilled to have a number of her large scale works on view that will transform the gallery space into a reflection of the artist's thinking about form, space, color and texture.

The Lieberman Gallery

Carol Taylor-Kearney
Mar. 18 - Apr. 15
Reception: Mar. 26, 2pm


The Alber Gallery

Lara Cantu-Hertzler

May 12 - June 2
Reception: May 27

Lara Cantu-Hertzler's work is captivating, engaging and very accessible.  Her current work blends a playful joy of imagination along with a serious artist's discovery of just how far the materials she works with can be pushed to conform to her vision. Her color palette and techniques of image making make her a painter's painter which means that a combination of very specific imagery combined with a looseness of application and happy accidents allow Lara to create rich, new spaces all her own.

Lara Canu-Hertzler

The Lieberman Gallery

Ruth Wolf
Apr. 22 - May 20
Reception: Apr. 30, 2pm


Archive of 2015 - 2016 GALLERY SEASON

Julie Zahn
Painting and Collage
Sept. 11 - Oct. 9, 2015

This exhibition has been extended until Oct. 23, 2016!

Julie Zahn's work captures light and space in an extremely delicate way which makes her images both delicate and whimsical. Her landscapes and invented still lifes are similar in their ability to bring peace and tranquility to both the artist and viewer alike.

Rabbit on Turquoise, 2015
Japanese stencil dyeing (pigment and acrylic on paper)
40" x 36" (image)

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser:
Sept. 19, 2015- from 7 - 9:00pm


Julie Zahn

Nov. 9 - Dec. 18, 2015

Philadelphia based artist Robert Hansen's works evokes the fluid styles and bold imagery of what some of the best abstract expressionist works have to offer. His paintings often create atmospheres that are both zen and explosive at the same time. We invite you to take a look at the artist's newest works as he continues to develop his own personal style of mark making with balance, grace and vision.

Street Scene, 2015
40" x30", Acrylic on Canvas

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser:
Dec. 12, 2015 - from 7 - 9:00pm



Robert Hansen

Sarah Kaufmann
Devil's Pool
Jan. 8 - Feb. 5, 2016

Sarah Kaufman will be exhibiting her series of beautiful photographs on the secret summer hangout on the Wissahickon called Devil's Pool. Her photos of the lush landscape populated by native Philadelphian's who use the location to find relief from the summer heat can at times seem dreamlike and magical. Her large format single prints and diptychs tell the unique story of what is to many a very special place.

Image: Devil's Pool Jumper #2
Archival pigment print from medium format film
40 x 40 inches

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser:
Jan. 30, 2016 - from 7 - 9:00pm

Sarah Kauffman


Mi-Kyoung Lee
Feb. 19 - Mar. 19, 2016

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser:
March 19, 2016 - from 7 - 9:00pm



New Prints
April 1 - 29, 2016

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser:
April 16, 2016 - from 7 - 9:00pm

Ron Tarver

May 13 - June 4, 2016

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser:
May 21, 2016 - from 7 - 9:00pm


Ron Tarver

Archive of 2014 - 2015 GALLERY SEASON

Sept. 12 - Oct. 24, 2014

Our first exhibition of our 2014-15 Gallery Season are brand new prints by local artists richard Metz. His dynamic and fun natural forms are very playful and direct. It's rare to find an artist who is able to infuse a sense of humor into his images while at the same time still make work that is both complex and inventive. Come join us for at the cocktail reception and get a chance to meet the artist and hear about the inventive techniques he uses to achieve these wonderful images.

Richard Metz

Nov. 7 - Dec. 19, 2014

Jonathan Eckel's paintings are colorful, engaging and full of references from art history. A "painter's painter", his works are able to show both the struggle and discovery that an artist can experience in a single image. These are pictures that need to be seen in person because the scale, texture, and intensity of the images are vutak in experiencing his artworks and tend to leave the viewer breathless and inspired. On exhibit will be several new larger paintings as well as a selection of smaller drawings that will recreate the feeling of the artist's studio setting.

Jonathan Eckel

Jan. 9 - Feb. 6, 2015

Husband and wife, Andrea Wohl Keefe and Colin Keefe have been creating beautiful artworks in their Mt. Airy studio for years. Their studios are directly above the gallery space they carved out of their carriage house where they host exhibitions of other artists (Mt. Airy Contemporary Arts Space). Andrea and Colin's work may appear to be quite different from each other at first but then one see's the lightness, experimentation and joy that permeates both their works. Come see a selection of new works by both artists in this beautiful and inspiring exhibition.

Andrea Wohl Keefe and Colin Keefe

Feb. 20 - Mar. 20, 2015

This exhibition will feature selected works from the stable of artists who work with Cindy Ettinger's Printmaking Studio. On view will be finished prints, artists proofs and working states to show the process of printing and what it entails. This exhibition is intended to be very informative for understanding prints and the printmaking process for both artists and anyone interested in the craft of printmaking.

Cindy Ettinger Studio

April 3 - May 1, 2015
Curated by AM Weaver and Daniel Oliva

Five divergent paths together in one exhibit--Exquisite Forms examines the realms of Fiber Arts from the folk to conceptual and many layers in between.  Four of the artists presented take quotidian and found materials rendering them into precious objects, while the fifth artist translates a fantastical world of human and animal forms into tapestries. This exhibit reflects the artists’ influences from crafts attributed to women’s work to African, Asian and European sensibilities.

