Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
A longtime subscriber of Kolaj Magazine, Annie Stone started Philadelphia CollageWorks after having been inspired by an article about another collage group that met regularly in New Orleans. Taking that inspiration and running with it, Stone reached out to several art organizations in Philadelphia and invited collage artists to join her for the group’s first meeting in honor of World Collage Day 2019, which resulted in 23 founding members.
The purpose of Philadelphia CollageWorks is to promote collage as a unique art form through participation in the creation of, the study of, appreciation for, and support of, collage, assemblage and related mixed-media art. Membership provides resources for personal creative growth through monthly meetings, workshops, critiques, sharing of ideas and techniques, educational programs, instructional workshops, participation in art exhibits, conferences and retreats.
Many of the group’s members are also members of InLiquid and/or Da Vinci Art Alliance local non-profit art organizations seeking to connect artists and create opportunities within the community. Members of these organizations include, Sandra Benhaim, Deena Flanagan, Catherine Gontarek, Colleen Hammond, John Pron, Wendy Raskas-Greenberg, Arlene Solomon, and Annie Stone.
To become involved, anyone who collages that is relatively local to Philadelphia can join the group by contacting Stone.
Members post on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #philadelphiacollageworks.
Philadelphia CollageWorks meets regularly, either online or in person, depending on circumstances. Attendance ranges from 10-17 members, where they work on collage, discuss techniques, share experience, knowledge, ideas about collage, visit member’s studios, and how they can grow and move forward, both personally and as a group.
The group also works on projects with specific themes, such as their single-color small collages that eventually took the form for their “Rainbow Show” representing the LGBTQ flag of Philadelphia that included over 500 collages.