Friday, December 4, 2009

Winter Hours


The gallery will be operating By Appointment Only for the duration of December. Please email to arrange a visit.

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Artists Without Borders

Updated 10:00 AM EST, Fri, Dec 4, 2009

Elena Drozdove

"Borders," an exhibition featuring three international artists opens at the James Oliver Gallery on Saturday with a reception from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. All three of the critically acclaimed artists will be in attendance.

The exhibit features Mark Khaisman (Ukraine), who creates captivating pieces from brown packing tape, Elena Drozdova (Russia) acrylic paintings and the abstract paintings of Eric Hall (England), a former Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art student.

The "Borders" reception is free. The exhibit runs until January 10, 2010.

First Published: Dec 4, 2009 9:48 AM EST

Philadelphia Magazine | Borders

From Philadelphia Magazine:

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Monday, November 30, 2009


Artists without Borders

James Oliver Gallery (JOG) is honored to present "Borders", featuring critically acclaimed artist Mark Khaisman of Ukraine, Elena Drozdova of Russia and Eric Hall of England. "Borders" opens Saturday, December 5th with a reception with the artists from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The exhibit runs through January 10, 2010.

Mark Khaisman, born in Kiev, Ukraine, creates captivating works from brown packing tape layered to create depth and opacity over Plexiglas light boxes. His work has been featured in The London Times, CNN (London), Wired Magazine, Architectural Design, and he was recently featured as a "must watch" artist by Philadelphia Magazine. His work has been exhibited across the United States, including Chicago, Baltimore, Delaware and Utah. He has received various awards and recognitions in Bulgaria, Poland, Paris and the United States.

Elena Drozdova, born in Moscow, Russia, uses acrylic paint on Yupo paper (a synthetic, water resistant material) to produce works reminiscent of French Impressionist painter Édouard Manet meeting Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele. Her portraiture is inspired in part by subjects who "have no means to communicate their experiences to outsiders." Her work has been shown in Moscow, Düsseldorf, Tokyo, Brussels and Venice. In 2003 she received an award in the World Trade Center Memorial Competition in NY.

Born in Liverpool, England, Eric Hall folded his experience in advertising into a career as a painter. Traditionally trained at the Corcoran School of Art and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Hall has recently shifted styles to reflect a more painterly, abstract form inspired by color and light. His work has been exhibited regularly at the Woodmere Art Museum and the Cheltenham Center for the Arts.

Please join James Oliver Gallery and curator Veronica Scarpellino in celebrating this international event. A reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, December 5th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, and is free and open to the public.

For further details and images of works on display, please see the posts below or call JOG at 215.923.1242. High resolution images are available upon request.

Mark Khaisman in "Borders"

All images by Mark Khaisman. Packing tape on Plexiglas light boxes, 48" x 36".

Elena Drozdova in "Borders"

All works by Elena Drozdova. Acrylic on Yupo paper, 11" x 14"

Eric Hall in "Borders"

All images by Eric Hall. Oil on Canvas.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

TRANSPLANT Reception Photos

A warm thank you to all who attended our reception for TRANSPLANT on Saturday night. In the pouring rain, no less. We had a wonderful time.

Thank you to Victory Brewing for the beverages, and to missingElement for the photos!

Friday, October 23, 2009

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Update: Now on the front page of Around Town ...

NBC Philadelphia | Transplant

NBC Philadelphia
A Change of Art: JOG Opening Saturday
Updated 3:21 PM EDT, Fri, Oct 23, 2009

Art fans in Philly have something to look forward to this weekend from the James Oliver Gallery. Their newest exhibit, Transplant, opens Saturday Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Transplant features painter Ron Johnson and sculptor Steven Earl Weber. The paintings and the sculptures are inspired by the shadows of nature and genetically engineered human organs. Weber will also display sculptures that were previously censored from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Enjoy beer, wine and light fare as you peruse the exhibit.

