Free Concert & Talk: Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line, Sat., Nov.7, 1pm

Free Concert & Talk: Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line Saturday, November 7th at 1:00pm Open to the Public (Books Available for Signing)  "A groundbreaking artist and one of the all-time greatest performers of authentic, old-time music." Please join us for a free concert with Hugh Campbell and David Reed, members of Ola Belle Reed’s family, celebrating the release of Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line, a two-CD/book from Dust-to-Digital. A presentation on the two-CD/ book will precede the concert, featuring authors: Henry Glassie, College Professor Emeritus of Folklore, Indiana University Clifford R. Murphy, NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Douglas Dowling Peach, Indiana University Click Above to Hear "Undone In Sorrow" By Ola Belle Reed, Jun 17, 1976 Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line is the first in-depth look at the life of Ola Belle Reed, a groundbreaking artist and one of the all-time greatest performers of authentic, old-time music. Born to a musical family in the mountains of Ashe County, North Carolina, in 1913, Reed became a prolific songwriter and performer, known for her unique style of banjo playing and singing. Reed inspired many musicians throughout her life, [...]

2020-01-07T13:17:54-05:00October 7th, 2015|Retail Store|

Tibetan Monks Create Sand Mandala at Material Culture, May 2-3

WE INVITE THE PUBLIC TO JOIN US THIS WEEKEND On Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 11am - 5pm For the Creation of a Sand Mandala of the Medicine Buddha By the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery, India, For the Healing of the World & Specifically Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal Please Note: Material Culture will Donate a Portion of all Sales this Weekend to Relief Efforts in Nepal! Free, Open to the Public, Unlimited Free Parking, Children Welcome

2020-01-07T13:17:51-05:00April 27th, 2015|Store News|

Tibetan Cultural Celebration and Performance at Material Culture, Saturday, April 11

Please Join Us For A Very Special Cultural Celebration and Performance Of Traditional Tibetan Dance, Lively Debate, Chanting, Prayer and Meditation By the Tibetan Buddhist Monks Of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India Saturday, April 11, 2PM, FREE Everyone Welcome, Bring Kids! PERFORMANCE PROGRAM: WELCOMING HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA AND OFFERING OF MANDALA. According to Tibetan custom, if His Holiness in not physically present, his holy portrait is displayed to symbolize that he is nevertheless the Chief Guest at the function or gatherings. At the same time, one offers all that one values in the Universe by reciting prayers, and visualizing that one is offering these to the guru or lama. TASHI SHOLPA (Good Luck Dance). Tashi Shoelpa is the oldest opera company in Tibet. This dance originally appeared in a dream of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645 and was performed during the enthronement ceremony of Fifth Dalai Lama. The performer wearing the white-beard mask represents Saint Thantong Gyalpo, the founder of Lhamo/Tibetan opera, who reputedly lived for 140 years and also symbolizes long life and good health. Lhamo/opera conveys the teachings of Lord Buddha through historical reenactment. The purpose of this very dance is to bring good luck and good omens specially to inaugurate [...]

2020-01-07T13:17:51-05:00March 23rd, 2015|Retail Store, Store News|

Promoting Peace Through Art

Material Culture Presents: The Afghan Peace Rug Project For the past 30 years, Afghan war rugs have been highly valued and internationally collected as pieces of modern folk art. These rugs, woven by Afghan village artisans since 1979 following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, depict images of the wars and conflict that have been a trademark of this country for the past three decades. In an effort to both revitalize the Afghan economy and reshape its image from one of war to one of peace, Material Culture has partnered with a group of village rug producers in Afghanistan to launch the Peace Rug Project. Working with the same village artisans who have been weaving images of tanks, guns and hand grenades for years, the Peace Rug Project has challenged these artisans to leave behind this imagery and weave instead images of peace. Small, folk-art sized wool carpets using natural dyes and depicting images of flowers, birds, animals, village life, and all manner of personal expression, have begun to emerge from Afghan villages and Material Culture is proud to bring them to the international market. This series of unique, one of a kind rugs, each depicting the weaver's vision of the peaceful [...]

2020-01-07T13:16:05-05:00December 10th, 2014|Retail Store, Store News|

The Peacebomb Collection at Material Culture

The Peacebomb collection by ARTICLE 22, a jewelry line designed from weapons of mass destruction, is now on sale at Material Culture and will be featured in our "Give Peace" for the Holidays event on December 14th ARTICLE 22 has been recognized by global consumers and press as pioneering the transformation of weapons to jewelry and, more generally, the tangible value of transformation through fashion. Driven dually by design and development, ARTICLE 22 cultivates the untapped talents of artisans in forgotten or off-the-beaten-track places, promoting entrepreneurship and community development. ARTICLE 22 designs beautiful and meaningful collections that tell unknown stories and give back. PEACEBOMB, the first collection, is jewelry made from Vietnam War era bombs by Laotian artisans. ARTICLE 22 seeks to embody a new luxury that intimately relates our objects and ideas. As appropriate, additional giveback benefits a broader cause. For PEACEBOMB, each bracelet sold demines 3m2 of bomb littered land. The collections are composed of modern artifacts with a distinct hand feel. They are designed for those concerned by authenticity and quality, those curious to discover. Article 22 “I Love Peace” bangles are currently featured in the “My Favorite Things”  holiday gift promotion giveaway to 10 lucky winners, sponsored by the Philadelphia Daily News (click for details) [...]

