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Coffee Break: Artist Talks | Connections – Paula Mandel and Nancy Loev
June 8 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Our Coffee Break series pairs coffee and bagels with an artist talk. Learn more about the exhibiting artists’ process and technique through a talk and Q&A in our gallery with the artists themselves.
Artists: Paula Mandel and Nancy Loev
Paula Mandel: For at least 5000 years humans of all cultures have felt compelled to create and play with toys. Archeologists’ findings have confirmed our collective need to produce miniature representations of ourselves and objects, and manipulate them manually and in our imaginations.
As a child, my few toys provided me with an entrée to my imagination. I used these characters and objects to help me re-enact, understand and integrate my experiences and fantasies. They also served as vehicles to assist my exploration of new ideas. In a previous life as a practicing Play Therapist I continued to explore the mystical, magical power imbued in toys, utilizing their inherent characteristics to assist in the understanding of the subconscious.
My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to once again immerse myself in toys, this time with a more mature twist. As I refer to my most sacred toys, universal images are evoked. There is a compelling irony as I create symbolic toys, which ask to be touched and manipulated, from glass, an extremely fragile material. Well-worn artifacts from the past which are often perceived as useless to our current society are recycled and integrated with the glass giving them renewed purpose. As we interact tentatively with these objects they take us back to our most early memories while connecting us to other cultures and eras.
Nancy Loev: I work in wood, bronze, epoxy and cement. I received a BS ED from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from Arcadia University. I studied at Tyler College of Art/Temple University and Moore College of Art. For many years I worked with a Master Sculptor/Carver and continued to hone my woodworking skills with several fine furniture craftsmen. I then opened my own studio at The Mill in Manayunk.
I was a founding member of Artforms Gallery in Manayunk. I have had solo shows at the Hahn Gallery in Chestnut Hill, the James Hunt Barker Gallery in Nantucket, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Artforms Gallery. My work has been included in numerous group shows in Philadelphia and the surrounding area such as the Rosenfeld Gallery, Marion Locks Gallery, Michener Museum and Woodmere Museum. In addition, my work has been exhibited in Boston, Pittsburgh, Kennebunkport, Me, Jackson, Wy and St. Michaels, Md. My work is in many private and corporate collections.
This artist is exhibiting as part of Connections, on view from April 25 – June 8.
Comprised of former members of the ArtForms Gallery in Manayunk (1992-2005), this exhibition celebrates the connections that these female artists have formed over the years as Philadelphia-based creators.
Our Coffee Breaks are sponsored in part by the Jenkinstown Lyceum