For the last two years (as I'm sure you know), we've been working diligently to make MAAG a place where artists can learn, create, and grow together - a place where both art and community are fostered. Today, we stand closer to that goal than we've ever been before. Our doors our open, the gallery walls are up, and even our bathrooms are a reality!
During this exciting, transitional time, we've even managed to host numerous events: Exhibits, Dances, Breakfast Clubs, Markets, and most recently, Mural Arts Community Paint Days.
Yet, none of this would have even been possible without the encouragement and guidance of our dear friend, mentor, and avid photographer, Solomon Levy. A staple to the Northwest landscape, Sol resided in Mt. Airy for over four decades and had played a leading role in many community organizations such as Weavers Way, Habitat for Humanity, Mt. Airy Learning Tree, Project Learn and others.
As MAAG's Vice President and founding board member, Sol Levy was instrumental in making our dreams a reality. After all, it was Sol who discovered our incredible space here at 11 W. Mt. Airy Ave.—who saw past twenty-odd years of dust and envisioned a bustling center for the arts. When doors were closed to us, he opened them; when we got stressed, he reminded us that nothing worthwhile was ever easy. Sadly, Sol left us too soon; yet, his legacy will carry on forever through his memory and art.
So, join us for the opening reception and dedication of our permanent gallery, the Solomon Levy Gallery of Art, on Friday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery’s first exhibit, “Travels Through Life,” will feature Sol's work and will span his earliest landscapes through his most recent abstractions. Whether capturing the grand terrain of Europe or a few inches of cracking paint on a city door, no scene was too vast or insignificant for Sol’s lens. All work will be for sale.
Sol Levy’s “Travels Through Life” opens on April 27 and continues through May 20. Regular hours are: Thursday-Saturday, noon until 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon until 5 p.m. In addition, private appointments are available. For more information, visit www.mtairyartgarage.org or call 215-242-5074.
Come celebrate the legacy of Sol Levy’s retrospective photography. What better way to celebrate his life among so many friends and family than with the dedication of our new gallery. Join us!
Written by Melissa Hamilton.