Jan First July 12 - Aug 2, 2014 @ The iMPeRFeCT Gallery

Jan First

July 12 - August 2, 2014 Opening Reception Sat July 12 6-9
iMPeRFeCT Gallery
5601 Greene Street (Germantown)
Philadelphia, PA 19144
imperfectgallery.com

hours: Thru - Fri. 2-6pm Sat 12-6 pm

 

Gary Reed solo exhibition of his images of the Mummers Parade for July of 2014 at the iMPeRFeCT Gallery in Philadelphia.

For those who are not familiar with the term Mummer, the Merriam Webster defines a Mummer as one who goes merrymaking in disguise during festivals.

For over 100 years on New Years Day Philadelphia has held the oldest folk festival in the United States called The Mummers Parade.The parade's roots can be traced back to the mid-17th century, blending elements from African, Swedish, Finnish, Irish, English, German, and other European heritages, creating a day long New Year celebration. The parade is directly related to the Mummers Play tradition from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Local groups (usually called "New Years Associations") compete in four categories (comics, fancies, string bands, and fancy brigades). They spend the entire year raising funds and building elaborate costumes and moveable scenery for the one event.

 

To me the parade is a celebration of folks' creativity and the joys of being human. An opportunity to break out of the safe normalness of life and dance like no one is watching. It's an opportunity to express not just one's creative self but to express the pleasure and joys of everyday life.

At the age of 10 years I attended my first Mummers parade with my father. Just like any child I was fascinated by the costumes and activities of a parade. When my parent wasn't able to take me I would watch it on the local television station. My photographic interest in this event started while attending art school in Pittsburgh. I would head home over the holidays and attend the parade every year. Over the years I have created thousands of images of the parade. I have seen the good, bad and the ugly of the event. All in all these are images of real people being real.

I have been invited to show many of these images at the iMPeRFeCT gallery. All my images are printed and ready to be framed. My only problem: I need additional funding to finish the framing. I have two large showcase pieces that will cost me over a hundred dollars each to be mounted and framed for exhibiting.This a great opportunity for me to further my career as an independent documentary photographer / artist.

Thank you for your support! Gary Reed


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The Works of Gary Reed & Emily Burke

In April the work of artists Gary Reed and Emily Burke will be featured in an exhibition titled “Young And Young At Heart” at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center (MRAC), along with new work in various styles by members of the Manayunk-Roxborough Artists’ Co-Op. Both featured artists are residents of Philadelphia.In April the work of artists Gary Reed and Emily Burke will be featured in an exhibition titled “Young And Young At Heart” at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center (MRAC), along with new work in various styles by members of the Manayunk-Roxborough Artists’ Co-Op. Both featured artists are residents of Philadelphia. The opening reception for this show will be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014 between noon and 3:00 P.M. The public is invited to partake of light refreshments and meet the artists. MRAC is located at 419 Green Lane (rear), between Mitchell & Pechin Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19128. For more information about this exhibit and about MRAC in general, see http://mrartcenter.org/or call 215-482-3363.


 



Philadelphia Community Exhibition 2014

Philadelphia Community Exhibition 2014

I will have the pleasure of participating in this exhibition.

 My Street

My Street

3rd Street Gallery
58 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215. 625. 0993
Gallery Hours
Wed - Sunday
12 -5 pm

February 6 - March 2nd 2014

FIRST FRIDAY: 

February 7, 2014

5 - 9 pm

ARTIST RECEPTION: 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

1 - 3 pm

SNOW DATE 1-3 PM

Sunday, February 16, 2014

 

Four Corners Art Exhibit

ON THE GROUND: Four Corners Art Exhibition
presented by
 Flying KiteSmall But Mighty Arts Grant + Painted Bride Art Center
January 3 – February 16
First Friday Receptions: January 10 and
February 7 | 5-7pm.

Will showcase 20+ artists (Gary Reed) from Germantown, Mantua, Frankford in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey as we bring together artists and residents in these neighborhoods to celebrate creativity and innovation, which can serve as a catalyst for business and cultural development throughout our region, especially along its commercial corridors and across its neighborhoods.