Beautiful People of Manayunk:
Year ago our gallery was located in the Rittenhouse Square section of Phildadelphia. The gallery was called Art A La Carte back then, we changed it when we moved. We got tired of the phone ringing with mildy dense people asking us what were the specials on the menu that night! I kid you not! Now I know the gallery had the words A La Carte in it’s name but it got old really fast. The gallery was started by a dentist who wanted to give his wife somwhere to work during the day. Their relationship ended when he ran off with his dental hygenist! We bought it from him after under our management it started making money and he could no longer use it as a write off! Not exactly a page out of A Christmas Carol but a truestory non the less! I miss the eighties; people had money and generally spent it until it ran out! The photo up top is of a necklace by Paula Brooks. Her studio is called Alef Bet and we carried her originally when we were in centery city. Now that Orbit is ensconced firmly in Manayunk we decided to bring her work back. The necklace is sterling silver and 14 k gold and retails for around $35.00! It’s a sweet little piece and would make a great Chrismas gift for anyone . Stop by Orbit gallery and come see all of Paula’s pieces. We’re here late every night until Christmas and we’re still bringing in new things. In fact I have to jump off, Sarah Mosley had just arrived with a bag full of new jewelry which I’ll write about tomorrow.
Beautiful People of Manyunk:
We were visiting my local vet on Main Street ( Dr.Simpson) when I noticed my buddy (see picture) resting on a blanket. She was a stray left at Spring Garden and Clearfield to fend for herself. Nothing gives me more faith in the human condition and simaltaneoulsy says Christmas like some creep dumping his dog in North Philly ! So long story short Sandy and I rescued her. Scarlett is deaf so she doesn’t bark. She has the sweetest dispostion each day she gets little stronger and little nore brazen! Now her home is at the gallery; no more worries for my gal, she’s part of the inner circle! We’ll post more pictures and info as the season progresses
Beautiful People of Manayunk: I finally made contact with my long time friend George Ponzini. George is an artist who claims Keene New Hamphire as his home base. We met him at the cattle judging barn where the old AAC Springfield show used to be held. This was around 1984 and the AAC had moved it’s show from the charming town of Rhinebeck N.Y. to this crazy place in Springfield, Mass which the used for state fairs. Some of the artists wound up in this large barn where heffers and hoofers got blue ribbons for who knows what! . George uses undustrial types of glass that might be found in corporate lobbies. The safety glass he uses might come from a school’s front doors etc. He takes the glass and repurposes it as bowls, perfume bottles, candlesticks, tables and all kinds of wonderful lighting. At first Ponzini glass was very heavily attached to the design of the art deco movement. Recently however, George has been introducing color and more fanciful design it takes his vision to an entire new level. The images above are some of the funkiest Christmas ornaments I’ve ever seen and as always are exclusively available only at Orbit Gallery. Black Friday is over so forget about the synthetic sweaters for the rug rats; time to think about serious gifts for the special people in your life! You can see much more of George’s work at www.georgeponzini.com DDF
- 14k and Blue Topaz Pendant
Beautiful people of Manayunk. Just a quick update. This is a nice new pendant Suzanne Stone dropped off to the gallery this week. We’ve had Sue’s work since 1981 and she never fails to delight us with the new directions jewelry can take! Enjoy more info to follow later this week! We’re late for the bar, gotta go, it’s an alcohol emergency!
Beautiful people of Manayunk!
It’s been while since my last posting and there’s ton of stuff to catch up on First off Happy Thanksgiving to all the little art monsters out there. I hope everyone is well! Holidays always weird me out but it is great time to catch up with old freinds, crazy uncles and forgotten loves!
The next blog-in will be accompanied by photos and video images so stay tuned. A great young cat we met named Garett Elwood is going to help us with the leap into the 21st century
In the mean time it’s going to be my clever word play that paints the big picture for you!
First off we’re super excited to have Andrea Panico’s work in the gallery for the first time. Her work is based heavily on the building designs of several prominent Latin American architects. Great geometric forms in in her jewelry. In fact Andrea has great form in all departments! Her jewelry makes for an excellent gift for that someone special. Go to http://www.manayunk.com and sort under Orbit to see her work. I love ranting at young kids who come into the gallery. I tell them that when you buy something from Orbit it’s still there the next day unlike beer buzzes and cell phone calls! You actually own something unique and special after you fork over that hard earned cash!
OK, enough lecturing! As always we have an amazing array of Christmas ornaments at Orbit, all hand made and worth exploring! This of course is on top of the other cool stuff we brought in for the holidays, guaranteed to be different from all the chain store, mass produced monotony you’ve already OD’d on! We’ll be here every day until Chrsitmas and I’m thinking of bringing in mattresses to the gallery, it would just be easier! Happy Holidays and don’t forget to come visit us at 4312 Main Steet in Manayunk. We’ll be waiting…
Dateline: Manayunk Sunday March 21st
It’s 72 degees and the side walks on Main Street are jammed; nice people: young couples with technically advanced strollers, newly minted doe eyed lovers, little old biddies happpy they made it through another winter & just people of all ages soaking in a brief glimpse of summer.
This week briings new works by Suaznne Stone. Lost wax castings of silver rings, “chased” sterling silver pins and just a lot of cool designs. We will sell them out in the next six weeks so please stop by Orbit 4312 Main Street in Manayunk soon. We also have a line on a great painter who has a studio up near Stockton N.J. Sandy and I are going up to New Hope this week to visit his studio. I will reveal all when the deal is closed! While up there look for us at John and Peters or at The Logan Inn. Steve Geiger plays there every Wednesday Night and I hope he’ll be kind enough to let me jam with him! Nothing on this good earth like live blues, good food, cold beer and a beautiful woman.
Too nice a day to stay on line but if you’re in the neighborhood stop by any time. There are lots of great new pieces in the gallery and don’t forget we have 30 new pieces from Suzanne Stone one the great unsung artists of the Deleware Valley
Date line Manayunk:
For those out there who don’t me I serve on the Manayunk Development Copr Board of Directors. One of my duties is helpin toproduce the Manayunk Arts Festival.
With the help of Jane Lipton, Howard Mosely and Joan Deneberg we’ve set out to make it a first rate show again. This means no ” buy sell’, no bird houses, T-shirts or crafts using soda bottles, decals or styrafoam balls! Succinctly we want artists who are talented and do this professionally. My apologies to the dude last year selling wool hats from Peru. I’m just not buyin’ it that you made all three thousand hats you had in your booth!
We’ve received close to 450 applications and the competition is very intense lot sof cool work!
I think people forget that Manayunk took off in the early eighties partly as a refuge for artists, musicians, students architects and a vast array of social pioneers looking for nice place to live. So there is long traditon of supporting the arts. We need to keep that tradition and remember to run the show not just as a venue for making money but as an event that reflects tha artistic spirit of Manayunk and show case all the wonderful artists drawn to this area. Some of the applicants were from as far away as Alabama!
We jury next week and will be posting who is exhibiting on http://www.manayunk.com
So, it’s Saturday and the sun is shining go out there and enjoy it because you know it never lasts!