The Art of Performance

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To see a catalog for the art included in “The Art of Performance,” click here:

The Art of Performance Catalog

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts…” —As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII, by William Shakespeare.

A ballet dancer flits across the stage, while backstage, each performer waits for her cue.  At a theater, the actors run lines in their dressing rooms and prepare their costumes.  A storyteller in Australia passes down the stories of his ancestors around the fire.  On a film set, the directors and crew work together to capture the nuances of the actors’ emotions and create a story.  There is not one of us who has not been touched by the performing arts; whether by being part of it, or enjoying the stories and experiences that they produce.

The Art of Performance was an event that celebrates both the visual arts, and the performing arts.  We will have a curated art exhibition of paintings that relate to the performing arts, and also a special 35 minute performance by actors from the Actor’s Lab drawing from material that deals with themes of visual arts. To find out more about the Actor’s Lab, click here.  In this unique exchange we honor and give vibrance to both art forms.

There was  light refreshments for guests, and the event was free and open to the public!

The Art of Performance art exhibition was be held at the Actor’s Lab at 110 West Lancaster Ave, #150, Wayne, PA 19087 on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 6 to 9pm.  The performance by Actor’s Lab students began at 8pm.  For the curated art exhibition, all artwork that deals with the performing arts such as dance, theater, film, spoken word, miming, or more, was considered.

Curator for this exhibition is gallery director, Jessica Libor.  Jessica received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in 2014 and has been painting, exhibiting and curating since then.

EXHIBITION DATE: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

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The Art of Performance Catalog

Enchanted Woodlands

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There is a wild mystery to the woodlands.  The interlacing canopy of trees, tall trunks like columns, untamed growth of the forest floor, and all the animals that find shelter there make it a magical place where anything can happen.  In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he fills the woods with all manner of creatures, fairies, and enchantments, that the humans in the story become a part of.  In Roald Dahl’s The Minpins,  the forest represents an overwhelming world of majestic trees, where little people live in the trees and have tiny roads by connecting branches.  In C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, there is a castle made of ice that lies in the heart of a frozen forest, where the White Witch keeps a spell over Narnia whereby it is always winter.  Forests and glades have always served as inspiration for writers and artists to create a world of mystery and enchantment–the woodlands are challenging and untamed, a place where anything can happen.

Enchanted Woodlands exhibition was  held at the Mill Studios at 123 Leverington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA from 6 to 9pm on Friday, December 7th, 2018.

 

February 2018–Small Beauties

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It’s the little things in life that matter the most sometimes…and in this case, the little art! Guests and artists joined us in either location in Philadelphia or New York for a show that celebrated the small and the beautiful. Jewel-like masterpieces made in traditional media were curated into a beautiful selection of work by contemporary artists as they share their vision with us.  Curated by Jessica Libor.
To see a full catalog of the work included click here: Small Beauties show catalog
This show will traveled and was shown in Philadelphia and NYC.
Show dates:
1. February 23, 2018, at the Cynywd Club at 332 Trevor Lane, Bala Cynwyd, PA, from 6 to 9pm. This event was free for Cynwyd Club members and participating artists. All other guests paid a small entry fee to join the party.
2. Sunday, Feburary 25th for a one night showing in New York City at Con Artist Collective, 119 Ludlow Street, New York, NY.  This event was free and open to the public.
Artists represented in the exhibition were:
Antonietta Kies
Arthur Haywood
Bryan Guglielmi
Brad Carmichael
Catarina Mantero
Caterine Sanchez
Crescent Seo
David Zeggert
Erin Paulson
Ekaterina Popova
Gabriel Echaveste
Helen Uger
Hilary McCarthy
Jessica Libor
Jingyi Wang
Justin Brooks
Kelsey Scharf

Kathryn E. Noska
Lynn Snyder
Lucas Bononi
Marria Nakhoda
Michele Libor
Michelle Haberl
Nathan Durnin
Pam Goldman
Phyllis Gorsen
Richard Buchanan
Saskia Huitema
Stuart Snoddy

Below are images from the two exhibitions!

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Once Upon a Dream

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“Once Upon a Dream” exhibition was held on November 10, 2017 at The Mill Artist Studios at 123 Leverington Avenue in Philadelphia, PA from 6 to 9pm.  This show was a celebration of legends, fairy tales, and imaginative folklore.

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Featuring Artists:
Madeline Weibel
Lee Manis
Jed Williams
Justin Brooks
Emily Rodgers
Antonietta Kies
Catarina Mantero
Kevin Martini-Fuller
Kristina Ellura
Christina Kemp
Ericka Jefferies
Gina Altadonna
Zihan He
Michele Libor
Alayne Abrahams
Daniel Boyer
Kala Hagopian
Gabrielle Chapman
Haleigh Keen
Jessica Libor
Sue Watson
Richard Buchanan

To view the show catalog, click the link below.

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Stargarden

Stargarden background3Stargarden exhibition was hosted by The DaVinci Alliance on September 1, 2017 from 6 to 9:30pm, and included the artwork of 23 artists from various parts of the nation.  The artists were: Antonietta Kies, Phyllis Gorsen, Jessica Libor, Jingyi Wang, Richard Buchanan, Cassandra Bacon, Lindsay Rapp, Ting Ting Hsu, Caterine Sanchez, Nathan Durnin, Gabrielle Chapman, Haleigh Keen, Bryan Guglielmi, Julianna Wells, Karen Lowry, Erin Paulson, Alayne Abrahams, Charissa Schulze, Daniel Boyer, Marshall Jones, Bryant Girsch, Greg Fisher, and Bryan DeProspero.

