222 West Harvey Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144
a juried exhibition of work by artist mothers
a juried exhibition
This exhibition celebrated the often overlooked and undervalued work of women who attempt to balance the responsibilities of being both an artist and a mother. The content, subject, materials, technique and process of the work deals directly and indirectly with what it means to be a mother. The goal of this exhibition was to identify and gather a community of working artists who are also mothers.
Jill Pederson, PhD
The juror, Jill Pederson, is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Arcadia University (and fellow mother). Dr. Pederson received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2008; she focuses on European art with an emphasis on Italian painting, sculpture, and graphic work from the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries.
This exhibition includes work by Nancy Sophy, Teresa Shields, Anaradha Bhat, Karen Misher, Carrie Cook and Kimberly Stemler, Stephanie Steiner.
by Kim Dean
Strong of Flinging
Her daily compromises are usually small, almost weightless.
Other days they are bigger
and she feels them change the shape of her body,
of her thoughts.
At first she carried them
but she has developed a skill for chucking them over her shoulder,
trying to stay nimble,
always stepping forward.
One day, years in the future,
in need of certain of those chunks of her flung behind,
she will turn
looking back on the ground
and find there
a thin trail
of tiny poems
leading shortly to a small mountain
and strong of flinging
She will climb the mountain.
The view from there will bring her great joy.
All her peaces.
And such a view.
she will compromise.
Trade one moment, one vision of herself for another.
She won’t know until years in the future
that this is the jagged edge on the mountain
where she will place her foot and begin her climb.
“Blackbird” draws on the rich history of Victorian mourning jewelry, and explores the moment when grief and joy, death and growth, hope and sadness all collide. When we mourn for what was never real and stand in awe for what is.
Pyrex, Rubber, Hair, Sterling Silver, Peridot
Ink, Acrylic, pencil on paper
20" x 18"
poppy seed oil, pastel on paper
9" x 13”
Single strands of embroidery floss wrapped around cotton cord, satin stitched to felted wool
fabric and mounted for hanging
4" x 4" x 1.5"
Ink and watercolor on paper
5.5" X 8.5"
oil on panel
by the river
hand colored etching
Crisis Farm Lab
Crisis Farm Lab takes a critical view of environmental issues, strives to start a conversation and enact change. Through my experience of creating a portable garden, I began an investigation into basic natural resources. Breaking down the structure of the average garden to its fundamental elements of seed, soil and water, I further discovered a system in decline due to the manipulations of large corporations and governments, climate change and lack of personal responsibility.
Crisis Farm Lab is both a warning and an encouragement. The sculptural installation expresses the limitations of these resources in a multi-layered system and invites the viewer to explore the subject in an interactive manner. By collecting a restricted quantity of each supply, my intention to clarify the plight of endangered resources, generate debate on our responsibilities to the natural world, and ultimately promote the initiative for the audience to start edible gardens of their own.
The Gray Gallery hosts small group exhibitions seasonally that focus on local and regional emerging artists. The inaugural exhibition, Longing, opened in September 2014.
The gallery is a 15'x15' room situated in a historic home built in the late 1800s in the West Central area of Germantown, Philadelphia.
The gallery space is adjacent to the owners art studio. You can find out about her work here:
All media and techniques are welcome for exhibition - site specific indoor/outdoor works, painting, photography, sculpture, fiber-related works, drawing, video, etc. To be considered for exhibition please send a website address or 10 jpegs, resume, artist statement to address below.
Open by appointment or as indicated.