Another month, another new batch of eye candy. Here's just a sampling of the seemingly endless options of local art for you to feast your eyes on.
Inspiration comes from many places, but for Liz Finley and Patricia Moses, the southern coast of New Jersey was motivation enough for them to create oil paintings about the Shore. See "Coastal Compositions" every day until Sunday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocean City, N.J.'s Accent Gallery.
Artist Carolyn Cohen uses her work for social good. In "Oblivious," showing at Muse Gallery in Old City, Cohen attempts to give faces to "nameless, faceless and powerless" underprivileged children all over the world. The drawings and batik works are on view until Sunday, Aug. 31 from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
On view now until Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is "The Main Dish," highlighting kitchenware objects — like teapots, utensils and containers — that are organized into five "ideal housewife" categories: polished, efficient, organized/contained, decorative/entertaining, and clean/tidy. You can get artistically culinary Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seven resident fellows from around the world specializing in various disciplines from art to photojournalism have collaborated on building and growing each other's work. The transformative exhibit "allTURNatives Form + Spirit 2014" shows each fellow's work from before, during and after the residency at The Center for Art in Wood from now until Saturday, Oct. 25. The Old City gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Japanese culture and personal history are depicted by Fabric Workshop and Museum artist-in-residence Kazumi Tanaka's "Mother and Child Reunion," in which she uses wood, hair, metal, and Japanese fabrics in her sculptures, available now for viewing until Sunday, Nov. 9. The Center City museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Ladies, if you thought cosmetic sponges were only for makeup, then think again. Artist Margery Amdur creates colorful sculptures using cosmetic sponges that she cuts and arranges into wall constructions. "Abundance" will be shown until Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Wilmington, Del. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Stop by on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesdays and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.
Ithaca, N.Y. artist Jeremy Holmes makes his Philadelphia debut with an instillation using five types of North American hardwood. "Convergence," opening Wednesday, Aug. 6, features bent wood sculptures over a quarter mile long at URBN Center Annex's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sept. 22, when it'll then be open on Tuesdays as well. Keep Thursday, Sept. 25 on your radar when the artist will be hold a conversation about the work during a closing reception.