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KONNICHI-WOW OPENING RECEPTION THIS SAT FEB 13th 7-11pm! February 11, 2010

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KONNICHI – WOW”
An Exhibition by Stephanie Kao & Travis Heck
February 13th through March 9th 2010

Opening Reception:
Saturday February 13th 2010
7-11pm

Stephanie Kao | Artist Statement
Each of my drawings offers a suspended glimpse into a flamboyant and mildly disturbed playground that I have erected. Strange, enigmatic characters invite you to partake in their uncertain adventures of youth, indulgence, and oddity… ones that you may very well later regret. These characters are offshoots of me; they are the only grandchildren I am prepared to give to my expectant mother.

Travis Heck| Artist Statement
When I was young and bored with no license, I would amuse myself by concocting ways to distress my mother. This intuitive impulse to upset her with motorcycles, sophomoric late nights, and inappropriate girlfriends has extended into my work. This is to say, I enjoy exploring subject matter my peers have slowly and lovingly explained to me is crass.
My paintings are infused with irresponsible materiality, quasi-psychedelic color, and directional light. Fields of color and bulging vertical pyramids recur in each painting. They allude to a history or a story that exists not only in the making of each painting, but by understanding that each experience is unique and meaningful. My paintings are painted over, covered with collage, and reduced to a blank, unapologetic surface before I can make sense of each experience. I liberate myself from the hegemony of rules in painting by allowing a personal, spiritual, and witty take on the anonymity of geometrical forms.

Stephanie Kao | Artist Biography
Stephanie Kao is a Philadelphia native and self-taught illustrator. She receieved her BA in Advertising from Temple University and is now a second year fashion student at the Moore College of Art and Design. Stephanie freelances as a calligrapher, henna artist, and events photographer; she is also collaborating on a line of handmade decorative porcelain ware with ceramicist Robert Siegel.

Travis Heck | Artist Biography
Travis Heck received his BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Miami University in 2005 and his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.

www.stephaniekao.com

DAILY CANDY SAYS….. SEE MO! December 4, 2009

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The Weekend Guide…. What to do this weekend.

Special LASER MO SHOW opening reception poster! November 28, 2009

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Fiona’s Fairys Costumes Daily Candy Review! <3 October 28, 2009

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Net Worth

Fiona’s Fairys Costumes

When it comes to finding a Halloween costume for your little princess, you’ve been known to go the extra yard.

This year, stop by Amberella Gallery and treat her to a sweet confection by local designer Karen Clarke.

Scoop up a ready-made tutu (she’s got a few in the gallery’s signature rosy hues) or go the custom route: Tell her the color and style and she’ll stitch one in no time.

Simple tanks and layers of tulle (lined with soft tricot to stave off itchiness) are embellished with beads, ribbons, and flowers. And since Clarke lives just steps away, popping in for a quick fitting is a cinch.

It’s sure to measure up.
Available at Amberella Gallery, The Piazza at Schmidts,1050 North Hancock Street, suite 62 (610-238-5669 oramberellagallery.wordpress.com). To see styles, go tofionasfairys.com.

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fiona's fairys

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fiona's fairys

photograph by dawn walsh

 

fiona's fairys

photograph by dawn walsh

fiona's fairys

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!!! Get Excited !!! September 25, 2009

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“SOUGHT”

Solo Exhibition : Jesse Beamesderfer

October 2, 2009 through October 31, 2009

Opening Reception

Friday, October 2, 2009 6-9pm

Amberella Gallery is pleased to present to you new work by Jesse Beamesderfer. A few months after a debut near sold-out show, Beamesderfer returns with “SOUGHT”, a show focusing on Obsession, Compulsion, and Collection. Focused this time on exploiting the warping of reality through extensive fascination with a singular ideal or subject, the series reflects a pop art graphicness without room for peripheral senses.

Jesse Beamesderfer

Jesse Beamesderfer’s heart and soul lies somewhere on the outskirts

of this reality and a few inches a plane away. It is from that space

that he can observe reality and safely make art without leaving a

footprint capable of interrupting the flow of natural existence. His

art, in return, reflects a reality that is usually only glimpsed for a

few seconds, made true in that moment, and then turned away from as

its original truth returns. Although reinventing work regularly, his

recent series depicts pieces of The Fashion Industry, a culture

Beamesderfer truly lives outside of, with a narrow but true sense of

its reality.

Previously, Beamesderfer has worked on pieces reflecting religion as

propaganda, strange noises as shamanism, and the feeling of complete

loss of hope as strength. His current projects include writing an

Artist’s Bio. Future plans include themes such as the internet as a

blueprint for the future, language as a form of communication, and the

state of Louisiana as a can of beets.

