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OPENING RECEPTION Sat April 10th ! Fluid Beauty | Reflections and Expressions | Steve Cleff | Solo Exhibit April 3, 2010

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Fluid Beauty: Reflections and Expressions | Steve Cleff | Solo Exhibit
Opening Reception Saturday April 10th 2010

7-11pm
Amberella Gallery
@ the piazza
1050 N Hancock St #62
Philadelphia PA 19123

Steve Cleff | Artist’s Statement
My work is about the fluid beauty of the balance between chaos and order, of the transition from thought to reality, of seeing things in a new light.

The show is comprised of two series of paintings and a collection of various pieces…
Reflections |this series is inspired by the album Lateralus, by the band Tool, as well as the influences on that album of alchemy, philosophy, and personal evolution. It’s about looking inward to connect with oneself – to be able to connect to the outer world.

Expressions |this series is a response to reading John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” in art school. Berger states that the “ideal” spectator is always assumed to be male and the image of the woman is designed to flatter him. I never liked that idea. This is my attempt at making paintings about who women are. These images are meant not to be literal portraits of the models, but elemental ideas representing the ethereal inner beauty of confident, feminine women. The work exists to create an experience where the women who view my art recognize their own innate strength and beauty in what they see.

Steve Cleff | Artist’s Bio
Steve Cleff was born in Philly and loves it so much he moved back after he and his wife Tricia lived in paradise (aka Hawaii). Steve has a BFA from Syracuse and synesthesia which means he sees color when he hears sounds. He co-directs the Philly branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-art School with Tricia and Steve looks forward to teaching their young son Patrick how to draw outside the lines

Contact | Amber Lynn | Missamberella@gmail.com |

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SAVE THE DATE APRIL 10th!! March 20, 2010

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S A V E       T H E       D A T E!
Fluid Beauty: Reflections and Expressions | Steve Cleff | Solo Exhibit
Opening Reception Saturday April 10th 2010
7-11pm
Amberella Gallery
@ the piazza
1050 N Hancock St #62
Philadelphia PA 19123

Steve Cleff | Artist’s Statement
My work is about the fluid beauty of the balance between chaos and order, of the transition from thought to reality, of seeing things in a new light.

The show is comprised of two series of paintings and a collection of various pieces…
Reflections |this series is inspired by the album Lateralus, by the band Tool, as well as the influences on that album of alchemy, philosophy, and personal evolution. It’s about looking inward to connect with oneself – to be able to connect to the outer world.

Expressions |this series is a response to reading John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” in art school. Berger states that the “ideal” spectator is always assumed to be male and the image of the woman is designed to flatter him. I never liked that idea. This is my attempt at making paintings about who women are. These images are meant not to be literal portraits of the models, but elemental ideas representing the ethereal inner beauty of confident, feminine women. The work exists to create an experience where the women who view my art recognize their own innate strength and beauty in what they see.

Steve Cleff | Artist’s Bio
Steve Cleff was born in Philly and loves it so much he moved back after he and his wife Tricia lived in paradise (aka Hawaii). Steve has a BFA from Syracuse and synesthesia which means he sees color when he hears sounds. He co-directs the Philly branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-art School with Tricia and Steve looks forward to teaching their young son Patrick how to draw outside the lines


Contact | Amber Lynn | Missamberella@gmail.com |

PHOTOS from My Humps opening ! xo March 19, 2010

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Here are a few photos from Artist Heather Jo Wingate’s opening reception for her solo show “My Humps”!

above | artist heather jo | she’s pretty amazing. ❤

THIS SATURDAY MARCH 13th opening reception! March 8, 2010

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“My Humps”  | A solo exhibit by artist Heather Jo Wingate
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY MARCH 13th 2010

7-11pm

Artist Statement | Heather Jo Wingate

I’ve always been interested in seduction.  It isn’t just the straight-forward sexual or physical seduction, but the kind of seduction that makes you question what you want and why you do things.  I like the way a picture can seduce a viewer, the way water seduces the paint and the way I’m seduced by color.