The gallery is located on the fourth floor of 723 Chestnut Street. The exhibit will run until November 21. For more information, check out the gallery website

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

TRANSPLANT | Thrillist Philadelphia

Thrillist Philadelphia
The List
Hump This

Organ-ize: Transplant
Sat, Oct 24, 6-9pm at James Oliver Gallery: 723 Chestnut St; 4th Fl (above Morimoto); 215.923.1242

Hit JOG Saturday evening to throw back comp'd vino and Victory suds as you marvel at Ron Johnson's paintings (which draw inspiration from photographs of shadows) and the sculpture work of Steven Earl Weber, including a series of anatomically correct ceramic human organs slapped with appropriate/cynical branding, like the Nike-swoosh-emblazoned heart on a swatch of AstroTurf dubbed "The Athlete With The Most Heart", "Marlboro Lungs", and another heart dangling from a gold chain, draped in signature Burberry plaid you'll deem "The Shopper With The Most Credit Cards".

Read the rest of the Thrillist Philadelphia List here.

Censored Work on Display

Back in 2008, the Art Institute in Philadelphia censored an artist in an exhibit about gun violence. The artist, Steven Earl Weber, will exhibit the censored work for the first time since, at James Oliver Gallery.

A reception with Steven Earl Weber and painter Ron Johnson is on Saturday, October 24th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and is free and open to the public.

Thanks to Victory Brewing for beverages!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Discussion Panel for Artists

1099s: What You Don’t Know Could Cost You!

What Individual Artists and Small Companies Need to Know about Taxes and the Law when Engaging Contractors and Hiring Employees

Designed especially for small companies and individual artists.

If you conduct business in the United States you are responsible to know the law.

Goals: to know when to ask questions and seek expert advice, to learn about employer/employee status, 1099s, payroll, contracts, and to build a knowledge base for the arts community

Monday Oct 26, 2009 4:30-6:30pm

Location: The Live Arts Festival Office 919 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Registration strongly recommended. Space limited.

To register call 215-922-5970 or email admin@danceusaphiladelphia with your name, organization (if applicable) and phone.

Sponsored by Dance/USA Philadelphia in partnership with White Box Theatre


Michelle Burkhardt, Dance USA, lawyer, consultant

Cindy Bortman, Tax Lawyer

Bruce Newman, Unemployment Compensation Board, Referee

Richard Swartz, Lawyer, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Sebastienne Mundheim, White Box Theatre

Amy Smith, Headlong Dance Theatre


4:30- 4:35 Sebastienne Mundheim: Welcome, Story/Goals, Introduction Panelists.

4:35-4:45: Richard Swartz/ Bruce Newman: Criteria for Classification, Short history/explanation about why these definitions exist and how they serve people.

4:45-4:55 Michelle Burkhardt: New York Dance Companies: Case Study.

4:55 -5:10 Amy Smith/ Michelle Burkhardt Choosing status of your relationships. Pros and Cons. Tax returns and City of Philadelphia Business Licensing. How might decision making change contingent on your status: incorporated non-profit, unincorporated entity, individual artist?

5:10-5:25 Richard Swartz/Michelle Burkhardt Contracts and legal compliance.

5:25-5:45 Amy Smith Payroll and 501(c)(3) Federal and state unemployment and workers comp issues.

5:45-6:00 Bruce Newman Federal and state unemployment and workers comp issues.

6:00-6:05 Mundheim collects written questions for the panel to answer.

6:05-6:30 Q and A responses

6:30-7:00 People invited to remain for 30 minutes.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Raffle: $10 per ticket

James Oliver "Stamina (Birth)" 2007
36" x 48" Oil on Canvas
Retail: $2,200

Own a James Oliver painting for only $10

In celebration of James Oliver Gallery opening a second location in Sebastopol, CA, James Oliver has donated the painting seen above, "Stamina (Birth)", for raffle.

From now through the end of our current exhibit TRANSPLANT, we will be selling raffle tickets for $10.00 each. On November 21th we will randomly draw a winner.

To purchase raffle tickets, please send a check to James Oliver Gallery or call with your credit card number. The painting is on exhibit now, so you are also welcome to come by.

There is no limit to how many times you may enter. Good Luck!

To buy tickets, please call us at 215.923.1242 or email You may also write a check to James Oliver Gallery and mail to 723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.