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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

THE CAROLYN AND HOWARD ALBER GALLERY - About the Gallery

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
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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.

 

 

Archive of 2014 - 2015 GALLERY SEASON


RICHARD METZ
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

JONATHAN ECKEL
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

ANDREA WOHL KEEFE & COLIN KEEFE
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

ETTINGER PRINTMAKING STUDIO SELECTIONS
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

EXQUISITE FORM: A FIBER INVITATIONAL
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

AMBER ART & DESIGN
May 15 - June 12, 2015

Amber Art and Design
 

Archive of 2013 - 2014 GALLERY SEASON


DON R. MILLER AND CHARLES J. ADAMS
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

VISION THRU ART
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

THOM GOERTEL AND BRYAN KARL LATHROP
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

TISH INGERSOLL
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

GERALD CYRUS
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

GROUP EXHIBITION
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


ROBERT FLUHR :
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
Oct. 3 - Nov. 11


Reception:
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

JONES, KNOX, KEITZMAN
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

ARTISTS CULTURAL EXCHANGE - ACX
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

MICHAEL ROSSMAN
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

SANDI PIERANTOZZI & NEIL PATTERSON - NEIGHBORHOOD POTTERS
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

MARTINA JOHNSON-ALLEN
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