In these paintings, I’ve clearly been seduced by flesh.  I like the color of flesh.  I love to paint flesh.  It’s a challenge to try to interpret the softness of the skin or the plasticity of the forms with a medium like watercolor.  The water wants to do its own thing and I like that.  I don’t fight with the watercolor and try to control it too much.  I respect its rebellious nature.

I never question my instincts until after a painting is started.  So what if I want to paint barbie legs or a hot pink bra or a man’s bulge or a naked woman?  I don’t care.  I paint what I’m attracted to.  I paint what I’m obsessed with. If I’m honest in my painting, then the work will always be a reflection of myself.  The work will have continuity.

Heather Jo Wingate | Biography

Born in 1981 in suburban Philadelphia, Heather Jo Wingate studied painting at The University of the Arts after suffering through a very stifling experience at a local Catholic High School.  At the University of the Arts, Heather Jo was awarded the Larry Day Memorial award and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society award to a promising young artist.  She has a BFA in Drawing and an MA in some other shit.  Heather Jo has been exhibiting her work since 2001 at local galleries, boutiques and cafes like the Padlock Gallery, The Blackfloor Gallery, Chapterhouse Cafe and now Amberella.  Heather Jo works in Arts Administration and she designs jewelry and underwear.  In her free time, Heather Jo likes to plant things, travel, and watch jeopardy.  She has a really old cat, a really hot husband, and an awesome family- all of which have been a great inspiration to her.

SAVE THE DATE! Sat MARCH 13th! March 5, 2010

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I am so thrilled that artist heather jo wingate is having a solo exhibit at amberella!  She is sharing her HUMPS with the world… as she presents a new body of work.  I am convinced that Heather Jo is a master of watercolor.  EEEEEEEEEEP!! I am so excited,… I mean yeah, she has been my BFF since the 80’s or 90’s … uhhhh. how old are we? I forget,..but she’s one of my true loves in life and just so happens to be an incredible artist.  So yeah. SAVE THE DATE!  Her opening reception is next SATURDAY MARCH 13th from 7-11pm!

…formal press release to come 🙂

xoxoxo amber lynn !

art of the dayssssss.. from current show! February 27, 2010

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Hello all 🙂 ❤

sorry that I have been out of the mix lately!…. with that being said I will share a FEW pieces by artist STEPHANIE KAO that are still available from the current show KONNICHI-WOW !

"Kalos", ink, acrylic, & collage on bristol, 11 x 14, behind glass in black frame, artist | Stephanie Kao, $135

"jelly bolero", pen and ink on bristol, 5x7, behind glass framed in black, Artist | Stephanie Kao, $50

"how many licks?", pen and ink on bristol, 5x7, behind glass framed in black, Artist | Stephanie Kao, $50

xox,

amber lynn

GROUP HEART SHOW at JINXED/THE TOOTHLESS CAT SAT FEB 13th 6pm February 12, 2010

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Also! At  JInxed/The Toothless Cat Opening Saturday night from 6-10pm is the GROUP HEART SHOW!!!  “Custom hearts for your valentine from over 100 artists.   The biggest group show of the year.  Featuring an impressive line-up of artists, this year promises to bring you all the amazingness of previous shows with the excitement of it being in a new location within the Piazza.”


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

<3 SAVE THE DATE!!! SAT FEB 13th <3 February 1, 2010

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The much anticipated exhibition of Stephanie Kao and Travis Heck approaches!

Save The Date and more info to come !! ❤    SAT FEB 13th OPENING 7-11pm @ Amberella Gallery! ❤

SEE BELOW SOME SNEEK PEEKS….. !!!!!!!!! ❤

Pluckin A’ Hooray Performing at Bill Sands Opening Hooplah January 11, 2010

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I wish that Pluckin A’ Hooray were in the gallery every day!!! WHAT A TREAT!

❤ ❤