Branching Out: New Art Exhibit at the Germantown Branch

The Lieberman Gallery of Allens Lane Art Center, located at the Germantown Branch at Settlement Music School, 6128 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA presents Branching Out, a group exhibition of artists who explore botanical structures in their work. Nancy Agati, Cynthia Back, Lyn Godley, Gina Michaels and Amie Potsic work with innovative printmaking techniques, collage, photography, mixed media and fiber optic drawing to contemplate the design and emotional possibilities inherent in plant structures and the botanical world.

Branching Out will be on view from January 8 – February 12, 2017 at the Lieberman Gallery of Allen’s Lane Art Center. The gallery will host an artist reception on Saturday, January 28 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM following a student recital, which will run from 2:00 to 3:00. All are welcome for both events.

Nancy Agati examines visual relationships and transformations found in nature. She is interested in elements from nature that communicate the passage of time and illustrate cyclical occurrences. She will exhibit drawings of natural matrix structures using ink, graphite, clay slip, handmade paint and polymer. www.nancyagati.com

Cynthia Back’s work is a meditation on fragility and change. Her focus ranges from microcosmic nature to cataclysmic world events. A master printmaker, Cynthia Back will show prints using grasses, tree trunks and seed pods as abstracted design elements. Techniques include woodcuts, reduction linocut, etching, aquatint, and chine collé. www.cynthiaback.com

Lyn Godley is an artist and lighting designer. Her work has crossed the borders of interiors, product, furniture, lighting and jewelry. She will exhibit drawings of cherry blossoms and fields of wheat that merge digital printing and pastel drawing with fiber optics. www.lyngodley.com

Gina Michaels is a sculptor and printmaker. Her works explores the structural and emotional relationship between humans and the botanical world. She will be showing botanical monotype prints created with plants from her Germantown garden. www.ginamichaels.com

Amie Potsic is a photographer and installation artist whose work addresses cultural, personal, and natural phenomena through the lens of social responsibility. Her Enchanted Forest series references the sensory experience of being within the forest while encouraging us to appreciate and preserve its future. www.amiepotsic.com

Allens Lane Art Center was founded in 1953 by an interracial group of Mt. Airy residents who were concerned about the dangers of increasing community tension. Most were parents of children attending local schools who felt that increasing access to the arts would be a way to bring people together as well as develop individual talents. "Living Together Through the Arts," a program of The Ford Foundation and the Henry Home & School Association, originally sponsored ALAC. It was formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization on June 29, 1953.

The Lieberman Gallery, part of the Lieberman Auditorium at the Germantown Branch of Settlement Music School was begun in 2013, a collaboration with Allens Lane Art Center to provide a satellite gallery space for emerging artists in Northwest Philadelphia. New exhibits are hung approximately every six weeks and artist receptions are held in conjunction with student recital programs so that artists and musicians have the opportunity to share their work with each other.

For more information, please contact Diane Connelly at diane@allenslane.org or 215-760-8650.

The artists of Branching Out. From left: Cynthia Beck, Nancy Agati, Lyn Godley (Top), Gina Michaels and Amie Potsic