Beamesderfer grew up in south eastern Pennsylvania where he spent

most of the time watching 90’s television, walking on back roads until

getting lost and hitchhiking home, and constantly re-designing the

attic. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in

2005 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. In 2007 he moved to Philadelphia

where he resides today. You can find him selling high-end craft beer

in Northern Liberties or in his studio in Kensington trying to find

his pen.

The Outlook Beamesderfer has in the creative process perhaps is not

unique, rather a path to defining art or even perception in general.

On the other hand, it could quite possibly be a downfall as life may

become increasingly disconnected through this application. For this

reason, Beamesderfer is looking into Buddhism.

Artist Contact: assaultwithbatteries@gmail.com Blog: jbeamesderfer.blogspot.com

AMBERELLA July 25, 2009

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AMBERELLA GALLERY ANNOUNCES!!! ……

epic birthdayopening celebration

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Amberella Sugary & Sweet Gallery & Boutique

1050 North Hancock Street, The Piazza Suite 62

Philadelphia PA 19123

contact: amber lynn 610.283.5669

“EPIC BIRTHDAY”

Solo Exhibition: Photographer Ken Penn

K E N C R E D I B L E

August 15, 2009 through September 15, 2009

Opening Celebration:

Saturday, August 15, 2009  8-11pm

JOIN US FOR BIRTHDAY CAKE, MUSIC, PINK DRINKS, BALLOONS, $1 COTTON CANDY, & SURPRISES! (There is word of a birthday cake moon bounce… shhhh!)

AFTER PARTY @ PYT LOUNGE

Amberella …sugary & sweet… Gallery & Boutique is pleased to present to you the delicious work of photographer Ken Penn… otherwise known as KENCREDIBLE!  The Solo Exhibition, “EPIC BIRTHDAY”, opens August 15th, 2009 from 8-11pm to celebrate, most appropriately, the photographers actual birthday and show opening!  With fashion photography being a strong focus of his work, Penn has worked with a long list of independent designers and models around the United States, Canada and Europe, and is currently in the process of establishing a name for himself within the high fashion industry.   He has developed an avant-garde flair in his work. Whether it is ironic conceptual contrasts to haunting dramatic light, Ken hopes to invoke thought or emotion with every image.  The solo exhibition, “Epic Birthday”, showcases a collection of Penns photographs that are saturated with color and emotion.  The smorgasbord of truly “EPIC” fashion driven photographs are sure to delight.

Established in May 2009, Amberella Sugary & Sweet Gallery and Boutique was born out of Amber Lynn’s desire to sprinkle fairy dust, cotton candy and glittering jewels through dramatic and ultra feminine monthly art shows. The gallery serves to expose local, upcoming artists as well as established and emerging artists from across the country. Committed to showing work that challenges and illuminates the notions of womanhood vs. girlhood and modern fairytales, the gallery serves as a space for exploration and delight.  The owner can often be found singing songs from Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ as she hand rolls ghostly cotton candy that resembles the delicate pink wigs of old ladies. C.E.O. Miss Pinky Polka Dots, Amber’s cute as a button Boston Terrier is always underfoot with a silky bow tied around her neck. Always available are the newest jewelry lines by L.A. designer Tarina Tarantino and handmade jewelry by Tai Starr.

KEN PENN

Ken Penn’s photographic work began while attending high school in Richmond, VA — a city on the James River with a rich art scene and history. It was the late 80’s and Penn’s original subjects were the punk rock bands emerging in the Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and Richmond area. After high school, Penn attended the Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Art Foundation, which has repeatedly been ranked the #1 public university school of arts and design in the country by U.S. News & World Report.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and continued to cultivate his interest in photography during his time at VCU.

Penn’s experience ranges from well known non-profit organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (where he was adorned the nickname “Kencredible”) to multimillion dollar household brands such as Circuit City Stores, Inc.  Always eager to try something new, Penn has never been afraid to take on any task, and in 2007 he photographed the Senior PGA Golf Tournament held on Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.  His subjects range from fashion to fine art to entertainment, with a strong emphasis on fashion.

With fashion photography being a strong focus of his work, Penn has worked with a long list of independent designers and models around the United States, Canada and Europe, and is currently in the process of establishing a name for himself within the high fashion industry.

Ken is considered an artist by those who know him. He has developed an avant-garde flair in his work. Whether it is ironic conceptual contrasts to haunting dramatic light, Ken hopes to invoke thought or emotion with every image.

Specializing in bringing you the “epic” shot you have been waiting for, Ken Penn is pushing boundaries.

Penn was born in Lynchburg, VA. in 1972 and currently resides in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, PA. He works out of his North East Philadelphia Studio, Studio 5 South, located at 3237 Amber Street.

Contact info: Kencredible.com

kencrediblebooking@gmail.com

215.900.1443