2020-01-07T13:17:50-05:00December 3rd, 2014|Retail Store, Store News|

Exhibition: Currency and Costume in Pre-Colonial Africa, November 22, 2014 – February 28, 2015

Exhibition, November 22nd-February 28th, 2015 Selections from the Isabella de la Houssaye and David Crane Collection The population of Africa is one of the most diverse in the world with more than 3000 distinct ethnic groups and over 2100 spoken languages. Prior to colonization, each of these ethnic groups had distinct customs and artistic traditions that were reflected in both their costume and currency. Although these ethnic groups are now organized into "countries" and many have adopted western dress and traditions, to truly understand the political and cultural history of Africa you have to have some understanding of the different ethnic groups that populate these countries. This exhibition attempts to illustrate visually through items of traditional costume and currency the differences and similarities among many of these African ethnic groups. It examines how artistic and cultural traditions informed the costume and currency of the different tribes while also exploring what the costume and currency communicated about the people who wore/used it. Prior to trade with the Europeans, traditional costume was made primarily from materials at hand—leather from animals, hand-woven textiles, textiles made from natural fibers, feathers and seeds, and objects fabricated from metals. The use of beads to make and [...]

2020-01-07T13:17:50-05:00November 16th, 2014|Store News|

Exhibition: Artists From the Center for Creative Works

A variety of work by artists from the Center for Creative Works, including paintings, drawings, ceramics and mixed media pieces, are featured at an exhibition and sale in our mezzanine gallery. Exhibition and Sale: Now through November 2nd, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25th, 1-3 pm About Center for Creative Works Clyde Henry "Friends" The Center for Creative Works is a progressive art and design studio in Wynnewood PA. CCW provides guidance in materials and techniques to adults with developmental disabilities. Professional artists work to encourage participants to build portfolios, exhibit and sell their work. CCW promotes their work through our website, exhibitions, and other venues. A participant can find self-expression here using mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to video or music and does so in a supportive, self-directed environment free from criticism and pressure. These participant artists show their work throughout the region and have participated in Outsider Art Fairs in New York and St Louis as well. Design work of CCW artists is used in in-house generated creative products such as cards, textiles, ceramics and wood working. CCW strives to offer our artists opportunities to define themselves through their artistic expression and contribute to the greater community by sharing their unique human experience though visual expression. Artists' [...]

2020-01-07T13:17:49-05:00October 21st, 2014|Store News|

Host Memorable Events for 30-300 at Material Culture

This year, hold your event in the dramatic space at Material Culture, a centrally-located center for art, antiques, and hand crafts from around the world. Feast your eyes and your palate at Baba Olga’s Café where the food is exciting and made-from-scratch from the best local and sustainable ingredients. It’s food you can feel good about eating and proud to invite your guests to share. Space: Built in 1920 and occupying the former train station of the landmark Atwater Kent Radio Factory, Material Culture offers 60,000 square feet of space–a spectacular stage for any event! The towering ceilings, generous expanses of natural light, and galleries adorned with architectural elements and artwork from around the globe, will provide a striking and memorable backdrop for any occasion. Tour the Store Food: Helmed by acclaimed Chef Aliza Green, the James Beard award-winning author of thirteen cookbooks and food guides and celebrated culinary tour leader, Baba Olga's Café  marries global flavor with the most locally-sourced, sustainably-harvested ingredients.The Philadelphia Inquirer inducted Chef Green into its Culinary Hall of Fame as one of the city’s ten people most influential on food for her extensive efforts in working with local farmers. See what reviewers are saying Value: [...]

2020-01-07T13:17:49-05:00October 7th, 2014|Store News|

Nicholas Toth, The Last Helmet Maker, July 19, 2pm

Material Culture Proudly Presents: Nicholas Toth, The Last Helmet Maker Award Winning Artist and National Heritage Fellow, Nicholas Toth, Presents a Gallery Talk and Exhibition Gallery Talk, Saturday, July 19, 2pm Exhibition, July 16-19 Free, Open to the Public Exhibited Items Available for Purchase As the guest artist and Master Helmet Maker, Nicholas Toth will be showcasing his copper and brass art work and his masterfully designed copper and brass diving helmets. As a highly skilled metal artist and craftsman, Nicholas has been featured both nationally and internationally, with his work included in permanent museum exhibits and national archives. Nicholas is a National Heritage Fellow, receiving this prestigious award in 2003 from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 he was recognized by the Historical Diving Society US Chapter for his significant contributions, receiving the ER Cross Award. In 2008 he was awarded the Florida Folk Heritage Award, presented by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and in 2012 Nicholas was once again honored by the State of Florida, receiving his second Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. With over 30 years of experience and a lifelong exposure and immersion in the culture and mysteries of the historic gulf [...]

2020-01-07T13:17:47-05:00July 10th, 2014|Store News|

Painted Bride Art Center’s 45th Anniversary Celebration

The 45th Anniversary Celebration of Painted Bride Art Center took place on Saturday May 18, 2014 here at Material Culture. Please see the below testimonials and photos from Painted Bride Art Center. "The Painted Bride Art Center held it's 45th Anniversary Celebration at Material Culture this past Saturday and it was a smashing success. The venue is unparalleled with art and furniture from all over the world used as the backdrop or the centerpiece for your event. It's a visual delight and our guests were impressed as soon as they walked in the door. And, the food was outstanding! Baba Olga's café is on site and  Chef Aliza Green prepared a Caribbean buffet that was absolutely delicious. And the table presentation was more than we could have hoped for. She even had fresh sugar cane in vases beside the buffet table. The owners and staff could not have been more accommodating. They went out of their way to make sure that our needs were met and had creative suggestions to make our event the success that it was. When we asked our guests what contributed to our success they said it was the venue (Material Culture), the food (Baba Olga's Café) and the band [...]

2020-01-07T13:17:45-05:00June 3rd, 2014|Store News|