The Time Is Yours

An exhibition curated by Don Bell 

September 3 - 26, 2021

@ Cherry Street Pier
121 N. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia 19106

Opening Reception: September 10th, 6-8pm
Closing Reception: September 25th, 7-9pm

The Time is Yours is a photographic time capsule that uses portraiture to examine what is, was, and is yet to come. Personal, political, socioeconomic history and more have led each of us to where we are: a protestor kneeling in prayer in front of a raging fire; a woman in front of a church angelically raising her arms towards the heavens. All moments are connected to the past. A collection of photographers spanning the globe from Pennsylvania to India offered an interpretation of this concept while documenting one of our most valuable natural resources: people. This exhibition is part of the 20/20 Photo Festival in Philadelphia which follows the theme History Informs Contemporary.   

Cherry Street Pier Open Hours
Monday – Thursday, 12 pm – 10 pm
Friday, 12 pm – 11 pm
Saturday, 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday, 11 am – 10 pm

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SUMMERHOUSE

June 19 - August 21, 2021

HOT•BED Gallery

732 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor

Philadelphia PA, 19106

 

SUMMERHOUSE is an open call exhibition curated around the idea of escapism. Featuring 58 contemporary artists working in sculpture, painting, photography and mixed media, curator Bryan Hoffman invites visitors who seek a distraction from daily life to engage in a fantasy. After a year of upheaval and transformational cultural shifts, this artistic oasis is designed to let people take a beat, reconnect and prepare to emerge into a new world.

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PPAC Members' Exhibition

July 8 - August 14, 2021

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

1400 N. American Street, Suite 103

Philadelphia PA, 19122

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is proud to reopen our gallery doors with the 2021 Members' Exhibition. This year, 102 members submitted to the show, making it our largest members’ show to date. Please join the celebration of our talented community at the opening reception on July 15, 5 - 8 pm.

Enjoy the opening of the Members' Exhibition during a special indoor/ outdoor event in PPAC’s gallery and outside on N. American St. Refreshments will be served outdoors, including Mister Softee ice cream and beer provided by Yards Brewing.

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In the Commons

April 2 - May 2, 2021

Cherry Street Pier Gallery

Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is proud to present In the Commons, an exhibition featuring photographs by 26 PPAC members at the Cherry Street Pier Gallery in April 2 ­– May 2, 2021. The opening reception at Cherry Street Pier is Saturday, April 10 2021, 2­–4 PM EST.  

In the Commons refers to the resources that belong to all of us, and so must be cared for by all of us. The commons can be our natural resources like air, oceans, parks, or our social creations like libraries, museums, public spaces, scientific research, artistic works and cultural heritage. PPAC welcomes a broad range of interpretations of this theme. In the Commons will consider the things we all have a stake in – to steward and protect, then hand to the next generation to do the same.

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Unharnessed

Sponsored by Patron Tequila and Teeling Whiskey

April 2019

Philly Art Collective Gallery

253 N 3rd St, Old City, Philadelphia, PA 19106

After years of exhibiting as a photographer, I decided to break the mold and debut another form of visual art. Unharnessed is an exhibit steeped in the empowering decision to free yourself from the rigors of daily restrictions.

 

The series features drawings of people and figures with the use of pencil, charcoal and chalk. The technique used employs bold, uninhibited strokes with loosely defined starting and ending points that reflect the limitless possibilities of coloring outside the lines.

Lululemon Fishtown, Philadelphia, Guest Exhibitor

 

March 2019

A month-long exhibit featuring various works including street, portraiture and fine art photography. 

Life in Progress

December 2014

World Wide Mind Gallery

1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd, 

Venice Beach, CA 90291

 

From the cobblestone streets of Brooklyn to the eclectic shorelines of Venice Beach, Life in Progress is a solo exhibit featuring photographs shot from coast to coast and beyond during a 3-year period from 2012 to 2014.

 

The exhibit features street photography and focuses on extracting the extraordinary from the ordinary in our daily routines. Life in Progress was displayed at World Wide Mind Gallery in one of the most vibrant and artistic enclaves in America - Venice Beach, CA. 

Cinematic Streets

March 2013

Opening Reception March 2nd 7-10pm

Official Sponsor Remy Martin VSOP

ArtsCenter South Florida, Studio 201

810 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

 

The moment a sun shower strikes and you scurry for cover. The moment you pause and bathe in a fading sun.

 

Cinematic Streets is a colorful series that captures the stirring motion and dramatic stillness of the streets. It examines the occurrence when the usual becomes unique. Each photograph was taken spontaneously while strolling through London, New York and beyond.

 

The series was on display in one of the most culturally rich, vibrant and energetic cities in the world - Miami Beach, FL. Few cities smile wider, dance harder, strut cooler or savor art more than the 3-0-5.

Portraits of Wisdom

June 4 - July 13, 2012

100 Pearl Street Gallery

Hartford, CT  

 

Portraits of Wisdom is a photographic study of the enlightenment of the human spirit.

 

Throughout the course of several months, I stopped mostly strangers on the streets of various Northeast cities and simply asked: "What have you learned?"

 

It turns out you don't have to be Socrates or Plato to provide a sage and insightful perspective on life. The greatest philosophers we have are teachers, accountants, security guards, painters, retirees and waitresses; they're White, Black, Asian, Hispanic and more. The possibilities are endless.

 

In Portraits, I connect people's life lessons with a candid portrait, providing a rare glimpse into their souls.