Participating Artists: Melissa Maddonni Haimes, Caitlin T. McCormack, Mi-Kyoung Lee, Eva Preston, Heather Ujiie

Fiber Invitational

May 15 - June 12, 2015

Amber Art and Design

Archive of 2013 - 2014 GALLERY SEASON

Sept. 13 - Oct. 20, 2013

Many great woodworkers call Philadelphia home including these two wonderful artists. Come see the beaufully crafted works of Don R. Miller and Charles J. Adams as we exhibit a number of their imporant and signature pieces.

Don Miller and Charles Adams

Nov. 1 - Dec. 20, 2013

Vision Thru Art is a sculpture class for blind and visually-impaired students that has been running at Allens Lane Art Center for the past 25 years. The class is free for students and is partially supported by the Kulick Family Foundation. To celebrate their anniversary, the class will be exhibiting works from each artist in the program in what is sure to be one of the highlights of our gallery season. Make sure to come out and support us during our Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Fundraiser.

Vision Thru Art

Curated by Lisa Haun
Jan. 10 - Feb. 7, 2014

This beautiful exhibition of two photographers who are at the top of their game are sure to make you take notice.  Curated by Lisa Haun, this show shows a wide variety of subject matter from each artist but always manages to have both beautiful story-lines as well as exceptional craft as their underlying connections.  The more you look at the work of these two artists, the more you will see that their work is not as far apart as you would imagine.

Bryan Karl Lathrop

Feb. 21 - Mar. 21, 2014

A staple of the Philadelphia arts community, Tish Ingersoll's work is both dynamic and introspective. More than just being colorful, her work involves the viewer and transports them into an other-worldly space of marks, form, color and dimension. Come see some of her newest works straight from her studio and get a sneak peak at some of the processes she has developed over the years that makes her work so distinctive.

Tish Ingersoll

April 4 - 25, 2014

Gerald Cyrus' photographs tend to stare back at you in a way that makes you remember them long after you've moved on.  His portraits capture the very relaxed and often joyful stares of his sitters so that it seem like they are looking at you rather than a camera.  Come see a selection of some of the most powerful and moving contemporary portraits in Gerald's oeuvre in this wonderful and compelling exhibit.

Gerals Cyrus

May 2 - June 6, 2014

Participating Artists: Michael Rossman, Leo Sewell, James Rosenthal, Martina Johnson-Allen, Simone Spicer, Dan Oliva , Lisa Haun, Mary Agnes Williams , Henrietta and Reinhold Edelschein

Gerals Cyrus

Archive of 2012 - 2013 GALLERY SEASON

Oct. 3 - Nov. 11

Friday, Oct. 14, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Free and Open to the Public

Robert Fluhr, long time board member, volunteer, and teacher for our Vision Thru Art program at Allens Lane Art Center, passed away on - 6/20/2011. Aside from all of his activities at Allens Lane, Robert was first and foremost an artist. Come celebrate his life as we present a selection of his own ceramics and collages that he made over the years.

During the opening reception for this exhibition, we ask that you join us for a special ceremony as we formally dedicate the studio (The Fluhr Studio) that both he and his wife Annette tirelessly worked in during their 30+ years at the center

Bob Fluhr assisting one of his students

Nov. 25 - Dec. 23

Artist's Reception:
Friday, Dec. 2, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Free and Open to the Public

Marcia Jones, Martha Knox and Cornelia Keitzman are three very talented artists who also teach at Allens Lane Art Center. Come see their beautiful work and learn about their classes in watercolor, printmaking and ceramics.

Marcia Jones

Jan. 7 - Feb. 4

A juried selection of fine artworks from this dynamic artists group. A wide variety of Paintings, Drawings, Pints, Sculpture, Ceramics and more will be displayed in our gallery. Come and see the amazing talents that reside in our community and learn more about this group and how you can join.

Lynn Amarnick

Feb. 14 - March 23

Philadelphia artist Michael Rossman is known for his exclusive interest in drawing. Using graphite as his primary medium, Rossman's work is characterized by his innate sense of mark making, most often, an extensive series of lines from which a landscape will emerge.

Rossman has established a visual vocabulary that is simultaneously abstract and representational. It is systemized yet spontaneous. His drawings appear to be created, built-up, and realized in a natural, organic way like the landscape itself. Rossman has said that he uses the line to see and to better understand the forms and spaces within his scope of vision. His drawings provide a glimpse of his thought process as energized marks and feverish lines reveal an intriguing spatial complexity.

Michael Rossman

April 2 - 27

Sandi and Neil's work is created in the rich cultural environment of the Fairmount neighborhood, surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Together, they are the Neighborhood Potters. They choose to make functional pottery because it enriches daily living. Pots help us connect with people on a very basic human level. In these times of fast food, where so much food is eaten out of paper, plastic or styrofoam, they feel that hand made pottery can bring some soul into the daily rituals of eating and drinking.

Neil and Sandi

May 4 - June 8

I dwell on the spiritual and soulful, below the earth, explanation for my art making. My goal is to express the messages from the unconscious. This communion involves the human ritual of making objects which please and acknowledge the soul of self and those of the global family of humans. My work sustains me. It is as vital as oxygen. My art making creates harmony, balance and comfort. It is a ritual that reveres, honors and communicates with my ancestors thus creating an acute awareness of my connection to nature and sense of purpose. Albeit my purpose is oftentimes understood with clarity, it reveals an evolutionary direction and I faithfully go wherever it takes me.

Image: Mystic Eyes , box construction containing a white mask, selected objects, beads, fabric, twine, wire, acrylic painted papers, museum board, buckram, 8 x 7 x 2 ½ inches.

Johnson Allen