Art for the Cash Poor 2019 Honoree: Meryl Levitz

Art for the Cash Poor Kickoff Event is around the corner–May 30th to be exact! If you didn’t know already, supporting InLiquid with your ticket purchase to the Art for the Cash Poor Kickoff means you will be further enabling InLiquid’s work of making the visual arts of Philadelphia accessible. We are working to break the creation of art, the enjoyment of art, and the collecting of art out of the cast of being “high-brow” or “elite,” and in other words, inaccessible and hidden.

Visit Philadelphia enables and helps mobilize InLiquid and spaces like InLiquid and makes visible and showcases all of the otherwise unknown gems Philadelphia has to offer. For this 20th Installment of Art for the Cash Poor, we will be honoring Meryl Levitz, the Founding President and former CEO of Visit Philadelphia and her profound impact on activating arts and culture in the city of Philadelphia over the past four decades. A Philly transplant, Levitz moved to Philadelphia from Chicago in 1976 and noticed that all the wonderful things Philadelphia had to offer were not being noticed or appreciated by outsiders, like herself. She tasked herself with correcting that mistake; Levitz wanted to and to succeeded in, making Philadelphia known and a place people want to visit. In 2017 Philadelphia welcomed 43.3 million U.S. visitors and made $11.5 billion in economic impact. Visit Philadelphia serves as a platform to share and highlight everything going on in Philadelphia besides the Liberty Bell, the Philly cheesesteak, and Rocky Balboa, although they’re all noteworthy.

Visit Philadelphia broadens the community InLiquid is working to build. Visit Philadelphia, led by Meryl Levitz, set the example and the standard for other organizations and businesses trying to showcase their talents and making that information accessible to all. We thank Visit Philadelphia for making sure Philly is seen, appreciated, and celebrated. Please join us in celebrating, acknowledging, and making visible the woman behind it all, Meryl Levitz.

Join us on May 30th at our AFTCP Kickoff! 
Linda Celestian’s colorful paintings and sculptures are abstract interpretations of natural elements with the intention of bringing the power and beauty of nature inside. Working in partnership with the laws of nature she allows paint run and puddle. Her manipulations of materials imitate natural occurrences such as the sky, ice, decay, water, and patterns created by wind and rain. Celestian’s work are based on observations from the ocean to the smallest fungus growths found on dead trees. The emphasis on fluidity and natural markings brings a fresh and earthy quality to the work. She enjoys exploring natural techniques to sculpt her fiber creations, including nuno felting, shibori dyeing, and rust dyeing. Silk has been her preferred material because of its diaphanous qualities. Small sculptures are stitched to linen circles like specimens and can be installed as collections. Larger components are suspended to create variable aerial compositions. These pieces can command a space while concurrently feeling weightless and free-floating.
Linda Celestian

Linda Celestian’s colorful paintings and sculptures are abstract interpretations of natural elements with the intention of…

Linda Celestian’s colorful paintings and sculptures are abstract interpretations of natural elements with the intention of bringing the power and beauty of nature inside. Working in partnership with the…

Linda Celestian’s colorful paintings and sculptures are abstract interpretations of natural elements with the intention of bringing the power and beauty of nature inside. Working in partnership with the laws of nature she…

Wendee enjoys using symbolism, juxtaposition, and irony to create a narrative in her art. She compares & contrasts the identities of women in her work.
Wendee Yudis

Wendee enjoys using symbolism, juxtaposition, and irony to create a narrative in her art. She compares & contrasts the identities…

Wendee enjoys using symbolism, juxtaposition, and irony to create a narrative in her art. She compares & contrasts the identities of women in her work.…

Wendee enjoys using symbolism, juxtaposition, and irony to create a narrative in her art. She compares & contrasts the identities of women in her work.…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.
Jack Knight

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.…

Zoë Lukas received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and divides her time between paintings and cakes.
Zoë Lukas

Zoë Lukas received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and divides her time between paintings and cakes.…

Zoë Lukas received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and divides her time between paintings and cakes.…

Zoë Lukas received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and divides her time between paintings and cakes.…

My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to re-immerse myself in the world of toys, this time with a more mature twist. As I refer to my most sacred toys, I try to evoke universal images. There is a compelling irony as I create symbolic toys, which ask to be touched and manipulated, from glass, an extremely fragile material. I manipulate glass, recycle and integrate it with well-worn artifacts from the past, which are often perceived as useless in today's culture. This gives discarded items renewed purpose. As we interact tentatively with these objects they take us back to our most early memories while connecting us to other societies and eras.
Paula Mandel

My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to re-immerse myself in the world of toys, this time with a more mature…

My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to re-immerse myself in the world of toys, this time with a more mature twist. As I refer to my most sacred toys, I try to evoke universal images.…

My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to re-immerse myself in the world of toys, this time with a more mature twist. As I refer to my most sacred toys, I try to evoke universal images. There is a compelling…

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