FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW SIGHT : A JURIED ART EXHIBITION to be held at SAVERY Gallery, the street level gallery space at 319 N. 11th Street, in the expanding Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

The exhibition will run from Friday, September 5th through October 18th, 2014, with an opening reception on Friday, September 5th from 6 to 9 PM.

Juried and Curated by internationally known visual artists Sarah McEneaney and Zoe Strauss, the show aims to shed light on the role of the arts in changing communities especially in urban environments, and supports the transformation of the Reading Viaduct/Rail Park.  

Sarah and Zoe selected a dynamic group of works which without directly referencing the Viaduct Rail Park, collectively speak to decay, re-birth and the materiality of the post industrial world and the personal neighborhoods that we live and work in.  Each piece expresses a sense of space and place through varying means such as construction of found objects, watercolor depictions of trash or sculptures honoring what was once discarded.  The show carries a message that beauty exists under our feet in places we have passed by many times, and have looked at before but have never really seen.  And the show also emphasizes the truth that artists have an essential role in our cities - being most often the ones to see this beauty in the worn and broken first, and to translate that message to the world through their work and the cultivation of their environments. 

Most of the artists represented in the show were new to the jurors; reinforcing the fact that the art community in Philadelphia is vital and continually growing.

NINE ARTISTS were chosen, including: Katie Dillon Low,  EJ Herczyk,  Michael Kuetemeyer, Joseph Opshinsky, Gerri Spilka, Sabina, Tichindeleanu, Dot Vile, Joan Wadleigh Curran, and Daniel Petraitis.

A portion of proceeds from sales of the work will go to benefit ‘Friends of the Rail Park’.

ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE RAIL PARK: THE RAIL PARK
Friends of the Rail Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to cultivate visions and advocate for a continuous three-mile linear park and recreation path in Philadelphia, connecting many neighborhoods and cultural institutions to Fairmount Park along the historic elevated Reading Viaduct and City Branch rail cut of the former Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.

ABOUT SAVERY GALLERY
This new street level creative space will open its doors to the public with the premier of the NEW SIGHT exhibition. Located in the same building as VOX Populi and others, the gallery, nurtured by Savery Design, sits directly across from Phase I of the Reading Viaduct in the middle of the Callowhill neighborhood.