Category Archives: Art

Liquid to Solid: Dennis Young

Dennis Young’s initial claim to fame came as the percussionist for the legendary early 80’s NYC band Liquid Liquid. Since the days of Liquid Liquid, Dennis has continued to actively record, releasing a number of solo projects and playing on various other recordings. He has also expanded his repertoire: over the past several years, Dennis has been moved to paint. There is a strong relationship between the music and art that Dennis creates. Both reply on spontaneity, rhythm, and textures. Images of tribal masks and abstract patterns both collide and mesh effortlessly in his body of work. is honored to showcase the following works that Dennis has shared with us, along with commentary in his own words:

Red Eyed Alien


“Red Eyed Alien”- I was watching one the many ghost reality shows on cable which made me think of doing this painting with the red eyes.





Tribal Mask




“Tribal Mask”- This is one of a series of tribal mask paintings that I have done. I love reading about the many ancient natives and tribes that lived many years ago.








“Maze”- I like blending different shapes & colors together and I wanted it to be very colorful and abstract. I am happy with the way it looks.



To see more of Dennis’s paintings or to contact him, visit We highly recommend you do.

Upcoming at CFEVA: Lewis Colburn, The Factory and After

Back in our early days when we were the monthly Philly ezine “The Drunken Mermaid” we met our friends from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) at an event hosted by Philadelphia Weekly. is now pleased to help promote The Factory and After, a Spotlight Exhibition by CFEVA Career Development Program Fellow Lewis Colburn.

The Long Journey copyright Lewis Colburn 2011

From the CFEVA press release:

“On view at CFEVA’s gallery, the exhibition opens on August 2nd and runs through September 7th. There will be an Artist Talk and a Reception on Thursday, August 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Gallery hours for this exhibition are Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and by appointment.

As a recent transplant to Philadelphia, Lewis Colburn now sees the city and his neighborhood shaping his work. Colburn’s new installation is drawn from the recently destroyed Thomas Buck factory in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. After having stood vacant for many years, the factory burned to the ground in April of 2012. This loss typifies the rapid changes in the area, with old brick buildings yielding to rapidly built pseudo-modern development.

Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lewis Colburn received degrees in studio art and Russian language from St. Olaf College. He completed his MFA in sculpture at Syracuse University, and has recently produced projects for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. He is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Spotlight Exhibitions feature CFEVA’s Career Development Program Fellows in two-person shows to highlight significant works in the second year of the fellowship.  Artists are selected for the two-year Career Development Program Fellowship by CFEVA’s renowned Board of Artistic Advisors.  While active in the program, the artists have opportunities to experience a full exhibition schedule, receive career counseling and mentorship, earn money from the sale of their work, teach in the community and participate in numerous professional development opportunities.  The program serves artists who live within 100 miles of Philadelphia, are not full-time students, and do not have gallery representation. The annual application deadline is November 1st.

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) dedicates itself to making art careers viable for those who choose them, helping emerging artists reach their audiences, and promoting interest and understanding of emerging visual art among citizens of the community.

The Center For Emerging Visual Artists, formerly Creative Artists Network, was founded in Philadelphia in 1983 to encourage the professional development and community involvement of emerging visual artists.  CFEVA now serves artists through three complementary programs: Career Development, Regional Community Arts, and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.

The Factory and After will be on view at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, located at 237 S. 18th Street, The Barclay, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.  Gallery hours are 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and by appointment. An Artist Talk and a Reception will take place on Thursday, August 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Please contact Claire Cossaboon for more information at or 215-546-7775 x 12.”

Exhibitions: Michele Kishita is pleased to present recent works from Philadelphia-based artist Michele Kishita.

Waves and Birds by Michele Kishita

From Michelle’s website:

“My most recent paintings are inspired by the serenity of Milton Avery’s ocean scenes and Katsushika Hokusai’s depictions of waterfalls and waves. I build up layers of acrylic paint and collage and then work through them with a hand sander to create a weathered or aged look, after which I juxtapose or intermingle silver, gold, or copper leaf, reminiscent of Japanese screens and scroll paintings. In each painting I strive to capture the memory and spirit of the landscape.”

Spring Thaw by Michele Kishita

Michele’s work will be on display at the LG Tripp Gallery in Philadelphia in July and at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT beginning in September. Michele will also be part of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour this October.

See our Events page for details and visit Michele at

New from Emily Sophia: Pin Up EMporium is happy to announce fan-favorite Emily Sophia has launched a new endeavor: “Pin Up EMporium” – a studio where ladies can be original, classic “Pin Up” style art! Emily Sophia provides the concepts, styling, make up and photography, then transforms the image using colored pencil and other techniques, so as to produce custom “Vargas-esque” images! Visit her on facebook, where you can see the dramatic before and after images. Here we have “By the Sea”: