In case you missed it: It's cold out. Winter's here and one of the few ways to escape it is to bundle up and hit the art scene. Some of 2015's first selections of aesthetic views are detailed ahead.
Represented artists at Twenty-Two Gallery (236 S. 22nd St.) will display and sell their original artwork in media spanning photography, sculpture and more. The Winter Group Show opens with a reception on Friday, Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is available to view until Sunday, Feb. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Highlighting two centuries of displays of personal, political and racial expression, "Represent: 200 Years of African American Art," features work from Carrie Mae Weems, Horace Pippin, David Drake and more. The exhibition opens on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway) and runs until Sunday, April 5. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and until 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Fridays.
Stanzas from a children's nursery rhyme are represented through art from the Woodmere Art Museum's (9201 Germantown Ave.) permanent collection in "I Know an Old Lady." Artists like Helen Corson Hovenden, Daniel Miller and Leopold Seyffert will have work depicting portions of the song and corresponding furry friends like birds, cats, dogs and cows. The exhibit opens on Saturday, Jan. 10 and runs until Sunday, Mar. 1. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Global warming, climate change, rising sea levels -- all are terms that have been discussed frequently. Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss' photographs, vinyl prints and projected images highlight the ecological reality following 2005's Hurricane Katrina in the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the 2010 PB Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Southern Louisiana and 2012's Hurricane Sandy in Toms River, N.J. and Staten Island, N.Y. Opening Friday, Jan. 23 with an artist talk at 4:30 p.m. and a reception to follow, "Sea Change" is on view at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford) until Friday, March 6. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and until 8 p.m. on Wednesday) and weekends noon to 5 p.m.
Three solo exhibitions and a spring display comprise the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design's (1916 Race St.) upcoming show, opening at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. Be prepared to feel a little unsettled at "The Sky's Gone Out," works in film, music, video games, music videos, fashion and more that push the boundaries of reality. Mark C. Martinez, Cindy Stockton Moore and Sarah Gamble also present works. All exhibitions are available to view until Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.
See the community in action at a special two-day exhibition at the Jed Williams Gallery (615 Bainbridge St.). On Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25, selected works submitted by area artists will be on display and up for sale during the Bella Vista Resident Art Show. The show opens on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and families are invited to take a peek and create their own artwork from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
From the not-oft-seen parts of the art world come the group exhibition "Museum Studies," in which 12 artists' visions of museum functionality is on display at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art (601 E. Main St., Collegeville). Check it out from Thursday, Jan. 29 through Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends.