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BRIEF: Gallery51 offers 'As I See It' and 'The Power of Blue'

July 25, 2014

The Philadelphia Inquirer



July 26--Beauty in the grit gives way to mood indigo at Gallery51 next week.

As I See It, an exhibition of oil paintings by local artist Christopher Windle that looks at Philadelphia from unusual angles -- the backs and sides of houses, the hidden space underneath a bridge -- comes down on Wednesday.

It will be followed by The Power of Blue. This exhibit of indigo-dyed textiles from the West African nation of Mali will be on display beginning Friday and runs through Aug. 31 at Gallery51, 51 N. Second St., Philadelphia.

"All the pieces are hand-loomed, hand-dyed, and assembled by hand," gallery owner Craig Wallen said in an e-mail. "There is a mix of new and vintage pieces. Most if not all of the pieces were made to be used as clothing (wraps, shawls, or scarves) and all were made by women."

Gallery51 focuses on antique textile art and oriental rugs, as well as the work of contemporary artists. In addition to Windle's paintings, recent exhibitions have displayed the work of tapestry artist Alan Magee, Korean fiber artist Bo Young Moon, photographer Peggy Feerick, and artist Jane Steinsnyder.

Information: www.gallery51net, 215-413-3191.

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