The artwork was primarily 2 dimensional, although one sculpture was present: a fascinating pinhole-inspired tableau.  The work all displayed a continuity in keeping with the ideas of stars, celestial movements, moonlit gardens, and the growth of earthly things contrasted with the eternal shimmer of the heavens.

The evening’s entertainment was provided by Seth Aaron Jones and Christy Irizarry, a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter performing duo.  A starry, festive photo booth proved the perfect opportunity for visitors, collectors, and artists to pose and take a souvenir Polaroid home.  Below are selected works from the show.  To view the complete exhibition catalog, click STARGARDEN Era Contemporary catalog.

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April 7 Exhibition: Spring Crush

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This curated collection of art by contemporary artists from Philadelphia and New York opened on April 9th from 5 to 8pm at 855 Waverly Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA.  This exhibition included a stunning display of talent from over 15 artists with unique and compelling paintings, to create a magical vision celebrating Springtime.  Cocktails and light bites provided. The work was featured the halls of a gorgeous Main Line mansion.

The exhibition was hanging until May 12th.  Below, is a selection of the beautiful works included in the exhibition.   If you are interested in receiving a complete exhibition catalog, please email eracontemporary@gmail.com.  Some works are still available.

Light, oil on canvas, by Antonietta Kies, 18x24 inches
Light, oil on canvas, by Antonietta Kies, 18×24 inches, $750
Greenery, by Gail Kolflat, hand painted intaglio print-watercolor and pencil, 22x17 inches
Greenery, by Gail Kolflat, hand painted intaglio print-watercolor and pencil, 22×17 inches, $500
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Cherry Blossoms, watercolor and gouache, framed, 26×36″, by Gail Kolflat, $800
Patches of Red and Green, by Clarissa Touche, oil, 24x36 inches
Patches of Red and Green, by Clarissa Wong, oil on canvas, 24×36″, $5,500
Rachel Sard, TheFishofAlcazarIII
“The Fish of Alcazar III,” by Rachel Sard, oil on canvas, 30″x40″, $2,800
Dissolution, 60x30
Dissolution, by Bryan DeProspero, oil on panel, 59×30″, unframed, $1,350
Efflorescence, 60x30
Efflorescence, by Bryan DeProspero, oil on panel, 55×29″, unframed, $1,350
Lapochka, 33x33 oil on panel by Bryan Deprospero
Lapochka, oil on panel, 35×35″, framed, $1,100
Swim, 20x24
Swim, by Bryan DeProspero, oil on panel, 20×24″, unframed, $500
Sunshine Freedom, by Cait Clements, mixed media, 12x12
Sunshine Freedom, by Cait Clements, fabric previously buried underground, grandma’s quilting scraps, oil paint, cut paper, and shell on canvas.
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Walter, by Richard Buchanan, oil on wood panel, 12×12″, $950
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Study for Oil Composition 10, by Livia Mosanu, oil on shellacked Arches watercolor paper, 14×17″, framed, $450
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Ocean Composition 9 (Resurrection), oil on shellacked Arches watercolor paper, 28.5″x43″, framed, $2,000
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Private Exchange, by Brad Carmichael, oil and mixed media on canvas, $1,100

 

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Thompson Street, by Amina Kerimova, oil on panel, 18×24 inches, $1,100

Our Story

Era Contemporary is a pop-up art gallery founded by Jessica Libor in 2016 based in Philadelphia that focuses on creating immersive, imaginative, artistic events.  The themed events are held in unique locations such as mansions, country clubs, stores or warehouses and usually include elements of music, fashion or theater.  Era Contemporary primarily showcases 2 dimensional artwork by living artists who display a unique vision and a focus on magical realism.

An important value for us is giving back, and for many of our shows we donate a portion of art sales to charity.

We always love looking at artist’s work with a vision to be a part of our developing show schedule for 2020.  If you are an artist interested in consideration or a company interested in hosting an exhibition, please email gallery director Jessica Libor at eracontemporary@gmail.com.

About the director:

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Jessica Libor, photographed by Joe Hindman.

 

Jessica Libor is an artist and curator who has studied at the Florence Academy of Art, the Grand Central Atelier and received her Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2014.  She exhibits her work nationally and has been featured on PBS, WHYY, and whose work has appeared in the pages of Beautiful Bizarre, American Art Collector, Create Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philly Voice, and more.  For more on Jessica, visit www.jessicalibor.com.

 

Passport to Paradise

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Passport to Paradise: February 28, 2017.  The exhibit featured over 50 artworks from fabulous painters, printmakers, and photographers with a unique vision of their travels around the world. It was held at the Cynwyd Club at 332 Trevor Lane, Bala Cynwyd, PA in the ballroom on Tuesday, February 28th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary light bites, and a tour of the world through the eyes of the artists. Thanks to Antonietta Kies for her mesmerizing painting,”Edge of,” which appears in the image. We had a fabulous turnout and grand time celebrating the creations of these artists, who submitted their work from  Philadelphia, New York, and California.  A exhibition catalog is available upon request.

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Winterscapes

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Winterscapes: December 22, 2016 at Lord and Taylor, King of Prussia, PA.  This was our first exhibition.  Featuring work by Evan Harrington, Antonietta Kies, Cassia Abbott, Jessica Libor, Kala Hagopian, and Marshall Jones.