Friday, 08 May 2015 6:00 PM
Philadelphia’s four seasons as seen through the lenses of Philadelphia photographers Vickie Feldman and Brian Gerstel will be displayed at Uncommon Events Gallery, 2441 Aspen St., Philadelphia, May 8 through June 7. The show opens Friday, May 8 with a reception from 6:00-9:00 pm [with my homemade chocolate chip cookies!], and will also be on view Saturdays and Sundays 2:00-5:00 pm through June 7. Admission is free, and for information call 215-687-2825.
Ms. Feldman began focusing on photography in 1987, and in 1994 sold her first photo enlargement. That same year she was a winner in the Fairmount Park Calendar photo contest. Mr. Gerstel entered her life a year later and by 2000 the husband-and-wife team had transformed a creative “hobby” into a licensed business called Panache Photos. They produce images of Philadelphia in a variety of formats, including prints, greeting cards, ceramic mugs, coasters, magnets, ceramic tiles, and other items. Feldman and Gerstel dubbed their “cottage industry” Panache Photos because they both have a fondness for Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac. In this play, the title character—a swashbuckler whose large nose is more than matched by his impressive personality, wit, and poetic talent—prides himself on the white plume of his hat. This plume, or panache in French, represents his purity, flair, and style. Feldman and Gerstel associate these qualities with their photography, and they use an image of Cyrano in their logo.
Ms. Feldman and Mr. Gerstel strive “to give the viewer a ‘you-are-there’ perspective” and to depict “a slightly different way of looking at Philly.” Most importantly, they hope “to make people notice the lovely sites in our city that they may pass every day with hardly a glance.”
What: Exhibit of photographs, cards, coffee mugs, and ceramic tiles by Vickie Feldman and Brian Gerstel
Where: Uncommon Events Gallery, 2441 Aspen St., Philadelphia (Fairmount)
When: Opening reception May 8 at 6-9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2-5 through June 7