Art in the Dark

The Raven Lounge, irrevocably associated with Edgar Allan Poe and his famous poem, already has a firm footing in the creative world. Most recently, with the addition of “Art in the Dark,” the Raven will now provide a monthly bastion for visual artists.

Founded by Niki Bombshell, a Philadelphia artist upset by the system of exclusion she felt was taking over art galleries and venues, “Art in the Dark” aims to provide a space for local artists free of charge. Every First Thursday at 9 pm, participating artists gather at the Raven to display their work to the accompaniment of drink specials and a DJ. Every few months, an additional show is held at Bob and Barbara’s Lounge.

This month will feature two “Art in the Dark” shows. The first will be held at Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street, on August 2 at 9 pm. The second will take place on August 5 at the Raven, 1718 Sansom Street, also at 9 pm.

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony where human-made structures and nature intersect. Her paintings are strongly influenced by the graphic stylizations and compressed spaces of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Kishita’s paintings are in a number of private/corporate collections, including Toyota, Capital One, and Kaiser Permanente. She has participated in artist residencies in New Mexico, Russia, and Iceland and exhibited at the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates and the Museum of Non-Conformist Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. She holds a BFA and MFA from the University of the Arts.
Michele C. Kishita
Michele C. Kishita

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently…

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony…

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based painter who strives to conjure the landscape that no longer exists but is inherently contained in each of her panels. She investigates the visual contrast and harmony where human-made…

Chris Paxson
Chris Paxson
Ross Carlisle is an Ohio-born, Philadelphia-based artist, illustrator, and painter. Using everything from the human figure to large swathes of color, his work explores opposing forces both actual and imagined.
Ross Carlisle
Ross Carlisle

Ross Carlisle is an Ohio-born, Philadelphia-based artist, illustrator, and painter. Using everything from the human figure…

Ross Carlisle is an Ohio-born, Philadelphia-based artist, illustrator, and painter. Using everything from the human figure to large swathes of color, his work explores opposing forces both actual and imagined.…

Ross Carlisle is an Ohio-born, Philadelphia-based artist, illustrator, and painter. Using everything from the human figure to large swathes of color, his work explores opposing forces both actual and imagined. …

By enabling the viewer to experience the emotional reality of the subjects Deborah Caiola paints, she attempts to challenge assumptions and mainstream beliefs, and celebrate that which unites us as humans.
Deborah Caiola
Deborah Caiola

By enabling the viewer to experience the emotional reality of the subjects Deborah Caiola paints, she attempts to challenge…

By enabling the viewer to experience the emotional reality of the subjects Deborah Caiola paints, she attempts to challenge assumptions and mainstream beliefs, and celebrate that which unites us as humans.…

By enabling the viewer to experience the emotional reality of the subjects Deborah Caiola paints, she attempts to challenge assumptions and mainstream beliefs, and celebrate that which unites us as humans.…

Gillian Pokalo is an artist from the Philadelphia area, whose original, architecture-inspired mono prints employ combinations of fine art printmaking and mixed media techniques with her silk screen photography of abandoned and forgotten buildings.
Gillian Pokalo
Gillian Pokalo

Gillian Pokalo is an artist from the Philadelphia area, whose original, architecture-inspired mono prints employ combinations…

Gillian Pokalo is an artist from the Philadelphia area, whose original, architecture-inspired mono prints employ combinations of fine art printmaking and mixed media techniques with her silk screen photography…

Gillian Pokalo is an artist from the Philadelphia area, whose original, architecture-inspired mono prints employ combinations of fine art printmaking and mixed media techniques with her silk screen photography of abandoned…

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