The Alber Gallery

Upcoming Exhibitions & Events in the Alber Gallery

Water Dialectics

Water Dialectics
January 6 - 27 | Opening Reception January 6, 5-7 pm 


Allens Lane Art Center is pleased to present Water Dialectics, a solo exhibition by Phoebe Murer. On view is a collection of paintings and screenprints that explore Murer’s lifelong fascination with bodies of water, both natural and man-made. Creating images from studies and photographs of waterscapes from all over the world, the artist lends a sense of awe and mystery through her depiction of light, texture, and color imbued in these spaces. The large-scale paintings of waterparks and pools are studies of both the surreal architecture and the human presence and interaction with these liminal spaces. The more recent CMYK screenprints of lakes, rivers, and creeks are depicted with highly saturated psychedelic colors, transforming these scenes into dreamlike sensory experiences.

Murer received her Certificate of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in Painting, a Bachelor's in Psychology/ Pre-Art Therapy at Arcadia University, and a Master's in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Arcadia University. Her specialty is working with people on the spectrum as she is also on the spectrum. Phoebe shows her art regularly and has won various awards for her art, including the 2012 INAP (International Naturally Autistic People) award for visual arts and the 2015 City of Vancouver Mayor's Award. She has recently had two solo shows at Davinci Art Alliance involving Historical South Street, a counter-culture hang-out place in Philadelphia.

Image: Phoebe Murer, Blue Lagoon, oil on canvas, 2 x 3', 2008.

Henry Bermudez: Drawings

February 10 - March 10, 2023

Opening Reception, Friday, February 10, 5 - 7 pm

Allens Lane Art Center is thrilled to present Henry Bermudez: Drawings, a solo exhibition of works by Henry Bermudez. Born in Venezuela, the artist is celebrating his 20th anniversary of immigrating to the United States and settling in Philadelphia. The exhibit focuses on Bermudez’s work in pencil and ink, many of which are studies for his large pieces in acrylic and mixed media collage. These intricate drawings showcase a practice that the artist has been fostering since his early years and that underpins his larger body of work. The drawings are musings on themes of myth and dream consciousness that are consistently represented in Bermudez’s work. Influenced by his travels and immersion into cultures other than his own, the artist draws on a variety of traditions and histories. Combining aspects of myth, symbols and religious lore from pre-Hispanic, Judeo-Christian and Afro-Caribbean influences, Bermudez creates a universe where traditions blend and transcend our expectations and cultural assumptions.


Henry Bermudez arrived in the USA from Venezuela in 2003. Initially, he made his living by painting murals for the Mural Arts program in Philadelphia. He was one of a handful of artists chosen to work with the Philagrafika print collaborative founded by artistic director and curator Jose Roca [2011]. That same year, he was invited to install work at The Philadelphia International Airport Art program. In 2012 Mr. Bermudez received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant followed by The Libby Newman Artist Residency at The Brandywine Print Workshop in Philadelphia. He was a recipient of a Peter Benoliel Fellowship from CFEVA in Philadelphia, PA and was awarded a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant in 2018. In 2020, Taller Puertorriqueño presented a mini-retrospective of his work titled Wilderness in Mind, spanning the years 2006 – 2020.

Henry currently teaches art at the Career Academy Developing Institute (CADI) and at Fleisher Art Memorial. Henry Bermudez is co-director of HouseGallery1816 in Fishtown and maintains an active studio and exhibition schedule.

Bermudez drawing

The Satellite Gallery at Settlement Music School

Located in the Settlement Music School's Lieberman Gallery,
6128 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA, 19119.

Bernard Collins: Portraits - January 21 - April 2, 2023