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Independence Seaport Museum Present FLOW.
Convergence, Igloo on the Water

Convergence, is a floating igloo and the second milk jug igloo I have made. The first version, roughly the same size and shape and designed to sit on the gallery floor, had an interior space open for people to crawl inside and contemplate. Surrounded by multiples of gallon jugs with their pouring spouts all pointing toward the occupant, the outside square bottoms referred to building blocks of sea ice. With this first igloo, I was trying to conjure feelings and thoughts of nurturing and safety in addition to putting a spin on a commonly recognized object.

With the second version of Igloo being on the water and not land, its meaning has changed. It has docked here to greet us, like a giant bubble on the water…


It worked in Paris for Manet and Cézanne. Now Philly has its own Salon des Refusés.
by Edith Newhall for the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Every year, large numbers of artists who submit works to the Woodmere Art Museum’s annual juried exhibition (now in its 78th iteration) are turned down, as they are from all juried shows. Suck it up, right? Not this year.

This time, the rejected ones have mounted a riposte. Artists Virginia Maksymowicz and Simone Spicer have organized a group show of artists who submitted works to the Woodmere annual over the last five years without acceptance…


Local artists ‘refuse to be refused!’: Rejected by Woodmere, they stage their own art exhibit.

By Barbara Sherf:
Every creative person who ever auditioned for a play or an orchestra or has painted, danced, authored a book, written poems, etc., has felt the sting of rejection, but two local artists are proving that sometimes good things can actually come out of rejection. The duo, Wyncote sculptor Simone Spicer and West Philadelphia artist Virginia Maksymowicz, recently received rejection letters from the juror of the Wooodmere Art Museum’s annual juried show, now on exhibit until Sept. 2…


Installation of “Bountiful Harvest” at Temple University‘s Tomlinson Theater

When it came time for Professor Marie Anne Chiment to design the set for Oklahoma! she looked directly to the source material to get her initial inspiration…

Studio Interview 2014

By Bob Finkelstein.


UnexpectedPhiladelphia Blog

Blog by, Dave Christopher & Kate Mellina: Featuring the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers and our 25th Anniversary Directory.

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Cold Hands, Warm Art.

December and a far-too-early blast of cold Canadian air. This shivering Observer believes that art can warm the cockles of our hearts, and when the weather outside is frightful, what can be more delightful, and heart warming, than giving, or receiving, a thoughtfully chosen piece of art work?…


Artist Panel at Flomenhaft Gallery NY, NY

Simone and other artist-activists and Gavin Schmidt, Head Climatologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Institute, reporting on climate change, and addressing how artists are handling our predicament.


Forth Wall Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Join Forth Wall Arts and the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours in celebrating the official launch of the 2011 Open Studio Tours season! Featuring performance artists, musicians, and original artwork of Simone Spicer and Darla Jackson, and a slideshow preview of all participating Studio Tour Artists…


Studio Interview by Zari Tarazona of BillyPenn Newsletter

Simone Spicer's "Trash Talk" piece of Donald Trump's head…